HEAD TO HEAD ? Phones for under £100

DESIGN

LG Pop GD510
With the accolade of being the world's smallest touch-screen phone, the LG Pop sports a svelte waistline that explains how it maintains a feather-light weight of just 87 grams. The three-inch WVGA touch-display takes centre stage with only one front facing hard key.

Samsung Genio Touch

With a range of interchangeable vibrantly coloured back covers, the Genio Touch's style can be changed to suit your mood. A 2.8-inch touch-screen sits above the call, back and call end keys, though with a resolution of only 240x320 pixels it's not the sharpest display we've seen.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

LG Pop GD510

Although shortcuts to popular social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, these don't run continuously in the background as they do with some phones. On the plus side this will save you money and we like the fact that you can take and upload photos while in Facebook.

Samsung Genio Touch

Sign into Facebook, Twitter and MySpace with the Genio Touch and you will remain so, resulting in constant updates (or as many as you choose) from all you online communities.

HOW IT PLAYS

LG Pop GD510

LG has fitted the Pop with their LiveSquare homescreen page. Transforming your most contacted contacts into animated avatars, it's a quick alternative for bringing up their contact details and subsequently being able to call or message them. The touch-screen itself is tactile enough though being a resistive display you won't enjoy the fluid finger swipes that look and feel so good on capacitive touch-screen phones.

Samsung Genio Touch

The capacitive touch-screen is hugely responsive. In fact if we were being painstakingly pernickety, then we might argue that it is a little too sensitive, particularly when writing texts. We found that if we left our finger on a character for just a millisecond too long, then it would recognise it as a double click of the letter. That said the phone felt good when in the hand.

CONNECTIVITY

LG Pop GD510

Where the LG Pop GD510 ultimately disappoints as not only is there no HSDPA, but there's also no 3G or Wi-Fi. Your internet surfing will therefore depend heavily on the phone's EDGE data speeds that are considerably slower than the aforementioned 3G and HSDPA.

Samsung Genio Touch

As with the LG Pop GD510, the Samsung Genio Touch is restricted to EDGE data speeds. This makes the pre-embedded YouTube widget next to pointless as at least 3G connectivity is needed to stream video. However, the slower EDGE speeds failed to dent the social networking experience, with updates remaining fluid and prompt.

 

WHAT ELSE

LG Pop GD510

The spec list of the LG Pop GD510 is what you might expect for a handset that is available for just £99.95 SIM-free. Housing a three-megapixel camera, though there is an onboard music player, you'll be restricted to using LG's own headphones as there's no 3.4mm headset jack. You'll also have to invest in a memory card to store your content as the Pop only comes with 42MB of onboard memory.

Samsung Genio Touch

Again there's nothing to write home about in terms of specs for the Samsung Genio Touch. Fitted with a two-megapixel camera, there's no flash so low-light shots are nigh on impossible. As with the LG Pop GD510, there is a music player, but no 3.5mm headset jack and though it pips the Pop in terms of onboard memory, 90MB is still rather pitiful.

VERDICT

Both these two phones are set to be big hits among the younger generation. Both come with appealing price tags and are available on both prepay and contract, while they also cater for multiple social networking platforms. However, we feel the Samsung Genio Touch just shades it due to the constant stream of updates from Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The fact you can change the Genio's colour scheme is also pretty cool.

Written by Mobile Choice
Mobile Choice

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