The LG Cosmos 2 is a modest upgrade over the original LG Cosmos, which we reviewed back in March of 2010. It’s still a solid performer, and one of the few Verizon phones that doesn’t require a data plan. If all you need is voice calls, texting, and a music player, the Cosmos 2 will take you far. Just don’t buy this cell phone expecting a powerful Internet experience.
Design, Call Quality, and Interface
The Cosmos 2 measures 4.4 by 2.1 by 0.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.6 ounces. It’s made entirely of a solid-feeling matte plastic, and at least when closed, it looks almost identical to the original Cosmos (save for the fact that it opens the opposite way, with the two menu buttons now on the left instead of the right). The smallish 2-inch screen sports a relatively sharp 240-by-320-pixel resolution with unusually vibrant color for a low-end phone. If you don’t like ergonomically angled QWERTY keyboards, the Cosmos 2 may appeal to you. It features four perfectly straight rows of flat, rubber keys that are spaced slightly apart from each other. I could type on it fine, but I don’t like keyboards that put the spacebar in between letter keys, because it leads to more typos; I’d rather lose the row of numbers across the top instead. On the plus side, the numeric keypad on the front was easy to dial numbers with, and I liked the bright, even backlighting.
The Cosmos 2 is a dual-band 1xRTT (850/1900 MHz) device with no 3G or Wi-Fi. That’s fine, though; blazing Internet access isn’t really this handset’s mission. Calls sounded clear, crisp, and loud, in both directions, with no audible background hiss. A slight hint of static around spoken words was all that distinguished it from a nearby Verizon iPhone 4. The static was telling, though, as reception seemed below par; the Cosmos 2 dropped several calls during testing. The speakerphone went nice and loud, with little audible distortion at the top setting.
Calls sounded clear through an Aliph Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset ($129, 4 stars). Voice dialing worked fine over Bluetooth, though sometimes it took several seconds before it registered my voice command. Battery life was good at 6 hours and 15 minutes of talk time.