Full Review of the LG 306G from TracfoneThis review by de9w2dsl will cover the features, specs, likes and dislikes, and buying tips for the LG 306G.
|Full Review of the LG 306G|
Tracfone Wireless is a prepaid cell phone company providing low cost phones and minutes to customers throughout the US. They have a variety of phones, including Android smartphones (See our reviews of these phones on our Cell Phone Reviews page).
The LG 306G is a relatively new (2014) offering from Tracfone that features a touchscreen, WiFi, Triple Minutes for life and runs on GSM networks. (We will cover more about the GSM network further down).
It is similar to the very popular LG 840G, but a few years newer. Both phones use a non-Android OS and are a somewhat small size compared to other phones.
Let's take a look at the detailed features for the LG 306G.
LG 306G Features and SpecsThis phone comes with all the standard features you expect from a non-Android phone.
- WiFi Capability
- GPS Connectivity
- 5 Customizable Home Screens
- 2MP Camera
- Mobile Web with 3G Speeds
- Text and Picture messaging
- 4GB Micro SD Card (up to 32GB Compatible)
- MP3 Player
- Gravity Sensor (tilt sensor)
- 1000 Entry Phonebook
- Handsfree speaker
- Alarm Clock
- Call Waiting, Caller ID, Voicemail, Voice Recorder
Specs and Dimensions
- 3.2" Touchscreen
- Size: 4.08" x 2.47" x 0.47" (inches)
- Weight: 3.72 OZ
- Battery: 3 Hours talk time, 17 days on Standby
The features and specs for the LG 306G are comparable to other Tracfone devices like the LG 530G, Samsung S390G or, as we mentioned already, the LG 840G.
The key features for this phone are GSM network, touchscreen, WiFi and Triple Minutes. Let's get into what we like, and don't like, about the LG 306G to break it down a little further.
LG 306G Review - Likes and DislikesStarting with what we Like:
|Apps on the LG 306G|
The LG 306G is similar to the LG 840G which was a very popular phone for Tracfone users. Thus, the LG 306G has many of these same great features.
WiFi access, 3G speed, and the 3.2" touchscreen are all very nice to have. The touchscreen is fairly bright and responsive. The phone also has 5 home screens which you can customize.
Battery life on the LG 306G is good, especially compared to smartphones. It should last a few days with moderate use, and even a week with light use (it is advertised to last 17 days on standby).
The phone comes with a 4GB Micro SD card which you can put music on, or use to store pictures etc. For those who want to put a lot of stuff on the phone, you can upgrade your SD card to up to 32GB.
We like that the LG 306G does not use the new '3 buckets' system for minutes, but rather the older option where you have minutes from one pool used for data, texting and calling. (If you would rather have separate pools for data, texts and calling, take a look at the Android smartphones.) This is the same way the LG 840G worked. Basically, if you do a lot of texting this is a better option for you. And this phone also comes with Triple Minutes for Life, so every time you add minutes they will be tripled.
The LG 306G uses the GSM network, probably running on AT&T cell phone service. All of the new Android smartphones use CDMA networks, which are Verizon towers. So if Verizon service isn't very good in your area, you should go with a GSM phone like the LG 306G (but make sure AT&T service is good in your area). To check, try asking your friends or neighbors, or enter your zip code on the Tracfone website. (for more on these networks, read our GSM vs CDMA Guide.)
Lastly, this phone will work with Tracfone Promo Codes! Unlike the Android smartphones Tracfone offers.
Now for a few dislikes.
LG 306G Dislikes
This phone is a pretty solid device that doesn't seem to have any big dislikes, but also doesn't really 'wow' in any areas either.
The lack of a main operating system like Android is a little disappointing. With Android OS you have access to thousands of apps. With the LG 306G, there are apps available, but not as many. We would recommend Opera Mini, which is a great app for browsing the internet.
The LG 306G isn't a new phone, even though it is new to Tracfone. So don't expect too much from it. There are a variety of quirks, such as the phone switching to landscape mode for texting, but if you don't mind things like this it is a good option.
The 2MP camera is not great, but that is to be expected for a phone like this.
If you find any problems with your LG 306G, let us know in the comments so we can mention them here.
Also, if you want more information, be sure to check out the full user guide linked below.
Overview and Buying Options for the LG 306GOverall, the LG 306G is similar to the LG 840G, which isn't a bad thing, unless you are looking to upgrade from the LG 840G (in which case we would suggest a smartphone like the LG Optimus Dynamic II).
The LG 306G is a simple, durable phone that will get the job done and won't be as bulky as most smartphones. It is a great choice for people who want something at a reasonable price, and don't need all the latest features. Overall, we like this phone. It isn't too fancy, but works well and has most of the features you would need for a cell phone.
For Tracfone customers, this is a pretty standard Tracfone device, and would make a good upgrade if you have an older phone, especially if you only have double minutes for life.
Where to find the LG 306G from Tracfone
You can find the LG 306G on the Tracfone website, currently selling for $50.
Dollar General among other stores is also selling this phone usually for a bit less.
There are sometimes some great bundles with this phone on HSN.com or ShopHQ.com.
We have also found the LG 306G on Amazon for less than $40.
Additional Resources and LG 306G User Guide
Take a look at the interactive LG 306G Tutorial to help you learn how to navigate this phone. Or you might want the 100 page LG 306G User Guide (PDF).
We hope you found this review useful, leave a comment if you have questions or thoughts (and don't forget to check them for additional information from others).
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