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Looking to replace my t401g. I have a few questions about the 800g and 900g:
1. which is thinner and by how much?
2. are both the same as far as application support/OS?
3. are either of these available at retail anywhere yet, and if so, where?
Also, I cannot really find a clear answer (if one exists) as far as what is and what is not a "smart" phone. I figured I'd ask then *what limitation* keeps these 2 from being "smart" phones? Thanks!
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Thanks for the link, but it's not loading... just trying to connect indefinitely. Will there be answers there on the smartphone question?
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While the LG900 is not quite an actual smartphone, it sure acts like one. Allowing you to multitask by way of web browser and downloadable Java apps. Download Twitter and Facebook apps to stay connected on the go or check your Email with the Gmail app or directly from the Gmail site. NET10 is really coming up with the LG900 and all it offers for the great price!
Get the apps
To find the apps and download them for free, visit Getjar.com and select the LG model "LG GW300" on the top of the page. You can choose "Cell Jar" app or select the apps you want to download one at a time from the site. Simply select the app using your device or home computer and enter the phone number. The app will be delivered right to your phone.
While the LG800g is technically not a smartphone, you can get smartphone functionality out of it by installing Apps from sites like getjar.com. The touch screen is the strongest selling point of the LG800G. Of course most people will be interested in this phone because of the touchscreen. You should be aware, however, that the touchscreen is of the resistive type so no quite as responsive as say an Adroid or iPhone type touchsreen as you need to push a bit firmly to get the desired effect. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is no accelerometer so the display does not readjust to position (ie. when held sideways). For texting and browsing, you can toggle from QWERTY to keypad which is a very nice feature but by default it is keypad so you will need to change the setting. Note that you cannot change the keypad setting for standard browser but you can in Opera Mini so we highly recommend you install it. Additional functionality includes onboard mp3 player, video recorder, expandable sd card slot, full HTML browser, Java applications, voice recorder and more. Pretty much all you would expect on a modern phone. This phone has lots of features for the price. Of particular note is the camera which has lots of cool little features. Overall, a very nice phone for under 50 bucks. Conclusion
The NET10 LG800G is an excellent phone if having a compact slim phone is high on your list and texting is not. We did have a learning curve with the touch screen since it does use Resistive touch unlike what most Android and Iphones use. We noticed that you have to be a bit firm with the touchscreen to get good response. Aside from that, there isn't much else to dislike about it. It's got all the features you need and the Java app compatibility is great. For under $50 you really cant go wrong with this one and it is the only touchscreen phone Net10 offers at this time.
Thanks! prob. the crappy internet at work, it STILL won't load!
BTW they list both as being 1/2" thick
Without oversimplifying too much, such as saying that a smartphone has an operating system while others don't, these days certain "feature" phones sometimes have fairly sophisticated operating systems, BUT what differentiates smart vs. non-smart I think has more to do with how developed the OS is, and how tranferable or repeatable to other devices (phones) that platform is. Most all phones have a microprocessor of some sort in them, but the ability to individually load applications at will, and especially have a support system for doing so, helps to outline the definition.
Take a couple of T-Mobile phones, for instance. I have a Nokia 5230 Nuron, which is considered a low-end smartphone, running Symbian S60v5. Compare to the LG Sentio, a moderately priced touch-screen feature phone. They are (were) priced similarly, but the Nokia has the advantage (depending on your point of view) of having an established platform that is used on many different phones, with a place to go and get new applications to load and run (the Ovi store), and a common interface and features on devices that run that OS. I don't know much about the Sentio, but I suspect it has things that are built in to it that are unique to it, perhaps only shared on other LG brand phones to whatever degree. Not on a wide basis on a family of devices.
So things like that contribute to the distinction.
Ok, I now have a 900g. I wanted to get opinions on whether or not switching to the 800g would be of any advantage to me, or if there is anything I'd miss with the 900g.
The reason I'm asking is because the local WM has the 800g now (didn't have it when I bought the 900g). it looks to be a good bit smaller in dimension. This is VERY important to me because I keep the phone in my pocket all the time and the smaller, the better.
I see people saying that the 800g doesn't have a qwerty keyboard for texting, and my other main concern is the battery life. I don't keep my phone on all the time so I guess battery life isn't that big of a deal in the end. I'd like to know some "real world" experience though with the battery life if anyone's been able to compare the 2. Thanks for any info.
The 800G has QWERTY for texting. It's the built in web browser that people are complaining about.
The 500G would be a slightly smaller version of the 900G. The 800G is a very different phone/UI.
If you load Opera Mini you will have the qwerty keyboard for web browsing. Battery life is also fine for me.
The 800g is much smaller in width and length than the 900g. I consider 900g one of the broadest phone in the Net10 line. Almost double the width of the closed slider Samsung t401g. It good for people who have big hands.
The LG 800g is shorter than the Samsung r355c about 1/8 of an inch. The Samsung 355c is close in size to the Blackberry curve.
The Lg 800g dimensions are approximately 2.125 inches x 4.000 inches. You should not have problem fitting the device in your pocket. You may even forget you have it because the device is so small.
The 800g is on sale at Best Buy at $40.00. My local Walmart was selling the phone for $49.88.
I don't have any "intrinsic use" knowledge of the 900g and your question is fairly broad for your specific needs. I will speak to the 800g as I evaluating the phone with another person. One feature that is not referenced often is the handwriting feature. LG made this option available in many places on the phone. So its good if you don't have to know t9 text. The qwerty is not always available as an option. If you are used to pressing buttons for everything, the touch screen will take a bit of getting used to. I consider, it a jack of all trade phone. A little of this and that done in a different way. Good ringtones and lots of them so no need to download more.
As far as accessories, keep in mind this is a new phone for the states. I think there was one American carrier or prior to Tracfone Wireless version. Product is scant. The Lg 900g had several other sister versions prior to coming to Tracfone Wireless, Inc. so accessories were more available
One negative. The "grapevine" reported LG 800g has problems going beyond a 4GB card. According to the specs the phone can handle much more memory. I don't know if the problem is related to a class of the card. Class 2 vs Class 6. Class 2 is the older technology. No one has gotten that technical yet and reported back. Net10 customer service has been evasive on the memory issue.
In my opinion, its going to be a issue of personal preference because the input is going to be different than what you are accustomed to.
Real Life Dictionary: Cell Phone. A fancy term for mobile answering machine.
It has a virtual qwerty you can use for texting. The option is available for other features as well. Any one who reports that there is no qwerty 1) hadn't read the manual. Which gives the full instructions. 2)haven't fully explored the phone's features. Yeah sometimes Tracfone,Inc puts out cryptic manuals. But it wasn't cryptic on that feature.
It takes a little bit of time to get used to a new device. It's like learning a new language each time. I think some well meaning people report findings too quickly sometimes.
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