LG Renoir ReviewLG Renoir 8
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 the PRADA, Viewty, KF700 and Glimmer. The idea of having Widgets was introduced in the 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 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 2idgets is not very appropriate because of the small size of the screens. Nevertheless, despite the limited number of applications that can be added, the execution is much better than in past LG units.
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. On the other hand, the sluggish transition creates the impression that the phone is slow. 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 the Pixon’s lack of options.
The multitasking idea has been covered in our KF700 review, but in the Renoir it has been taken 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 the 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.
Everything looks good when you open the phonebook – the names appear alphabetically, and there’s a search field in the upper part, which we prefer instead of the Pixon’s filtering by the first letter. The fiasco begins when trying to add a new contact: the monochrome interface is not only ugly but is not user-friendly either. Since all elements are large, only a few fields appear on the screen and this leads to heavy scrolling. We realized how much easier this could have been after using the Pixon.
Similar to other platforms, such as Windows Mobile and BlackBerry, when you begin to dial it matches from your contact list. It is not as smart on the Renoir, however, as it will only match numbers and not names. . We are disappointed of the small size of the pictures even on an incoming call.
As we’ve mentioned, the third tab of the main menu houses the organizing functions. Here you’ll get access to the alarms, notes and the Dictaphone, and since the display is too small to show everything the rest can be found in two additional folders: Organizer and Tools. Each of the five alarms is easy to set up, with a repetition option for specific days of the week. The calendar has a pleasant interface and the typical fields when adding an event. In addition you have the To Do and Search date options. The last one is an LG functionality, which tells you what date is it going to be in a given number of days. The options to send all calendar events or all items from the To Do list to another phone is here as well.
The Tools folder houses the calculator, the unit converter, the world clock and a jogging assistant. We liked the color interface of the first one. It also has scientific functions but if you frequently use a regular calculator you’ll notice that the numbers on the keyboard are arranged as on a phone. The jogging assistant employs the GPS to calculate the distance you have passed. We’ve seen such applications before, but they used a sensor instead, making it possible to keep track of the distance indoors (impossible with the GPS).
1. Magiclink (unregistered)
Where is the test of the GPS?
In my point of view Im 100% sure that samsung paid you money to let this phone down. whats wrong with you!! lets face the reality.. everything is negative on this phone! no way..
3. Vaan (unregistered)
As I expected LG's only good with specsheets, they just fall short of software and the ui friendliness.
You can see the Secret phonearena review and all will be clear...don’t like LG?
5. Vaan (unregistered)
No it's probably because of the phones, if they are so biased why did they give some of the other LG phones a 9 such as the the shine?
I have the Secret and i can assure it's a very good camera phone, phonearena has rated it 5
7. dontbebiased (unregistered)
ratings on 'camera' lg secret:Resolution 7 Quality 6 Features, Comfort 7 samsung soul:Resolution 10 Quality 7.5 Features, Comfort 8 both with 5 mp. wat da? others review the secret with very good camera and even the best video capabilities, why is the rating so low. oh my. what is wrong with phone arena. atsk
And also Secret's video cam has much higher resolution and frame count.... why so low? I don't know.
and the problem is the viewty got 9/10 do you mean that this mobile is worse than the viewty? from what I can see that its better than the the viewty in almost every thing! P.S. I think if the Pixon wasnt there the reviewer might give this mobile more than the viewty. And it is very obvious that he is over impressed by the Pixon.
10. igor911 (unregistered)
What is this? You're trying to tell me that Viewty is better that Renoir??? Are you nuts???
please guys don't trust this review!! untrusted website..
Renoir is 150x better that Pixon...but when $@# people are reviewing we cant do anything................
13. Egyptian (unregistered)
oh my god in this review you said this software like pixon ,you mean the same software gow its not good and pixon is very fast and very excelent i think its bad review from you and you are not judge
14. martix (unregistered)
LG does not really convincing phone! Varna is good!
15. electric_3000 (unregistered)
If i didnt know any better id think this 'review' was a comparison between the Renior and the pixon. It is very biased towards the pixon. Im still gunna get the Renior tho, a Xenon flash is 10x better than a shitty little LED one.. pffft! GO RENIOR! :-D
I did the rating calculation for this phone it should be 8/10 If you notice the calculation for Pixon is 9/10 which is (wrong) it should be the same 8/10 that really means this site love samsung and hate LG..
17. jonesdude (unregistered)
Had it 4 days, mixed opinions. Texting tricky on screen but getting better with practice. Had 10 years practice on "button" phones, 4 days on touch screen. Video problems. Plays some divx files, rejects some. Same with xvid. Don't know why yet. Should really play any divx/xvid as it says it supports them. Video camera, audio and video out of sync. Makes it useless for any decent movie shots. Orange have changed appearance of home screen and logos. Removed GPS Maps in favour of their, chargeable and not operational yet, "Orange Maps" They too have added 5 non deletable bookmarks. The built in browser i found very difficult to click on any link, repeatedly poking at the screen with nothing happening. And the press-hold to zoom percentage seems completely random, unless i haven't figured it out. I've installed Opera Mini instead. Camera seems good, though does not save straight to memory card, despite setting it to do so in Memory Manager and Camera Settings. PC suite software is terrible. Best to change usb settings to Mass storage mode and add files by drag & drop. On the whole it's a pretty cool phone, just the niggling details, i'm going to stick with it. Maybe there will be updates to help the lack of full divx/xvid support. Anyone else tried changing their divx files to suit it, i.e. audio codecs or bit rates/video resoulutions?
Use ImToo 3GP converter > avi (divx) for files it can't paly.
19. UnbiasedReview (unregistered)
Hello All, I am writing from South East Asia and currently using a Renoir as part of my 2 week evaluation for LG in my country. After this 2 weeks, I will be entitled to purchase the phone at a steep discount off the MSRP. Let me be upfront and state that I do not have a competing set, Pixon or Innov8 from Samsung to compare the Renoir to. In my last 1 week of using the Renoir, I can report an overall positive experience with it. There are several areas that the phone falls short in, namely in the user friendliness of the UI. However, for a high tech device such as this, it is an acceptable compromise. It fits my usage to a T as I do not demand a full fledged WinMobile phone and the basic function set is adequate for everyday work and play. Let me get to the point to say that this review is biased against the Renoir and I can say in no uncertain terms that my own experience with the phone is 90% positive. For a more unbiased review, I would head over to GSM Arena instead. I for one, will definitely be buying this phone.
In my point of view Im 100% sure that samsung paid you money to let this phone down. 
21. mushymallow (unregistered)
Reviews these days are getting more and more bias. Better off trying the phone yourself and make the decision. Never trust what others says until you really get your hands on it. That is the way with touchscreen phone!!!
I have found this phone to be much better in almost all respects to my Viewty, I think this review by phonearena is contrived.
23. N95ER (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Dec 2008)
Well I'm upgrading my N95 in jan' 09. My choices have been narrowed down to three phones, the LG renoir, samsung pixon and the samsung omnia. After reading the above review I thought "Well that's the LG off my list, that narrows it down!" but then I read the user reviews and find myself back to the start again. Out of the three phones mentioned, which would you advise me to go for. All advise welcome as I'm totally stuck! Thanks.
24. kronos1 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)
Ok this is probably the best camera 8mpx of couple of phone that l have used lately it beats Pixon,c905,in terms of still shoots,and touch screen is one of most responsive even better then pixons, wifi comes like a charm,so if u want fast and good capable camera phone l recomeded this one.
26. Karim O. (unregistered)
this is not a good phone at all, touchscreen is very cheap and very slow and unresponsive. lg only managed to make a good camera, thats it. i bought this junk for 160 dollars and the sound was screwed up in 1 month, i will never buy LG again. i get better preformance from a nokia or samsung. tried to install a few java apps, catastrophe. my personal rating camera-10 func.-5 sound-5 phone-6