I wouldn't recommend it. April 14, 2013
First of all the camera is horrible. The pictures are blurry. The phone calls are okay except that the phone automaticly locks. Every thing else is ok so I give it a 3 out of 5.
Pretty good basic phone March 28, 2013
Bought this phone when I switched from Verizon because it was free with my plan and was the closest option to my Verizon phone - the Samsung Intensity II. I don't need a data plan and I don't call and text too often, but often enough that I wanted a keyboard function. I was pretty happy with the Intensity II and only ditched it because I switched carriers so my review will mostly be comparing how well The Xpression fits me vs my Intensity II.
First of all, the color was attractive. I like the bright, bold, noticeable red, much like I like the bright, metallic blue of the Intensity II. Both phones are similar size and weight. It's a little bulky in width but its also short, which I like because I can tuck it away into my pocket more easily and it's comfortable in my hand.
The touchscreen on the Xpression is more convenient, with 3 main screens and the ability to add widgets. It's faster for me to get to the screen I want without having to go through a layer of folders. However there are a few drawbacks. Unlike my non-touchscreen Intensity, the Xpression keeps the clock and calendar on one page as opposed to being permanently fixed into the corner so if I want to review the time and date, I have to exit back to my home screen. My Intensity had a speaker button next to my accept call button that I could use anytime but the Xpression does not. There's an option to turn on the speaker via a touchscreen button when I go to call a contact but not when I went to set up voicemail, so it was a little annoying to have to continually put the phone to my ear, then take it away to type my codes, then put it back to my ear and have to listen to the prompter twice because I missed the first half of the next instructional message. Another thing that was annoying during this process was the phone locks instantly so everytime I took the phone away from my ear, I would have to light up the screen, unlock it, and then type my code. I changed the settings so that it wouldn't lock but it didn't work. But these are really minor annoyances that I can live with. The sound quality during phone calls has been pretty good so far - no crackling, lost calls, fuzziness, etc.
Texting was probably my biggest issue since that's what I use the phone for most of the time. I like that one of my home screens can hold icons for the contacts I use most so initiating a call or text is incredibly convenient. On my intensity, I had to open my contacts or message folder and find the name I wanted. The Xpression saves me a little time by not having to hunt. One thing I miss from my Intensity that the Xpression doesn't do, is the ability to just start typing and have a text message form instantly. In the Xpression, I have to signal that I want to send a text message first before I can start creating my message. Again, that's just a very minor issue and more of a simple inconvenience rather than a complaint. What I do have a complaint over, however, is the character limit on the Xpression. It goes up to 160 if I reply to a message sent to me, so if I want to send a longer message, I have to start a new message entirely or reply with multiple short messages. I've only had the phone for a couple of days so I'm still debating whether this is enough of an issue for me to want to return it for a phone with no text limit, or if it's something I'll get used to.
Storage is much more easily maintained on the Xpression. Both this one and my previous phone have pretty limited storage capacity but on my last phone, once my limit was reached, I had to delete messages either one by one or by each contact. On my Xpression, I can do either of those options or I can press one button and delete my entire cache of text messages from everyone. Much easier. Also, transferring music and other files between the Xpression and my computer was a breeze. All I had to do was plug it in and it automatically did everything for me. On my Intensity, I had to spend over an hour learning how to get the two devices to connect and transfer because the phone was so finicky. Music uploaded on my last phone would all be jumbled together with the audio tones and I never figured out how to separate it but the Xpression automatically filters my music into the music player, which I can pull up from my homescreen, so I appreciate that. The sound quality of the music is pretty much what you'd expect for a non-smartphone. It's loud enough but a bit tinny - I wouldn't recommend playing music on it without headphones. The tinny sound is also why I wouldn't really go out of my way for a custom ringtone, either; it's more likely to annoy other people who hear it when it rings. There's a voice recorder attached also, but it will only hold about 10 minutes of sound recording.
The camera isn't very good - only 2 megapixels, the same as my Intensity II. But my last phone only took photos and sent photos. The Xpression at least gives you some choices to change the lighting and effects, and you get a basic set of editing tools with some cute extras like stickers, frames, and the ability to make GIFs. So even though the photos aren't the best quality, you can at least play with them a little.
I would say overall it's a pretty decent basic phone. It has some nice perks and is relatively easy to learn how to use. Just keep in mind, this is not a smartphone so don't expect everything to be super-advanced. It does what it's supposed to do fairly well but it can't handle tons of files or 24 hour internet usage at light speed. It's not meant to be a combo of topnotch phone/laptop/camcorder/GPS devices. Overall, aside from the texting limit, I'm pretty happy with the LG Xpression.
My LG Xpression cell phone loses service 2 to 3 times per month from 2 hrs to 10hrs March 9, 2013
Reviewer: Robert W. White
The only complaint I have about this LG Xpression phone is it loses service 2 to 3 times per month anywhere from 2 hrs to 10 hrs. This is unacceptable. I have called ATT several times and have asked them to replace this phone with a different one and they refuse. I purchased 4 of these phones last June for myself and my kids. Two of my kids quit using their new phones within 2 months and went back to their old phones because of this problem. Getting ready to switch carriers if ATT does not take care of this problem.
Great Texting phone February 18, 2013
Reviewer: N. Ivos "N." (New Jersey) -
I bought these phones for my kids To replace their old
Hard to text on phones.
They're nice-looking, durable , easy to text with
My kids love them And best of all you don't need a data plan.
I think it's the best texting phone If you don't want to buy the data Plan.
A dependable device May 18, 2012
Reviewer: Sandra Folgers (Silver Lake, WI) -
The LG Xpression is a nice departure from the super-gadget smart phones. When I just need to make a quick call or text, this phone is superb. It feels sturdy, looks great, and has a user-friendly keyboard. My only problem to date, has been a scarcity of accessories, which will resolve itself as time passes. it is a reliable backup to my android device, but would also be a good addition as a stand-alone-phone. I recommend it highly.
Okay, I guess June 29, 2012
Reviewer: catreenajean "catreenajean" (Gillette, WY) -
I recently switched to ATT and went from an LG Rumor to this. So far, I haven't liked it too much. Connecting my bluetooth was easy. I have had nothing but frustration on trying to sync it with my computer, then I can't use any of my audio files as ringtones. I have not been able to easily figure out how to set contact id pictures that will actually show up when the person calls or set individual ring tones. When one of my contacts calls it just shows thier number, not thier name until I have the missed call window. All these things were a breeze with my rumor! I guess I am going to have to go and download the 300 page instruction manual to see if these things are even possible on this phone. I love having to read large manuals becuase the phones aren't easy enough to be used by everyone.
Don't get me wrong, as far as a phone goes, it has been okay. I can send and recieve picture messages with no problem, only took several tries to figure out how to save them to my SD card. Getting the SD card in and out is not as easy as my rumor either. I have to take the entire back case off. Another disappointment is the after market cases, since it is a slider there really are no good cases for these kinds of phones, but I like having the full keyboard. I tried the touch screen keyboards on others and just cant do it. my fingers are too clumsy I guess. I also do not like the lock on the phone becuase it never stays locked. I put it my back pocket and have yet to have it stay completly locked. Haven't figured out if I can change the locking/unlocking method either. Back to the maunual!
On a bright note, it has been dropped several times and has held up, so that is a major, major plus for me!
Like it but need to figure out how to receive and send MMS messages June 24, 2012
I love this phone. Just got it yesterday. However, it won't seem to let me recieve or send multimedia messages like pictures. Has anyone else had this issue or know how to go about fixing it.
Lose connection June 8, 2012
I love this phone. But I lose connection all the time. I even turn it off like the rep told me too the bars come back but after awile. Does anyone else have this problem?
Good buy January 5, 2013
Reviewer: Michelle Deraleau (WINSTED, CT, US) -
And it is only for one cent I love and my kid does to
She loves it for her birthday
Screen lock can not be entirely disabled! Bad feature - deal breaker September 25, 2012
Reviewer: Valerie Blank-jaquith "cbartist" (crested butte, co) -
I was loving this little phone!! But sadly after 3 weeks of use I will have to send it back.
The screen lock feature can not be entirely disabled. Even if you set the phone to NEVER lock automatically it will ALWAYS lock upon placing call. Really? This is a horrible feature! I called LG to see if there is a way to completely disable screen lock and the rep told me this is a security feature on ALL LG with slide out keyboards. Dispite many attemtps to just deal with this quirk I simply can not. This feature makes the phone vitually useless and I am sending it back.
Bad Phone December 11, 2012
Reviewer: Don Mc Allister Sr. (Louisville, Ky. United States) -
Got this phone from AT&T in Bardstown Ky. It dropped calls, sounded tinny, calls would not go through, talking was crackly. It was a piece of junk. We took it back and had to pay a $35 restocking fee. It's not right for AT&T to sell junk and then charge to take it back.
Nice free phone May 14, 2012
I bought this one and the other LG A340 that just popped up at Amazon for no data plans. I just wanted a basic phone and both are outstanding. Right now I am trying to figure out how to use the phone without opening the slider everytime while protecting it from pocket dialing.
Also bought a new Prius and etune seemed to work even though I have no data plan, software on the cell phone, or activation of etune. Strange!
Do not get this phone! November 12, 2012
After having it a few days, the service would spontaneously disappear. It worked if I turned it off and back on ..for 2 more days. And then service disappeared completely and it wouldn't come back. The only thing that worked is resetting the phone completely. I keep having to go through this same process...I reset it twice on Saturday and twice today. This is getting ridiculous. I think it only happens if you text a good bit because my parents have the same phone and do not have this issue.
Help! November 26, 2012
Can I buy this phone here and it not affect my plan at all? I will just put my sim card that I have now in it and it pick up everything and just replace my old phone. Is that how it works? Just replace the sim card?
Not a good phone... September 19, 2012
Reviewer: Carrie (IL United States) -
I bought this phone for my mom who wanted to get more into texting but didn't want to upgrade to a smart phone just yet. We have had to return it twice. I've opted to get her something different.
The first Xpression she had the "f" buttton didn't work on the keyboard. We thought ok, well that could just be a bad one out of the batch. But the longer she kept using it, the phone would shut off on her and restart in the middle of typing a text. And the beeping sound the buttons make when typing would short out and make a buzzing sound. We traded it in and got a brand new one. Guess what?! The same things happened all except the "f" button did work this time.
If you're planning on texting alot, I don't recommend this phone and wondered why I read such good reviews if this happened to my mom on two different phones. It's hard to believe this didn't happen to anyone else.
Poor quality do not buy! December 24, 2012
Reviewer: Iris Evol (Buffalo, NY USA) -
I have this phone new for 14 days and noticed some headaches already comparing to my iphone 4 (LG expression is our second family phone). But I finally gave it up after noticing that its touch screen does not work for dialing number while on an automated phone call. Its clock is poorly designed, its camera is overly sensitive to be turned on, and its locked screen can NOT be sent to be never locked (contrary to what the setting provides),..., there are lots of bad malfunctioning of this phone I could just easily list it here.
It is a bad phone, poorly designed. Do not buy it !
characters for foreign languages where are they? December 18, 2012
Reviewer: victoria castan
I like the phone but I don't know how to use or where to find the buttons for words like girl in spanish all I can write is nina or love is carino how do I put the squiggly line on top of the n?
Don't buy this phone! February 19, 2013
Reviewer: SBK "SBK" (Florida) -
DON'T BUY THIS PHONE!!! I chose this phone a little less than a year ago. I was happy with it at first, but now I just strongly DISLIKE it!!! The keys on the keyboard are SO small, making it very difficult to text. Every so often the screen will just freeze, and I will have to restart the phone. The time is set up weird so if you are writing a text, or on a different screen other than the home screen, you cannot see what time it is. This is very inconvenient. PLUS, it is so thick that it slides right out of my pocket. The overall design of the phone is very basic and not efficient at all. The screen is very small, and I just DON'T LIKE IT! I could go on, but I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THIS PHONE!
I bought 2 of these phones for my sons. They are the worst!! CHEAP QUALITY! The battery dies quickly.. December 20, 2012
Reviewer: Brenda Michele Mansfield
BEWARE Buyer!!! Do not buy this phone. I bought 2 of these phones for my sons. They are the worst!! CHEAP QUALITY! The battery dies quickly... You might get a few hours of use before the the battery dies. When texting, you can only send a few words in one text. The phone will not send more than seven words and the rest of the message is lost. My sons have chose to use our land line phone over this awful thing. I will NEVER buy a LG again!!
LG Xpression Phone May 16, 2012
Reviewer: Gift Card (USA) -
Hi everyone. As of today I see 2 positive reviews for this LG Xpression Phone.
And you are basing it on phone features, design, and the fact that it's good phone without requirement of Data Plan. For specifics reason that I will list below, I am a Motorola fan. Nobody has talked about specifically what is most important in any phone is how strong is a signal (not just in one specific area), and also how good is a clarity of this LG phone.
Last weekend I went to AT&T store to test the phone, and I made a few calls to test the clarity, and it was terrible (comparing to Motorola RAZR 2).
Wasn't clear at all. Signal was good.