LG GT505 Review
As you might have guessed already, the similarities between the LG505 and the Cookie KP500 are not just superficial. They both feature almost identical interface, so we are not going to examine it in details here. There are several differences about the home screen – it now hosts 10 widgets instead of 7. You can easily switch over to the other screen that doesn’t house widgets, but fast dial contacts arranged on three pages with 6 entries each. Pressing the middle button below the screen takes you to a menu of two tabs. The first displays up to 9 shortcuts to functions of your own choice that you can re-arranged to your liking, while the second shows all running programs.
As a whole, we like the S-CLASS 3D interface designed for handsets with touch sensitive screens much better. The one available on the GT505 is up to its task and you will get used to it really fast. If you need to know more about the software or the text entry options, please, read our full review of the LG Cookie KP500, but keep in mind the internet browser of the GT505 is more usable thanks to the 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps) and Wi-Fi support.
The phone has GPS, but doesn’t rely on Google Maps. The GT505 comes preloaded with Wisepilot for LG, Java application equipped with nice extra features like 2D and 3D views, voice navigation no matter whether you drive or walk, traffic updates and information about local places of interest (restaurants, sightseeing spots etc), weather forecast etc. The app utilizes NAVTEQ maps that are good, but tend to be incomplete for certain regions. The program itself loads sluggishly and cannot compare to the smooth transition delivered by Ovi Maps, say, on the Nokia 6710 Navigator. You will have to purchase a license once the 30-day trial has expired. The yearly license for Europe works out at 69.95EUR and 24.95EUR for three months, while the prices for North America are $69.95 and $24.95 respectively.
Camera and multimedia:
Can you believe that pictures taken with the 5-megapixel, autofocus camera of the LG GT505 look much better than what the 8-megapixel LG Viewty Smart GC900 delivers? Well, we could hardly believe it ourselves. The thing is you will have to make do with the ugly camera interface that strongly resembles the version available on the afore-mentioned higher class device. Despite the way it looks, the interface delivers a nice set of options like scene presets, macro mode, effects and white balance.
Pictures taken outdoors look a bit more washed than what mainstream digital cameras deliver, but they have enough details and the image noise that´s so typical of all latest camera phones by the same manufacturer has been taken care of. Well, it appears in stills captured indoors, but the amount is tolerable and as a whole, the camera does give you the option to capture decent pictures of interesting places and moments. The flash is rather weak though, so just don’t expect to see it perform great in utter darkness. We are pleasantly surprised by the macro mode that allows taking of really nice pictures with artistic value.
The phone captures videos with quality that can be only described as appalling. Their resolution is 320x240 pixels at 20 frames per second and image quality is really bad, with most objects represented by a mass of blurry pixels without any details.
LG GT505 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
The music player of the LG GT505 looks great and delivers proper filtering options (by artist, genre, album etc). Album art takes up most of the screen and buttons are large and handy to use. You also have several equalizer presets, but you cannot create your own. The phone is equipped with FM Radio with an appealing interface. Sound through the built-in loudspeakers does pack quite a punch and its quality is above average. Things are almost the same if you plug in a pair of earphones and we are definitely pleased with the audio playback capabilities of the GT505.
Video playback, however, is rather disappointing. The only content that played during our tests was MPEG4/H.264 videos with QVGA resolution. What a shame, the phone is equipped with 3-inch screen after all…
1. deepak_nr (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 May 2009)
Ahm,,i can't believe they left out the 3.5mm Music Jack!!!
3. vivek gupta (unregistered)
dude..are u using this mobile if yes then let me know its performance and i also wanna know if this mobile is a 3G model or supports 2G .
4. None Nobody (unregistered)
The phone is a 3G phone and has excellent and stable features except the battery life is 1 day at most.... :)
5. Nico (unregistered)
Does its 3G work in the USA, anyone know? I believe this model was not made for the US.
6. dixcy (unregistered)
This phone is nice . LG application tools are free and nice . GPS doesnt work - tried all the tricks. the other features are nice. Worth the price .
7. Viet Nam Pro (unregistered)
GPS works very good