LG Craze mobile phone

LG Craze review: The LG Craze possesses a good physical keyboard and a sturdy design

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LG Craze
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  • Expert Rating

    2.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.00 / 5 (of 9 Reviews)

Pros

  • Reasonably well constructed, good keyboard, navigational joystick

Cons

  • Very limited touchscreen, poor display, mediocre Web browsing experience

Bottom Line

The LG Craze has a good keyboard and a sturdy design, but its limited touchscreen, poor display and mediocre Web browsing experience are sour points.

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The LG Craze is a cheap prepaid mobile phone sold exclusively through Telstra. It targets a similar market to the Telstra Glide — teenagers who text excessively — but possesses a much better keyboard layout and a sturdier design.

Read our reviews of top Telstra Next G mobiles on prepaid.

Like the Telstra Glide, the LG Craze mobile phone will not win any design awards. It's a compact slider handset that easily fits into your hand, though it is quite thick. Unlike the Glide, the LG Craze is reasonably well constructed. The spring-operated slider feels sturdy and clicks reassuringly into place, while the answer, end call, back and keypad buttons are slightly raised and easy to press.

The LG Craze mobile phone has a 2.4in resistive touchscreen that suffers from poor viewing angles and is hard to see in direct sunlight. Use of the touchscreen is limited to dialling phone numbers and touch-sensitive menu keys. All other interaction is achieved via the slide out-QWERTY keyboard and a clickable joystick. The keyboard is well designed; its keys are well spaced, and provide good tactility, while the joystick has a grippy surface and is easy to control.

The LG Craze mobile phone naturally comes with links to a wide range of Telstra apps and services, most of which you'll never use. There are no social networking applications present, aside from Telstra's Tribe service, which is accessed through the browser. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube can also be accessed through the browser, which benefits from Telstra's excellent Next G network but is a little sluggish when loading pages. The small screen also makes for a rather cramped experience. The fact you can't use to touchscreen to interact with the Web is disappointing.

Other features of the LG Craze include a basic 3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, and a microSD card slot for extra storage. The Craze has a regular 3.5mm headphone jack, and uses a standard microUSB port for charging and synchronising.

The LG Craze mobile phone is available in Australia through Telstra prepaid for $129.

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Courtney

1

Do not get this phone! I got it and since the 3rd month ive had it it has turned off when I didn't do that, sometimes mid text, an it has been sent back to LG twice and I have gotten a replacement and it still it mucked up. And if u think it won't happen to u don't because my friend got it and the exact same thing happened to her, so unless u have a spare $200 to get a different new phone on top of it don't buy it!!

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taylah

3.5

1

Pros
easy to use, great first phone, love the qwerty keypad, i like the joystick
Cons
"falls asleep" every few weeks but is easy to fix
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(reply to courtney) that happend to my phone too, it is simple to fix, just take the back cover off the phone take the battery out, put it back in and it fine!! take 5 seconds to do. it basically falls asleep every once in a while. other than that for me its a great phone, i love it its my first phone it has been exactly a year since i bought it and (apart from the falling alseep thing) its had NO dramas. and really i don't think the lack of touch screen ability is nothing to stress about, im 13, most kids my age have touch screen phones that get super annoying when you have big thumbs and the touch screen keypad has so little letters.

Stacey

3.5

2

Pros
Easy to use Call and End Call buttons
Cons
Hard to see screen in sunlight, occassionally lags
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I've had my LG Craze for nearly two years with no problems. The camera's not the best and the internet is mundane, but it's a very good, durable, basic phone.

Doesn't concern you

4.0

3

Pros
Alot
Cons
Battery
• • •

I got this phone for my birthday 7 months ago and it's working fine !!!
It's easy to text ( though it takes a bit to get used to the keyboard)
And the joy stick is great for sliding through acticles and well the main screen on the phone
It's pretty indestructible I have dropped it do many times in the past 4 months and
It still works perfectly!!!! But even before I had dropped it, the battery life was very
Poor. I'll charge it to sleepover at a friends and it's nearly dead by the next day.
The touch screen is for dial only. Its quite heavy but it's not over weight.
It's easy to slide and looks great

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