Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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Member Name: northernlovely
Advantages: Looks nice, cheap
Disadvantages: It's unusable!
I bought the LG GM 360, also known as the Viewty Snap, on offer from the Orange Shop for only £60. For a touchscreen phone I thought this was a real bargain, as it has the similar sleek good looks of far more expensive touch screen handsets like the iPhone. Indeed it feels great in the hand and is curvy and black, it is only 12mm thick and really does look pricier than £60.
The phone is decked out with a 5mpx camera which is very impressive, and the picture quality when taking snaps is high, though mush better in good light as the flash isn't up to much, being a single LED. It does record video but at a pretty small size and frame rate, so the results aren't that impressive - I've seen better on cheaper phones in fact.
The phone's audio features are good, with the music player being easy to use and the phone having a standard size headphone jack so you can use 'normal' ' headphones with it - even Apple iPod ones. There is 2gb of memory via a micro SD card, which is decent for the price.
The main flaws with this phone are the screen and the battery. The screen is 3 inches in size and everything is accessed via it's touchscreen capabilities. The operating system is quite nice looking - with movable applications, a whole range of standard, but good-looking features - like the analogue clock, diary function and a few half-decent games, but the phone is badly, badly let down by the unresponsiveness of it's utterly dire touch screen. It isn't just my phone as I have spoken to other Viewty Snap users and they experience it too - there is either a strange lag when trying to type or write (the phone has handswriting recognition) text messages or notes, or it needs to be poked ridiculously hard to respond - I mean literally jamming your finger into the screen. It's hideously irritating and makes use of the phone at times near impossible.
The battery life is ridiculous also. The phone has no high end connectivity features like 3G or WiFi but the phone barely lasts a day on standby! If you use the phone for a 20 minute phone call when fully charged it will tell you the battery is low afterward. And when the battery low warning is on, you can't use the camera, mp3 player, video recorder or player, or radio features. It just won't open them!
So all in all I really, really cannot recommend this phone. If it worked and worked well you could easily pay £200 + for it, if it had WiFi and 3G. But it doesn't, and to be honest I can't even justify £60 because it was a total and utter waste of money and a disappointment too. LG have tried to make an iPhone style phone at an entry level price and totally failed on this one. I am sure they do make decent high end phones but this one is almost useless because it is not worth the frustration! In terms of the coverage of the GPRS/GSM, I have never used a phone which willfully drops it's connection so often - right in the middle of Manchester, where I am sure there is plenty of coverage. It won't then let me make a call or send a text until I have rebooted it. This means I missed calls when I used this phone - because I didn't know it wasn't getting signal, people were being diverted to my voicemail. Beyond irritating. It's also a bit dangerous considering I'm 7 months pregnant - this phone is NOT suitable for emergencies as even an emergency call would involve having to mash the screen.
Personally it's lesson learned for me, never buy a cheap touchscreen. I'll either go pricey and get a high end phone or stick to buttons for now. I just hope I can recoup a little of my loss on ebay with this bad decision of a phone - I wish I'd read the reviews on here before I bought it!!
Summary: Avoid, not a good phone
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