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There is a camera on board and I’ll get to that in more detail later. For now, though, I’ll just note that you can associate a photo with a contact. If the phone is opened when they call the photo displays on the main inner screen. If the phone is closed the front screen just displays your contact’s name as it is not up to showing photos.
The main screen is pretty disappointing. It is a 128 x 160 pixel TFT displaying 65 thousand colours in an area measuring 1.8in corner to corner. With most modern handsets sporting screens with 240 x 320 pixels, LG has definitely compromised in this area.
On the other hand the keypad is smashing in terms of usability. The keys are large and the design feature which means the central column of keys are semicircular shaped helps them stand out from the two outer columns.
The navigation pad is large and has built in shortcuts to the phone book and SMS/picture messaging on its left and right points, while top and bottom move you up and down through menus. Additional buttons to the left and right of the navigation pad take you to the phone’s diary and the camera respectively, while softmenu keys give access to the rest of what this phone has to offer.
When it comes the remaining applications the list is short. There is a calendar, to do manager, text memo manager, voice memo utility, alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, unit converter and world clock. You can assign contacts to up to seven groups and then give these their own ringtones, allowing you to identify what type of caller is trying to get through (friend, work colleague, special friend, spouse or partner, your kids, etc).The phone supports Java and comes with a Sudoku game built in.
There is a Web browser with WAP 2.0 support. It didn’t perform too well during testing. For example, the TrustedReviews home page was simply too big for it to bother with while a 30k test page whose layout is controlled in tables and whose main content is ranged in two columns suffered from only the left hand column loading.
The small screen means that when you do get a Web page to load, you can’t see a great deal at once.
You can listen to the on board ringtones but this is not a music playing handset. It doesn’t have a player that can manage playlists, and the 2.5mm headset connector links to a provided mono earbud.
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