LG GM310 Review0
We know the interface of the LG GM310 from the previous models of the manufacturer without touch sensitive screens that we have already reviewed – the KC550, KF510 and KF600. It´s a bit sluggish, but delivers all functions that ordinary users might need, like handy contacts, calendar with quite a few options and decent SMS/MMS messaging. You don’t have automated email setup and the phone browser is up to its task when it comes to simpler web pages. More complex ones like phoneArena.com however, won´t load. We have already examined the interface in details in our review of the LG KC550, so please read it if you want to know more.
The musical capabilities of the LG GM310 are what the phone is all about. Fortunately, the audio player is quite good and offers a wide range of content filtering options – by artist, album, genre, MusicTea and Mix&Match. The latter two options are pretty similar to SenseMe Sony Ericsson equip their Walkman handsets with. Basically, there is PC software that will scan your library, determine the tempo and mood of your tracks and use the information to create playlists that you can pick depending on your mood. This is not a function we tend to use a lot, but still, it´s nice to have extra features like this one. The player itself is easy to handle, visualizes large album art and the equalizer features options like Bobcat Mobile, Dolby Mobile, LG and that can be personalized. You also have music recognition of recorded tracks via Gracenote and we can say the function works accurately.
The audio playback quality is very high for a mainstream device and definitely superior to what the Sony Ericsson W595 delivers. Sound through a headset is a bit sharp, but packs quite a punch plus basses are really pleasing. The loudspeaker is an irritating weakling, especially when going at full blast. As a whole, listening feels nice for prolonged periods of time and the 3.5mm jack allows you to plug in your favorite headset without a problem. Finally, the phone takes expansion cards with capacity of up to 32GB, so you will also have more than enough space to store anything you like.
We are really unpleasantly surprised by the FM Radio of the LG GM310. First, it doesn’t support RDS and second, it won’t work when minimized. In other words, if you opt for listening to radio, you will have to endure the rather ugly interface while being unable to do anything else. Odd indeed, since even models that rolled out like 7 years ago allowed for radio running in the background.
Camera is not one of the phone strengths for sure. It´s equipped with 3-megapixel sensor and comes without autofocus or flash. As you can see for yourself, details are blurry and colors look surreal. Surely, we have seen worse, but not quite often. The phone captures videos with QVGA resolution and their quality is rather low.