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LG Pop GD510 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The LG Pop GD510 is a feature phone, meaning the options that you have to personalize its interface are not exactly impressive, but still, you´ve got some.  For an instance, there is a theme that is exceptionally well suited for kids, similar to the one found on the Samsung Corby S3650 and it changes all home screen and main menu icons. Unfortunately, it doesn’t alter sub menu elements. The default font that comes with this particular theme is designed to appeal to children and actually looks really nice. The thing is it applies to all software elements, so web surfing and reading messages might feel slightly uncomfortable, because letters are not always easily legible.

The home screen consists of three pages:

-    Widgets – most of them are fairly standard plus there is one that gives quick access to all applications dedicated to social networks;
-    Livesquare – something like a call and message log, but with quite an interesting functionality (you can read more about it in our review of the LG GW520);
-    Your favourite contacts with pictures.

Widgets - The three pages of the home screen - LG Pop GD510 Review
Livesquare - The three pages of the home screen - LG Pop GD510 Review
Favourite contacts - The three pages of the home screen - LG Pop GD510 Review

Widgets

Livesquare

Favourite contacts

The three pages of the home screen



The main menu can look just like the one that devices with S-CLASS 3D interface have or alternatively, set to show larger icons grouped in separate categories like on LG´s previous generation of cell phones equipped with touch-sensitive screens. The portrait keyboard comes with relatively large keys and typing away feels fast and easy thanks to the proper sensitivity and handy T9 entry. The QWERTY keyboard design is well conceived, but the buttons are tiny, meaning you will have to use your fingernails to type in. The LG Pop GD510 allows for automatic setup of email accounts registered with popular service providers plus you are permitted to enter specific IMAP and POP server details. Finally, the email client allows for setting up of several different accounts and handles them relatively easy.

The two variations of the main menu - LG Pop GD510 Review
The two variations of the main menu - LG Pop GD510 Review

The two variations of the main menu


The main menu of the LG Pop GD510 can be viewed in landscape as well - LG Pop GD510 Review
The main menu of the LG Pop GD510 can be viewed in landscape as well - LG Pop GD510 Review

The main menu of the LG Pop GD510 can be viewed in landscape as well


LG Pop GD510 Review
LG Pop GD510 Review
The email app - LG Pop GD510 Review
  

The email app



The handset doesn’t offer high-speed internet connectivity, because it lacks 3G and Wi-Fi functionality, so it´s better suited for browsing of web pages for mobile devices. It´s not that you can´t open heavier sites really, but you will have to arm yourself with patience. It´s downhill from there on though, because navigation is smooth and proper once the browser has fully processed the content. We would advise you to get Opera Mini, because it loads websites faster and provides zooming via screen taps. Not last, it´s also equipped with tons of extra features, say it saves passwords, comes with tabs etc. At the time of this review, the LG Pop GD510 is not on the list of handsets supported by the beta version of Opera Mini 5, although we didn’t encounter any issues using the edition compatible with the LG Cookie KP500.

Opera Mini 5 - LG Pop GD510 Review
Opera Mini 5 - LG Pop GD510 Review

Opera Mini 5

The built-in browser - LG Pop GD510 Review
The built-in browser - LG Pop GD510 Review

The built-in browser



In step with today´s trend, the LG Pop GD510 comes with social networking programs (JAVA based) and you have applications for the three most popular – Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. As a whole they are useable and you will be able to find what´s going on with your online buddies, leave comments and upload images, but the low connectivity speed will probably dissuade you from using the social functions of the handset on regular.

The social networking apps of the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
Facebook - The social networking apps of the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
The social networking apps of the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
Twitter - The social networking apps of the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
 

Facebook

 

Twitter

The social networking apps of the LG Pop GD510



Unfortunately, the interface of the LG GD510 is plagued by one major issue that´s pretty common with handsets of the manufacturer – stuttering animations and transition effects. We have to point out that albeit not extremely annoying, the lagging spoils the pleasure of using the handset to an extent.
 

Camera and Multimedia:

The 3-megapixel camera of the LG Pop GD510 is not particularly well suited for spectacular pictures, because it lacks autofocus and flash, plus the number of available options is limited – you´ve got white balance, exposure, various effects and sequence of up to 9 consecutive pictures. Images lack enough details and their colors are relatively thin and surreal.

The camera interface - LG Pop GD510 Review
The camera interface - LG Pop GD510 Review
The camera interface - LG Pop GD510 Review

The camera interface


Outdoor photos taken with the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the LG Pop GD510 - LG Pop GD510 Review

Outdoor photos taken with the LG Pop GD510


Strong light - Indoor samples - LG Pop GD510 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - LG Pop GD510 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Pop GD510 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



Muvee studio - LG Pop GD510 Review

Muvee studio

The video capture capabilities of the handset are not exactly impressive either – the maximum video capture resolution is QVGA and the clips tend to stutter, due to the fact the average frame rate count is around 10.  Still, it´s a cool thing you can edit content the minute you´ve stopped shooting and saved it as a file. You can, for an instance, replace the audio track of your video, cut frames you don’t like and fiddle with playback speed. The application Muvee studio permits the creation of sideshow videos from whatever images you like. All told, they are only passable if you watch them on your phone, but creative people will be happy with the extra features.

Video editing options - LG Pop GD510 Review
Video editing options - LG Pop GD510 Review

Video editing options



Video playback is limited to MPEG-4 content with resolution of up to 320х240 and the image quality is not breath-taking, but is acceptable on the overall.

Audio playback through the built-in loudspeaker will certainly fail to knock you off your feet and music sounds annoyingly sharp when going at full blast. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to test the boxed headset of the LG Pop GD510. Still, keep in mind that since the phone lacks 3.5mm jack, you will have to rely on the box set or pair the device with wireless earphones via stereo Bluetooth. Both the audio player and FM radio feature pleasing, intuitive interface. 

The music player and the FM Radio - LG Pop GD510 Review
The music player and the FM Radio - LG Pop GD510 Review
The music player and the FM Radio - LG Pop GD510 Review

The music player and the FM Radio


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. barmalei (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


Even though GD510 is missing some key features, it is very nice to see a beautifully designed and well-built phone that "shows exemplary craftsmanship". I am actually in the market for a more high-end phone, but unfortunately even in that category most products that are really lacking in this deparment.

posted on 10 Jul 2010, 14:20

2. AladdinSane (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)


I wish the LG POP was available here in the U.S.. AT&T should pick up on it. They won't I'm sure. Wotta shame. I'd go for this. Why? Simplicity, and good looks, speaking for myself. Many will agree, considering that it's a sales hit in many parts of the world, except (of course) the U.S.. Peace

posted on 20 Aug 2010, 14:10

3. Jenna (unregistered)


I think this is an excalent phone for my childfren to take to school and be the cool kids.Great budget phone.long battery.well done lg.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 07:57

4. guruprasad (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


best phone in its class. Using it for almost a yr ,no problem till date. Battery performance could have been better.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 05:19

5. TERRRIBLE!!!!!! (unregistered)


OMG! this phone is sooo terrible... like WOW it lags soo badly... it constantly shuts-down and it's touchscreen sucks... and it even once ramdomly changed my pin code ( so i had to get it unlocked at an AT&T store.... TERRIBLE

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 07:27

6. Adrian Nobi(Facebook) (unregistered)


this phone has got the lowest battery life!

touchscreen is not great !

video playback not full !

..
but regardless ! what a style !

i can see everyone watching this phone when i open it ^^

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size3.85 x 1.95 x 0.44 inches
(97.8 x 49.5 x 11.2 mm)
3.07 oz  (87 g)
Battery900 mAh, 3.33 hours talk time

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