LG Shine ReviewLG Shine CU720 6.5
So far, we have great looks and decent features so what about the performance? Well, reception is generally strong in most places although once you get into basements, the Shine tends to struggle.
Sound quality was fantastic through the speaker. We tested the handset in Chicago and its suburbs and experienced little to no distortion. Volume seemed faint and almost as if it was only turned up half-way. The person on the other end heard us loud and clear. Once the speaker phone was used, things went somewhat downhill. Voices sounded muffled and faint while the user on the other line said they had a much harder time hearing us.
Ringer volume was very low, however. It was hard to hear incoming calls when stored in a pocket and over music. In quiet areas, it is more than sufficient though. Changing it to ring and vibrate doesn’t help much either as it’s somewhat weak.
Battery life is great. On a GSM network, we got 7 hours and 22 minutes of talk-time. Don’t expect such a long talk-time on a 3G network however. Standby time is rated for 10 days and 10 hours which seems likely as our handset held its charge very well when not being used.
So, how well does the Shine…uh…..shine? Pretty well actually but it is apparent that this is meant to be a simple and stylish handset. It definitely looks great and feels solid both closed and opened, packs plenty of online applications to make use of its 3G capabilities, has a great camera, and strong performance to top it all off. Get past its small keys and slightly odd layout and it really is a good handset.
- Very stylish design
- Plenty of applications to use on the go
- 2MP camera with great quality
- Cramped keypad with small buttons
- Location of call and hang-up buttons
- Main menu has poor organization
- Fields in internet browser overlap