LG Cosmos 3 (Verizon Wireless) review:

Free, but still not worth it

LG Cosmos 3 (SSI)
In our standard studio shot, the white background is accurate, though objects are a bit out of focus. Josh Miller/CNET

On average, the camera takes about 2.5 seconds to launch, and I noticed a little lag between my moving of the camera and the feedback I saw. It also took a few moments for the device to adjust for lighting, and you'll need to wait a few seconds after you snap a photo before it will actually save. Note that the camera is not capable of recording video.

I tested the handset in our offices in San Francisco. Call quality was respectable. I didn't hear any extraneous buzzing or noises, though voices sounded a bit staticky and muffled during conversations. However, volume range was at a reasonable level, none of my calls dropped, and audio didn't clip in and out. Likewise, I was told that I could be heard fine as well, and that my voice came in clearly.

Speaker quality, especially on max volume, sounded slightly distorted, however. Voices would come off sharp and tinny, but conversations were still comprehensible and easily understood.

LG Cosmos 3 (Verizon Wireless) call quality sample

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The phone runs on Verizon's 1X data network. similar to the carrier's other LG feature device, the LG Revere 2, browsing the Internet is sluggish and not worth the trouble. It takes on average about 40 seconds to open the Myriad browser, and loading stripped-down versions of sites like CNET and The New York Times takes about 30 seconds to finish.

In addition, if you want to visit another page, you can't just enter the URL at the top. Rather, you have to select from the menu that you want to go to input a new URL, and the browser will load another page that let's you type in the URL. As I said before, this could get pretty tedious and time-consuming

In general, the Cosmos 3 operates pretty slowly. It takes about 40 seconds to turn on, and opening the menu takes a hair of a second longer than I'd like. In addition, the handset will lag if you're scrolling quickly through messages, so you'll need to have a patient temperament when using it.

During our battery drain test for talk-time, the phone lasted 6.98 hours. It can last days on stand by (or with minimal use) and the 900mAh battery has a reported talk time of 6.17 hours and a standby time of 34 days. According to the FCC, it has an SAR rating of 1.25W/kg.

The Cosmos 3 offers nothing notable that the 2 didn't already have, so you're looking for any improvements between the two, you won't get any.

However, if you want something better for yourself (and why not, you deserve it), spring another $50 for the Samsung Intensity III. This handset has a better 2-megapixel camera that can record video, and a slightly bigger display and battery. Plus, it has a more rugged design and you'll still get a physical keyboard to text your heart out.

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