An above average phone from LG - it looks stylish, and the touch screen works as well as you'd expect from a phone of this price. The battery life's poor, as is the camera quality.
The screen (240 x 400 pixels resolution) is bright, sharp and crisp - images and videos are displayed in excellent quality - buy a storage card and you can easily watch a feature length movie on it. The touch screen responsiveness is acceptable, although if you type fast when texting, you might struggle a little as the handset won't keep up. You can use a virtual phone keypad, a full qwerty keyboard in landscape mode, or handwriting recognition to type your message, although the latter takes far longer and is only really useful as a novelty feature.
The camera is a major disappointment. Edges to objects are unclear and fuzzy due to poor post-processing, which is a shame considering the lens itself is of such high quality. Another let-down is that when taking a photo, the lens captures more than you can see on screen whilst taking it, so you can easily get your finger in the photograph, even if it does not appear on screen when taking it. Taking photos in anything other than bright light conditions (even when using the flash), produces a lot of noise and poor quality images.
Video, however, is surprisingly clear and smooth for a mobile handset, and the 'slow-mo' 120 FPS feature is excellent.
Battery life is poor, and even just by having the phone in my pocket, it needs to be charged on a daily basis. Use the MP3 player, and you'll need to charge it as soon as you get home.
The MP3 player does it's job, and produces a nice, rounded sound to your music. It isn't customisable, however, so if the sound's not to your liking, there's no equaliser to change it.
Web browsing is an OK experience. Web pages load at a decent speed (HSDPA allows UP TO 7.2 MBPS, depending on your network), and scrolling is relatively OK. The Opera mobile browser can be downloaded to the handset, which provides a much more pleasurable browsing experience.
- Clear, sharp, bright display.
- Ability to playback DIVX video.
- Excellent call quality.
- High quality video recordings.
- 120 FPS video recording.
- Slow startup time (almost 1 minute from switch on to being able to use it).
- Poor quality photographs for a 5 MP lens.
- Feels flimsy - battery cover squeaks due to it being a little lose.
- Chrome wears off with very little effort.
- Handset often freezes for a few seconds.
- No option to upload / add new themes.