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LG Mini GD880 Preview

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Our LG Mini GD880 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and functionality:

Let´s just get down to brass tacks – the LG Mini GD880 is a feature phone running S-Class interface. As far as we know the lack of 3D cube means the interface is not worthy of the “3D” in its name. However, it brings some pleasing improvements and novelties alongside of the versions of models like the LG ARENA KM900 and LG Crystal GD900. The home screen consists of three pages instead of four, but you are free to place whatever you want on any of them, including widgets, shortcuts to websites and more or less all available phone functions, plus we are happy to see the device allows for downloads of additional widgets.

The home screen of the LG Mini GD880 consists of three pages - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The home screen of the LG Mini GD880 consists of three pages - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The home screen of the LG Mini GD880 consists of three pages - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The home screen of the LG Mini GD880 consists of three pages - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The home screen of the LG Mini GD880 consists of three pages - LG Mini GD880 Preview

The home screen of the LG Mini GD880 consists of three pages



The main menu is divided into relevant categories, something typical of LG´s latest cell phones equipped with touch-sensitive screens. We are slightly surprised to find out there is no landscape mode that enables visualization of all icons at once. Fortunately, the landscape QWERTY is present and we must say it looks cool indeed, although we would rather wait until we have had the chance to test a retail unit before sharing our impressions.

LG Mini GD880 Preview
The main menu is divided into relevant 
categories - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The main menu is divided into relevant 
categories - LG Mini GD880 Preview

The main menu is divided into relevant categories



The service LG Air Sync makes its debut on the LG Mini GD880 and is still in beta testing stage. As a whole, it will allow users to transfer data between their computer and cell phone as well as store files on remote servers over the Internet. We have already seen the SNS function - it provides access to Facebook and Twitter clients and lets people integrate information about their online buddies registered with social networking services into the phone book.

Facebook - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Facebook - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Facebook - LG Mini GD880 Preview

Facebook

LG Air Sync - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Twitter - LG Mini GD880 Preview

LG Air Sync

Twitter



The browser (LGE WebKit developed by Azingo) managed to surprise us pleasingly. First off, it supports double taps and multitouch controls. Second, you are able to take advantage of partial Flash support and watch YouTube videos. You can see more test results and a thorough comparison of the application to other modern browsers… in our full review, of course.

The WebKit based browser has partial Flash support - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The WebKit based browser has partial Flash support - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The WebKit based browser has partial Flash support - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The WebKit based browser has partial Flash support - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The WebKit based browser has partial Flash support - LG Mini GD880 Preview

The WebKit based browser has partial Flash support




Camera and multimedia:

The LG Mini GD880 sports 5-megapixel camera (without flash) and captures video at VGA resolution. In other words definitely not something to write home about, but at least LG has equipped the camera interface with a number of options. You can also edit your clips and pictures, which is pretty cool really.

The interface of the 5-megapixel shooter of the LG Mini GD880 - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The interface of the 5-megapixel shooter of the LG Mini GD880 - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The interface of the 5-megapixel shooter of the LG Mini GD880 - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The interface of the 5-megapixel shooter of the LG Mini GD880 - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The interface of the 5-megapixel shooter of the LG Mini GD880 - LG Mini GD880 Preview

The interface of the 5-megapixel shooter of the LG Mini GD880


Outdoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Outdoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Outdoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Outdoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview

Outdoor samples


Strong light - Indoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Medium light - Indoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Mini GD880 Preview

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



The music player of the LG Mini GD880 is an odd bird, but it has been replaced with a more standard piece of software that comes with cover-flow style landscape mode. We are glad to see the handset plays Xvid files, because its display is awesome for that, not to mention the retail units should feature DivX support out of the box as well.

There are several games and applications dedicated to entertainment on the go that have found their place on the LG Mini GD880.

Music player - LG Mini GD880 Preview
Video player - LG Mini GD880 Preview
LG Mini GD880 Preview
LG Mini GD880 Preview

Music player

Video player

  

The music and video player of the LG Mini GD880 in landscape mode - LG Mini GD880 Preview
The music and video player of the LG Mini GD880 in landscape mode - LG Mini GD880 Preview

The music and video player of the LG Mini GD880 in landscape mode




Expectations:

We do like the LG Mini GD880 and all its aspects. The handset comes with design that stands out, really good build quality and rich functionality, so the cell phone seems to have what it takes to become a worthy replacement of the now aging, last-year´s market hit of LG, the ARENA KM900. Actually, the rumor has it that the real successor to the ARENA will be another, high-end device. The only troubling thing we encountered was the sluggish operational speed of the prototype, but we hope the issue gets fixed before the retail units hit the shelves. If this happens, the LG Mini GD880 does stand a fair chance of becoming a truly successful and desired cell phone.

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Display3.2 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (306 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.02 x 1.86 x 0.39 inches
(102 x 47.5 x 10.5 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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