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LG Renoir Preview

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Our LG Renoir Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface:

When introducing the Renoir, LG showcased a few images with only the homescreen visible. We noticed the new Widgets and thought that we were looking at a next generation interface. It actually came out to be a “warmed up” version of the one we’d seen in PRADA, Viewty, KF700 and Glimmer. The idea of having Widgets was introduced in KF700. However, we weren’t very impressed, because we could use only one with limited functionality. It could be that LG has seen what we wrote and has made some changes present here, which now allow the use of multiple Widgets like in the Samsung phones. Their placement on the screen however, can only be modified when you are in the mode to chose which ones to appear and are static otherwise. This lets you add more than those that can fit on the screen and scroll up and down. We think that having Widgets is not very appropriate because of the small size of the screens. Nevertheless, despite of the limited number of applications that can be added, this element has been realized well.

LG Renoir Preview
Choosing - LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
 

Choosing

  

The look of the rest of the interface remains almost as in the previous models. We have four categories of options: phone, multimedia, organizer and settings. We like that and it’s easy to get where you want. There are two themes; a color one with a white background and monochrome icons on a black screen. It’s not much of a choice but it’s better than Pixon where you only have one option.

Color themes - LG Renoir Preview
Color themes - LG Renoir Preview

Color themes



The multitasking idea has been covered in KF700 and other models of the manufacturer, but in Renoir it has been developed to the next level. Pressing the middle hardware button will take the application you are working on to the background and will show you all active ones. They could be preloaded or additionally installed JAVA programs. On a different tab in this menu you have 9 shortcuts to your favorite applications. Just like in KF700 when you tap on the service line (housing the signal strength, the battery remaining and the time) more detailed information will appear, accompanied by shortcuts for the profiles, music player, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.


Multitasking - LG Renoir Preview
Shortcuts - LG Renoir Preview
Status menu - LG Renoir Preview

Multitasking

Shortcuts

Status menu



Camera:

As we’ve mentioned in the preview of the rival Pixon, despite being ugly, it’s camera interface is extremely easy and should be an example for the rest. Renoir proves that. The “artist” also offers many options, including blink and smile shot but they are much harder to activate. The menus are rather difficult for navigation and the entire system is confusing.

You can still record DivX videos in VGA resolution, and if you choose to shoot in the smaller QVGA, you’ll have the slow/fast motion option. An innovation here is the Noise-free Microphone, which supposedly, will enhance the video sound.

LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview


Although this is a preview, we'll publish a few 8-megapixel picture samples. Keep in mind that they were taken on a cloudy day.

LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview

LG Renoir sample video at 640x480 resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.

Mutlimedia:

LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
We hope you remember how we started this review – this is not a cameraphone, but an all-in-one device, claiming to be a powerful multimedia player. It’s obvious that we have the hardware needed, but as we’ve mentioned in our guide for buying a music phone, there are other important factors. One of the key elements is the software and the options it offers. Here, it lets you sort your music by different criteria but there are no sound effects (equalizers). The interface is simple and it visualizes a small album art cover. Renoir is praised to be the first phone on the global market featuring Dolby Mobile, but how much does that improve the sound of the phone, you’ll find out in our review.

The DivX support was one of the key elements in Viewty. In this model, we have XviD added which lets the user play a wider selection of quality videos and they look very good. A cool extra is the option to remove the black frame in case the clip is not proportionate to the screen. The video will be unbalanced but at least you have an alternative.




LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview
LG Renoir Preview


Internet:

Renoir is equipped with a new Web browser, trying to imitate the leaders (iPhone and the phones with Opera 9.5). There is an improvement, but we are not very impressed. We like the option to zoom in when holding your finger in a specific area, but even though it reminds us of Opera, it is not realized that well. Some elements are good, others not so much but we’ll give our final opinion in the final review.

Internet browser - LG Renoir Preview
Internet browser - LG Renoir Preview
Internet browser - LG Renoir Preview

Internet browser



Conclusion:

Yet another quality model falls in our hands without bringing unique features to the table. The shiny design and pumped up specifications of the Renoir attract the attention, but its software pulls it down a bit, reminding us of previous models. The combination of an 8-megapixel camera and the ability to play a wide variety of videos is definitely cool, so we only have to see how it performs in the other aspects. The rivals Pixon and the slider INNOV8 are not to be underestimated, but does Renoir have what it takes to win the battle with the Samsung models and become the ultimate cameraphone, thanks to its Xenon flash?


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Our LG Renoir Review is now published - click here to read it.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Magiclink (unregistered)


You can post photos with xenon flash? Thanks

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 14:36

2. (unregistered)


http://www.lge.com/products/model/detail/kc910.jhtml HSDPA 850/1900 variant confirmed.

posted on 12 Oct 2008, 03:14

3. (unregistered)


Does this phone have capacitive touch screen? thanks

posted on 15 Oct 2008, 02:55

4. Tsais (unregistered)


what is the operating system used? what is max video resolution when recording? 720x480 ? thanks

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Size4.24 x 2.20 x 0.55 inches
(107.8 x 55.9 x 14 mm )
4.02 oz  (114 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3.66 hours talk time

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