TracFone LG 306G No Contract Phone - Black
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- Touch Screen: Yes
- Built-in Digital Camera: Yes
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|Screen Size||3.2||4.5||4.5||4||2.2||2.8 in|
|Item Dimensions||0.47 x 2.47 x 4.08 in||0.36 x 5.2 x 2.6 in||2.62 x 0.36 x 5.2 in||0.39 x 2.57 x 5.23 in||2.01 x 0.74 x 3.86 in||1.65 x 7.25 x 10.25 in|
|Item Weight||4 ounces||0.8 lb||0.8 lb||0.8 lb||3.36 ounces||0.8 lb|
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Positive - Because it's not an android or iphone, it doesn't have some of the same limitations that those platforms have built-in. For example, I can connect this phone to my WD Live box that connects drives to my tv. That means you can not only listen to music and view pics, etc. on your tv, but also transfer files from another drive to the phone. It shows up as a usable drive, whereas my android devices just show up as a camera and won't let you access or transfer files. I assume that it can be hooked up to a newer tv with a usb port as well. It also shows up as a drive on my computer, as opposed to a device. It won't let you sync, but you can just copy and paste any files you want to transfer.
Negative - While the wifi capability is in itself a positive, there's one key issue I'm having while using it. When using wifi, if the signal becomes too weak, it automatically switches to the phone's 3G service, using up minutes. This is an issue for me when using it at home, because if I'm in a part of the house that has a weak wireless signal (which I often am) the wifi keeps switching off and it starts using minutes. If I'm not looking at the screen for the 1-2 seconds that it shows minutes are being deducted then I don't know it happened. It's something people like me using the wifi feature because they can't afford to use minutes for the net should know.
Overall it seems like a good little phone, and I actually love that it's not an android or apple. It's not limited in the way those are, for the reasons stated above, and more.
I'm editing this because I just learned that you can adjust the wifi settings so that it won't switch to the phone's 3G minutes when in wifi mode and the wifi signal is lost. Go to "wifi" and select "wifi sleep setting" then select "never."
The screen size is identical to the LG 840G and it has similar features and apps, plus a few improvements. There are 5 home screens instead of 3 and it comes with a Voice Command app (you can say a command to call someone, to access voicemail, get missed calls, launch the MP3 player, or to hear spoken date and time). My LG 840G didn't have that feature.
The LG 306G's Bluetooth syncs flawlessly with my car's sound system for hands-free use and also, with my home entertainment center so that MP3 music on the phone plays perfectly through my home's stereo system. Bluetooth also copied my contacts from my old phone in a few seconds.
The email app has definitely worked better with my LG 306G than with my LG 840G. The app appears identical but I constantly got errors when accessing my Yahoo email inbox with the LG 840G. Happily, email has worked perfectly with the new LG 306G.
In addition to the standard internet browser (same as with the LG 840G), the LG 306G comes with the Opera Mini 7 browser. It also comes with a few games (many more games can be downloaded if you choose to purchase them). One big plus for the LG 306G's browser is that if you attempt to launch the browser without first activating Wi-Fi, a box appears asking "Would you like to connect via Wi-Fi? Yes/No". Thus you can avoid 3G charges (minutes deducted) if Wi-Fi is available. With my old phone I sometime forgot to turn on Wi-Fi before launching the browser and that cost minutes. I like the warning the LG 306G displays.
If you want to make do without a smartphone (and their high cost), the LG 306G is a great alternative with a good assortment of apps. I certainly recommend it.
Added 07/01/14: I contacted LG about "GPS capabilities" (stated on the box and item description) because GPS doesn't function with Google Maps. I have to manually input my starting location by street address or by selection a point on the map.
LG's response: "The phone has a built in GPS system for location in case of an emergency. It does not have a GPS app or program where the phone can be used as a GPS navigator".
Full GPS functions would have been nice but that emergency locator function could still be a life saver in an emergency (when the phone is connected by Bluetooth to my car, 911 will be dialed automatically (initiated by the car's computer) if the airbag is deployed. Having a GPS locator is a definite plus).
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