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LG ARENA Preview

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Our LG ARENA KM900 Review is now published - click here to read it.

S-CLASS 3D interface:

Of course, we have to admit we hold deep reverence for the S-class, especially when it comes to Mercedes Benz cars. We all have a feeling that we the LG´s namesake interface won´t prove to be a disappointment either, but first things first.

The first thing you´ll notice is, of course, the start-up screen itself. Or rather, one of its many aspects. In reality it´s a cube with different functions on each side. You can switch between its different sides by sliding your finger onto the screen. You can easily see all this by tapping onto the middle button below the display, the one we have already told you about. The other function turns up when holding the middle button pressed for a while, this calls up the multitasking menu on screen. Actually, LG must´ve come up with the 3D part of the name of the interface because of the cube. Let´s take a closer look at the functions that it features. You should bear in mind you can choose what´s the on-screen default side of the cube that pops up when you switch the phone on or anytime you navigate your way out of the main menu.

LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview

First, it´s the shortcut screen. Nothing that hits you right between the eyes here. You can place up to nine icons of any function you like, taking your pick from any of the menu options. To switch over to another function you should hold your finger onto the screen. There is nothing to come as a surprise on the next screen as well, it´s definitely not the first time we´ve seen widgets on the LG´s touch sensitive phones. Similarly to the Renoir, you can call them all up onto the screen at once, scroll up and down to see the different ones. The fly in the ointment here is there are only few, actually jus eleven together with the lack of an option to download additional ones.

Shortcut and widget screens - LG ARENA Preview
Shortcut and widget screens - LG ARENA Preview
Shortcut and widget screens - LG ARENA Preview
Shortcut and widget screens - LG ARENA Preview

Shortcut and widget screens



The next two screens are a whole lot more thrilling. The first one leads you to the corner pub and the second to the Restaurant at the end of the universe that has recently been converted to Pizza Hut. We are just kidding, of course. The first one allows you to access your favorite contacts list that appears in a rainbow-like pattern with all attached pictures showed on the screen. Aside from looking pretty cool, it lets you take your pick with ease, you only need to choose up to 30 from all contacts you have on the phone.

Favorite contacts - LG ARENA Preview
Favorite contacts - LG ARENA Preview
Favorite contacts - LG ARENA Preview
Favorite contacts - LG ARENA Preview

Favorite contacts



The multimedia player comes next. You can load up to 15 songs, video clips or pictures on it, so they are at hand all the time. The above mentioned restriction makes us think most people would rather place their favorite video clips there other than other content to allow quick access. Or you can simply come up with a list of songs that set you mind at ease and go for it anytime you like. The way the software plays the songs really goes over with a bang with us. There´s album art popping on the screen when the song starts and you can see a CD turning round, skipping to the next track is as easy as sliding your finger on the screen. Unfortunately, the horizontal view is available only when watching video or browsing picture galleries. Ah, we almost forgot. You favorite multimedia content can not only be arranged on a grid-like, but in a column as well with all pictures and videos clearly separated from the music files.

LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview
LG ARENA Preview







Well, that´s enough on the LG´s cube and its sides. Let´s talk about the icon row at the bottom of the screen. They allow you to quickly dial a number, access your contact list, reach your messages box and the main menu. Let´s first get down to the latter, since it´s even more interesting than the S-CLASS 3D start-up screen. We are almost entirely convinced that right after taking a look at it for a first time you´d go like “Unbelievable, it´s looks just like the one on iPhone!”, the main difference being that LG has sorted the icons by category. You can change their places on the ARENA as well, but they can only switch places remaining in the same row they belong to. So, you always have communication-related icons in the top row (contacts, recent calls, messages, browser etc.), multimedia icons below them (player, camera, video camera), the organizer functions coming up next (calendar, notes, alarm list) and finally settings. Actually, the same division has existed on previous manufacturer´s models as well, it´s just that everything is merged together now, so in case you need to find a less important function or option, you need to scroll down the rows. All icons are visible at the same time if the screen has been switched to landscape mode.


Main menu - LG ARENA Preview
Main menu - LG ARENA Preview
Main menu - LG ARENA Preview

Main menu


What we are really pleased with is that everything about the LG´s S-CLASS 3D interface has been made with an immaculate attention to every last detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem. There is a number of small eye candies like animated transitions and shiny effects that look really nice and play smoothly (unlike the ones on PRADA II). Moreover, most menus can be visualized in a landscape mode, which comes pretty handy at times, say, the main menu comes to mind. Congrats, LG, well done. We don´t mean to be nagging about things here, but we would´ve liked larger icons (aside from the 40-inch screen we already told you about). Yet, all icons respond as they are meant to, so their size won´t kill you.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. McMillian (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)


I really hopes this comes state side it looks like its one phone that can do it all. the only problem it seems like is the small battery. It probably wont last the day if you use all the features on it hard

posted on 09 Apr 2009, 03:52

2. FlexSurferOne (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Mar 2009)


another iClone

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Display3.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (311 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.17 x 2.18 x 0.47 inches
(105.9 x 55.3 x 11.9 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3.83 hours talk time

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