LG Sentio Review
If the LG Sentio came out a few years ago, we would've praised it for offering a different looking interface, but regrettably it's instead a few years late. The Sentio employs the same outdated interface found on other LG sets like the Prada, Vu, and Viewty. Granted though there are some widgets you can place directly on the home screen, the main menu is laid out in similar fashion with its four tabs – phone functions, multimedia, organizer, and settings. By now it quite antiquated when you compare it to LG's current-generation interfaces like the one found on the LG Mini. Although we can't commend it for being original, there was no evidence of any slowdown or lag to ruin the experience and ultimately functions as it should.
Messaging can prove to be a challenge for individuals with larger fingers as the landscape on-screen QWERTY is limited in space, but then again, you can always opt to use the virtual keypad with predictive text for faster input. Setting up email is also simple as it presents you four of the big name email providers where you just input your email address and password for an automatic process. If not, you can simply get any email situated by just inputting some additional pieces of information like specific server addresses. Finally, you'll have your choice of AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger for all of your instant messaging needs.
As far as other apps are concerned, the handset doesn't include as many as we usually tend to see – they were predominantly demo games. The only worthwhile app mentioning that is preloaded on the handset is TeleNav GPS Navigator for your voice guided turn-by-turn directions. Although there is a YouTube shortcut under the media tab, it simply points the web browser to the mobile-friendly site of YouTube.
There is nothing to brag about the LG Sentio's 3-megapixel camera. It produces sharp photos that make details stand out, but unfortunately colors are not saturated enough to please the eye. While usable, the Sentio's images do not impress in any respect.
Video recording on the Sentio wasn't all that pretty either as the QVGA videos produced by it lacked any fine detail with colors also looking extremely washed out. On the whole, it's a safe bet to say that it's best to default on using your traditional point and shoot for capturing precious memories as opposed to using the handset.
LG Sentio sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
Although it's not one of the prettiest music players we've seen, the one on the LG Sentio does the job in browsing through the selection on your handset. There are also some visualizations you can choose from to make playback just a little bit animated while exiting back to the home screen will allow music to continue playing through the media player widget. Unfortunately the main speaker is the sole work horse on the handset, so sound quality was neutral and lacking any serious power. As we set the volume to the loudest setting, the speaker still didn't sound too strained from it.
With a decently sized display at 3”, watching videos on the handset was unflattering versus the experience we see out of other similar handsets. We were able to play a video coded in H.263 320x144 with no slowdown, but then again at that low of a resolution, one would expect it to handily play it with no issues. Nonetheless the experience is more than acceptable for our taste, but doesn't quite feel as enjoyable due to the quality of the display – it looked somewhat washed out.
Despite having a somewhat lackluster media performance, the handset comes with approximately 80MB of free storage out of the box, but you can always supplement it with a microSD card.
International travelers will be enabled to talk away thanks to its quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) connectivity, while its dual-band UMTS connectivity (1700/2100MHz) will get you 3G connection via T-Mobile's AWS band.
Loading up web pages took an extravagantly long time as we wondered at one point whether or not it froze, but it eventually loaded in its entirety. Initially you're presented with an overview and can zoom in by double tapping a specific area, but kinetic scrolling wasn't as smooth looking as we would've liked. Still, it was able to render a page almost exactly like what you would see on a desktop to make the experience tolerable to say the least.
1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
LG, stop making so many crappy phones and focus on one or two solid ones.
2. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
Not everyone wants or needs an Droid X or an iPhone or a different high end phone. Not everyone wants the expense of a mandatory data plan. Manufacturers make low to midrange phones because there's a market for them and they sell. Apple is the only one that can get away with producing just one phone. It's not going to work for Samsung, LG or the rest of them if they wish to stay alive in the cell phone biz Producing just one or two phones would put them six feet under.
3. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
Lg makes the same phones over and over again. This is like their 40th phone with a crappy 3inch resistive touchscreen and its no different than the ones they were making almost 3 years ago. Since they obviously weren't going for cool technology or features couldn't they at least go for looks? It looks like an old HTC phone.
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Exactly. No not everyone needs a high end phone. But LG needs to stop with the crap and make decent phones.
5. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I know right? Why does an affordable phone have to mean its a crap phone?
6. seekerofdestiny (unregistered)
I just bought this phone on the 31st of August and like it very much. I like the use of both the full Quarty keypad or the standard keypad.
7. Mark (unregistered)
why cant i find music to buy, to put on my lg sentio
8. Nelly (unregistered)
Hey, I want to get this phonee, but my dad won't let me get anything with like web - does this phone have it?
9. Monggsanga (unregistered)
I have the LG Sentio but my earphones are gone!! ive tryed to look for some but nothing... Does anyone kow the size of it?? or where i can find one in stores..Oh 1 more thing it has a huge problem with the 'Widgets' they dissapeared!! i have no idea what happened or how to get them back.. But its a hella of a phone Nice works great..!!!
10. yourfather (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)
I had this piece of crap for all of one month. The screen was rather unresponsive, and it was difficult to edit my home screen.