LG Neon II Review
Taking a step back, with its still the same 2-megapixel camera, the images that the LG Neon II produces are nothing worth bragging about. The only thing you're presented with are some below average looking shots that look mostly under-exposed and soft in most outdoor conditions. Taking it inside, things don't get better since there is a serious degree of fuzziness going on which is further diminished with its bland color reproduction. Truth be told, you're not going to like the outcome with its camera performance.
Adding further insult to its lack of camera quality, the handset has a maximum video capture of 320 x 240 pixels and shoots it at a rate of 14 fps. So don't expect to see any stunning visuals with these jerky looking videos that are best left forgotten in the dust. Again, videos taken with the LG Neon II are probably best reserved for viewing on a phone screen.
Although it might look like any other music player, we like the fact that the LG Neon II provides three different visualization options which are further supplemented with the rotating carousel of colors being displayed by the joystick. Audio quality from its main speaker is surprisingly strong and sharp, however, you do get a feel that it's slightly straining at the loudest volume.
Granted its display isn't the most suitable to watch videos, the experience is nonetheless abysmal – just like its predecessor. Of all videos, we were able to load a video encoded in MPEG4 320 x 240 resolution, but it's almost shocking to see the handset struggle to play a low quality video. Not only did it stutter, but the audio was not in sync with the video. Needless to say that you'll want to look at something else if you plan on watching videos extensively.
With a measly 80MB of internal storage, it should allow most people to take a few photos and videos. Thankfully, the easy to access microSD card slot will enable you to supplement it with cards up to 16GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
The LG Neon II is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual-band UMTS (850/1900 MHz) device – meaning it should get you voice access just about anywhere. On top of that, it packs on Bluetooth 2.0 to allow you to connect a bevy of wireless devices to it and GPS for your location based apps.
Faced with a small display, web browsing proved to be a challenge since it took a bit of time for complex web sites like ours to load. In fact, it's the usual Opera Mini browser commonly found on AT&T's feature phone nowadays. Although it does a decent job in rendering pages and also offers some decent scrolling, the joystick can be rather tricky to handle in moving around a page. Lastly, the only problem with the experience is that you'll always have to go back to the start page in order to type in a URL. In honesty, the web browsing experience just feels a bit tedious overall – making it more complicated than anything else.
1. naophix (unregistered) posted on 06 Jan 2011, 01:38 0
You do not have to hold down the shift or Fn keys. If you press the shift or Fn key twice it will stay locked until pressed again.
2. Eric (unregistered) posted on 22 Jun 2011, 11:20 0
On LG's Website, the GW370 is called the "Rumour Plus". If you look at the pictures on their Website, the Neon 2 looks different.
3. Kbtennis401 (unregistered) posted on 16 Aug 2011, 17:15 0
Should i get this phone? What color?
4. volleyball004 (unregistered) posted on 27 Aug 2011, 16:52 0
I have this phone at the time. I have had some problems with the screen. I recently got a new LG Neon 2 because the screen wouldn't work, it was completely black. That happened twice. Also, when I'm on the phone with someone, the phone will completely turn off sometimes. When I turn it on, it says it has low battery but it didn't during the call. I have to then plug it in to the charger to keep it from turning off. I may just have a bad battery though. Their are some good things about this phone though. I love the keyboard, very easy to use. I love the joystick too. It rarely freezes. It's a small phone, so it fits easily in pockets. Overall, good phone.
5. rolltideroll (unregistered) posted on 08 Oct 2011, 11:00 0
the LG Neon 2 sucks! i have one right now and it's terrible. it makes noises constantly. and it never charges. the battery life is way too short. also, the ringtones don't work most of the time. i would never get another LG phone. especially the Neon or Neon 2