MWC 2010: Live Report9
We do not really know how to start this story… Once upon a time, there was a Linux-based OS called Moblin. LG GW990 was announced to be the first “phone” using it, but we are not sure this will happen. Yesterday, Intel and Nokia announced that they will merge Moblin and Maemo into MeeGo, so will the GW990 really be a Moblin gadget, or a MeeGo device? It may be both, launching with Moblin and then be upgradable to MeeGo, we are said by a LG representative.
The LG GW990 is an interesting device – it sports a 4.8” 1024x480 pixel touchscreen and runs on Intel’s Moorestown platform, utilizing an Atom processor. This makes it pretty powerful for its size and allows it to run applications that are designed for computers based on the same Moblin OS. LG demonstrated how the applications in the “app stores” on both the LG GW990 and an ultra portable laptop are identical. Sweet. The interface is LG’s S-Class 3D that is used in many of their contemporary touch models and delivers the same experience.
The GW990 tries to be the “missing link” somewhere between smart phones and netbooks. The idea that you can install exactly the same software as on a computer is great, but as with every other OS, the question is “how many apps will there be for this OS?”. Having in mind that Moblin is already “dead”, transformed into MeeGo, we would like to see how the new OS will perform. For us, LG GW990 should launch directly with it or not launch at all. We definitely want to review it though, so LG, please send one as fast as possible!
LG Mini GD880
One of the phones at LG’s booth that really impressed us was the LG Mini GD880. Hearing its name will probably make you say “Ha, another little phone like the LG Pop”, but actually there isn’t anything miniature in the Mini. Yes, the manufacturer presents it as the smallest phone with 3.2” display, but we don’t really find it that small to be called the Mini (in contrast to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini). However, we fell in love with its build quality – it gives you the impression the phone is solid and will hold up for a long time.
The specs of the LG Mini GD880 are not that humble either. It has a 3.2-inch capacitive screen with a notable resolution of 480x854 pixels. The prototype managed to deliver nice image quality and sensitivity. The camera on the Mini is a 5MP one (unfortunately, there’s no flash), while GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G modules are hiding somewhere inside the metal body.
Here in the LG Mini GD880 we see an updated version of the S-Class interface. The home screen has been left with “only” three pages now (as opposed to four on the previous version), on which you can deploy a number of things like widgets, shortcuts and bookmarks. The main menu is again divided into categories, while new features include LG Air Sync and SNS. The former lets you sync information from your phone with a special LG server, while the latter offers access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
LG Cookie Plus GS500