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LG GD510 Pop
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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