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LG GD510 Pop
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LG has had great success with its recent low-cost touchscreen phones and the company intends to build upon this foundation with its latest model. Dubbed the Pop, the GD510 is the smallest 3in touchscreen phone on the market, which is quite some achievement considering how small some of LG's previous phones have been. The question is, has this shrinking down resulted in a compromised handset? Let's take a closer look to find out.

The first thing one notices about this phone is how small it actually is - it's just 97 x 50 x 11mm and weighs only 87g. LG has also nailed the design by going for a very simplistic look. Only one button adorns the front while the back has just the camera lens tucked in one corner and the LG logo in the other. The choice of a simple brushed metal effect on the back and silver paint on the front is also very elegant, though real metal would obviously have been preferable.

Along the sides are a few more buttons and flaps but they've all been neatly integrated thereby enhancing rather than detracting from the design. In particular, you get a lanyard loop and volume rocker in the top left, a power/lock button on the top, a micro-USB port on the left side (which sadly doubles as the headset socket and no headphone adapter is provided in the box), and the combined camera and multitasking button on the right. When pressed briefly, the latter will bring up the multitasking menu, which shows a list of running programs (and allows you to close them) and a grid of shortcuts to your favourite programs. Holding the button down opens the camera application.

As for the button on the front, it also performs multiple functions and is even colour-coded to signify what mode it's in. When the phone is locked, it is white and unlit but when turned on and you've an incoming call or are just at the home screen, the button is green and so pressing it will answer the call or open the call log. While in a call or once you have a program open, the button will turn red indicating that it can now be used to end the call or close the program. It even acts as a 'back' button in nested menus, taking you one step back up the menu tree on every press. It's a clever yet simple system that really elevates the usability of this phone.

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November 30, 2009, 6:04 pm

I can't imagine that battery test gives very accurate and comparable results. The number of bars on most phones I've seen has only a faint relation to the actual remaining battery life. (And from what I've heard, this is by design.) Even a full percentage isn't very accurate, since the conversion from the voltage level is not exact. A more accurate test would run until the battery gives out. Ideally, charge it fully and do each activity (calls, music, video, ...) until the battery is empty. I guess that's a bit much to ask, though.

Bayzid Hussain

November 30, 2009, 11:25 pm

£230? I've seen this mobile phone in both Phones4U and Car Phone Warehouse for £99!


December 1, 2009, 12:09 am

It is a good looking phone but I have been told that the OS isn't very good at all I can't help think if LG had put android on it they would have a really good looking phone and a good OS at a very good price


December 1, 2009, 4:25 pm

@Jay I agree, the size of this phone is exactly what I am looking for (the iPhone ect are just too big IMO for me to carry round all the time), I just wish that it had Android on it.

I really think that there is a market for a smaller Android phone than what is out there at the moment, rather than pushing 4" screens ect the manufacturers should think about bringing out something a bit smaller IMO

Alan Edwards47c

December 1, 2009, 5:51 pm

They're having a laugh if they want £230 for this - no WiFi or 3G??

Nokia 5530 - only slightly bigger, not 3G but does have WiFi, 640x360 touch screen and proper Symbian smartphone OS. Currently going for £99 unlocked (but you have to buy a pre-pay SIM and topup) in CPW.



December 1, 2009, 6:57 pm

The stated price must be wrong. This phone is a slightly updated KP501 Cookie. A while ago TR reported that LG would start to use Android, starting (oddly) with the KS360. Wonder what happened to that?


May 3, 2010, 12:42 am

This is a good looking phone, but to be frank I've had many problems with it. It often freezes, once for three days. It's a pain if you phone somewhere where you need to use the number board, ie press 1 for this option type calls as you have to activate keyboard each time. Volume/silent options seem to have mind of their own too. My view is it's too fancy for it's own good and I'm glad I didn't pay anything for it quite frankly. On the positive side it looks good and games are quite fun.


July 12, 2010, 10:17 pm

What am i meant to do when my phone freezes up? is there anything i can do?? my phone has just started to do it and its very annoying

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