LG Cookie Lite review: LG Cookie Lite

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre

Average User Rating

1.5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good Small and lightweight; microSD card slot.

The Bad Resistive touchscreen; low-res display; no 3G or Wi-Fi; poor camera.

The Bottom Line The incredibly small LG Cookie Lite T300 lives up its name, but it's similarly light on essential features. This budget blower may find favour with younger, less demanding users, but everyone else should probably steer clear.

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The latest addition to LG's popular low-cost Cookie line is one of the smallest phones we've seen in years. The Cookie Lite, also known as the T300, offers a resistive touchscreen, microSD support and limited social-networking features, but lacks 3G.

The Cookie Lite is available on pay as you go for around £40. If you're looking to go SIM-free, expect to pay about £80.

Should I buy the LG Cookie Lite?

The Cookie Lite's tiny size is clearly its strong point. This phone is so dinky you'd be forgiven for assuming it's some kind of kid's toy. That's perhaps deliberate, as it's unlikely to find favour with anyone but the very young.

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The Cookie Lite is a seriously small customer, as you can see when it's placed alongside the Samsung Galaxy S2.

From the imprecise, 2.4-inch, resistive touchscreen to the lacklustre 1.3-megapixel camera, the Cookie Lite feels tired and old. This impression isn't helped by the fact that it lacks 3G connectivity, making online tasks laborious.

Some respectability is clawed back by the inclusion of a microSD card slot and the ability to use your own headphones, thanks to the 3.5mm audio socket, but these features are less impressive now than they were a year ago. The playing field has changed, and it's now possible to pick up an Android-powered smart phone with far superior tech for around the same price.

Interface

If you've ever used the original  LG Cookie or LG Viewty Snap , then the Cookie Lite's menu system won't hold any surprises for you. It's built around two home screens -- one for your contacts and one for your applications. Using the drawer icon in the bottom left-hand corner of each home screen, you can customise it with shortcuts and widgets.

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You can use widgets to display live information and speed up your day-to-day tasks.

The widgets are especially useful, as they allow you to view information quickly and easily, without having to dig deeper down into the phone's interface. For example, there's a weather widget that gives you temperature data and a messenger widget that shows how many unread emails and texts you have.

Along the bottom of the screen are four touchscreen buttons that access your dialler, contacts, messages and an application drawer. The first three are self-explanatory. The latter is a three-screen drawer that gives access to pretty much every aspect of the phone's functionality. Here you can access settings, email, the Internet, and games, as well as Google search, a Java-based social-networking app and the FM radio.

Out of the box, the Lite's interface feels rather childish. It can be changed in the settings for something more mature, but it serves as a good indication of exactly who this device is aimed at.

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If the child-like nature of the menu system grates, then you can change to a more mature look.

Design

With overall dimensions of 96 by 50 by 12 mm and a weight of just 77g, the Cookie Lite certainly lives up to its name. It sits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

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As well as being lightweight, the Cookie Lite isn't too bulky.

With its entirely plastic casing, the Cookie Lite also feels cheap. The glossy black plastic is hardly what you'd call sophisticated, although the red top and bottom break up the design quite pleasingly.

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The glossy black plastic picks up fingermarks a little too easily for our liking.

Three hardware buttons are located below the 2.4-inch touchscreen, allowing you to accept and end phone calls, as well as move backwards through the user interface. The 'call end' button also takes you back to the home screen, no matter where you are in the Cookie Lite's menu system.

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The hardware buttons under the screen control calls and menu navigation.

Along the sides of the phone, you'll find additional features. There's a volume rocker and microSD card slot on the right, and a USB port on the left. This port is not only used for data transfer, but also for charging the phone's battery.

Touchscreen

The Cookie Lite's 240x320-pixel TFT screen lacks detail and clarity, but the small size of the display does hide this shortcoming somewhat. On the plus side, it's reasonably bright and colourful, especially compared with other phones in this class.

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Where to Buy

LG Cookie Lite

Part Number: CNETLG Cookie Lite

Typical Price: £80.00

See manufacturer website for availability.