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LG GM750 - LG GM750
As you would expect of a modern smartphone, the GM750 is certainly not found lacking when it comes to connectivity. It supports HSDPA at speeds of up to 7.2Mbps for fast data access on the move and Wi-Fi for when you’re within range of a hotspot or Wi-Fi router. Naturally, there’s also Bluetooth onboard and the phone also has GPS, which worked without any problem with the downloaded Google Maps software.
As we’ve already seen, the handset is built around Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, but LG has bolted its own S-Class user interface over the top. Previous versions of Windows Mobile have provided a poor user experience, but Windows Phone is a big improvement on what’s gone before. For example, the new Lock screen is actually very useful as it provides you with a quick way to check for emails, missed calls and text messages.
The Today screen has also been vastly improved over the old version and the Start menu is now quick and straightforward to use thanks to the new chunky icons. However, by bolting its own S-Class interface over the top, LG isn’t exactly giving the Microsoft interface designers its vote of confidence.
S-Class has been used on a whole host of other LG touchscreen handsets so we can understand why the company wants to stick with it here, but really, it only makes the GM750 more confusing to use. The problem is that with S-Class running there’s usually two or more ways to access the same feature or menu. For example, you end up with two calendars – the S-Class one and the native Windows version, and two main menus - the S-Class grid menu and the Windows Phone Start screen. What’s more, the phone’s 528MHz Qualcomm processor isn’t exactly the speediest around and with the extra burden of running S-Class over the top of Windows Phone there are times when the handset feels very sluggish to use.