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LG Crystal GD900 Review

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LG Crystal GD900 Review
Let´s tell you what (most probably) using the LG Crystal GD900 for talking will feel like. You see someone is calling you and open the slider. Not that this is necessary, but the keypad lights up, gets reflected against your face and since the thing is transparent, people nearby won´t fail to see that. If you happen to be on the street or in a pub, everybody will notice you.

Fortunately, the in-call quality doesn’t mar the high-end feel about the device. Voices were loud and realistic on our end, while people we were talking to complained sound was extremely loud and slightly sharp on their end. After turning down the volume a bit, they rated the experience 9 of 10. The phone loudspeaker is totally usable, although voices become fairly monotonous.

The battery is a tough performer. We took about 120 snapshots in two days, went over them in the Gallery, surfed the Web for about 10 minutes over 3G and spoke for about 40 minutes and at the end of the second day the on-screen battery indicator was showing a single line charge was left. The manufacturer claims you will be able to talk for 6 hrs on 2G networks and about 4 hrs over 3G. The LG Crystal should be able to provide approximately 300 hrs in standby.


Conclusion:

In the introductory section of the review we mentioned the power of the digit 3 and it turns out the third S-CLASS 3D interface handset has been bestowed part of this power. We like the LG Crystal GD900 better than the ARENA or Viewty Smart. It doesn’t offer anything different in terms of functionality, but its design is… unique. Thanks to it, the phone is far from being just another handset with touch sensitive screen, it´s something offbeat and eye-catchy.

The good news is both a pretty good set of functions and likeable interface are hidden behind the pretty face. We are disappointed with the snapshot quality and the limited DivX/Xvid support, but alongside of its arch-rival, the Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300, the cell phone is a decent performer on the overall.

The LG Crystal GD900 will cash on the innate human aspiration for luxury items that make people stand out from the crowd. And this time, LG has hit the nail on the head, because you won´t go unnoticed with the Crystal in your hand. If that´s what you need, we whole-heartedly recommend the handset to you.


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Pros

  • Unique, luxurious and dainty appearance
  • Beautiful and functional Crystal Touchpad
  • High sound quality during talks and listening to music
  • The virtual cursor improvers the phone browser
  • S-CLASS 3D interface

Cons

  • Bad camera quality
  • Limited DivX/Xvid playback features
  • The S-CLASS 3D interface is sluggish when opening certain menus
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. AlaneCzeQ (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


WTF 8megapixels and sooo rubish quality ...

posted on 10 Jul 2009, 10:55

2. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)


LG's look nice, but the times I bought one for myself or a family member, I've always regretted it. The battery information is incorrect, phone's restart automatically (feature phones, not smarts) certain features on the phone stop working. With the gsm chocolate I would receive ghost text messages. My friend had the same problem with her env2. With another att lg phone text messaging just stopped working all together. And there's only one person out of the 5 I know who has a LG vu that didn't have a problem with it. Either the screen stopped working and wouldn't register presses, or the battery would ass out, or something else. LG's just always leave a bad taste in my mouth, so no matter how tempted I get by their cool features or designs, I just have to remember that they always manage to take a crap on anything good that they make. Also, the fact that they manufactured a 8mp camera phone that has BAD photo quality is a testament to how shitty of a cell phone manufacturer LG is.

posted on 10 Jul 2009, 17:41

3. legionsreturn (unregistered)


My experience with LG has been the opposite, they have proven to be the most reliable and innovative regular and feature phones ive ever used. I always reccomend that brand to friends and family. Maybe you just had some bad luck?

posted on 10 Jul 2009, 18:32

4. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


that much bad luck? no and nice phone

posted on 11 Jul 2009, 07:26

5. illusionado (unregistered)


some images taken by crystal seems to turn in color pink...or purple i think..maybe it was just an error of my pc?

posted on 11 Jul 2009, 09:25

6. Andrewtst (Posts: 315; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


What happen to LG? this is the 2nd unit from LG which produce really bad image quality!

posted on 12 Jul 2009, 13:50

7. AlaneCzeQ (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


bought it for 329 pounds good phone, pics looks better than those in the review but its kinda slow imo

posted on 14 Jul 2009, 08:17

8. DJK314 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jul 2009)


Os is not well documented, sdk is crap, LG like before is the king to make closed os phones... i had a Renoir and it was not so good as all tests i saw on the web. So be carefull when you buy LG you will be in a closed world..

posted on 17 Jul 2009, 11:31

9. OnlineFire (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2009)


From what i have read on the web and what i know this phone has a FM TRANSMITTER in the option screen when playing a song please can you confirm that. I have also seen it in a video i think it was your preview video or maybe GSMARENA.com gd900 preview video also a source providing pictures of the fm transmitterhttp://www.knowyourmobile.com/lg/lggd900crystal/lgcrystaluserguides/274505/how_to_use_the_fm_transm itter_on_the_lg_crystal_gd900.html

posted on 21 Jul 2009, 02:49

10. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Hello, Unfortunately, the LG Crystal does not feature an FM Transmitter. The images provided by knowyourmobile.com are of the LG ARENA, which indeed sports one, but the Crystal does not.

posted on 30 Nov 2009, 07:46

11. azizsilin (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


which phones have better camera and video quality? LG GC900 or LG GD900? please help me

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 19:29

12. Tsukasa (unregistered)


Just had it and found its quite good. Only con part is super sensitive as accidently touching it will revert u to shortcut menu. For camera its bad if you put on auto setting. However with ISO adjustment and EV and all setting. It is a capable shooter. But really auto suck like no one else ^^ .

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Display3.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (311 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Size4.13 x 2.07 x 0.53 inches
(105 x 52.5 x 13.4 mm)
4.48 oz  (127 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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