LG just keeps on churning out the mobiles. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I looked at the keyboarded Prada II and not long before that was the mid-priced 8-megapixel KC780. Now comes the Arena, a phone that was only announced in February and is due in store in April.
The Arena is yet another of those full-frontal touch-screened handsets which seem to be everywhere at the moment. The unique selling point this time around is LG’s 3D user interface, though the phone also has a big plus for some people in its ability to play DivX and Xvid video. In addition, there’s 8GB of built-in memory and an SDHC-compatible microSD card slot for adding more. It is a bit of a faff that this card slot is under the battery cover, but at least you can bump up the internal memory considerably if you wish.
The Arena is a good size for the hand at 105.9mm tall, 55.3mm wide and 11.95mm thick. It weighs 105g thanks to its titanium body parts. This actually doesn’t do the phone any favours – bizarrely, the lightness made it feel a bit like a cheaper handset than it really is.
Side-mounted buttons are almost non-existent with only a single camera button and a volume rocker on the right side, together with a weeny top-mounted on/off switch. The mains power connector is protected by a sliding cover, which I rather like as it guards against dust and grime when you’re not charging the phone. Better still, there is a 3.5mm headset connector on the top edge.
The mercury grey titanium backplate and sides are attention grabbing, the silver outer frame and black inner frame on the front less so. The tempered glass covering on the screen adds to the phone’s durability but, as ever, it grabs greasy fingermarks.
In look and feel terms, the Arena resembles many other phones with full-face touchscreens. The big main screen measures 3in across diagonally and carries 480 x 800 pixels. Beneath it are touch-responsive Call and End/back buttons and a button that calls up the 3D user interface.
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