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LG PRADA II Review

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Camera:

The PRADA II has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a LED flash, but does not aim at competing with camera phones that utilize the same specifications. This element has rather been added in order to suit the other features of the phone. That’s why we didn’t have any serious expectations about it.

The interface is identical to the Renoir and is somewhat ugly. Navigating through the settings requires a lot of scrolling, and the small icons do not make the process easier. Still, it offers many options such as control over exposure, quality, ISO (up to 800), effects, white balance, macro mode and self-timer.  Keep in mind that the camera shutter is small and is a bit difficult to press, so it takes some time in order to get accustomed to using it without shaking the device too much and thus lowering the image quality. If you really can’t get used to it, use the red symbol in the lower right corner of the screen.

LG PRADA II Review

Camera interface - LG PRADA II Review
Camera interface - LG PRADA II Review
Camera interface - LG PRADA II Review

Camera interface


The images themselves are not particularly impressive. The outdoor ones are okay and even though the colors are a bit pale and the details are missing, the phone managed to meet our expectations. When taking pictures indoors and in low light conditions the situation is terrifying, as the noise gets in the way of details and figuring out what’s being shown on screen becomes really difficult.

Outdoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Outdoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Outdoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Outdoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Outdoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Outdoor samples - LG PRADA II Review

Outdoor samples


Strong light - Indoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - LG PRADA II Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG PRADA II Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples


Video capturing is much better with a maximum resolution of 720x480 pixels.  Image quality is satisfying, although the colors are again rather pale. There is a special “slow-motion” mode, but it can be used only when shooting in 320x240 pixels resolution. Sadly, the only format in which you can capture videos is 3GP.

LG PRADA II sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution.


Multimedia:

Gallery - LG PRADA II Review
Gallery - LG PRADA II Review

Gallery

At last, we have found a place where using the multi-touch function of the display can be indeed put into practice – PRADA II’s gallery. That’s right, stretching the images with fingers zooms in, and pinching zooms out. The gallery itself is similar to the one of the (surprise!) Renoir, but the size of the thumbnails is so small that you can hardly tell what the picture is until you press it. Once opened, viewing gets a lot more pleasant.  You can move from picture to picture by simply sliding a finger across the screen. Moreover, the orientation can be easily switched thanks to the accelerometer.

The music player managed to read all album covers and thankfully displays them prominently enough. In addition, it offers an equalizer with five presets.  The sound is really loud and also a bit sharp. The headphones are very nice, considering both design and quality. We recommend that you do not turn the volume to the max, since by doing it you risk seriously injuring your ears. Turning it down also avoids the sharpness and the metallic echo.

Music player - LG PRADA II Review
Music player - LG PRADA II Review
Music player - LG PRADA II Review
Music player - LG PRADA II Review

Music player


LG PRADA II Review
LG PRADA II Review
FM radio - LG PRADA II Review
 

FM radio

Have you watched “The Devil wears Prada”? Well, in case you haven’t, you can utilize the PRADA II’s 3” display to catch up.  Just remember, you have to encode the movie in DivX or MPEG4 (H.264 and H.263) format. Unfortunately, XviD is not supported. Watching it is really worth it… but let’s stick with the device. The image quality is not that impressing, since the colors aren’t very smooth, but still, the 3-inch screen can offer you a nice view and entertainment in your free time.

The phone also features an FM radio which is capable of storing up to 50 stations, but there is no way to download a full list of the available ones in your region (a feature that you can find in Nokia devices). Song recognition is also missing.

We will conclude this page with a sad piece of news for those that have been hoping to find games that take advantage of the multi-touch display, as in the iPhone. There aren’t any.

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.11 x 2.13 x 0.66 inches
(104.5 x 54 x 16.7)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery950 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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