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LG Neon GT365 Review

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Home screen - LG Neon GT365 Review
Main menu - LG Neon GT365 Review

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Main menu

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We enjoyed how the LG Neon GT365 has a more animated look and feel to the interface. When moving around the main menu, there will be an accompanying animation whenever you highlight an icon. The same goes for the home screen where you can choose to have a standard picture or animated wallpaper.  It's a nice departure from the mundane ones we've been used to seeing. There are minimal personalization settings that you can modify like the menu style or clock displays on the home screen. Navigating is very quick with almost no slowdown and a short learning curve.

Saving contacts couldn't be any more simple with the Neon; it's pretty much the usual information stored. You can save up to four different phone numbers, assign a ringtone or photo, set anniversary dates, or write a memo per contact. All this will lead to a total of 1,000 contacts stored on the phone. 


So far it seems as though the Neon has placed itself above the basic entry level device thanks to the interface. But we were disappointed that the messaging aspect did not play to the expectations we've seen in other areas.  You can jump to sending SMS or MMS by pressing the dedicated button on the QWERTY. There are some templates you can use to send a quick message, but we found none for MMS.

Messaging - LG Neon GT365 Review
Message templates - LG Neon GT365 Review

Messaging

Message templates



Running the mobile email program will require you to open up the QWERTY and view it in landscape mode only. As always, there are popular email providers you can choose from the list to quickly access your email like Yahoo or Hotmail. Sadly if your specific provider is not listed, you won't be able to access it at all – even big names like Gmail are not on the list.

Instant messaging - LG Neon GT365 Review

Instant messaging

We know if you're not texting someone, you're probably instant messaging. You can pick from either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger to instantly strike a conversation. There is also an option to minimize the application and head back to the home screen; it'll run in the background. Sadly, you cannot use more than one instant messaging client at a time.

The Email application of the LG Neon GT365 - LG Neon GT365 Review
The Email application of the LG Neon GT365 - LG Neon GT365 Review

The Email application of the LG Neon GT365



Camera interface - LG Neon GT365 Review
Camera interface - LG Neon GT365 Review

Camera interface



The 2-megapixel camera of the LG Neon GT365 will launch the photo taking applicationin about two seconds after pressing the dedicated button. The uncluttered interface is simple while white balance or color effects can be changed by pressing the d-pad. Detail was decent and colors came out quite vivid with good reproduction. However, indoor shots quality is much worse. Small things like the 3D gallery adds a nice touch to the experience but we preferred the thumbnail option for faster viewing.


Camera samples - LG Neon GT365 Review
Camera samples - LG Neon GT365 Review
Camera samples - LG Neon GT365 Review
Camera samples - LG Neon GT365 Review

Camera samples



Not much we can say about taking videos except that it's only best suited for MMS. The limited resolution of 320 x 240 will make for some great candid videos, but it won't be too detailed.

AT&T Music - LG Neon GT365 Review

AT&T Music

One nice touch to the music player is the bar equalizer being displayed when a song is played. The d-pad corresponds to the on screen options such as reverse, play/pause, and forward. You can minimize it and head back to the main menu while the song plays in the background. We had to cover our ears because the sound quality out of the speaker phone was horrendous. It was crackly and hollow sounding without any punch to it. If you're looking to use your own set of headphones, you'll need to purchase an adapter. It does have stereo Bluetooth if you prefer a wireless option. Just like other similar phones, popular music applications like MusicID and Make UR Tones are loaded.

Playing videos on the LG Neon GT365 - LG Neon GT365 Review
Playing videos on the LG Neon GT365 - LG Neon GT365 Review

Playing videos on the LG Neon GT365

The only clip we were able to play on the LG Neon GT365 was in MPEG4 part 2 format. There was a lot of lag when it played and struggled to keep up; sometimes skipping frames. It will play in portrait at first until you press the left soft key to put it in landscape. The screen is a decent size to actually watch something, but the slow experience will deter anyone from using it for that function.
 
The tri-band GSM phone (850/1800/1900 MHz) can be used in most places, but data speeds will rely on EDGE connection.

The browser loads only simple web sites while scrolling is done using the d-pad or volume rocker. When trying to load our site, you get the “content too large”message. This has been a recurring problem with most basic phones released on AT&T and would like to see this corrected.

If you plan on relying on the phone's memory to save media files, you'll have to budget it out with only 14 MB available. Expanding that capacity can be done by adding a microSD card; supporting cards up to 4 GB.

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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 17:02

6. austin123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


my dad use to have this phone it is very nice

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:07

7. HYPERDRIVE0095 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I had this phone, and I liked it, but the buttons will make your fingers hurt and the phone is very slow and laggy. >_<
The browser is not to good either. So it surely is not the phone for an internet user like me. But I would recommend it for calling and texting!
As for the phones appearance, It is very cute and has a friendly design. And my favorite thing about it is that it is SO STURDY AND TOUGH. I have dropped it a countless number of times and it still looks in near new condition! Even though I've had it for about 2 years!

So I would recommend it for someone who is not a really heavy phone user, but just needs a little something to keep in touch with.

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.00 x 2.00 x 0.66 inches
(101.6 x 50.8 x 16.8 mm)
3.81 oz  (108 g)
Battery800 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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