The Good LG Prime has a custom home screen, colorful display, intuitive controls, music player, 2 megapixel camera, HTML web browser, Bluetooth and good call quality.
The Bad The LG Prime touch screen is a bit sluggish, the camera quality is mediocre, and surfing full-fledged HTML pages is not an easy experience.
The Bottom Line Despite its mistakes, LG Prime is a nice phone, especially considering its price and what you can get without a contract.
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Prepaid phones are usually basic and not very profitable, but some of the latest prepaid models are down the line. For example, LG Prime is the first touch screen phone we’ve seen AT&T a GoPhone prepaid network. It will not replace the smartphone, but it has basic multimedia features such as a 2MP camera, music player, and you can check your email on it. LG Prime is available for a very affordable $ 99.99 without a contract.
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If you are familiar with the touchscreen of LG phones, you may feel a little déjà vu when looking at Prime; this is a bit like past LG touch screen phones such as Vu Plus . Measuring 4.25 inches by 2.08 inches by 0.5 inches wide, Prime has a simple rectangular design with slightly rounded corners and edges. Just 3.14 ounces, Prime is light in size, resulting in fairly cheap plastic in the hand.
LG Prime has a 3-inch touch screen.
Despite its cheap feel, the bright and bright Prime display impressed us. Its 3-inch screen has a resolution of 400×240 pixels and can display 262,000 colors, which LG cleverly demonstrates with its shaded icons and colorful menu interface. You can adjust the font size and color of the dial, as well as the overall font size of your phone text. You can also adjust the brightness and timer of the phone’s backlight.
Prime has a resistive touch screen. Like so many resistive touch displays, it requires a little more pressure when pressed than when using a capacitive display – resistive displays are also less accurate. However, you can go through a calibration wizard to help your taps be more accurate, as well as vibration and audible feedback if you want more confirmation that it has registered your touch. We warn you that if you are used to capacitive displays such as the iPhone, you may find the relative sluggishness of the Prime touch screen to test your patience.
Prime has a home screen similar to what Vu Plus has, since it can be customized from the widget tray at the bottom of the screen. By clicking the right arrow, you can select any of the eight widgets to place on the screen. However, you are only limited to eight, and you cannot add your own shortcuts. Next to the widget tray, at the bottom of the screen, there are four shortcuts to the dialing phone number, phonebook, messaging window and main menu.
Dialing a phone has a nice virtual keyboard with shortcuts to the loudspeaker, voice command, recent call history, and a contact list. As for text messages, when you create a new message, the phone automatically opens the virtual QWERTY keyboard in the album. The keyboard is surprisingly spacious, but this means that the text area is relatively small. You can also enter text using the alphanumeric keypad in portrait mode.
Below the screen are three physical keys for Send, Clear / Back and End / Power. On the left – volume rocker and microSD card slot; The 3.5mm headset jack sits on top. The charger connector, the screen lock key, and the camera key are on the right. The camera lens is on the back.
LG Prime has a contact list for 1,000 entries, each with six numbers, three email addresses, four instant messaging names, company name, display name, web address, three street addresses, birthday, anniversary and a memo. As always, you can organize your contacts into groups, add a photo for the caller ID, and add any of the 24 ringing tones and the alert tone to the contact.
The Prime also has a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a notepad, a calculator, a world clock, a tasks list, a stopwatch, a tip calculator, and a unit converter. Its other more-advanced features include a voice recorder, voice command, an FM radio, instant messaging, AT&T’s mobile e-mail that lets you check your personal e-mail, and Bluetooth. There’s also an AT&T Social Net application that gives you quick access to social-networking Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Bear in mind that the mobile e-mail service costs $5 per month.
As the Prime is a touch-screen phone, we were happy to see that it comes with an HTML browser, albeit the proprietary AT&T MediaNet one. Still, we wouldn’t recommend going full HTML all the time as the smallish display, resistive touch screen, and lack of 3G make it difficult to read large Web pages without a lot of scrolling. The mobile versions of most Web sites served us well for the most part with the Prime.
We were also pleasantly surprised by the addition AT&T Mobile Music on the Prime. You can purchase and download music from Napster and eMusic. Like other AT&T Mobile Music packages, you get access to MusicID (a song ID app), a music fan community site, and other music apps. You can also transfer your own music to the phone via USB or a microSD card. The Prime supports AAC, AAC+, MP3, and WMA file formats, and though the Prime only has 48MB of internal memory, the phone can read up to 16GB cards.
The music player interface is similar to the others we’ve seen; You get the usual player controls plus options for repeating, moving, and creating and editing your own playlists. It also has up to six preset equalizer settings and a visualizer. You can send the player to the background if you want to multitask in other parts of the phone.
The LG Prime has a 2MP rear camera.
The 2 megapixel camera on Prime has a healthy array of settings. You get five resolutions, three quality modes, three color effects, five preset white balance (including auto adjustment), self-timer up to 10 seconds, auto or manual ISO, 2x zoom, three shutter sounds plus a silent option, night mode , sequential shooting mode, brightness and the ability to create an image in cross section or three sections. The quality of her photo was soft and the colors looked dull and slightly gray. The images were not as sharp as we wanted. Prime also has video mode – you can record at 320×240 or 176×144 pixels (QVGA or QCIF).
LG Prime has a bleak quality of photos.
You can customize the Prime with wallpaper and screensavers, and you can download a few games and apps from the AT&T AppCenter. The phone comes with Brain Exercise, Bubble Bash 2, I-play Bowling, Tetris, World Series of Poker, Mobile Banking, My-Cast Weather, and Pocket Auction.
We tested the LG Prime in San Francisco using AT&T’s service. Call quality was quite pleasant on the whole. On our end, we heard our callers very clearly with good volume, though they sounded rather robotic and fuzzy at times.
Finally, the subscribers also said that we sounded very machine. However, they could still hear us and we had a good conversation. There was the occasional hissing and skipping statics, but it didn’t distract. Although the calls with the loudspeaker did not go so well. The subscribers had to ask us to speak most of the time when we sounded too soft and far away. We thought they sounded loud and clear
In terms of audio playback, we thought the music was very loud and audible without the nuances or bass, especially because of the phone’s speakers. We advise you to use the headset, especially since the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Since the phone does not support 3G, we did not expect the EDGE phone to be too fast. The Prime Minister managed to download the mobile version of the BBC website in about 19 seconds. And yet, this was on par with what we expect from a prepaid phone.
LG Prime has an estimated battery life of 4 hours of talk time and 16 days of standby time. We ran Prime using battery tests and got the result 3 hours 45 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, Prime has a digital SAR of 1.1 watts per kilogram.