Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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Bargain basic touchscreen phone
Member Name: SJ2011
Advantages: Low cost touchscreen
Disadvantages: Slow internet
I bought the LG GM360 after my Sony Arc contract mobile had an accident so I needed something to last me til my upgrade was due next year.
The LG GM360 is also known as the Viewty Snap when I bought mine it cost £59.99 which at the time seemed like a bargain for a touchscreen phone with a 5mp camera.
Mine is the silver grey version which is mainly a light gun metal colour with shiny silver on the top and bottom of the phone. I have to admit for a phone of this price it looks good and looks more expensive than it actually is which was an improvement on some of the cheap touchscreen phones which looked
a bit toyish due to the bright coloured plastic casing.
The 3inch touchscreen takes up most of the front of the phone with 3 physical buttons for menu call
and hang up at the bottom underneath the screen. As with most lower cost touchscreens the screen
is resistive so it's not as responsive as the higher cost smartphones but it does work well although sometimes it needs a couple of attempts to get what you want I find the main problem is trying to scroll downwards to read a message or find a contact is when mine struggles most.
The screen is bright clear and sharp enough despite only having a 400 x 240 resolution there are 3 home screens which you can flick between by swiping across the screen. The first home screen you can personalise by adding widgets such as music player,clock,Facebook etc for easy access.The 2nd home screen is called Live Square which has tiny people icons representing your contacts and little speech bubbles showing recent texts or calls from them I find this a bit pointless as the icons are so small you can hardly see them. On the third screen you can put your 8 most used contacts for quick dialling.
At the bottom of the screen are 4 icons for quick access to menu,contacts,messages and calling bringing up the menu option allows you to flick between the 2 menu screens which give access to all the features of the phone each represented by a small picture icon making the menus easy to use at a glance.
I found the call quality on the phone to be pretty good and due to not having the battery draining functions of a smartphone the battery life on the LG is much better than on a smartphone mine would
last at least a couple of days between charging. The charger that comes with the phone is a plug with
a USB point that you plug the separate cable into I quite liked this idea as I already had a USB charge
point in my car for my MP3 player so this saved buying a separate car charger for the phone.
One thing I didn't like was the lock screen function although it obviously saves you making calls by
mistake from your pocket it also locks during calls which isn't handy if you are trying to get through to
the many nightmare call centres that require you to continually press buttons for various options as the screen locks and you have to unlock it before entering the option you require. I've now passed
this phone on to my boyfriends son who is on pay as you go and the lock feature also makes topping
up by voucher a pain in the neck. The screen is easy enough to unlock by either drawing a gesture on
the screen or sliding the unlock icon upwards it is annoying when you have to try and do it several times mid call.
When using the phone for texting or email you have the option of using the normal phone set up
with 3 letters per key and T9 predictive text or there's also a keyboard option which turns the phone
to landscape mode with a qwerty keyboard. On this phone I find the qwerty option works best
although it can take a bit of getting used to as the buttons are pretty small and sometimes the touchscreen doesn't pick up first touch.
The phone has various toys to help you waste time at work or keep you amused when you're stuck on public transport. There's a music player and FM radio which is reasonably good quality although not as good as a decent MP3 player and the LG has a standard headphone jack on the top of the phone so you can use your own earphones rather than the supplied ones which aren't the best.
As with most phones you can download games but there is one game already on the phone called
Music World which involves hitting the little yellow characters as they at just the right time along with
the music the game has 2 modes DJ and story with several levels in each. Although it's not the
greatest game in the world it is addictive enough to keep you playing and it's nice to see a free
game already on a phone instead of free trials you get to play one level then have to buy if you want
to keep playing.
There's also a drawing tool if you want to get creative, a calculator,calender, alarm clock, conversion tool,voice recorder and memo page. The phone also has icons for one touch access to Facebook,Twitter and Myspace with Push email and Opera mini installed. Unfortunately as the phone isn't Wifi or 3G the internet access is painfully slow so I only ever used it if I really needed to check something.
The phone comes with a 5mp camera which was one of my reasons for choosing it above other
phones in this price range as I really like having a camera for quick shots when I don't have my SLR
or compact with me. I found the camera shots to be a bit disappointing as the shots are a bit
washed out compared to even my old Sony C903 which also had a 5mp camera. There is a LED flash though and options to change the settings for the camera such as white balance, exposure etc and there's also options for editing the pictures when you've taken them.The video function isn't the
greatest it only works in low resolution 320 x 240 so the results are grainy and a lot of the videos
are a bit jerky due to the low frame rate.
The phone only has 30MB of internal memory so if you store a lot of photos, want more games or to
use it as a MP3 player you will need to buy a mini SD card or you are going to run out of space pretty quickly.
Although I liked this phone after owning the Sony Arc I did miss the capabilities of a smartphone and
ended up buying a replacement and passing this on to my boyfriends son when his old phone broke.
He now has it filled with games and even though he plays with it constantly the screen is still more or
less scratch free although the back casing is a bit scuffed from being kept in his pocket the phone still looks pretty good and works perfectly.
This isn't a smartphone although it looks the part and you won't be embarrassed taking it out of your pocket when it rings in public if you buy it expecting all the apps and internet abilities of the latest smartphones you're going to be disappointed. If you buy it for what it is a decent entry level
touchscreen phone you should be happy with your purchase!
Summary: Good looking touchscreen at a decent price
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