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LG Town review

QWERTY messager at a ridiculously low price

Our Verdict

Despite claims that the LG Town GT350 is a great social networking fan's phone we aren't convinced, unless you're into hardcore text messaging.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 2 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 400

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For

  • Usable QWERTY keyboard
  • Small and light
  • Easy to learn user interface
  • Battery life is good

Against

  • Poor camera
  • Unrealistic to use for the Web No Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Apps range is embarrassingly poor

The LG Town is the follow up to the KS360, which we reviewed way back in October 2008. The KS360 was available for the same price as the new Town, which has a small slide-out keyboard like its predecessor.

Things have moved on a long way in the intervening months and years, though, and the Town is a more advanced handset than the KS360.

Of course, everything else in the mobile phone world has moved on equally, and the positioning of the Town is pretty much bang on that of its predecessor. By that, we mean it's aimed at cash-strapped younger users with a liking for the written word as much as the spoken. We found the LG Town GT350 for £80 on O2 pay as you go.

LG town gt350

The Town is a small handset that fits very neatly in the hand and the pocket. The white and blue colour scheme of our review sample is not unattractive, and the whiteness of the backplate is alleviated by a reasonably attractive grey patterning.

LG town gt350

There is a neat button under the screen that calls up a tabbed window offering access to running apps and favourite apps, as well as Call and End buttons.

LG town gt350

A tiny lock/power button is on the top edge alongside a 3.5mm headset jack, while the bottom edge is clear.

LG town gt350

LG town gt350

Both the sides have their share of buttons and connectors. On the left, there's a volume rocker and microSD card slot, on the right a micro-USB connector and camera shortcut button.

LG town gt350

LG town gt350

The general specs reflect the £80 price tag with no Wi-Fi or GPS in the features set. We can live with that at this price, but the absence of 3G is a big of a downer for all but the least expensive mobile phone these days.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product ModelGT350 Chatterbox
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)125 g
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107.5 mm
Width52.5 mm
Depth15.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time440 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameChatterbox GT350 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGT350.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
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