LG U8138 Review
Review: August 2005.
The LG U8138 is an enhanced version of the LG
U8130 3G clamshell. Most of the comments for the U8130 apply to
the U8138 too. The U8138 supports all of 3's video mobile services including
video calling. You can also record video clips to send to another phone,
and download video from 3, for example news, music and sports clips.
The camera is of VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) which is average
for a camera phone these days. The internal display is a high quality
TFT LCD with 65,536 colours and a good resolution.
The U8138 is pysically the same size as the 8130 and is 2g lighter
at 124g. It's very similar in appearance but with a smart two-tone silver
and blue design.
Minor improvements in the 8138 compared to the 8130 include an upgraded
external screen. The 8138 has a 88 x 100 pixel screen with 65,536 colours,
in contrast to the smaller black and white screen on the U8130. The
MP3 player has been upgraded and now supports WMA format files. The
battery life has also been improved, giving better performance when
using the 3G functions.
Features of the LG U8138 include:
- Supports all 3's video mobile services: video calling, video messaging
& downloading video clips
- Internal display: 65,536 colours, 220 x 176 pixels
- External display: black & white, 96 x 64 pixels
- Built-in VGA camera (640 x 480 resolution) with 2x digital zoom
- MP3 player (supports MP3, AAC & WMA formats)
- Voice recorder / video recorder
- 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Multimedia messaging
- Java games
- Avatar address book – create cartoons of friends and family that
pop-up on screen every time they call
- Infrared and USB connectivity
- Calendar, To Do List, Memos, Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Currency
- Memory: 32 Mbytes internal memory
- Vibration alert
- Weight: 126g
- Size: 50 x 96 x 23 mm
- Talktime: 3.5 hours
- Battery standby: 5 days
LG U8138 User Reviews
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Average rating from 62 reviews:
Reviewed by sharon from england on 30th Aug 2010
i have one of these phones and it has a short video of my late father.
It is the only video clip I have of him but I cannot seem to do anything
with it other that view it. I would like to send it to another phone
or attach it to my new phone which is still on 3 network. any ideas
please anyone? thanks
Reviewed by Earthlingmind from England on 5th
The browser part of it is just awful, but you can use it to download
Opera Mini from Opera.com... That will make all the difference!
Reviewed by Lianne Williams from Australia on
25th Feb 2008
Hi guys, Donot get this mobile phone u are wasting ur money. it has
a shocking camera and video.They stuff up .the micro phone breaks in
the phone and when people ring u they can hear like a scrunching paper
sound in the background and u cannot hear them. decide for your self
but its not a goo mobile phone.
Reviewed by Joey from Cole on 29th Jul 2007
Well i bought this phone about 2 years ago, the phone itself is not
bad, and reception and camera are good but as it has not got bluetooth
i got rid of it. people may prefer the lg u880 instead of this.
Reviewed by mike from uk on 19th Jul 2007
i think its lack of bluetooth makes it a waste of time
Reviewed by Paraic from IE on 10th Jul 2007
This phone is quite good apart from the front screen that went blank
twice. However 3 fixed the phone within a week and it has worked fine
Reviewed by Andrew from Australia on 3rd Jul 2007
This phone is cool..the only proplem is the fact the data trasfer doesnt
work..And ive thrown it around and it hasnt broken!!! im happy
Reviewed by customer from IL on 29th May 2007
The worst nightmare I ever had lasts since i bought the phone. Cracking
noises all the time, people don't hear me, changed mic, but no improvement.
Reception ubelievable - people call me and as they hear ringing, my
phone plays dumb. Heats, even just sitting on cold table. Had to replace
software, due to freezing screen symptoms - lost all data. Alarm clock
absolutely not to be trusted, ask my boss. All that others here descibe...
and more! Battery is OK, and it serves well as long as you just receive
SMS's. there is no 0 stars here???!!!
Reviewed by mikey from australia on 29th May 2007
15 years old i hate this phone it doesnt have blue tooth or infa red
doesnt work wont let me get ringtones that are those real ringtones
this phone suks balls
Reviewed by MEBARKI Boumediene from algerie on
13th May 2007
its very good phon for me and the mark LG
Reviewed by Rhiannon from England on 16th Apr
its a good phone ive had mine a year now and although i am now looking
to upgrade it i have loved having its a good fun phone great first phone
Reviewed by Tom Illing from England on 12th Apr
I got this phone from my Korean student on my 14th birthday. It took
me quite a while to get used to it, probably because i couldn't find
the menu button eventhough it was staring me straight in the face! But
as i got used to it, i really got quite attached to my little phone.
Yes, it is quite bulky, but the advantage of that is so you get a big
screen, which i really prefer to some poxy ones you get on other phones.
I looooove all the little extras, like the swivel camera (though i broke
it within the first couple of weeks of getting it!) Also i love the
fact that you can access 3 and that it is compatable because 3 has LOADS
to offer. My only bad point is that it doesn't have games already on
the phone itself and that you have to pay quite a bit to download them
from 3 games. But hey, i think overall that this is a great phone, and
recommend it to anyone that likes big screens and the 3 network. Have
Reviewed by tyson from australia on 13th Mar 2007
it is so stupid
Reviewed by msafifi from egypt on 4th Mar 2007
its very good for any 1 want good looking phone and more time of talking
and ... any way I'm gonna change it soon
Reviewed by tavares from australia on 15th Jan
my grandson gave me his phone. well first i couldnt hear the other party
on the other end .i got that fixed and now the language has turned to
german so now i cant read that and where do i buy a simple little USER
MANUAL but otherwise its good
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 2nd Nov 2006
This phone was a really good phone for me until 6 months ago or so.
The signal would cut off whilst trying to make a call in an area where
the signal would usually be 100%. People would call me and it wouldn't
ring, highly annoying. I thought it might've just been me until I read
the reviews on it just now to see others have come across the same problems.
On the face of it a good phone, with good features, easy to use handset
but has technical problems with it, so do avoid as it will screw up
Reviewed by Penny from Australia on 31st Oct 2006
I got this phone at the start of 2005, it was okay then, but now it
freezes, the buttons won't work properly, the camera is useless, it
blacks out on me, its absolutely JUNK. I regret getting this phone,
it was a waste of good money [$460]. DO NOT BUY.
Reviewed by Pirzada Afridi from Peshawar(PAK) on
6th Aug 2006
i used this mobile set from the last 5 months. its very good and soft.its
sounds are very nice clear display. all vedios are very good and too
long have very huge memory.really i love it ..
Reviewed by joe oughton from england on 28th Jun
this is good if you like playing around, which i do
Reviewed by Mr.Mohabbat Khan from Lahore on 1st
All i want to say is i upgraded to this phone from the u8120 and the
u8110 and this phone is great.the outer screen is very clear and i must
complement on the beutiful design. 5 stars all the way for this one.
however the fetures are the same as the u8120, but looks wize its great.
Reviewed by Hannah from England ! =D on 10th Mar
I got this phone in the summer holz (2005) n it was alrite but i'm now
having problems with it . . . lyk the buttons dont work , it freezes
and it started to play dixie horn non stop and i didnt kno why ! ! +
i need help i got the cabel n everyfink but how do you get your photos
from your phone to your computer ? it would b so cool if u could help!
Reviewed by PAUL from UK on 21st Feb 2006
If you are having problems hearing the other party or vice-versa, it
is most likely a software problem. If the phone is under warrenty return
it for a software upgrade. I think the lastest is V1.06 could be 1.07
Reviewed by Marty from Ireland on 15th Feb 2006
Have had this phone for a full year now. Have upgraded to a different
phone manufacturer and I now realise how fantastic a phone the u8138
actually is! The only major downside is lack of bluetooth, but it makes
up for this through its tons of other features. 1. It has a converter
for currency, length (inches:centimetres), weights (lbs:grams), capacity,
etc. I found this extremely useful 2. Loads more info can be put into
the handset memory for each contact and its groupings are much better
and easier to use. 3. A Calendar AND memo AND 'to do' section for reminders
that allow large amount of text be put into each reminder and option
for exactly when during the correct day to remind you. It also has a
'datulator' to count down days to a particular event. Obviously not
necessary on phones, but is actually quite addictive for birthdays,
holidays, etc. 4. Large selection of very good ringtones and text/MMS
tones and alarm tones inbuilt. 5. Although there looks to be many buttons,
they are actually laid out quite well and logically so your thumbs and
fingers don't have to move too far when doing messages, setting alartms,
etc. All in all, this is a great phone even more than one year on. Still
looks good. Only bad things I find are already listed below: Camera
is NOT good - colours are terrible. Lack of bluetooth. Build quality
not the best. However, its not the worst either. Mine got dropped outside
on average once a week, and nothing ever failed or dropped off. Well
done to LG for a good looking phone with great software and loads of
features. This was a phone before its time. Would other manufacturers
PLEASE look at this phone and include some of its features in their
Reviewed by pradeep.k from india on 15th Feb 2006
my lg u 8138 has derveloped a strange problem: some times i am able
to hear the other party and some times vice versa.what could be the
Reviewed by alok from india on 30th Jan 2006
it's too cool set foe each and everything but it's weak piont is not
availaibilty of bluetooth.
Reviewed by anonymous from england on 29th Jan
i got this phone about 2 months ago and i think its !!!GREAT!!! the
mp3 player is great the camera is great i have had no problems with
phone and have had other phones but none even compare to this one but
the one bad thing is not enough memory for mp3s and no expandable memory
so i would realy recomend ths phone but if you want alot of songs dont
buy and the 3 network are too expensive
Reviewed by Rebecca from Australia on 27th Dec
its an exellent mobile fone except it dosent have bluetooth with is
pretty bad but otherwise its awesome i would highly recomment this mobile
Reviewed by Daniel K. from Ireland on 22nd Dec
The phone is fine. There is one problem which might sound strange but
the phone or the glass covering for the main screen is grabbing my beard
hair! The glass edgy may be too sharp or it could be getting caught
in the gap between the screen cover and the frame.
Reviewed by Mike from England UK on 23rd Nov 2005
Nice little phone with a few annoying traits. Noticed someones comment
about the '3' network being the worst, this is far from true (unless
using their pay-and-go system which in all honesty is poo). '3' isnt
a bad network, problem is they are new unlike orange voda etc who have
funds to use the bigger names in the industry. '3' are a complicated
network with very advanced software which many of their phone simply
cannot handle. I own the 8138 and like i said its a nice little phone
but limited. Irritating traits are: Frozen screen, poor battery life,
limited functions, vibrate mode freezing (so it freezes when u get an
alert and wont stop till u rip battery out. which might be good for
the ladies!!!!!) I also have the nokia 6680 on '3' (and i hate nokia
phones) and the LG just cannot compete. Was a good early phone for the
network but has served its due, move over for the premium handsets now,
lets stop dwelling on this old phone now eh? thanks! :0)
Reviewed by Josh from UK on 21st Nov 2005
I got this phone a while back and I've had major problems with it, all
credit to the model, its a great phone my my picraphone on it went all
screwy and no one oculd hear me when they rang me..! but hey it was
second hand, I'm taking it to be fixed and unlocked to virgin very soon
(next friday) and this networks better than 3 in my opinion, 3's too
expencive! but this slim clamshel design is very stylish, and suitable
for all ages from teens to adults! its reception is genuraly very good
also! cameras excellent especially with its 2x zoom and flash! my fave
bit is the video recording! anyway c'ya! Josh
Reviewed by Lady Lou-Lou! from England on 15th
I'm getting the LG U8138 for xmas and I can't wait! Even though it's
going to be second hand, I think its a great phone. 2 of my friends
have got this phone, and say that it is a brick, but it's not! I think
it's stylish and very easy to use. Its got a big screen which I think
is exellent and the lettering and numbering is nice and bold. I also
like the fact that you can change the colour of the screen to either;
orange, green, blue or violet, and the numbers can be changed to any
colour. I really can't wait to get this phone, I just know I'm going
to using it all the time. I'm giving this phone 4 stars at the moment
because I dont actually have it yet, but hopefully when I do, i'll be
able to give it 5 stars! I think this is a great design and I would
advise people to take a look at this phone coz it's quite good! :-D
Reviewed by james from uk on 27th Oct 2005
This phone has a nice desing good mp3 decent camera and loveable avtar
images.But it does not have bluetooth so i will not give it a a five
its not 2 expensive and quite strong so if u drop it not to much damaged
done the only other thing 3 are da worst network.
Reviewed by Rachel.C from England on 17th Oct
I've had nokias, panasonics, ericcsons and motorolas and this phone
is the best yet. It may not look fantastic but it has everything except
bluetooth and a radio. It's easy to use and the camera is excellent.
But one warning- three are the worst network!
Reviewed by Big Dave from UK on 16th Oct 2005
Best phone I've ever had. Far Superior to any nokia or motorola. Very
easy to use, excellent camera. I would highly recommend this handset.
Reviewed by iran from england on 11th Oct 2005
this fone is da worst fone ever i've still got it and keeps switching
off and the screen goes mest it says it cums with a mp3 player and infared
there woz no point in ever putin them on da fone they dnt work da mp3
player works but u cnt conenct it to da computer and who wants to pay
£3 to but 1 song or £5 to buy a game this fone hasnt even got gd memory
i could ave waisted dat sort of memory i 1 day it hasnt even gt a memory
card or bluetooth as sn as ma contracts over im gettin a gd fon like
da sony ericcson k750i, sony ericcson w800i or da samsung d600 trust
me u dnt want dis fone is rubbish and if any1 buys it they'll regret
Reviewed by Jono from UK on 6th Oct 2005
Excellent Handset. I've had other 3G handsets before and this is by
far the best. The camera is amazing (no like the older phones such as
the NEC that was RUBBISH). I would highly recommend this handset..
Reviewed by cj from uk on 17th Sep 2005
this phone is awsome freat camera and video the usb installing i havent
worked out yet but its so good the phone ;) ive had alot of phones but
this one tops them all by far!! i like how the swivel camera makes it
secretive so ppl dont know if you are taking photos of them or not :D
100% awsome value!!
Reviewed by ang from uk on 11th Sep 2005
Wouldn't recommend this phone or the 3 network, like previously mentioned
my phone will switch to video at anytime including sitting on the table
and wipe out the battery leaving me without a phone to use till charged
back up, also couldn't ever get a good signal and if on the rare occasions
i did it would lose the signal as soon as i dialled a number or ring
be answered then lose the signal despite the signal strength where i
live supposingly to be 100%. Have managed to use less than 10% of monthly
price plan due to a non-existent connection or a flat battery, also
having really bad difficulties contacting 3 and having no replies from
complaints, and having trouble being understood by the call centre in
India, now contacting Watchdog and Otelo to have this contract voided.
Now have had to take out another contract to get back to a normal network
provider and a phone that i can rely on.
Reviewed by Riad from Scotland on 30th Aug 2005
Well i have had this phone over a month now and i must admit it is a
good phone. First of to navigate through the menus is fast, to scroll
through the contacts list is pretty fast and best of all the t9-text
input is brilliant. Even without the predictive text, messaging is easy
as the buttons are a good size and do not require jabs to type with.
The quality of the camera is good but i am sure you can get better at
a lower price (i.e O2 X4), the video recording function is great however
and the quality of the sound from the speaker is very impressive for
a phone. Unfortunatly though there is a few downsides, that being, no
bluetooth connectivity and the phone itself is a bit bulky for the features
that it. has. Also i would recommend that if you do not like the three
network you try getting the phone unlocked over a dealer in Ebay or
somewhere nearby in a local phone shop as it can be done (my LG U8138
is unlcoked and i use it on O2). Overall though if you are looking for
a phone that has all the latest features (bar bluetooth) and is stylish
and fun to use, the LG U8138 is a very good choice.
Reviewed by monty from australia on 25th Jul 2005
this phone is so anoying but is also good at the same time. for starters
this particular modle is the only one out of all the LG U8*** that does
not play music when it is closed and not even when you go into prfiles.
i like the colour screens all round thats great but the music factor
really anoys me...... the new one (LG U8180) is the best apart from
the new navigation keys are smaller.
Reviewed by Sukaina from United Kingdom on 13th
This phone is quite good with the things it has to offer. its camera
is good and games .Even though i don't have it .
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 12th Jul 2005
=In my opinion, this phone has teething problems= STAY WELL CLEAR, until
LG come up with an updated model, at least. I feel shame to even give
this phone 2*'s. I've had this for over a month now, and not a single
day has it functioned properly. I previously had the 8120, which I can
honestly say I had no major problems with, in the 8 months that I had
it (other than the usual heating up, and once in every blue moon freezing!)
- then the earpiece started crackling, and Three kindly offered to upgrade
it to the 8138. And that's when the problems began! To make calls: I'd
have to try at least 2 or 3 times before it actually decided to START
dialling. To receive calls: People would call me, and it would either
go straight to voicemail, or the caller would hear it ring, but the
phone would not!!! (that was when I had full bars on the coverage-meter).
After repairing it twice, and replacing it once, Three still couldn't
fix it. Now they've offered to replace it for a different handset altogether.
As far as functions go, this phone is average. I'd like to see more
memory (or expandable memory) on it. Also Bluetooth would obviously
would be good. Battery life is ok (if it doesn't overheat for no reason!!).
The only pro over the 8120 (other than the full colour exterior screen)
is that there's no longer a limit to how long you can record movies
on it using the camera (other than how much space you have left on it).
Reviewed by Leeya DABEST from UK on 6th Jul 2005
This phone is ok the only thing that I don't like about it is the battery
life. by the way the Nokia 1100 is the worst phone eva and the Motorola
E398 is da best fone eva.
Reviewed by ashley bissell from england on 28th
this is an incredible phone.i will advise anyone who wants to get one
to do so.at the moment i have a samsung d500 but the lg 8138 is an absolute
incredible phone!GET ONE YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED I PROMISE
Reviewed by Simon Peaty from UK on 28th Jun 2005
Avoid like the plague! I cannot stress how much I hate this phone, and
“3” to boot! I have had no end of problems with Battery
life, connections, service I could go on. 3 were absolutely useless
and couldn’t organise a p*ss up in a brewery. You can only speak
to their Indian call centre, all of the employees are as much use as
a chocolate tea pot. If you even consider going with this provider or
manufacturer of phones you need your head examined
Reviewed by Dino from ENGLAND on 22nd Jun 2005
This is a fairly good phone, difficult to unlock as it needs software.
Plus points are nice bright clear screen, good signal, trendy and compact,
easy to navigate menu. More reliable than the U8120 (we get loads of
8120's for repair mainly due to bodged unlocking). Bad side, bluetooth
is for headset only, camera not as good as on 8120...yes that's right..it
is the same camera but the wiring on the colour front screen interferes
very slightly with the camera, only noticeable when directly making
a comparison with a 8120. Limited to 32mb memory with no memory slot
for a card. Not very PC friendly. My son uses one of these and he loves
it. for the moment I'll stay with my sony P900 and Motorola A1000
Reviewed by Kjay from England on 21st Jun 2005
Well i would have to say this fone is pretty good, the camera and videoing
is brilliant and all the features are good too! I especially like the
fact you can put on as many good games on the phone as you want (if
you have the right software - Gthing) However the only reason why i
gave the LG U8138 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is rather on the
large side and also it doesnt have bluetooth which is included in many
new phones! But on the whole if u are considering getting this phone
and not bothered about bluetooth and having a large flip phone then
get it its BRILLIANT!!!
Reviewed by Kiran from England on 18th Jun 2005
I bought this phone 2 weeks ago, and i found out it was excellent for
about a week, then it kept crashing and turning itself off all the time,
even when it was ringing, it doesnt even have bluetooth. i would recommend
the motorola a1000, that phone it excellent with a 5 star rating. thank
Reviewed by FC from England on 6th Jun 2005
Thoughtfully put together - apart from video button on outside of case
(may resulting in unwanted videos of inside of trouser pocket. Only
things misisng are bluetooth and memory expansion option, although 32
MB is pretty generous to start with. Really nice size and design (aerial
can be replaced with something shorter) with "surprise and delight"
menu structure. Well priced now too at some 3G outlets.
Reviewed by Amanda Simmons from London, England on
4th Jun 2005
My LG8120 died (along with countless others - don't get one if you want
to have a hope of keeping videos, pics or your own phone address book)
and I was promised by Three that the LG8138 was the top of the range
LG phone and would have no such software issues. When it arrived, the
internal screen displayed backwards and then the phone kept freezing
(the latter being just like the original LG8120 problem)Trying to get
another replacement from Three has been a two week nightmare. I would
suggest steering well clear of any LG phones. (Shame as their features
are really quite good)
Reviewed by puttu from uk on 20th May 2005
stupid phone... dosent have all the features that other nice 3g phones
have... poor colour.. unfriendly to use.. go back to good nokia.. thats
Reviewed by Tim from Australia on 7th May 2005
My problem with this phone is that every now and again it will flip
into video camera mode while in my pocket and suck up the battery life.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Reviewed by Mark from Australia on 17th Apr 2005
Overall a good phone. It's main fault is that playing audio through
the headphones is very faint, yet ordinary phone calls are crystal clear.
Reviewed by Caomhan OConnor from Belfast on 12th
tis is a beill phone it has to be the best phone i have ever had i would
suggest it to any one looking for a phone
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 12th Apr 2005
very nice phone, but would be beter with blue tooth. camra very good
but vidio clip is only 5 sec. could not nind ring tones Sent the phone
Reviewed by Ormo from NORTHERN IRELAND on 11th
WAT A MAD DOG PHONE LIKE! ONLY DISAPPOINTING IS THAT BOTH SCREEN GET
DIRTY VERY EASILY, A SLIGHT FINGER PRINT MAKES IT DIRTY AND HARD TO
CLEAN! OTHER THAN THAT, WAT CAN I SAY THE CAMERA IS MADNES! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Reviewed by Little Boo from England on 3rd Apr
I have had this phone for three days now and found it excellent. There
are a few problems with it though. They are, on my old u8120 every now
and again the screen would go blank. I put this down to the phone saving
battery life but when i pushed a button i found that the phone had switched
off. I tried taking the battery out of the phone and putting it back
in but when i did the phones screen went white and then went of again.
I took it back to the shop were i got it from and they said that they
could give me another one but i am worried that it might happen again
and my warrenty is running out fast. I got the LG U8138 because i thought
that LG would have solved the problem by now but it doesnt look like
they have because some of my friends say that it has happened to there
U8138. But overall i find the phone great and like the colour screen
on the front of the phone. I would rate this phone as a 4 star phone
Reviewed by tupac from uk on 30th Mar 2005
this is a good phone but the only thing i hate about it is the reception
of this phone
Reviewed by Jamie Horton from United Kingdom on
26th Mar 2005
An excellent phone in my opinion. The only thing missing is the blue
tooth and transfering video content in Windows media form to the phone
seems impossible using the CD Rom software that comes with the phone.
Apart from no bluetooth I think this is an excellent phone.
Reviewed by tracy westwood from england on 12th
most of the phones functions are good but only had a week and the screen
froze while making a call.hope doesnt keep happening otherwise good
Reviewed by Gillian from u.k on 9th Mar 2005
this is a good phone for a 3g phone. its not too big and heavy. it has
some good features on it but the only thing missing is bluetooth, but
i can live without it!!. its the best phone to get on three network.
i would recommend this phone.