The Attune's sliding keyboard looks the same as the one on the Cosmos Touch at first glance, but there are a few differences if you look closer. For example, the locations of all the symbols are completely different. You also won't get shortcuts to the favorites list, and there are no shortcuts to social network applications, either. The navigation keys on the right are also missing the center OK key. Despite these changes, though, the keyboard is still quite roomy for such a small phone. Each key has a nice domed surface that makes it easier to text by feel.
The features on the LG Attune are very similar to the Cosmos Touch, so we won't spend too much time here repeating the same information. Instead, we'll focus on what's different. For example, you won't get Verizon features like VZ Navigator, Mobile E-mail, and Social Beat, which is Verizon's central social networking hub for your Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace accounts.
Instead, you'll get access to Easyedge, which is U.S. Cellular's online store for apps, Tone Room Deluxe, which is a ringtone store, My Contacts Backup, and Pac-Man as one of the preinstalled games. It's unfortunate that the same e-mail and social networking functions on the Cosmos Touch are not preloaded for the Attune.
We tested the LG Attune in San Francisco using U.S. Cellular's roaming network. Call quality was quite good, though not without a few flaws. On our end, we didn't experience many problems. Callers sounded clear for the most part, and quite loud, too. There was the occasional blip of static, however.
Callers didn't have too many issues, either. They did say our voice had a slight bit of distortion, but it wasn't severe. They detected random crackling at times, however. Speakerphone calls had about the same quality.
LG Attune call quality sample
The LG Attune has a battery life of 6 hours talk time and 20 days standby time. It has a tested talk time of 4 hours and 56 minutes. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 0.84 watt per kilogram.
The LG Attune serves as a simple entry-level phone with the usual text and multimedia messaging features that should please most texting fans. We're also happy with its compact design and handy QWERTY keyboard. Though it doesn't have the best multimedia options, they're at least there if you want to eke out a tiny bit more functionality out of the basic Attune. Yet we're sorely disappointed by the finicky resistive touch screen and the lack of e-mail and social networking options. If you can live with these deficiencies however, the Attune is very affordable at only $49.99 after a two-year agreement and a $50 rebate.