LG Imprint MN240 - black (MetroPCS) review: LG Imprint MN240 - black (MetroPCS)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The LG Imprint has an appealing, compact design; a spacious QWERTY keyboard; e-mail; and an onboard music player.

The Bad The 2.5mm headset jack isn't as convenient as a 3.5mm jack is, so those using the music player may need to purchase new headphones. Its photo quality is mediocre.

The Bottom Line The LG Imprint's sturdy, attractive, and compact design, and roomy QWERTY keyboard make it a great introductory phone for texters.

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At first glance, the plastic-smooth and podlike LG Imprint for MetroPCS looks akin to the Kin One slider, though it's actually a twin to Sprint's LG Remarq, right down to the stylish leaf-shaped speaker punched into the phone's back cover and the Energy Star-rated charger. Interestingly, unlike the Remarq, MetroPCS isn't billing the Imprint as an eco-phone. For one, LG didn't build it with recycled plastic and it doesn't come in the Remarq's soy ink packaging.

With a full QWERTY keyboard and room to spread out, the Imprint matches its design strengths as a texting phone with SMS and MMS capabilities. While its camera is mediocre, its onboard MP3 player and strong call quality make the $109 LG Imprint a sturdy and comfortable handset for texters and e-mailers at a price that won't break the bank.

Design
The Imprint's design is easily the best thing about the phone. With generously rounded corners, the 3.5 inch long by 2.5 inch wide by 0.6 inch thick Imprint is a compact little number. Shiny and smooth, the 3.8-ounce phone feels hearty in the hand, but gentle on the ear, with a sturdy, tightly constructed slider. The square, strong phone is a pocket-friendly and purse-portable, and its girth will ensure it won't get lost among your keys and loose change.


Compact, sturdy, and appealingly podlike. Check, check, and check.

LG paints the Imprint with a simple, but stylish brush. A silver band caps the face of the phone's glossy, black body, then cuts across 45 degrees to cloak half of the spine and most of the back cover.

The 2.2 inch, 320x240-pixel display supports 262,000 colors, though we wish MetroPCS took better advantage of the crisp and clear resolution with more interesting menus and default wallpaper. In our opinion, few displays prove victorious when contending with direct sunlight, and the Imprint is no exception. It helps that you can adjust the screen's backlight time, though not its brightness or contrast. Below the screen lies the navigation array--the ubiquitous four-directional pad with central OK button, two soft keys, and speakerphone and "back" buttons that double up with Talk and End functionality.

Slide the phone face up to reveal a roomy QWERTY keyboard with tall, narrow keys that are fully separated (we like this) and slightly domed surfaces. All it lacks are backlit keys. A dedicated messaging button on the keyboard fast tracks you to the texting window, and another button opens the music player.


The LG Imprint's face slides down to reveal a spacious QWERTY keyboard.

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Where to Buy

LG Imprint MN240 - black (MetroPCS)

Part Number: LG-MN240

MSRP: $109.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 300 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider metroPCS
  • Weight 3.8 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.4 in
  • Sensor Resolution 1.3 pixels