MWC 2010: Live Report
We do not really know how to start this story… Once upon a time, there was a Linux-based OS called Moblin. LG GW990 was announced to be the first “phone” using it, but we are not sure this will happen. Yesterday, Intel and Nokia announced that they will merge Moblin and Maemo into MeeGo, so will the GW990 really be a Moblin gadget, or a MeeGo device? It may be both, launching with Moblin and then be upgradable to MeeGo, we are said by a LG representative.
The LG GW990 is an interesting device – it sports a 4.8” 1024x480 pixel touchscreen and runs on Intel’s Moorestown platform, utilizing an Atom processor. This makes it pretty powerful for its size and allows it to run applications that are designed for computers based on the same Moblin OS. LG demonstrated how the applications in the “app stores” on both the LG GW990 and an ultra portable laptop are identical. Sweet. The interface is LG’s S-Class 3D that is used in many of their contemporary touch models and delivers the same experience.
The GW990 tries to be the “missing link” somewhere between smart phones and netbooks. The idea that you can install exactly the same software as on a computer is great, but as with every other OS, the question is “how many apps will there be for this OS?”. Having in mind that Moblin is already “dead”, transformed into MeeGo, we would like to see how the new OS will perform. For us, LG GW990 should launch directly with it or not launch at all. We definitely want to review it though, so LG, please send one as fast as possible!
LG Mini GD880
One of the phones at LG’s booth that really impressed us was the LG Mini GD880. Hearing its name will probably make you say “Ha, another little phone like the LG Pop”, but actually there isn’t anything miniature in the Mini. Yes, the manufacturer presents it as the smallest phone with 3.2” display, but we don’t really find it that small to be called the Mini (in contrast to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini). However, we fell in love with its build quality – it gives you the impression the phone is solid and will hold up for a long time.
The specs of the LG Mini GD880 are not that humble either. It has a 3.2-inch capacitive screen with a notable resolution of 480x854 pixels. The prototype managed to deliver nice image quality and sensitivity. The camera on the Mini is a 5MP one (unfortunately, there’s no flash), while GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G modules are hiding somewhere inside the metal body.
Here in the LG Mini GD880 we see an updated version of the S-Class interface. The home screen has been left with “only” three pages now (as opposed to four on the previous version), on which you can deploy a number of things like widgets, shortcuts and bookmarks. The main menu is again divided into categories, while new features include LG Air Sync and SNS. The former lets you sync information from your phone with a special LG server, while the latter offers access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
LG Cookie Plus GS500
After the success of the LG Cookie KP500, which recently reached the 10 millionth sold unit mark, it was natural for LG to introduce its successor – the LG Cookie Plus GS500. The appearance of the GS500 has undergone some changes, but as a whole is still reminiscent of the original Cookie. In terms of specs however, the new model is almost identical to the KP500 – a 3-inch resistive screen with a resolution of 240x400 pixels, 3-megapixel camera and an FM radio. What’s new is that the LG Cookie Plus GS500 has 3G and an updated interface, which we have already seen in the LG Pop GD510. It still remains to be seen though if this will be enough for it to repeat the success of its predecessor.
1. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
That Samsung Wave looks almost as Slick at my Nexus One, I like it!
2. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
WTF.... How do you go to talking about Samsung Wave which is a BADA OS phone on a Windows Article???? I just watched two vidoes on this OS and it is amazing..... Can't wait for this to come out later this year.... Might be switching from my Droid back to WinMo
3. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Broken, It isn't fair to yell at galen. This string of updates is numbered 1-7 so far and WinMo7 is the last, as of right now. So if you want to post on any of the previous pages, it shows up here under 7. I am sure the next update on page 8, will have people confused as to why yuo are talking aboutt a WinMo7 series topic for something else... That being said. I am excited for the WM7 series to be released. I have been waiting (as elig to upgrade by extending my contract) since february of last year(2009). I am pretty sure VZW hates me for not being under contract. But I want a "worth it to me" upgrade. This would be worth it. I am sad it won'y come out until november of this year, as my phone is on its last leg. I want a WinMo phone with a snapdragon, tegra, and 512 ram.... HD2 or TG02
4. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
Nice point on that. Not something I noticed. Phone Arena must fix this :-)
5. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
Oh and btw, a buddy of mine who works for MS, said it should be out sometime in September to compete with anything Apple or Google puts out. So I'll be exicted to see what is going to happen. :-)
7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
competition is good for everyone. it took this long for MS to wake up and quit trying to pawn the same 1990's crap on us. maybe this will be a new life for MS. Im going to be cautious. Sticking with android till MS can show me that its better.. for the longhaul as well. Its hard to beat an open development platform that can change to any manufacturers desire.
8. D3VR04 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
Does the Dell Mini 5 have an OLED/AMOLED screen?
9. Trevsx1000 (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)
I was expecting sooooooooo much more from the VPhone, namely video chat based on what they were talking about in November.