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LG GD510 Pop - LG GD510 Pop

By Edward Chester

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Summary

Our Score:

7

To look at, the screen is neither exceptionally good or bad, it's merely an okay colour LCD display. It's plenty sharp enough, viewing angles are good, and there's enough colour and brightness to make it usable on sunny days as well as enjoy videos (though very few video formats seemed to be supported). The only thing that's lacking is resolution, which stands at just 240 x 400 pixels. This combined with particularly poor text scaling is another thing that really inhibits the web browsing experience.

As for the camera, this is a very basic 3-megapixel unit that lacks both autofocus and flash. Nonetheless, it produces passable photos with accurate colours and a reasonable amount of detail. Video, on the other hand, has too low a framerate to be of much use.

Underneath the battery cover is the SIM slot, a microSD slot (that supports cards up to 8GB), and of course the battery, which is a 900mAh unit. We've now come up with a standard test procedure for battery life that consists of playing two hours of mp3s with the screen off, watching two hours of video with the screen at full brightness, and browsing the web for an hour (a custom made page constantly refreshes itself every minute) then recording the remaining battery life. Sadly, this phone's poor video support meant we had to use a different video clip to the one we normally use. It also doesn't report the exact battery level and we had to rely on the number of bars on the little battery icon. By the by, one of the three bars was still remaining after our tests. LG reports standby and talk times of 15 days and 3.6hrs.

However, despite putting in a reasonable performance when it comes to battery life and having some neat touches in its design and interface, our overall impression of the GD510 Pop is that it's a bit pointless. It has a largish screen but is poor when it comes to doing anything that takes advantage of it - namely browsing the web and watching video. If LG kept the same design but put a headphone jack on it and improved video playback and web browsing, it could be a great small phone (even without 3G and Wi-Fi, etc.) but as it stands, for a phone with such limited functionality, we'd rather have one with a smaller screen and a decent keypad.

Verdict

With its small body and neat design, the LG GD510 Pop could have been a great low-cost touchscreen phone and certainly it's the best device of this type that LG has yet produced so if you've liked its previous designs, it's well worth considering. However, for most users we feel LG has simply cut too many corners in the hardware, rendering the relatively large touchscreen essentially pointless. Ultimately, on a phone this basic, we'd rather have a sturdier design with some proper buttons for text entry.

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morsch

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!

Jay4d0

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

Stelph

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.





Alan.

techperson

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?

Cara

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.

Nyssa

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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