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LG 3200 review

6.5/10 AVG.

  • LG 3200
  • LG 3200

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The LG 3200 has on the market for a few weeks and is currently one of Telus Mobility's cheaper models and one of the current two Pay & Talk handsets available today.

This handset is a dual band, dual mode phone (800/1900 MHz 1X CDMA & 800 AMPS (analog)), which is good if you're in a remote or fringe area. This model is sold as the LG VX3200 on the American Verizon network.

A lot of this review was borrowed from the LG TM250 / VX3100, this model's predecessor.

Dimensions and Design
The LG 3200 is both lighter and thinner than most clamshells on today's market and this handset fits nicely into even the smallest pockets. The overall dimensions are 10 x 4.0 x 2.3cm or 4 x 1.5 x 0.75 in. The LG 3200 weighs in at only 89g or 2.86oz approximately.

The outside of the phone is sleek and simple. The front and back are a nice gun-metal gray with a LG logo on either side, a TELUS logo on the front, and 3 slots on the front for the speakerphone. There is no external display.

When I opened the clamshell, the phone felt sturdy and well built. The colour screen was vivid, bright, easy to read, and had very good contrast. It is the best colour screen I've ever seen on a phone, despite its size. The keypad was logically arranged, and the buttons had a nice rubbery feel to them. The along with the numbers, the keypad has a four way navigation key used for scrolling through the menus. On the side of the phone are buttons to control the ring volume (in standby) and the earpiece volume (during a call). The TALK and END keys are in the overseas standard position; TALK on the left, and END on the right.

The screen layout is quite standard for today's CDMA phones. At the top of the screen is your signal level, which type of network you're accessing ("D" for Digital CDMA; "1X" for 1X CDMA, and AMPS), and the battery icon, with four bars, showing how much of the battery power is left. Below, is the time and date, automatically set from the network. The banner is customizable, so you can change it to what ever you want. Both the screen's brightness, its and contrast can be adjusted in the menu.

The keypad has a nice blue backlight, that makes the keypad very easy to read.

Coverage, Sound Quality and Reception Quality
This is a dual band, single mode phone (800/1900 MHz 1X CDMA, AMPS), that will work in North American digital service areas, including Mexico. This phone will not work in Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, the Middle East, or Africa.

I've never tested or owned a Telus handset before, so I cannot comment on the handset compared to other Telus models. However, I find that this handset has extraordinary incoming and outgoing sound. It sounds just like a landline on both ends, something I've never seen with a CDMA handset before.

1XRTT Wireless Data and Web Browser
The LG 3200 is equipped with 1X network access. 1X is the CDMA-based wireless data network that will compete with the GPRS network that is available on GSM networks. 1X promises data speeds of up to 144 Kbps with 'always on' service. Similar to GPRS, 1X is always enabled and you are charged for the amount of data transferred, instead of the airtime to connect. As with most newer Telus Mobility phones, when a 1X network is available, 1X is displayed on the screen, next to the signal strength indicator.

The web browser has a quite old version of the OpenWave browser, version 4.1, used on many LG, Kyocera, and on the older Motorola phones and as such, the web browser is a bit outdated, but it seems to work well. Note: it only supports pages up to 2kb, so if you're trying to view bigger pages, it won't work. You'll be fine if you stick to the supported Telus partner sites. The phone has a tendency to heat up, to a point where it is uncomfortable to hold the phone when using the web browser or 1X data. The reason for this is the keypad backlight. If you turn the backlight to 'Always Off' it solves the problem. However, this means that you'll have to switch it back on if you want to dial in the dark. Usually I don't have any problem dialing in the dark, even with the backlight off, because the screen is bright enough to light up the keys. The handset doesn't heat up at all during normal voice calls.

In my tests, the battery lasts a good 6 days on standby in an area with average urban signal (-80 dbm), with no use. Talk time was not tested.

As a phone, this phone performed exceptionally well. I highly recommend this phone to anyone who wants an easy to use phone, wants SOME features, but doesn't want to pay a lot.

Review by Eric Johannsen

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LG backs up the 3200 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your 3200 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The LG 3200's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.


This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.


Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. LG's performance ratings are 7.5 days standby time.

LG 3200 Specs

Release date September 1, 2004
Regions available No
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.5 x 4.6 x 2.3 cm (3.3 x 1.8 x 0.9 in)
Weight 100 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (STN)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging EMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments -
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