The Good The LG CG300 has a VGA camera, PTT functionality, Bluetooth, a spacious keypad, and a speakerphone with great audio quality. Plus, it's a quad-band world phone and enjoys admirable talk-time battery life.
The Bad The LG CG300's external screen doesn't display photo caller ID, and its design is rather boring.
The Bottom Line The only Cingular push-to-talk phone to have a camera (thus far), the LG CG300 is a decent choice for a midrange cell phone with international capability.
LG CG225 (AT&T)
Now that Cingular has brought push-to-talk (PTT) technology to the GSM world, its popularity has gone beyond industry professionals to the young and hip crowd. Of Cingular's first PTT phones launched early this year, the only two cell phones available were the LG F7200 and the Samsung SGH-D357. Designed to appeal to a business crowd in a security-conscious world, they lacked a VGA digital camera and focused on basic work-friendly functions. Well, now there's another member in the Cingular PTT family: the LG CG300. Like the other two handsets, the LG CG300 has a pretty basic design and is relatively small compared with many of Nextel's PTT clunkers. Yet, it also offers Cingular customers a bit more variety by including a built-in VGA camera. You can get it from Cingular for $50 after a rebate and a two-year contract. Otherwise, it will run you $99.
As said previously, the design of the LG CG300 is simple and nothing to write home about. It has a black and silver color scheme, a slightly curved body, and a sturdy antenna stub. At 3.58 by 1.9 by 0.94 inches and 3.8 ounces, it's not terribly bulky, and it fits easily--if a bit snugly--in the pocket. The phone feels pretty comfortable in the hand, and when opened, it cradled our ears without any discomfort.