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LG Shine II GD710 Review

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Thankfully the software running on the LG Shine II GD710got somewhat of a new makeover – it’s still relatively simple to navigate. There are more animated icons in the main menu and a strangely looking home screen where you can choose two different alert avatars as your wallpaper. Specific avatars will come alive when someone either calls or messages you – it may be somewhat untraditional and may not appeal to everyone, but it does add a hint of personalization. Finally, there is a multi-tasking element implemented with the aid of a dedicated button that allows you to toggle between running programs. Other than that, moving in and out of the phone can be accomplished with ease and no hints of slowdown.
 
The software of the LG Shine II GD710 is relatively simple to navigate. - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The software of the LG Shine II GD710 is relatively simple to navigate. - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The software of the LG Shine II GD710 is relatively simple to navigate. - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The software of the LG Shine II GD710 is relatively simple to navigate. - LG Shine II GD710 Review

The software of the LG Shine II GD710 is relatively simple to navigate.



If you’re a more traditional texter, then you’ll fit right in using the numeric keypad for all your messages. You can trim off some time if you set the phone to T9 for a predictive text option. Whichever way you decide to go, the messaging application is simple enough to maneuver around – allowing you to easily add pictures, videos, or sounds.

Setting up email on the LG Shine II is the same we’ve seen recently on other AT&T phones – there’s a listing of some popular providers that you can setup quickly. You can also place specific email accounts by providing additional information like server addresses. We managed to get our PhoneArena email up and running on the phone quickly enough thanks to the phone’s application.

Following suit with the email application, the instant messaging client allows you to login using AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger. You’ll continue to receive notifications if you exit back out to the home screen or run another application.

LG Shine II GD710 Review
LG Shine II GD710 Review


Third party software support is the same on the LG Shine II – some useful while others you may never use. Some of these include Mobile Banking, MobiTV, My-Cast Weather, and Yellow Pages mobile to name a few. For people on the go, AT&T Navigator is loaded for location based services and can get you to a destination in a timely manner. As usual, standard tools like the calculator, world clock, timer, stopwatch, and alarms are all available for your disposal.

Third party software support - AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, Mobile Banking - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Third party software support - AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, Mobile Banking - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Third party software support - AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, Mobile Banking - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Third party software support - AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, Mobile Banking - LG Shine II GD710 Review

Third party software support - AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, Mobile Banking


Calendar - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Calculator - LG Shine II GD710 Review
World time - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Tip Calculator - LG Shine II GD710 Review

Calendar

Calculator

World time

Tip Calculator



We are left to wonder why the new LG Shine is still packing the same 2-megapixel camera that the original one had 2 years ago. Images had good detail in conditions with good lighting, but colors looked more on the bland side. It didn’t fare too well in low lit conditions either with image quality taking a dive – almost fuzzy looking at times.  There’s nothing worth noting with the simple looking interface – the application took 3 seconds to load and 2 seconds to take a photo after pressing the shutter button.

Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710 - LG Shine II GD710 Review

Sample pictures made with LG Shine II GD710


Strong light - Indoor samples - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - LG Shine II GD710 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



Video recording on the Shine II is nothing breathtaking – especially when its maximum shooting resolution is 320 x 240 pixels. It didn’t have too much detail, but enough to be passable for any novice user. Although it did run somewhat smooth in good lighting conditions, we did notice it become choppy whenever it moved to areas with poor lighting. Sound from the video was decent even though there was some faint background noise.

The LG Shine series may not be known for its musical prowess, but its music player does stand out among other similar AT&T phones. It’ll display all the usual information you’ll need to know about the song you’re playing along with the on-screen functions. We especially liked the three different visualization options that will run as you play a song as well as the various equalizer settings to cater to specific genres of music. The speakerphone had some nice tones to make listening to music on the Shine II a joy – you’ll just want to stay away from the loudest volume setting because some crackling will be heard.

The music player interface - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The music player interface - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The music player interface - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The music player interface - LG Shine II GD710 Review

The music player interface



Other than viewing videos on a smaller sized screen, the LG Shine II GD710 was able to play smooth looking videos with no lag or choppiness. After loading up two different movie trailers coded in MPEG-4 at 320 x 240 and H.263 at 320 x 144, it’s safe to say that the Shine II won’t slow down during playback. Colors looked crisp with the audio sounding evenly to the video. Viewing it in portrait may be a bit difficult, but the option for landscape makes for a better experience.

The video playback - LG Shine II GD710 Review
The video playback - LG Shine II GD710 Review

The video playback



Saving various things on the LG Shine II GD710 should be no problem thanks to its 182MB of total memory. If you see yourself exceeding those levels, you can always pop in microSD cards of up to 16GB in size.

Taking the handset to other countries for voice calls won't be an issue thanks to the quad-band GSM capability (850/900/18000/1900 Mhz) of the LG Shine II GD710. For data use, the dual-band UMTS support (850/1900 Mhz) will allow you to access 3G speeds in the US.

There are no complaints with the Opera Mini browser on the Shine II – pages loaded fairly quickly and looked almost identical to what you see on a computer. Scrolling was smooth even with the stiff feeling directional pad. Still it doesn’t have the depth of features that some more advanced browsers offer; but good enough to get you by.

Opera Mini browser  - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Opera Mini browser  - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Opera Mini browser  - LG Shine II GD710 Review
Opera Mini browser  - LG Shine II GD710 Review

Opera Mini browser


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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.20 x 2.00 x 0.53 inches
(107 x 51 x 13 mm)
4.40 oz  (125 g)
Battery900 mAh, 3.3 hours talk time

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