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I owned this phone for two years before replacing it with an IPhone 3GS. It is an attractive phone with a robust feel. The user interface is attractive and easy to get used to and the touchscreen responds well. However, there are a few issues. Mainly that the phone locks up for no apparent reason-I had this happen on many occasions and the only solution was to remove the battery. A real nuisance, and it was happening more and more by the time I managed to offload it. The other really annoying feature was the clunky software provided to link it with a computer. I had visions of using it as an iPod replacement with the supplied headphones, but getting music onto the phone was a major pain-the only way I could consistently achieve it was by loading the music on a min sd card and physically putting it back in the phone-another battery out job. The wifi was usable and the phone was reasonably sensitive to signals in general. Battery life was better than my iPhone (faint praise!). Overall I was really pleased to change this phone-it promised much but delivered little, and locked up whilst doing so. It's a real shame, the physical design and construction were excellent, and the camera was quite good to use, but the lock up issue was major. As to being as good as an iPhone, one year into my ownership of an iPhone I have to say the Arena most certainly is not, even if you discount the advantage of Apple's app store. If you factor in that advantage then the Arena doesn't inhabit the same planet. I'm sorry that this has put me off LG products but it has.
I bought this phone on a 24 month contract with O2 from the Carphone warehouse. I have previously bought from LG with no problems. However, I soon found myself disappointed with this handset - it would sporadically drop calls and turn off, and the battery life was about 10 minutes after making a call. The predictive text function was also rendered difficult by the touchscreen interface, especially if you wanted to go back and correct a message! The wifi connection also kept failing to connect after repeated attempts in different locations with different networks.
However, the design is aesthetically pleasing, with a large, clear screen, and the camera is very high quality. I would imagine that if you wanted to watch a video, the quality would be excellent - but the battery life is too short to allow this!
There are better phones available on the market for a similar price.
I bought this phone last Christmas in a sale for £150 in JAG. It came with preloaded orange software and was locked to the orange network and came in dusty pink. I selected it because I primarily wanted a camera that would always be with me, my phone usage is small.
This phone has a huge built in memory of 8GB and a microSD card slot where you can add up to 32GB more.
It is operated by a touch screen and has a 3D screen in addition to the usual 2D.
The camera is 5mp and as well as stills can take videos in the 720x480 format or VGA it can do slow motion and time lapse recording.
The manufacturers state a 300 hour stand by and 3 hour 50 mins talk time for the battery - I dispute this.
Has a TV out socket with a lead so that you can view your photos on the TV, if your TV has the right input.
It has an FM radio, can receive and send email, make video calls, play MP3s, MP4s has a document viewer - all the things you would expect from a next generation phone.
It is much smaller and compact than the apple iphones and the touch screen is therefore smaller.
Ease of use
Screen. The touch screen is easy to use, you can scroll through menus by dragging your finger across the screen and zoom in and out of photos and videos by the same manner. You can flip from 2D to 3D screen which has a rotating cube that you can select things from - this was supposed to be a big selling point for the phone - but I really can't see the benefit or point of it. It must be said that I have small hands, so have no trouble selecting icons and using the phone's screen, my husband and brother on the other hand had a lot of trouble using the touch screen because of it's small size.
Phoning - Rubbish. The phone locks itself when you phone - I presume to stop you selecting things with your ear by mistake - this means that you cannot press 1 to select this and that when you phone numbers with an automated menu. To try to do this you have to unlock the phone which takes a few seconds then select the number keypad which is awkward to do and sometimes the phone locks itself up again before you can bring up the keyboard. The answer button to pick up a call doesn't always work first time and neither does the hang up button (I have sent it in for repair, but it came back not much better). It is not easy to select hands free once you answer a call, so you need to remember to do it beforehand.
Texting. Good. It has 3 different keyboards that you can easily toggle from one to the other, these are for alpha, number and punctuation/symbols. The predictive text is good, but the dictionary doesn't know a lot of English words that aren't used by the USA. You can save loads of text messages received; I have had well over a hundred messages on mine.
Camera. At 5mp the camera takes a good picture and is ok for an everyday camera apart from the fact that it takes a while to take the picture and often the moment has gone if it is an action shot. Ok for scenery and poses.
The video camera is really good and easy to use, but I have yet been able to get my videos off so that I can view them on the TV. I believe I have to convert the format, but I haven't looked into it yet. The picture quality is good and I have many videos saved on my phone of my kids in action on various days out and even my son singing in a school play - the sound on the video camera is good too.
This camera was brought out quickly to rival the iphone and be the first to have a 3D screen, the result is that the phone is full of bugs and things that haven't been tested enough for ease of use. The battery on my phone only lasts 24 hours even when it is not used at all. Use the video, camera and make a phone call in the day and the battery will be lucky to last out until the evening. The red and green buttons to answer and hang up a call often don't work first time. I have had the phone repaired twice under guarantee because the touch screen died. Now the guarantee has expired I don't doubt the phone will last much longer than this year at the most, if I am lucky.
Value for money
The rrp price was twice what I paid for it when it came out i.e in excess of £300 and it really is not worth this because of it's unreliability and ridiculous design of the phone locking when you call so that you can't use the number pad. I have spoken to other people who have had the same phone and have had problem with it not working and dodgy software bugs - this phone is worthless in my opinion because of this.
After having the LG arena for about a year now, I've moved on to BlackBerry, I wouldn't go back to LG after giving my last hope to the LG Arena. The adverts on TV make this phone look amazing when to be perfectly honest it isn't, but everything isn't bad on this phone, it has very good touch screen response although the buttons at the bottom (the end call and start) are very annoying say for instance you are erading a message and accidently "touch or skim" the end call buttom it returns to the menu page and you have to go all the way back to the message page, another good thing is the fact you can do video calling on this phone but the camera on the other hand is a let down, it takes absolutely AGES to take a photo and you have to press the button about 5times before it eventually does, so anything thats moving fast is impossible to get on photo. The software LG has is rubbish nad extremely hard to update, the music player always stops and you can't change song until the software repsonds and turning the music down is extremely hard when the software decides it's not going to help you. Also another big problem for LG is that they never seem to get the battery size right (or at least on every LG phone I've had) so if you for example put the phone on a hard surface too hard it will instantly turn off and you have to wait ages for it to turn back on, due to that problem I had to put a piece of card in the battery to keep the battery in place. Overall i'd give this phone 4/10 and wouldn't really recommend it.
A fantastic phone, with endless features and very user friendly interfaces. A cracking 5 megapixel camera with extremely sharp images and endless different capture options. This phone also has the advantage of wifi but can be a little slow at times. Extremely easy to use even though it has so many different options and apps.
Fairly simple design but dont take away any credit as it excells in simplicity and makes it even more easy to use. messaging is extremely simple but can also be very sensitive at times when typing on the touch screen. Pretty good internal memory of 4gb with above average music player. call time and standby time are the only downside to this phone and with slight improvement could easily rival the first i-phone. Video calling and playback is also extremely sharp and very clear. Available at around £130-£180 which is a steal for the capabilities. Overall id rate this phone 8.5/10
I got this phone on a contract last July to replace the one I had before. When it comes to buying mobiles (especially when it is a contract) I like to be thorough (comparing price and specs) and I decided to get the LG Arena and I am glad I did.
The touch screen is obviously a big attraction of the phone. It is easy to use and I have had no problems with it (you may want to test the phone first if you have larger fingers) and so far there are no scratches on the screen though it is easy to get finger prints all over it. It is a joy to use. The silver casing is also stylish (though it can be cold). It is easy to zoom by holding your fingers together on the screen and separating them - it can take a bit of getting used to.
The camera is 5.0megapixels. It takes good outdoor pictures but I have found indoor pictures tend to be quite dark even with flash. You can edit your pictures with the picture editor which can be fun to use whether you have a specific change to make to your picture or if you just want to play about with it. The video camera is the same as the camera in terms of quality - however you can do a slower playback to see some interesting results. There is a choice of shutter sounds but you can't choose not have a shutter sound, even in silence, which can be annoying in quiet areas.
The memory is good and you have the option of getting a separate memory card for the phone. So far I have not needed this though I have needed extra space for some of my apps and games.
The apps and games aren't as diverse as the ones for the iphone but I have found some interesting apps and games (I have a spirit level, pac man that is played using the accelorometer and a programme that allows me access to facebook, twitter and more).
There is googlemaps installed which some times does not recognise where I am. However it has come in handy in different cities for finding my way and for finding resteraunts.
The battery life is not the best I have ever had but I find that it is satisfactory. The music player has a habit of not playing sound if I play more than two songs (not every time but occasionally it does this) this is rectified by just selecting the song again.
Overall I think this is a good phone and would recommend it to most people.
I got this Phone on contract its fantastic its just like an i phone. The screen is very large making it easy to see and the navigation menu is simple. the screen is scratch resistant i have coins and keys in my pocket and still no scratch. the screen rotates as you rotate the phone maing it easy to view the menu. The camera is 5mp and takes very good pictures tgat are clear and crisp, the flash is far to bright but is good when trying to find domthing in the dark. The genral apperance of the phone is amazing all my mates comment on it saying its better then the iphone thats always breacking. The apllications a very basic but yet very reliable the phone dosent freeze and you can multi task with ease. When using the internet it has wifi so its easy to connect and its easy to move around a web page and zoom in and out. The music dolby player is fantastic when i sitch from normal to dolby the diffrence is amazing. The phone i amzing and you should buy it its evan better then the i phone and cheaper. Thanks for reading.
I received the LG KM900 for my birthday in the summer and I have to say this phone is my life! It has a fantastic user interface, and as this phone was the first touch screen item I have, it was so easy to get used to and use. Initially it did have the tendency to crash or images would flicker on the main screen, but after updating the software it was just like new. There are a few minor problems I found which were the difficulty seeing the screen in bright light, such as outside on a sunny day and how quiet the phone is when ringing even on full volume. Other than that this phone is fantastic and a definite contender against the iphone and the blackberry series, with more or less everything you could possibly want from a device of discrete size. The only thing i would recommend is buying a case when you buy the phone as it scratches very easily.
I have now had this phone for almost one year and the phone is basically quiet good in its function but does have some problems. The main issue I have is the input of text as the soft keyboard (on screen keyboard) has a size limit for each key which makes it difficult to type with. Other LG phone have a stylus which works much more effectively. The second issue with this phone is the screen is supposed to automatically orientate itself to the phones orientation it sometime gets very confused and then rotates almost randomly. Overall I like the phone it works quiet well and has lots of functions which are useful. The camera is good but again could be simpler to adjust when taking picture in poor light etc. The phone has great connectivity to a pc or a wireless network and is simple to configure. I like this phone
I have had this phone for 6 months now and think its good but nothing special. It was sold to me as an iphone alternative but if that why your interested in this phone think again. Having played with iphones this fall far short. The touch screen doesn't feel as easy and well polished as the iphone and the main screen which you can add bits too like a calculator and a notpad doesn't even fall into the same league as an iphone with its apps. One more thing I must note for avid texters is that the querty keyboard is very small making it very hard / almost impossible for an adult to type on and you cant use a stylus with this phone. Although I have slated the phone this far I will say I was very impressed with the camera it does produce very good picture that still look impressive when loaded on a pc. Finally for the less careful people such as myself I have dropped this phone down stairs and on concrete multiple times (not on purpose) and apart from one scratch on the back no other damage was sustained.
Been using this phone now for about 4 months upgraded from the LG cookie.
Physically the phone is thicker and heavier than the cookie. It is not as sleek with mat silver on the back, chrome silver on the sides and brush silver on the front. The 3 inch LCD screen is very clear and a nice size.
Usability the menu and touch screen are very easy to use and the icons are self explanatory. QWERTY touch keyboard is brilliant for texts especially the hold magnifies letter feature. Very power hungry phone needs charged every other day. The phone can also be unstable at times locking up or shutting down. I have had to update the firmware with improved things dramatically
Multi Media wise the camera and video record are excellent quality and again very easy to use. MP3 player has good clear sound quality too. The 8GB on internal memory is nice and the micro SD socket allowing more external memory. The separate 3.5mm audio socket is a good addition.
Connectivity, the phone has a poorer signal strength in poor areas where my old phone was ok. WiFi 3G and Edge are great for surfing and accessing You Tube. Being able to turn on/off Blue tooth and WiFI from the status menu is a cool feature.
Features, the phone has some great features such as FM transmitter, Photo Gallery and 4 rotation a desktops.
I've had this phone for quite a while now and mostly I love it.
It's incredibly study, I know this because I've dropped it quite a few times and so far no scratches or damages. It has many features on it, basically all of which I've used at least a few times. The video camera and normal camera is pretty good quality, apart from the camera can take a bit too long to click and actually take the photograph.
For the camera, there is a flash/light feature, which I find I use quite a lot as a torch if I'm in the dark, it's incredibly helpful!
Sometimes I find if I'm sending a text then I'll accidentally change the language which is quite annoying. Or I'll find that I'll lean too much one way and the screen will flip, which is again quite annoying!
Mostly it's pretty easy to actually text on, which is good.
The memory on it is incredibly terrible, I had to buy a memory card for mine but that's because I like to keep some songs on there too, I don't think that without the memory card it even holds one song, which can be quite annoying but the memory cards aren't that expensive so it's not too much of a problem.
One of my favourite features about the phone is when you've got in plugged into a computer, apart from the obvious file changes and such, you can also send text messages from your computer, which I do quite often and actually have it plugged in right now! It makes texting a lot easier especially if you're sending a long text.
One problem I do consistently have with it is that when I've got it on silent, sometimes the profile will change itself to vibration off and I won't know when I've received a text message or when someone is calling me.
The battery for the phone is pretty good, mine can last a couple of days depending on how much I use it. If I'm using the internet then my battery drains a lot quicker but that much is obvious.
The internet feature on the phone is quite slow to load, but it does it's job. I can quite easily check and update facebook whenever I like, and also I was using it to check cinema listings the other night, which is really quite helpful when on the move.
Sometimes I find that my alarms won't go off, 99% of the time they do, but once in a while it just won't go off which can be incredibly annoying! The time I've wasted before...
Overall, it's a pretty good phone and I'd happily stick with it for a long time, it slides nicely into my jeans pocket and doesn't get in the way, and it's sturdy enough for me not to accidentally break it, I don't feel the need to have one of the protective covers or anything like that.
I'd suggest this phone to anyone! :)
I have never been any good at texting so had some bulky phone with a keyboard which the contract was about to end. I wanted something that I was happy to take out of my bag in public but that I could actually use most of the functions, especially text! I decided to give the Arena a try and was surprised as just how easy it was to use, in no time I was sending texts with ease and made full use of the other functions, alarms, calendar, camera, video camera. There are still a few things that I haven't played with but on the whole I think it's a great phone. I did worry that it might get scratched but so far mine still looks as good as the day I got it so I personally didn't need any protective case etc. The internet capabilities are maybe not quite as fast as I would like but is adequate. My daughter has the same phone and has no problem keeping up with the social sites. I have dropped it a couple of times and it seems very sturdy. The camera could be better though, it seems to take forever to *click* by which time the subject has looked away but the quality of the photo is great. Size wise its perfect, slips nicely into one of the pockets in my bag. One thing about the texting though, I end up hitting something that all of a sudden has me texting is Russian or some other language, I have very small fingers though so touch screen is perfect for me, I can see how people with larger hands might have problems not hitting other letters. I will stick with this type of phone from now on.
I got this phone about 2 months ago although I had to take the original handset back because it kept freezing. I was given a new one and haven't had any serious problems with it. For some reason, the signal cuts out suddenly when moments before there was a full signal. Unsure whether this is the network or the phone having a poor antenna. The touch screen is very responsive and quite easy to use. You can write a text on a qwerty key pad which is very efficient. The phone has lot of quirks and is a fun handset with lots of different features. The games are brilliant - snakes and ladders, ping pong which is almost like playing on a wii (the phone is your tennis racquet and responds accordingly as you move the handset up and down. The camera is of good quality - 5 mega pixels so good enough to produce good quality photos. There is 8GB worth of memory on the phone so you can use it as an mp3 as well - you can fit as much music on here as an ipod nano. You can also add a memory card. Great phone for multimedia but not 100% reliable as the handset is prone to freezing and can't seem to have a phone conversation without it cutting out even in a full signal area.
I got this phone a couple of months ago as my first contract phone and was good value for money.
The touchscreen is simple any easy although doesn't pick up much at the edge of the screen so i cant touch some symbols which can be annoying. Its easy to move arround and is very 'i want to be an iphone' in its layout. The camera seems ok although I dont use it much and i did have problems getting the memory card in.
Im not overly impressed with the look, in comparison to the Iphone it isnt very slick, its quite wide and bigger than my last phone. Its nice having a big screen and it is good quality. As for personalisation there arent many things you can change so mine looks like anybody elses which i find a bit diull and feel they could have done more here.
The main disadvantage though is the battery life as realistically it needs to be plugged in every night or you risk it running out the next day. It goes from full on the symbols to empty in a couple of hours even if not being used which can be anoyying as it looks fine when i leave for work then by lunch time its dead. I have had no problems with reliability or software issues though so it beats my sony erricson.
Overall the value for money it good as ive got it on £15 a month with orange. It isnt an Iphone and will never be as good as one but in comparison price wise this probably is the closest you will get looks wise.