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The size of the screen made it ideal for watching videos. The touch screen required either a stylus or a fingernail but still wasn't all that great at picking up every touch, making it quite difficult to type even a long message (let alone an email).
Call quality wasn't great compared to previous phones, even with a full signal.
The menus would lag quite a lot and most applications would take a long time to load.
Battery life was poor. It would last up to three days if I didn't use it but even a half-hour phone call could drain most of the battery, same with using any applications. It needed charged more than once a day, usually. Not very useful as a music player because of battery life, despite the salesperson pushing that as a selling point.
The screen is worringly fragile - part of the pocket of my bag was pushed lightly against it and there was a rectangular "oil spill" damage mark across the centre which eventually led to the entire screen bleeding; the cost to fix it would have been high so I just had to replace the phone.
The most expensive and most luxurious devices are now all compressed to create a one simple phone. This is also the case with the LG KC910. The adverts show that this device is a phone to a professional camera, camcorder and well almost everything.
When you take the device in your hand, it feels somewhat heavy and it has a somewhat solid appearance. This despite that the outside is almost entirely of plastic, but that is the case with almost every mobile phone. Simplicity is the keyword in the design of this phone and because the phone has a touch screen you don't see many other buttons on the phone except for the few standard ones. All look very stylish with the three buttons at the bottom: the green phone button to answer calls, the button to switch between different programs and the red phone button to end the call.
On the back you will find the lens which you can open and close so it's not exposed all the time. The rest of the back is slightly ribbed and dark in color. In short, the first impression of the LG Renoir is good.
The touch screen feels at first quite heavy. You have to press quite hard on the screen which is a bit annoying with texting. It took me a while to get used to it but now I can say it's not a big problem anymore. The menu structure is especially well done to add "widgets", programs that you can drag to the home screen. Also the use of the gallery in the media section is well put together and seems a tad like the iPhone. With your stylus or your finger you can easily swipe trough the photos.
But with the media player is the touch screen a bit awkward. You can skip trough your song to go forward or backward by clicking on the progress bar with your finger or stylus. But because it's so thin you can hardy press it and when you press it, it skips too far forward or backward.
You have an 8 megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach lens at your disposal. I've never heard of this brand but the pictures are of very good quality. You can also make pictures in the dark with the xenon flash. Taking pictures goes well but sometimes the system is a bit slow.
You also have (for mobile) great photo editing software. This allows you to partially reduce overexposure. You can also saturate the colors and that looks pretty good. You also have many other standard treatments such as Black & White which is also funny and you have morphing.
The camera can capture movies up to 640x480 pixels. And for a mobile phone it looks really good. A shame is that the sound that is recorded is out of sync with the picture, probably it is because of the slow processor.
Music on a phone always sounds ok. Also on the LG but the LG also provides a Dolby option. MP3 files (not on other formats like M4A) the sound is then much better but you will always tell the difference with a good mp3 player. When Renoir you get an 8GB Micro SD card. It is (unlike some nice Samsung phones) directly accessible from your mobile.
Suppose the LG Renoir can almost do everything but the main thing is calling and texting. And here are the most negative points. It really seems that the text function is not probably programmed because it slow while typing and it often takes up to 5 minuets before a text is sent. With calling is the sound a slight problem which is just disappointing. It sounds a bit low.
I quite often use the word "mobile" in this review. That means that despite all the mobile features it is still really a mobile. The video camera does not replace a real camera, despite the 8 megapixels and that's the same with the other fucntions. The navigation is excellent. The mobile has some flaws, but doesn't bring the ease of the navigation in danger.
With all the great features that the LG Renoir offers I give it 4 stars but because of the texting almost a 3 because it's so slow with typing and sending. The LG Renoir is a very nice phone. A mobile phone, because despite all the great features and good quality it's still a mobile phone.
Oh dear... this is the second LG ive had after the cookie which i found just as aweful as this. its an absolute nightmare to use and is very frustrating to use and ended up taking it back to get a nokia 5800.
its not user friendly and a nightmare to put up with on a daily basis. even just the little things bugged me like the fact the stylus is not incorporated into the phone annoyed me because it kept sliding out of its little holder that attatches on the top.
the most disappointing aspect of this phone by far is its touch screen as it is very unresponsive and while txting the letters are very small and difficult to read.
the wireless capabilities are good but while i was on the net i could never quite figure out of i was connected via wifi or if my service provider was charging me a fortune for using the network internet.
sound quality is great with or without headphones which was a nice surprise but couldnt connect to my incar aux input via the phone as it uses its own connection rather than a 3.5mm jack. and it comes with an gb mem stick which i never managed to fill in the short space of time i owned this.
the camera... now an 8 mega pixel camera sounds great but its not the picture quality is good aslong as your not moving AT ALL!!!, in comparison to the nokia 5800's 3.2 mp its not as good. the nokia's has a carl zeiss lens which is fantastic for videos and stills
overall i wasnt impressed at all and im glad i have my nokia to be honest
I've had this phone 18 months now and I can honestly say it is one of the worst I have had. Applications are fine and generall works fine, however a few months ago the silver camera band around the lense fell off, the memory card began to miss read and the screen became really weird to the extent text messages were unreadable. This handset would have been sent back if I could have gone with out a phone for a while whilst it was being repaired. On the other hand my other half also has this handset (on another network) he has had no problems with it.
I have had this phone for just under 12 months now, and to say the least we've had our ups and downs. Firstly the phone looks pretty cool with a large screen. Following on with the exterior, the phone has 3 face buttons, answer, menu and end as well as some extra buttons on the side: volume up/down, lock and a dedicated camera key. The phone disapointingly doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack so you'll have to deal with adaptors. The phone is pretty simple to use and the touch screen is mostly responsive but can be buggy at times. The battery lasts on full charge with moderate use for about a day.
Now on to the main reason I bought this phone, the phone has a brilliant 8 megapixel camera with xenon flash that is packed full of features for phone. It has a 16x zoom, macro mode, iso from 100 to 1600 and the very useful touch to focus. The phone even has a front-facing camera for video calls. The video aspects of the phone is also very good, it can even play xvid files without any conversion. It films in WVGA and had a very cool slow motion mode, The camera is excellent in good lighting conditions, but isnt as good in the dark with pictures coming out a little too grainy.
While the camera is very good this phone isnt the best made. Even after a few months I started to get some problems with the various cables for it. The headphone adapter was the first to go and now I cannot even charge the phone properly, it must be pluggled in (and held) at an angle. This "angled" way of charging seems to be a common fault with this model so be weary if your going to keep this phone for a while.
All in all I can't say that I'm completely satisfyed with this phone. It comes with a huge 8gb micro sd and was clearly made to be a camera phone, which indeed it sucseeds at, but it definately isnt the most trustworthy phone, although it can wothstand a knock or two.
Around 12 months ago I was coming to the end of my mobile phone contract and looking around for an upgrade. The iPhone was, and still it seems, the most popular gadget at the time, but to me it was a bit too bulky, and very expensive for the amount I use my mobile. I searched around a few places, particularly looking at the touch screen range of phones, and came across this neat piece of kit.
The phone has a very straight forward, simple, look and design. It's around 4.5 inches long, about 2 inches wide, and maybe half an inch thick. The front of the phone has a 3 inch touch screen window, a small front facing camera, and 3 physical buttons. On the back of the phone, there is the main camera, 8 Megapixels no less, with flash. Around the sides of the phone you have slots for a micro SD card, a single slot for both headphones and power, volume control buttons, a button to lock the phone, and finally the button to take camera pictures. The back of the phone is a shiny but dark grey colour, and the rest is a shiny black. It's a good solid phone, which isn't as big as many of its touch screen peers, and fits snugly in your pocket without causing any unsightly bulges.
I have heard complaints from my friends about previous LG touch phones, such as the LG cookie having an unresponsive touch screen, but I've got no complaints about this one. It comes with a screen protector which is designed to fit this model, and even through that the screen is as touch sensitive as anything I've used before. I've had the phone around a year now, and the protector is still perfectly attached, with no bubbles or visible signs that it is there, and there is not a scratch on the phone.
On the main screen you can customise a background, or use a picture from your phone memory as a wallpaper. Along the bottom of the screen there is 4 buttons, one to bring up a number keypad for dialling, one for bringing up your contact list, one for messages (email, text, MMS), and finally one for the main menu. Along the top of the screen is a thin status bar showing your signal level, battery level, the time, and other indicators such as "Silent mode", or unread message. If you press this bar, it brings up a more detailed status screen, showing the timezone you are in, the network, your phone memory usage, the profile mode you're using (silent, loud, general, etc). Also on this screen are 3 buttons to quickly turn on or off the Bluetooth, wireless, or mp3 player.
Returning to the main screen you have the option to add customised "Widgets" from a list of pre-installed gadgets. These can be quick links to web pages, or a larger clock, or a weather forecast application, or a notes function. You can move them an position them wherever you want on the main screen.
Making calls is very easy. From the front screen you can either press the first button, which brings up the number keypad for you to dial, or you can press the second button to scroll through your list of contacts. The contact list can be browsed simply by scrolling through the list, swiping your finger down the screen to drag the list down. It also has a search box to enter peoples names, if you have a large address book this is useful! One you've entered your number or found your contact you can either press the large call button on the touch screen, or press the green physical button on the front of the unit.
In the messages menu, you will see all the usual folders you'd expect, inbox, drafts, sent, email, etc. All of which are again touchable. Creating and replying to messages is simple enough, again using the touch screen a keypad comes up to allow you to type your message. Using a phone the standard way shows the typical phone keypad layout, with 3 or 4 letters per key. You can us standard input, or predictive text, where as you're typing a number of words automatically come up which match the letters you've used so far, and you can just touch the word you want. If you turn the phone to the side, a full "Qwerty" style keyboard appears. If you're feeling really adventurous, you could even try the handwriting mode. This is where you use an object, be it your finger or the wrong end of a pen, to "write" on the screen. The phone tries to recognise the characters you are writing and interpret them as words in your message. I have to say this isn't the easiest thing to use and takes a bit of getting used to, odd characters often appear as you're writing!
This is the best bit of the phone for me. I used to have a separate camera, which of course I never had with me whenever I wanted to take a picture. With my previous phones, a 1 or 2 megapixel camera took a decent picture, but as soon as you enlarged it bigger than a phone screen it started to get a bit blocky, or pixelated. This one is a huge 8 Megapixels which is fantastic for a phone, and it takes some great pictures. The lens is protected by a shutter which you have to open before you can take pictures, and as a nice feature, when you open the shutter the phone automatically goes to camera mode for you.
The flash works brilliantly and so you can get great pictures, even in the darker situations, at a party or in a bar for example. It has an auto focus when you half press the "take picture" button, then when you're focussed, press the button all the way and it takes your picture. Scrolling through the gallery is easy, again just swipe your finger across the screen to scroll through the pictures. The phone will automatically rotate pictures when you rotate the phone using its inbuilt motion sensors.
When you're in the gallery, you can easily add a picture to a picture message with a couple of key presses and send it to friends using MMS. You can also send via Bluetooth.
The phone also comes with video capture, which again is of good quality of both picture and playback. The only caveat here, is you need good light, as the flash obviously doesn't stay on while you're filming.
Transferring your videos and pictures is easy using the supplied software on the CD with the phone. You can connect to your PC using either Bluetooth or a cable. Unfortunately the cable is not supplied and transferring fairly large picture files (due to the quality) can take some time.
As I mentioned earlier on the front of the phone there is another small camera for taking self portrait shots or for holding video calls. This camera is of lower quality than the back camera and doesn't have a flash.
On the main menu there are four sub menus:
* Communicate - this menu are includes links to your contact list, your call history, messaging, and speed dials
* Entertainment - Links to your gallery, activate the video or photo camera, access your music files, an FM radio, and a Games and Apps section. You can download hundreds of games for this model phone, most of which you have to pay for. The basic pre-installed games demonstrate the motion sensor functionality of the phone, but do little to entertain you. There is also a basic editing for photo's and a "Muvee" studio to put pictures and videos together into little clips.
* Utilities - the utilities menu links to the web browser, allows you to set alarms, write memos, voice record, or use the tools sub menu. The tools sub menu has a calculator, stopwatch, world clock, and currency/weight converting tools
* Settings - as per many other phones you can customise ringtones, message tones, the colours of your phone screen, and much more. You can also turn Bluetooth and wireless on or off here. You can block certain callers, or forward calls to different numbers in this section.
==The Three buttons==
As mentioned in the description of the phone, there are 3 physical buttons on the front of the unit. The first is a green call button for dialling people, or bringing up the redial list. The third one is a red hang up button for ending calls, or for backing out of menus quickly. Finally the middle button is a quick links button. When you press this a set of 9 options appears on the screen including links to you tube, Google search, Google mail, alarms, camera and new message.
I find this phone great for web browsing. Due to its large screen the web pages can be viewed easily and clicking on links is simple just by touching them with your finger. The phone comes preinstalled with MSN messenger, Skype, and links to popular networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo. Entering web addresses, and updating your Facebook status is easy, using the same input methods as the messaging functionality above.
All in all a great purchase I feel. It's not an iPhone, and therefore doesn't have as many applications available for it, but essentially a lot of the functionality is the same. I can still access the web just as easily, and since the camera and flash is of such high quality, for me this is better than an iPhone. Battery life is good, lasting 3-4 days with a couple of calls and few texts each day. I'd definitely recommend this phone to anyone who likes the idea of an iPhone but doesn't want the expense of one.