LG takes a minimalist approach with its G4050 handset. Though it does add some improvements over the entry-level , a modest design and basic features still make it an ideal phone for first-timers. Those who require more extensive use of their mobiles, however, may be disappointed with this phone's inconsistent performance. It's not worth its $249.99 price tag, but Cingular is offering the unit for a much more reasonable $39.99 with service. The LG G4050 flip phone is so slim and light--3.2 by 1.7 by 0.8 inches and 2.9 ounces--that we frequently had trouble finding it in a bag or a coat pocket. Considering how small it is, the mobile is surprisingly comfortable when holding it to your ear during conversation.
The silver handset's clean lines are disturbed only by a small volume button on the side of the unit. Because the power cord connector doubles as a cable connector, the handset is free of extra ports. Though the external monochrome display is an improvement over the, it is rather dull, and you can adjust only the contrast level, not the brightness. It displays the date, the time, battery life, signal strength, and caller ID where available.