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Introducing The Lg Gs500 Cookie Plus

Posted by Busines Internet Friday, July 23, 2010

Just last February 10, LG announced its latest 3G touch screen phone to follow the footsteps of one of the company's bestselling devices, the LG Cookie KP500. The original Cookie was so popular that it was able to sell more than 10 million units in its first 13 months of release.

The successor, which is called the LG GS500 Cookie Plus, features SNS functionality to provide integration with various popular social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. It features LiveSquare, which is LG's graphically based interface, and an Editable Screenshot MMS application that will surely enthrall users.

The Design
The new Cookie looks more eye-catching than the original, though it is made with the same plastics that make it very pleasant to touch. It is a little bit larger, measuring in at 107 x 52.5 x 11.5 mm, and weighs 92 grams. The handset display is 3 inches, featuring WQVGA resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and uses resistive technology. The buttons at the bottom of the screen are raised, and look great with the overall design of the phone. The top side has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a standard microUSB port.

The Interface and Functionality
The most significant to this phone as compared to the original Cookie is with regards to the interface. It uses the same interface as that in the LG Pop GD510, which is pretty colourful and gives you the ability to personalize to a certain extent. For example, there are themes that younger users would love, similar to what you'd see in the Samsung Corby S3650. The main menu looks like what you would normally find in a handset that has an S-CLASS interface.
The home screen consists of three different pages, namely widgets, LiveSquare and favourite contacts (with their pictures). The widgets are pretty standard, except for the one that gives you quick access to various applications dedicated to the different social networking sites. LiveSquare is basically a register of all your latest messages and calls, with an interesting functionality that you would probably love.

Other Features
The multimedia player is very well designed, and come with simplified functionality to make it easier to use them. However, you should note that neither the audio nor the video player offers more than the usual standard options. The player supports AAC, AAC+, MP3, WMA, RA and MPEG4 formats. The good thing about this phone though is that it has 3.5 mm headphone jack (unlike the original Cookie) so you can listen to your favourite music using earphones. The LG GS500 Cookie Plus also comes with a 3.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom and video capture capability.

Will this phone be able to match the success of the first (and original) Cookie? At this point, it is difficult to guess especially since there haven't been any announcements yet as to the price. It is expected to hit the market sometime during early March, so there's still time to hope that it comes with an affordable price tag.


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