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LG GS170 Review

LG GS170

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Interface and Features:

Since this is an entry-level model, it doesn't radiate a platform that's filled with graphical eye candy, but instead resorts to a simple and straightforward one. However, we did enjoy the subtle touch ups found within the platform that add a hint of style – such as the cube like animation when jumping from the homescreen to the main menu and the smooth looking animation employed when selecting something in the main menu. Presented with a grid like view by default for the homescreen, you'll have the option of choosing a list view as well – but you won't find too much personalization with this one.

The interface of the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
The interface of the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
The interface of the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
The interface of the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review

Regardless of its basic functionality, it still manages to pack PIM functions that should suffice the light users out there – such as adding appointments, tasks, and notes. However, the messaging experience sticks to only offering SMS and MMS functions – it actually skimps out on email. When composing a message, you'll have your usual input method via the keypad, but you can enable T9 mode for a quicker experience. If you're looking for apps, you'd better look elsewhere since the LG GS170 doesn't include any out of the box except for four demo games – lacking even some of those common ones found on most T-Mobile handsets.

PIM functions - LG GS170 Review
PIM functions - LG GS170 Review
PIM functions - LG GS170 Review
PIM functions - LG GS170 Review

Contacts - LG GS170 Review
Messaging - LG GS170 Review
Games - LG GS170 Review

Contacts

Messaging

Games



Multimedia:

If you happen to love paintings, then you'll probably adore the images produced by the handset's VGA camera – but seriously, it's almost unbelievable to offer the functionality when it performs so poorly. Instead of seeing any hint of detail, you'll only be dished ones that are completely muddy looking in every scenery. In low lighting situations, you can easily see some noise infiltrate your beautiful artistic looking shots – no pun intended.

Camera interface - LG GS170 Review
Gallery - LG GS170 Review

Camera interface

Gallery


Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG GS170 - LG GS170 Review

Strong - Indoor samples - LG GS170 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG GS170 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG GS170 Review

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Medium

Low light


Are you looking for video capture with a VGA equipped camera? Well, you'll have to look elsewhere since this feature is omitted from the device – which naturally makes sense with its budget friendly nature.

It so happens that we were even surprised to see a music player offered on this handset, but more importantly, it functions as it should with some decent tunes emitted from its speaker. Not only does the mundane looking interface get the job done as far as playing music, but tones from the speaker were reasonably audible without much distortion in higher volume levels. However, it's worth noting that you'll probably be able to carry on a couple of songs at a time since free storage is a rare commodity on the handset.

Music player - LG GS170 Review

The music player was a stretch for the GS170, but the fun ends there as it lacks a video player. But who would really want to watch something on such a dismal display?

As we said, memory is extremely limited on the handset and the situation doesn't get any better since it lacks a microSD card slot. Things get pretty scarce when you're only presented with 9.8MB of free internal storage out of the box.


Data and Connectivity:

Global trotters will want to overlook the LG GS170 since it's only a dual-band (850/1900 MHz) GSM device with EDGE data speeds. So if you've got a friend from out of the country staying with you for a bit and they require a phone for simply voice calls, then this might be a solution for them. Aside from that, the only other connectivity option at your disposal is Bluetooth 2.1 to get other wireless devices connected to it. We actually used it to transfer photos from the handset to our computer – and vice versa.

In yet another stunning turn of events, the LG GS170 offers a web browser, but don't be too surprised by its inclusion. That feeling of surprise that engulfed us initially quickly dissipated into oblivion when we were hit with the “insufficient memory” message plastered on-screen. Sadly, you'll only be able to open memory conscious mobile sites – such as Google or Yahoo. You can say sayonara to anything else more than that – especially when the site includes heavy media content.

LG GS170 offers a web browser - LG GS170 Review
LG GS170 offers a web browser - LG GS170 Review
LG GS170 offers a web browser - LG GS170 Review
LG GS170 offers a web browser - LG GS170 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Camera0.3 megapixels VGA
Size3.60 x 1.90 x 0.70 inches
(91 x 48 x 18 mm)
2.80 oz  (79 g)
Battery900 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

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