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LG GT505 Review

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Software and GPS:

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.

Home screen - LG GT505 Review
Home screen - LG GT505 Review
Shortcut menu - Home screen - LG GT505 Review
Task manager - Home screen - LG GT505 Review
  

Shortcut menu

Task manager

Home screen



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.

Main menu - LG GT505 Review
Main menu - LG GT505 Review
Main menu - LG GT505 Review
Main menu - LG GT505 Review

Main menu



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.

Wisepilot for LG app - LG GT505 Review
Wisepilot for LG app - LG GT505 Review
Wisepilot for LG app - LG GT505 Review
Wisepilot for LG app - LG GT505 Review
Wisepilot for LG app - LG GT505 Review

Wisepilot for LG app



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.

Camera interface - LG GT505 Review
Camera interface - LG GT505 Review
Camera interface - LG GT505 Review
Camera interface - LG GT505 Review

Camera interface



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.

LG GT505 Review
LG GT505 Review
LG GT505 Review
LG GT505 Review

Outdoor pictures shot with the LG GT505 - LG GT505 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the LG GT505 - LG GT505 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the LG GT505 - LG GT505 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the LG GT505 - LG GT505 Review

Outdoor pictures shot with the LG GT505


Strong light - Indoor pictures - LG GT505 Review
Medium light - Indoor pictures - LG GT505 Review
Low light - Indoor pictures - LG GT505 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor pictures



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.

FM Radio - LG GT505 Review

FM Radio

Music player - LG GT505 Review
Music player - LG GT505 Review
Music player - LG GT505 Review

Music player



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…

Video playback - LG GT505 Review
Video playback - LG GT505 Review

Video playback



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. deepak_nr (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 May 2009)


Ahm,,i can't believe they left out the 3.5mm Music Jack!!!

posted on 02 Sep 2009, 17:28

2. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


I can... Have you looked at the phone??

posted on 26 Aug 2010, 00:30

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 .

posted on 06 Sep 2010, 17:51

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.... :)

posted on 17 Sep 2010, 03:12

5. Nico (unregistered)


Does its 3G work in the USA, anyone know? I believe this model was not made for the US.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 04:17

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 .

posted on 02 Dec 2010, 02:05

7. Viet Nam Pro (unregistered)


GPS works very good

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, ARM9 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.21 x 2.20 x 0.47 inches
(107 x 56 x 12 mm)
3.46 oz  (98 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3.33 hours talk time

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