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LG Quantum Review

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LG Quantum Review
Introduction:

LG Quantum Review
LG Quantum Review
The launch of Windows Phone 7 has been greeted with open arms and adulation by consumers all around due to its fresh new looks, responsiveness, and the complete reinvention of a Windows OS on a mobile scale. But compared to the majority of the existing pack of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the LG Quantum C900 separates itself ever so slightly by being the sole one to sport a landscape style QWERTY keyboard. Since it's priced evenly with the existing crop at $199.99 with a contract, will its keyboard become the driving force to persuade customers to choose it over other offerings?

The package contains:

  • LG Quantum
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset

Design:

Even after glancing over the LG Quantum a couple of times, it's quite telling that its design doesn't necessarily take precedence over the alluring look of its brand spanking new mobile platform. Instead, its approach is much too ordinary as it borrows styles featured on previous handsets with its predominantly soft touch coating exterior and accenting metallic rear cover. Upon holding it, there is no hiding the kind of weight (6.21 oz) it's packing as it also looks a bit more bulky (0.60” thick) compared to the streamlined nature of something like the Motorola DROID 2. However, its solid construction provides a sense of durability in fending off the adverse affects of normal wear and tear.

The solid construction of the LG Quantum provides a sense of durability - LG Quantum Review
The solid construction of the LG Quantum provides a sense of durability - LG Quantum Review
The solid construction of the LG Quantum provides a sense of durability - LG Quantum Review
The solid construction of the LG Quantum provides a sense of durability - LG Quantum Review

The solid construction of the LG Quantum provides a sense of durability


LG Quantum Review

You can compare the LG Quantum with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The LG Quantum employs a brilliant looking 3.5” TFT display thanks partly to is WVGA (480 x 800) resolution. Essentially, it's able to provide ample visibility with even the tiniest of text, and colors that retain their natural tones in just about every angle.  Moreover, the level of responsiveness is accurate enough in registering subtle touches and complex gestures. Though, we're not particularly too content with its brightness output as it still requires being shielded in direct sunlight.

The LG Quantum employs a 3.5” TFT display - LG Quantum Review

The LG Quantum employs a 3.5” TFT display


It's near impossible to accidentally press either of the capacitive buttons, the back and search keys, because they're spaced so far apart from one another. As for the home button, which is an actual physical one, its placement squarely in the center-bottom is fitting – but it's rather difficult to feel out seeing that it's almost flush to the surface.

We're fairly content with the snappy opening and closing mechanism of the handset as it locks firmly into place to expose its 4-row keyboard. Despite being somewhat flush to the surface, buttons are large enough to make them distinguishable by any finger size. Moreover, the decent tactile response it exhibits manages to enable speed typing without much pause or fault. However, we find it strange that the shift and function buttons, which are recessed and difficult to press, are separated from the rest of the keyboard on the left side.

LG Quantum Review
LG Quantum Review
LG Quantum Review

The microUSB port is hidden behind a plastic flap on the left side of the phone, while the thin looking volume rocker and two-level shutter key are placed on the right side. Unfortunately, there is some difficulty in distinguishing them and they offer a lacking response when pressed. On the top edge, we're greeted to the appropriately placed 3.5mm headset jack and dedicated power button – the latter of which shares the same indistinguishable feel of the other buttons.

The sides of the LG Quantum - LG Quantum Review
The sides of the LG Quantum - LG Quantum Review
The sides of the LG Quantum - LG Quantum Review

The sides of the LG Quantum


Turning over to its rear, we find the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash in its usual spot, while the speakerphone grill hugs close to the bottom edge. Removing the back cover is accomplished with an effortless yank which will then provide access to the 1,500 mAh battery and SIM card slot.

On the rear you can find the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash - LG Quantum Review
On the rear you can find the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash - LG Quantum Review
On the rear you can find the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash - LG Quantum Review

On the rear you can find the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash



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posted on 06 Feb 2011, 08:17

1. Gjordus (unregistered)


The update to the Windows Phone 7 OS is supposed to happen tomorrow, and it is going to be a welcome and necessary series of fixes. No copy-paste, no multitasking, no instant messaging (besides MSN, as Microsoft still thinks that people actually use MSN), no homebrew support, a pittance of settings and options, no Flash support, and restriction to a single browser: IE. Facebook contact syncing and Gmail/Google Calendar/Google Contacts support have been a shining diamond of functionality in a miasma of terrible design decisions.

I strongly recommend that you actually use the WP7 OS in-store for a good half-hour before you buy a phone running it. Even if this update fixes a lot, the OS currently lacks the development community and basic configurability of either iOS or Android.

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 15:20

2. Sglossy (unregistered)


Just wondering? I purchased this LG quatum smartphone, can i use this in the philippines and put a different sim card. Is this cellphone unlock? Thanks.

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LG Quantum

LG Quantum

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
view full specs
Display3.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (267 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.70 x 2.34 x 0.60 inches
(119 x 59 x 15 mm)
6.21 oz  (176 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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