MWC 2009: Live Report
Here in Barcelona it is obvious that there is a worldeconomic crisis – last year the city was covered with advertisementsfrom all major phone manufacturers while this year, there are almostnone. However, if you are in the capital of Catalonia, you havedefinitely seen the ad of the LGARENA, either at the airport, on a bus, or at a billboard. LGis platinum sponsor of the show and is probably the only manufacturerwith a massive advertising campaign. Curiously, it advertises only theARENA, but it seems that it is the really flagship model, so let’scheck it out.
Its design is not a masterpiece, butit definitely looks nice – brushed aluminum, rounded shapes, largescreen combine well into one piece. However, neither the design, northe high-res 480x800 pixels display are the key features of the ARENA –it is the software. ARENA uses LG’s new S-Class user interface which definitelycatches the eye. The software in previous touch phones of the Koreanmanufacturer was not bad, but it was rather mediocre. Thisone looks top notch. Even though the demo units are prototypes,transitions and other effects are silky smooth and remind us of theiPhone a few years ago.
The ARENA has a fewdifferent home screen pages: one is stressing on multimedia withshortcuts to the audio, video and imaging content, the second one hasshortcuts (favorite apps), third one houses widgets and the last oneshows pictures of your favorite contacts. Moving from one tothe other can be done by swiping a finger horizontally, but analternative is the “cube mode” which is activated by pressing thecentral hardware button. It visualizes the pages as the sides of a cubeand is designed to make moving to a particular pagefaster.
Multimedia is what the ARENA is designed forand as the Renoir, it comes with support for various video formats.We’ll wait to review it, but hope that it will play well high-resmoves, taking advantage of this nice display. ARENA is said to come outnext month and we are eager to see the final product. What aboutyou?
It seems that LG tried to make it astylish slider and have given it a glossy front side that is a truefingerprint magnet. In addition, its back is exactly as the one of theSecret and has carbon fiber battery cover. However, the bulky size andmediocre overall design are obstacles for calling the KT770 a fashionphone.
LG decided to use untraditional navigation keys – as in theSecret, they are touch sensitive. We don’t like them as they appear tobe unresponsive. This may change with the final units, but as Secrethad the same problem, we guess it will not. In addition, the small sendand end keys (which are physical and not touch sensitive) are not easyto press. A uniquesolution is the 9-way joystick – it is designed to makebrowsing the internet easier but the diagonal movement can also be usedin the main menu. We did a few mistakes while testing the phone, but inthe long term usage it may appear to be a small positive side,alternative to the optical joysticks other phones have. We only wish itwas slightly more raised from the front surface, so it will be easierto control it.
The KT770 is yet another Symbianphone, only that LG has changed the look of the home screen and themain menu. Features include 2.8” WQVGA display, 5-megapixel camera, 3Gsupport (there are a couple of version, but not one suitable for theUS), WI-Fi and a-GPS. Overall it packs lots of features into a so-sodesign, so we are positive aboutit.
Thought you have seen everything?Then, what about a transparent phone? We thought so… LG has shown thelatest fashion sensation, or in other words, the world’s firsttransparent phone, the LGGD900, bearing the name of Crystal. The device will utilize the sliderform-factor and according to the manufacturer, it will not be just afashion accessory, but will also incorporate high-tech features andwill come with a Bluetooth headset. The key feature here seems to bethe transparent keyboard, which gets illuminated by a soft light oncethe phone is opened.
Sadly, we didn’t have a chanceto take a closer look at the handset, since LG has only shown aprototype unit here, which could only be examined behind the glass.Still, we managed to take some pictures of this enigmatic device foryou.
LGGC900 Preliminary Specifications
LGGB102 Preliminary Specifications
LGGB130 Preliminary Specifications
LGGB250 Preliminary Specifications