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LG Crystal GD900 - LG Crystal GD900

By Sandra Vogel



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There is only 1.5GB of built in memory, but a microSD card slot sits on the right edge and you can get to it when you slide the keyboard down.

There is a front camera for two-way video calling, and the main camera shoots to 8-megapixels. It has an LED flash and self-portrait mirror. These and the lens are protected under the slide. There are a few tweakables including a good macro mode you can see in use on the pink flowers, and a continuous shot mode, but the extras aren't as plentiful as on many other phones. Smile and blink detection, for example, are missing.

Indoors photos were a bit washed out. The coloured dish photographed under normal household lights shows this. The chair, too, lacks the kind of definition and colour purity I'd expect from an 8-megapixel camera. If you are into digital zoom, then simply running a finger round the Transparent Touchpad does the trick.

Sadly I lacked the time to perform my usual battery rundown test, but I can say that battery life was fairly good. I was still using the phone after two days on a single charge, though you'll need to factor in daily charging if you are a heavy data user or like your Wi-Fi or music a lot.

Additional applications not already mentioned include mobile email, Google Maps, some accelerometer-friendly games, alarms, calendar, memo maker, stopwatch, voice recorder, calculator, world clock, and unit converter. Bluetooth is present too.


It is a shame about the lack of GPS, the camera is not as good as other 8-megapixel offerings and the 3D cube part of the user interface is a waste of time. The phone is a magnet for greasy fingermarks, but the gesture control and Transparent Touchpad are nice ideas that work well.

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July 31, 2009, 12:32 pm

Another good review from Sandra, she really is the better of all the phone reviewers.

Makes you wonder why she has not been given an iPhone to review (unless the search failed to reveal it) ;-)

Geek in Training

July 31, 2009, 1:50 pm

Looks a good phone but perhaps a missed opportunity by LG. With Android this phone would have made more impact on the market than it has so far. Still, I hope LG stick with and refine this design. It could be a winner.


July 31, 2009, 3:27 pm

Can someone at TR explain to me what that oval coloured thing that you always take a picture of with your latest gadgets actually is? And how big is it? At first I thought it was one of those finger skateboards, but now I think it's a ceramic dish. Am I right?!


August 1, 2009, 3:38 am

@Bluepork - I think that it must either be a surfboard for borrowers, or a pencil eraser? What is it TR - put us out of our misery :)


August 1, 2009, 6:39 am

I'm going to have to hazard a guess at hair clip, so that would put it at about 10-12 cm long.

Although the hardware seems good enough, the clear keypad seems like a hindrance.


August 1, 2009, 8:22 am

Looks like a bunch of people didn't read the review properly...

"The coloured dish photographed under normal household lights shows this."

There we go, we can all sleep soundly tonight.

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