LG ARENA KM900 Review
The LG ARENA KM900 features 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash which is rather mid-range as per today´s mainstream standards.
LG ARENA KM900's camera interface is easy to use and looks like the interface of a real digital camera
We can really go on and on telling more about the picture quality, but you better see the snapshots we´ve uploaded here. If they happen to be to your liking, that´s the cell phone for you. The excessive image sharpness along with the lack of enough details failed to please us. Yet, colors look pleasant and pictures taken outdoors are good enough to show off some thrilling moment of your life. And that´s the whole point to taking pictures with a cell phone, isn´t it?
The maximum video capture resolution is 720x480 pixels at 30 frames per second. Nothing coming out of left field here insofar as this resolution has been dominant on all LG phones since the Secret came out. You can also choose slow or fast motion video shooting, but either way videos are captured at a QVGA resolution. We dig the video quality and we´d rather be found capturing videos than pictures.
LG ARENA KM900 sample video at 720x480 pixel resolution.
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.
You can quickly navigate to the Gallery, which, thank God, has been through some major changes when compared to its implementation on the Renoir. It unifies all picture and video content and they can be easily sorted by date, file type, name or depending on what you´d like to take a look at - pictures only, videos, your favorites, the ones saved onto the memory card etc. We got carried away when we first started the gallery in a landscape mode. It turned out to be something quite similar to the iPhone´s Cover Flow with images pouring out downwards. You better take a look at our video review to relish the effects in all their beauty. Aside from all this, zooming in is implemented through image spanning thanks to the multi-touch technology.
The video player is simple, but easy to use and there is an option that allows you to enlarge or shrink the image. This is quite useful given low-resolution videos do not automatically play in full-screen. According to LG, the ARENA is capable of playing DivX, Xvid and MPEG4 (H.264 and H.263) clips. Unfortunately, your DivX and Xvid video files must be coded in resolution of 352x288 pixels, 30 frames per second and bitrate of 1 Mbps, which pretty much renders DivX and Xvid video support virtually pointless, because you just won't be able to download movies from the Internet and see them on your phone, at least not right away. Since you, like it or lump it, would need to convert videos, you might as well go for MPEG4, its maximum resolution of 720x480 pixels fits the screen perfectly. Either way, you will notice small artefacts, but image quality is good enough for a cell phone.
The music player is a bit of an odd bird, but you´ll eventually get used to it in a time. It´s not anything trail-blazing, but it´s not a copy of the one that comes with the iPhone either. This is something good indeed, since we are fed up with facing Apple clones indeed. In portrait mode, the player appears right in between the song list and scrolling down leads to the album cover and effects dropping out of sight. However, you can stop or switch between songs with the controls located below. In landscape mode the player takes up about a third of the screen and doesn´t go with the rest of the interface at all. Browsing albums is something we do dig though, they visualize as a list with its rows grouped by artists and their art turning up as separate CDs. We do like such small, beautiful things.
Playback sound quality is good, although the built-in speaker really lacks loudness. The loudness of the sound through a headset is OK plus the available 3.5 mm. jack saves you from the dismal fate of having to use the otherwise dainty looking but really uncomfortable earplugs that come in the pack.
Aside from the pretty standard radio app, the LG ARENA KM900 also features an FM transmitter, so you should be able to listen to your favorite music while in your car for an instance. The phone´s also got GPS, although the manufacturer has not deemed it necessary to provide preloaded navigation software, so you will have to make do with Google Maps.
1. McMillian (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)
I want this phone so bad!!!! does anyone know if it's coming to America?
3. jhonch (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 May 2009)
Sorry, i found ithttp://manualfile.net/lg-km900-arena.html
4. benjack (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2009)
I bought the phone a month ago or so, and I sent it back one week later because it was so bad that it was almost not usable. The interface is a copy of the iphone, and it is packed with features, but most work badly. A few examples : - in the music player, when you sort by album, it actually sorts by artist name - even with the autofocus, the pictures are blured - you cannot play a youtube video trough the wifi, you have to be connected to the internet trough you phone company - the web browser is so bad that you basically cannot click on links, buttons, or select boxes - and the worst of all, one day it refused to make a phone call saying that this feature was not implemented in the current firmware!!!
5. kronos1 (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)
Superb phone...extra voice clarity in phone conversations very good camera, had no issues with it...it is 5 months in my possession and so far so good.
6. Le (unregistered)
Which is better: Lg Arena or Omnia 2 /Omnia Lite??
I want to buy one, but I don't know yet.
7. sa (unregistered)
it did well for about six months, but then it went all wierd. it turns off all the time for no reason, and doesnt store many messages at all. now everytime i take a photo or go to look at the photos it turns off. also when i plug it into the computer it disconnnects itself, and the battery life is painfully short.