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LG Banter review

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The LG Banter currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 26 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

In the beginning you could have any phone, as long as it was black. Now there is a phone for every demographic, and the LG Banter is designed for the young at heart who enjoy texting.

As such, it is essentially an entry-level device, but what it lacks in whiz-bang features it makes up for in sensible shoes. Take the 1,000 name capacity phone book, the 2.1 stereo Bluetooth, alarm, calendar, voice-dialing command feature, GPS and more.

It starts out looking like a candy-bar phone but turns into a slider, with a full QWERTY keypad that offers a thoughtful layout of keys but lacks the contour and sculptured keys offered on some other phones.

The 2 inch, single display offers 240 x 320 pixel resolution, which is okay for what it does, but falls short of other displays in its tier group. There is expandable microSD memory, 2.1 Bluetooth, a 2.5mm jack input and a WAP 2.0 internet connection.

This is a decent phone, but feels like stuff left over from 2006 was thrown together to add another price-point offering.

If you want a simple phone, this writer believes other options offer more passion. As is, the LG Banter is okay, but lacks the luster that this solid company has built a reputation on.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2"
Camera
1+ MP



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LG released the Banter on March 9, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Banter user manual here.


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


If your Banter 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
2"

The LG Banter's screen size is 2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
42 MB

Internal memory is 42 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
950mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 950 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

LG Banter Specs

Overview
Release date March 9, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 42 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
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: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black, Green, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.2 x 1.7 cm (4.4 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
3D No
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, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 600
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
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 Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG 265T, LG AX265

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User Reviews


I Love my Banter

I Love the LG Banter, I've had mine for about a year now, What made me want to get it is because you can change the color of the "case" on it, it comes with blue, shiny gray, and a purple one with a leaf pattern on the back. I never had any trouble with my phone at all. And they are very easy to use, t...More
I Love the LG Banter, I've had mine for about a year now, What made me want to get it is because you can change the color of the "case" on it, it comes with blue, shiny gray, and a purple one with a leaf pattern on the back. I never had any trouble with my phone at all. And they are very easy to use, the only problem is that I can;t make calls because the speaker in my phone is broken , but that's my fault because i accidentally dropped it to many times, I will be getting a new phone next week because of this, but I will be getting another Banter because I can't see myself getting use to another other phone when I Love this one so much :) Less

Text-o-matic.

The LG Banter was my first phone, and it was alright. the keyboard and texting options are simple and easy to use and figure out. Which was great. I must say that the camera is a very low resolution and disappointing, and options and settings were also. The different faceplate are very colorful and a d...More
The LG Banter was my first phone, and it was alright. the keyboard and texting options are simple and easy to use and figure out. Which was great. I must say that the camera is a very low resolution and disappointing, and options and settings were also. The different faceplate are very colorful and a different feature that other phones don't have. I decided to trade up , because this phones camera and because the keyboard started glitching , and the keyboard was the best part so.. If you are looking for a CHEAP easy to use texter phone, this is for you. Less

Really disapointing!

I have had this cellphone for a year and a half now, and I regret buying this phone. At first, it was great, good batterie life, the keyboard was smooth and the menu seemed easy to use. Now it lasts only a day or so (even if I don't use it a lot I've tried), the phone often freeze and closes for no rea...More
I have had this cellphone for a year and a half now, and I regret buying this phone. At first, it was great, good batterie life, the keyboard was smooth and the menu seemed easy to use. Now it lasts only a day or so (even if I don't use it a lot I've tried), the phone often freeze and closes for no reason. The auto text which is not removable adds words every where for no reason and you are stuck with weird messages. The worst thing of it all, 3 of my numbers decided to stop working. The keyboard seems to be cheap. You could buy this phone for a replacement but don't buy it for three years it won't survive! Less

I have to agree with Julie56494. I am disappointed. The auto text cannot be termed off. It constantly inserts words from previously sent messages as you type so you frequently send incohererent messages. Secondly they located the OK key on the keyboard next to the arrow keys so you frequently accidentally sedn an incomplete mesage. Lastly there is NO return key on the keyboard - You in the genius in Design/QA who missed that????

Yeah this phone really sucks , its almost two years that i had this phone and im ready for a new one but a better one , this phone keeps shutting off , now that its broken , it likes to flicker even when im texting , a white screen shows up alot , it pisses me off

I've only had it for 6 months... Almost seven and it keeps freezing and shutting off on me. I was in a conversation with someone and it just shut down on me and didn't open until I re-opened it... Really sucks....

Wow! Most disappointed...

I just bought the cute LG Banter last month, and the first time I hooked it up to re-charge, I went to use it and the whole thing is deader than a doornail. I was very diligent during my 1st recharge so I was there when it was done so as to not leave it hooked-up for longer than was necessary, leaving...More
I just bought the cute LG Banter last month, and the first time I hooked it up to re-charge, I went to use it and the whole thing is deader than a doornail. I was very diligent during my 1st recharge so I was there when it was done so as to not leave it hooked-up for longer than was necessary, leaving me with many ????'s over my head as to what just happened. I have yet to make one call on this phone or one email or text. What's going on here? Anyone else have this problem happen to them? Would love to hear from you. Less

I have the same problem, I really don't know what to do, the battery isn't made to be used a lot and doesn't seem to be designed to last. It's a cheap phone and I regret buying it. The keyboard even broke at places!

amazing phone

i got this phone back in December and it is awesome. The battery life is great, it has great call reception and is very easy to text on. The only thing i do not like about it is that it cannot take video.
i have had this phone for a week and i am surprised the battery lasted 5 days of constant use. only thing i don't like is the auto text save thing

Its awesome

This phone is amazing, it has a long lasting battery life and it has great call reception, and very easy to text on, Though I'm kind of upset that it can't take videos.
This is an amazing phone. VERY easy to figure out, surprisingly long lasting battery life (about 4 days of constant use). I really like the 4 interchangeable face plates (silver, blue, purple and green). Overall, a very good quality phone for the price.

The LG Banter Sucks

Ive had my phone since nov and I hate the auto save in text messaging. Can be texting and hit space and then something I text someone else will pop up and Telus can not fix that. Also I've had to get it fixed because the slider got loose and almost fell off. Also can't believe they sell this phone with...More
Ive had my phone since nov and I hate the auto save in text messaging. Can be texting and hit space and then something I text someone else will pop up and Telus can not fix that. Also I've had to get it fixed because the slider got loose and almost fell off. Also can't believe they sell this phone with out any kind of manual on how to operate your phone. Id rather stick with my LG Keybo 2 then go back to the to LG Banter. Very disappointed with LG Less

great phone

the only problem i have had with this phone is that it cant receive pictures form certain types of phone like the htc hero. i love everything it has especially the chat view. i really wish it took video as well but i can live without it

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