Video is available, too, captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. HD this certainly isn’t but combined with a reasonable framerate it’s good enough for recording the odd bit of tomfoolery.
Housed above the camera is something we’ve not seen with a phone of this type for some time – a stylus. It’s metal, stored horizontally and is telescopic, extending to 7.5cm. Were this a Windows Mobile device we could understand its inclusion but the operating system LG uses creates very few situations where resorting to a stylus is needed. About the only thing is picking out hyperlinks on web pages but then you can always zoom in to make the selection easier.
The screen, then, requires only the slightest bit of pressure to register a ‘touch’, and for the most part we found it didn’t hold us back. It’s certainly not a patch on the best capacitive screens but is fine as long as you have a little patience when it comes to typing.
It also looks decent enough with ample brightness and vividness. With a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, it can’t fit as much detail in as the largest touchscreen handsets but it’s enough that we never felt overly restricted. With very limited video support and few games of note, this certainly isn’t going to be a rival to a dedicated multimedia player. In fact, with no 3.5mm headphone jack and just a micro-USB single-piece headset (that sounds very poor) in the box, there’s even limited provision for using the GT500 as an mp3 player.
The operating system is the same basic one LG has been using for a while. Along the bottom of the homescreen you get links to the dialler, contacts, messages, and main menu while up top are notifications for Wi-Fi, cellular signal strength, battery level, and time. Tapping on the top section then drops down a status summary that further elaborates on the above information and adds memory status for the internal storage as well as any microSD cards you may have inserted. You can also change the profile from this screen.