Personal Review of the Blue LG Neon Part 1
Yesterday the mailman delivered my new LG Neon cell phone that I upgraded to from AT&T. I had been contemplating on purchasing the iPhone upgrade but, did not want or need to shell out the extra two hundred and forty nine dollars for the Apple upgrade. It was time to upgrade, as luck and some tape has held my Sony Ericsson circa 2006 together for the last year. Actually, the Sony still displayed the name, “Cingular”, showing that it was purchased before the AT&T buyout. The Neon is a cute little piece of technology, that is halfway between a regular cell phone, and a smart phone sans 3G network support.
Cell Phone Review: LG Neon (Blue)
Just like every other consumer, I ripped open the box and started assembling the phone. Noticing that AT&T had placed a new SIMM card in the phone before shipping, I assumed they had put my account information on it. However, after powering up the device it claimed that the card was not activated. Popping in the old SIMM card and trying again, it could not read the old one at first. With a little maneuvering, and a few more tries it started working.
OK, now the fun starts with this forty-something high tech junkie trying to get the gist of this new toy. Like any cell phone, the display is never big enough and the neon is no exception. But, it is twice the size of the old Sony I had been toting around so it is a welcomed change in size. Still need the old bifocals to use the device, but it’s much easier to see now. I guess if us old timers had our way, all cell phones would be the size of the new Apple iPad.
The only accessory that the box contains with the phone is an AC charger, and the optional car adapter can be purchased any where from about fifteen bucks to thirty-nine dollars. Plans for the car charger, and a USB charger are in the works as well as a four-gigabyte SD memory card upgrade. My current Bluetooth headset seems to work fine with the neon, so that will save a little money.
What is so great about the Neon? The slide-out keyboard for texting is a Godsend compared to trying to use a standard dialing pad on the Sony phone. It takes just seconds to send a short text versus a minute or more with the previous phone. It takes a few tries when starting out to get use to the manipulation of the keys and activating the various ways to get to symbols and numbers. Overall, it is a very intuitive set up that most low tech users will be able to successfully negotiate in a short time.
What about Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter? AT&T offers a free download from their Media Mall that will allow you access all of your social networking sites. Of course, you are only seeing the feeds from your accounts, but you are to read friends posts, and create your own very easily. A combination of flipping between the default view and sliding out the keyboard is necessary to negotiate some functions when trying to post, but is still pretty seamless in operation. This is also probably from not reading the users manual to understand the complete operation of the phone.
Follow Up Review on LG Blue Neon - Two Months Laters
After having used this cell phone for a couple of months this is what I have observed. The battering life is great, and could not ask for more in that department. The display scratches very easily, so a protective film would be a wise investment the day you get your neon. The small mirror next to the camera lens for reflection scratches up quickly to the point it is not usable.
In hind sight - I wish I had opted for a phone with 3G or 4G network capability. The stand cell Internet connection is so slow that watching paint dry looks appealing.
Texting on the slide out keyboard is excellent and takes little getting used to, and with my huge chubby fingers it works flawlessly. One thing that my friend has with T-Mobile that I do not have with AT&T is free use of my Gmail account, except for accessing via the Internet connection in the browser. I can access my Hotmail account as it has an application for that client. For Gmail though I am required to purchase an application that bills me five dollars a month for that privilge.
Overall I am happy with my purchase and it will do until my free upgrade comes around in about sixteen months.