LG POP GD510 in-depth review -

Look and feel

The world's smallest touch-screen phone is impressively light but maintains a feel of robustness.

Ease of use

The three homescreens are easy to kit out while the menu system is easy to navigate and grow accustom to.

Features

The LG POP GD510 falls under the "affordable touch-screen" bracket and as such the features are towards the low-end of the scale, including EDGE data speeds and an average three-megapixel camera.

Performance

 

The touch-screen is responsive to ensure a smooth navigational experience and while we had some issues with the browsing experience, especially the temperamental zoom option, the slower EDGE data speeds did not hinder us as much as we had feared.

Battery life

A talktime of 216 minutes and standby time of 360 hours equates to a mediocre battery life.

 LG POP GD510 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:56:29 PM

6

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

The world?s smallest touch-screen phone maintains a build and design gravitas.

Cons:

Browsing via EDGE data speeds can lead to some thumb twiddling, while the webpage zoom option proved temperamental.

When the LG KP500 Cookie entered the mobile arena with the tag "affordable touch-screen" we bet LG themselves didn't even foresee its success. To date the Cookie has sold over seven million units worldwide, a popularity that has brought the touch-screen phenomenon to a far wider audience than previous high-end handsets. The manufacturer is hoping on repeating this success with the LG POP GD510 appealing to the same demographic, with the addition of laying claim to being the "world's smallest touch-screen".

Three homescreens

Small it most certainly is, but without being overly fiddly. LG has done their utmost to use what space is available by filling it up with the three-inch WQVGA display. This is achieved in part due to the fact that there is only one front facing hard key found in the bottom right hand corner. This will take you back to one of the three homescreens the LG POP is fitted with. Firstly, there's a shortcuts page that can be customised with all your favourite and most used widgets. Simply drag and drop them onto the screen before giving the phone a quick shake which in turn will neatly realign them in a grid like fashion. The second homescreen is a speed dial list that you can personalise with photos of each subject as well as having quick access to texting and emailing them.

 

Finally the third homescreen is LG's LiveSquare page. For those unfamiliar with LiveSquare, it consists of your most recently contacted contacts, each symbolised by an animated avatar. These avatars consist of a range of "human" icons and a range of "animal" based ones too. Press on any of these avatars and it will trigger the contact icons at the bottom of the screen to tremble. Then simply click on the corresponding key to call, update contact details or message. While it's a fun and quirky feature, it seems strange to also include a speed dial homepage due to the two pages being so similar.

 

Not only is the LG POP the world's smallest touch-screen phone, it is also impressively light, weighing in at only 87 grams. Despite this lightweight feel, the metallic coated plastic gives the impression that it could survive the odd drop or bang.

Browsing experience

The LG POP is fitted with uber-responsive accelerometers than enable you to view the ample menu options in full when you hold the phone horizontally. This also of course applies when using the browser. While this obviously has its benefits in terms of viewing web pages in their entirety, we still found ourselves having to zoom in and out when reading content, something that proved a temperamental experience. Using the touch-screen controls, we often found ourselves zooming out, when we were wanting the opposite affect, and vice versa.

 

As with the LG Cookie, there's no 3G, so you'll be relying on the slower EDGE data speeds. This was bearable, though we must admit that we did find it took the pages a little longer to catch up with our quicker scrolling. While there's an embedded social networking shortcut that enables access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, these won't run in the background as they do with other more social networking-centric devices. You can however, take and upload photos while in the Facebook app, which we thought was a nice touch. Sadly the camera is not up to much cop, with no flash and a zoom that only works when you've reduced the shooting credentials from three-megapixels down to VGA

The verdict

The LG POP GD510 is a very cute device, building on the huge appeal of the LG Cookie and putting it all in a better looking chassis. Due in part to the success of its predecessor it's sure to do well, though early adopters may be put off by the lack of high end features.