When it comes to shot quality I think this camera has the edge over the Samsung’s i8510. It didn’t do too well in harsh lighting conditions, either in low indoor light or high contrast outdoors, but when it was good it was very, very good.
Indoors and photographed under normal household lights the coloured dish is clear and sharp. Outside the chair is perfectly acceptable though the white is not quite as uniform as I’d like. The flower’s colours are well reproduced and that shot is sharp. The cat had to appear again having been a subject for the i8510. This time he is in close-up via the macro mode, and the definition is really very good.
There is a lot more available here too. Briefly, the phone shoots VGA video at 30fps, QVGA at 120fps. There’s TV-Out support, and an applet called Jogging Buddy which takes advantage of A-GPS to track your distance travelled and will also monitor time and record calories burned. There is an accelerometer for auto screen rotation and a rather good tappable keyboard which occupies about ¾ of the screen in landscape orientation when you want to type out texts and emails. The phone plays DivX and Xvid files too.
Of course this phone plays music, and Dolby has had input into the software. Sound quality was definitely good, but I was disappointed that LG had not bothered to build a 3.5mm headset jack into the handset. As my review sample wasn’t a final boxed unit I didn’t give the battery a rundown test. If final boxed phones are as good as the one I had in my hands, though, you should get a couple of days of use between charges if you don’t thrash the battery-sapping music player or Wi-Fi.
This is quite simply one of the best phones I’ve seen in ages. Its camera tops the i8510, though it still isn’t up to what you’d get from an 8-megapixel dedicated digicam and is not itself a reason to buy. But the range of additional features is excellent, and very importantly, overall user ergonomics are excellent. LG just nosed in front in a very competitive race.
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