The TracFone LG 600g is a flip phone that features a camera, internal and external screens, (limited) internet access, and bluetooth access that can both connect to headsets and transmit data.
The LG 600g is the second bluetooth enabled TracFone, coming out right on the heels of the Motorola W376g. Since the LG and the Moto have similar features, I thought it would be good to do a review of the LG and see how it stacks up.
While you're researching bluetooth-enabled TracFones, you might also want to check out my review of the TracFone Motorola W376g, which was released just a few weeks before the 600G.
TracFone LG 600g Features with Keith's Comments
- Flip Phone - The LG 600g has an external screen along with the standard internal screen. The external screen shows indications for missed calls and messages and such, and will also show the time and date if you hit one of the buttons on the left side of the phone. I really like this feature because I use my cell phone as a watch instead of wearing a watch. Hey, I've got the phone with me all the time anyway, so a wristwatch is just extra bling I don't need!
- Screen - The internal screen looks fine when you look at it straight on, but it significantly dims if you look at it from an angle. It's hard to get good pictures of a cell phone screen, but here's a couple that kind of show what I mean.
- click on the images for a larger view. I've noticed that if you look at if from the top down, the image gets too dark, and if you look at it from the bottom up, the image gets too light. The effect is not as pronounced if you look at the screen from the side.
- VGA Camera - The camera on the LG 600g can be activated when the phone is open by pressing the camera button on the keypad, or when the phone is closed by pressing and holding the down arrow button on the left side of the phone. When the phone is closed, the image the camera sees is shown on the external screen, and since the external screen and the camera are on the same side of the phone, this mode is best used for taking charming self portraits. When in phone-open mode, the up and down arrows on the keypad are used to zoom in and out (only in 320X240 resolution), while the left and right arrows are used to set the exposure compensation (make the image lighter or darker). The camera Options menu lets you set resolution (max. of 640X480) and quality, multishot mode and self timer, along with a few other options such as white balance and color effects (color, sepia, mono, negative). The multishot mode lets the camera take 3 pictures in a row whenever you press the button, which could come in handy at times, especially since the camera has noticeable shutter lag. You can store the pictures on the phone and use one as your wallpaper or as a picture ID. You can also send the pictures as a picture message to another phone, or as an attachment to an email to any email address. My wife was rather bemused when I sent her a picture of one of my Aerogarden flowers on my desk at work. Remember that you are charged airtime if you send the picture to another phone or to an email address. You are charged one minute because it's an MMS message, and then another 0.5 minutes for every minute the browser spends uploading the picture. The upload time will vary depending on the resolution of the picture and the strength of your connection, but in my case I was charged another 1.5 minutes for the data access time when sending the picture in an email. Here's a picture of my daughter that I took with the camera at 320X240 resolution (shown here at full size):
- Bluetooth Enabled - The TracFone LG 600g has bluetooth, which can be used to connect to a headset, or another hands-free headset connection like the type built in to some cars or gps units. You can also use the bluetooth to connect to a computer or another phone to transfer files. I was able to get the phone connected to my bluetooth-enabled desktop computer and copy a cute picture of my sweet little girl to the 600g to use as the wallpaper. When the phone and the computer established a connection, the phone simply showed up as a folder on the computer, with subfolders for images, sounds, and "other", so you can copy basically any file to the phone, and you can copy pictures from the phone to your computer. I was able to copy a .mp3 file to the phone with no problems, but read my ringtones section below for more info on that. Since I don't have a bluetooth headset, I didn't try to connect the phone to one, but from the instructions that come with the phone and from my experience with connecting the phone to my computer, I have no doubt that the phone could be connected to a bluetooth headset with little difficulty.
- Internet Enabled - Yes, the TracFone LG 600g has internet capablity, but you can only use it to access data services from TracFone. You cannot, for example, use the phone to access Google or Yahoo. When I try going to a site such as m.yahoo.com, I get an error message saying that I don't have access to that site. TracFone has services where you can buy ringtones and graphics and a subscription to sports, entertainment, weather, and other news. You are charged 0.5 airtime minutes for every minute that the browser is open to access any of TracFone's data services. If you accidentally hit the browser button on the phone, you have several seconds to close the browswer before you are charged the first 0.5 minute of airtime.
- Ringtones - I tried to buy an mp3 ringtone from TracFone, but I got an error message saying that this product is not compatible with my phone. Interesting. I would have thought that a phone this nice would be able to play mp3 ringtones, but I guess not. The TracFone LG600g does, however, come with an audio record feature that allows you to record any audio you want and make it your ringtone. The quality is decent, and it gives you unlimited ringtone possiblities. I also tried downloading an .mp3 file to the LG600g via bluetooth connection with my desktop computer. On my first attempt, I downloaded it the Other Files folder by mistake and found that there's was no way to assign it as my ringtone and no way to copy it over to the Audio and Ringtone folder. On my second attempt I copied to the Sounds folder, but the file did not appear when I access the folder on the phone, even though it is there when I access the same folder on the computer. I figure out that the Sounds folder on the computer is the same as the Audio and Ringtone folder on the phone because I could see some of the same files in each. The phone comes with a long list of generic midi ringtones to choose from, or you can set the phone to vibrate only. Click here to read my full report on TracFone ringtones.
- Double Minutes For Life (DMFL) - You get one minute free for every minute you add to phone for the life of the phone. This is a great money-saving feature, and it comes standard on the phone. You don't have to do anything to get it, just add an airtime card and the minutes will automatically be doubled!
- Text Messaging - It costs .3 airtime minutes to send or receive a standard text message (SMS), and 1 minute for multi-media messages (MMS). You are also charged for the browser time to download the muli-media file with the message. The Lg 600g does have T9 mode for faster entry of text messages.
- Games - The TracFone LG 600g comes with Sudoku and BattleReversi to help you through times where you are overcome by sheer boredom.
- FM Radio - The TracFone LG 600g does not have an FM radio feature.
- Battery Life - The package says approximately 6.5 hours talk time and approximately 4 days standby time, and these numbers seem about right based on my experience so far. The LG 600g details page on the TracFone website says the standby time is up to 13 days. Maybe you can get that kind of time if you leave the phone turned off, but that seems very very optimistic if you leave the phone turned on.
- Headset Port - Although the phone can connect to bluetooth headsets, there is also a port to connect to a wired headset. The headset jack shares the same connection port as the the charger.
- USB Port - The only external port on the phone is the charger/headset port. The LG 600g manual on the TracFone website shows the port as a Headset/Charger/Cable connector port, so maybe you can use a data cable with the phone? I don't have a data cable with the right connector to test it. The accessories section of the manual does not list a data cable.
- Hearing Aid Compatible - Rating: T3/M3
- Ring Volume Buttons - These are on the left side of the phone and allow you to easily change the ring volume. At full volume the ringer is plenty loud. If you press and hold the down arrow button when the phone is closed, it activates the camera.
- External Call and Message Icons - The external screen shows notifications for messages, incoming calls, etc. For incoming calls, it shows the phone number of the person calling. The external shows a notification of a missed call, but the screen goes dark after a few seconds as a power saving feature. Nothing blinks or anything, so you have to hit one of the arrow keys to activate the screen again to know that you have a missed call or message.
- The Manual - The TracFone LG 600g manual that comes with the phone is split into four basic sections. The first section gives a general overview of the phone's features and talks about how to install the battery and activate the phone. The second section is about how to add airtime to the phone, and the third sections is about how to make calls, setup voicemail, send and read text messages, setup bluetooth devices, and make international calls. Note that the manual only mentions making bluetooth connections to headsets or hands-free car kits. The fourth section is actually the longest, and it contains all the fine print with the terms and conditions of service and the "important saftey and legal information." LG 600g manual on the TracFone website has more detailed information about how to use the phone's features.
TracFone LG 600g Additional Features
Here are some additional features that I won't comment on because they just work as advertised and expected.
- Voice Mail, Call Waiting, Caller ID, Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Calculator, Calendar, Recent calls and messages lists, Phonebook with up to 1000 entries, hands free speaker.
- All the standard TracFone features such as the Airtime Balance and Days of Service display, minutes that never expire as long as the phone is active, etc.
The TracFone LG 600g is an interesting phone that has some capabilities that left me pleasantly surprised, but also some features that left me disappointed.
On the pleasantly-surprised side of things, the fact that the bluetooth is not crippled and the audio record feature were both very handy.
On the disappointment side, the fact that the screen dims and fades when viewed from and angle and the phone's inability to play mp3 ringtones both left me wanting more.
At the current price of
$79.99 (now $49.99 !), the LG 600g is currently TracFone's most expensive phone. The DMFL feature that comes standard on the 600g sells for $49.99 on it's own, so the phone is not a bad value, it all just depends on what features you are looking for.
The goal of Fone-Review.com is to share what I know about TracFones, and I hope that this review has helped you learn more about the features and limitations of the TracFone LG 600g. Happy Shopping!