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LG Glance VX7100 Review

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LG has always featured some eye catching UI on all their phones – and you won't be disappointed with the Glance. It offers some neat personalizations, like the theme and font styles, to make each device look different. As far as the home screen, you can change the wallpaper, clock type, or use a nifty looking animation. There's no hint of slowdown when getting into the main menu; which can also be modified to a tab, list, or grid view. It might not have all the fancy looking animations or transition effects, but it's functional and works effectively.

The Home screen and Main menu of LG Glance VX7100 - LG Glance VX7100 Review
The Home screen and Main menu of LG Glance VX7100 - LG Glance VX7100 Review

The Home screen and Main menu of LG Glance VX7100


The contacts system does not emphasize complexity in its organization. Instead, it can save up to 1,000 contacts with up to 4 phone numbers, a home address, and email associated to each person.


LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review


Traditional texters will find the messaging capabilities sufficient for both SMS and MMS. There are no pre-made templates, so you'll have to rely on typing the old fashion way or utilize the predictive messaging option for a more swift option.

The Glance offers a somewhat robust mobile email application powered by OZ. There are a few options to select when setting it up initially by providing the email address and password. If you have some obscure provider not listed, you can still put in your information and it will ask for the mailing server addresses. Although it may be painstaking to type up a whole email, we found it useful. However, you won't be able to attach files with the application.

Messaging - LG Glance VX7100 Review
Messaging - LG Glance VX7100 Review

Messaging

E-mail - LG Glance VX7100 Review
E-mail - LG Glance VX7100 Review

E-mail



LG Glance VX7100 Review
Just like the email application, instant messaging was also a painless experience. The choice is pretty much the same – AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger. Exiting back to the home screen will keep you signed on so you can continue to receive messages. Finally, you can log into all three IM clients at the same time for simultaneous chatting.

Under the Tools Menu, you'll find access to common applications like the calculator, calendar, tip calculator, alarm clock, world clock, stopwatch, voice commands, and notepad. Travelers on the go will find VZ Navigator useful in providing turn-by-turn directions. Once we loaded it up, it found our location almost instantaneously and retained relatively good signal throughout our trip.



LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review

Access to common applications is gained under the Tools Menu - LG Glance VX7100 Review
Access to common applications is gained under the Tools Menu - LG Glance VX7100 Review
Access to common applications is gained under the Tools Menu - LG Glance VX7100 Review
Access to common applications is gained under the Tools Menu - LG Glance VX7100 Review

Access to common applications is gained under the Tools Menu



The instinctive nature to quickly snap a shot of something exciting is what the Glance was meant to do and nothing more. There's no denying that colors are correctly reproduced in outdoor settings with good lighting, but lacks fine detail even when set to its highest 1280 x 960 resolution.  The phone does its best to capture indoor settings when set to automatic white balance. Ultimately, the overall quality produced would be only suited for MMS use.

LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Glance VX7100 - LG Glance VX7100 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Glance VX7100 - LG Glance VX7100 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Glance VX7100 - LG Glance VX7100 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Glance VX7100



One glaring item that was absent from the Glare was video capture. It left us wondering why this almost standard feature was omitted – maybe it could be due to memory limitations?

Think again about trying to play media on this device; whether it be music or videos. When selecting the Media Center option under the Main Menu, it will show the option for Tunes & Tones. To our dismay, you can only preview the ringtones and system sounds. Seeing that there was no option for a video player, we decided to get on YouTube and see if it would play something. Regrettably, we had no luck in getting any streaming videos from the site to load up.Using it domestically, you won't run into problems using the CDMA (800/1900 MHz) device on Verizon's network for phone calls. On the other hand, it's a non-3G phone.

The WAP browser used on the Glance will definitely infuriate users with its long load times and single column view. Its not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but scrolling is tolerable using either the joystick or volume rocker. Thanks to the detailed screen, you won't have to strain your eyes attempting to see even the smallest of text. The quick ability to view web pages is a nice option, but would rarely rely on it on this handset.

LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review
LG Glance VX7100 Review


One of the obstacles we faced with the phone was figuring out a way to download photos. Unfortunately there is no Bluetooth or microSD option to transfer data. And of course the other way to get it off is by sending it via MMS; which changes the resolution to 640 x 480. Luckily you can connect it through USB and use a third party program like BitPim to download the original images.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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


its pretty apparent that this is a LOW END PHONE amazing.....

posted on 23 Jun 2009, 18:50

2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


7 for looks? ha that's funny. this thing is so tacky with its "bling" battery cover.

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.31 x 1.87 x 0.38 inches
(109 x 47 x 10 mm)
2.92 oz  (83 g)
Battery800 mAh, 4.33 hours talk time

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