Interface:

The user interface on the Glimmer has been optimized for use with the touchscreen and is closely related to the LG Prada, Viewty, and Vu. The home screen shows various status indicators across the top, such as the signal strength, Bluetooth, SD card, battery level and the current time. Located near the bottom left of the home screen is the shortcuts arrow, which will bring up a list showing 8 commonly used features, but the user can replace each one with 18 other selections. Directly below the shortcuts arrow are icons for the main menu, dial pad, messaging, and contacts.

The main menu is logically laid out into four sections: Phone Options, Multimedia, Tools, and Device Settings. It is easy to navigate between these sections, as it uses tabs along the right side of the screen. There are no included menu themes per se, but does allow the user to select between four different font styles (Gothic, Serif, Joy, and Script) and sizes, background style color schemes (Black, Blue, Pond, and Metal) and menu icons (B&W or Color). This actually allows for more personalization by the user than simply selecting a preloaded theme.

Phonebook:

The phonebook will allow up to 500 contacts to be saved, each with their name, 5 phone numbers, 3 e-mail addresses, group, memo, web site, ringtone and picture. When saving a contact’s phone number, it will allow you to have multiple mobile, home, work, and fax numbers per person. Once a contact is saved, you can then assign them to one of the 98 speed dial locations. Accessing a saved contact is easily done by pressing the phonebook icon on the bottom of the home screen, which will bring all of them up in alphabetical order. You can then choose to scroll through the list, or type in the person’s first or last name, which will automatically begin a search.

Pressing the phone icon located on the home screen will bring up a 12-key dialpad for entering a number to call. We did not experience any problems using the touch-dialpad, as we did with the Samsung Glyde, and were able to use it consistently, instead of the internal mechanical dialpad. However, it is the consumer’s choice as to which one they prefer using, but there is a “cool” factor in using the touchscreen to call someone.

Finding the speaker-independent Voice Command feature can be rather tricky, as it is located in the tools section of the main menu, but can be added by the user to the shortcuts menu. We would have rather of seen a dedicated button for this located on the dialpad or side of the phone. Available commands are Call Name or Number, Voicemail, Missed Calls, Messages, and Time & Date. The most useful of these is the Call Name or Number, which allows you to speak the name of a stored contact or the digits for the phone to dial. This feature is very useful while in a car and can also be used in conjunction with a Bluetooth earpiece. In most environments, the Voice Command had almost no problem understand the names or numbers that we wanted it to call, but some errors did occur while in noisy environments such malls and stores.

Organizer:

When launching the Calendar, it begins by showing you the current month with the date highlighted in yellow. From there, you can move forward or backward one month at a time by pressing the left and right arrows at the top of the screen, select a month or year by using the drop-down list, or type in a specific date to go to. Once the desired date is reached you can add an event, including the Start Time, Name, Repeat, Alarm, and Tone. After an event is saved, it will notify you by playing the designated tone and by displaying the alert information on the screen.

Separate from the calendar are three independent alarms and one quick alarm. The standard alarms allow you to select the desired start time and reoccurrence, while the quick alarm only allows you to set it for 10, 30, or 60 minutes from the current time.

The phone comes with 128MB of internal memory, but is partitioned between different applications and features on the device. Only 37MB are available for multimedia files, such as images, sounds, and videos. Reserved memory shows that it can store up to 400 messages in the inbox, 500 contacts, 300 calendar events, and 20 memos. Luckily, the Glimmer also supports the use of microSD memory cards, but only up to 4GB in size (not SDHC cards). This will provide most consumers with enough space for MP3 music files and saving images and videos from the camera.

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13 Comments

1. aaronsytrey unregistered

i just ordered this phone yesterday...i am looking for it to be here tomorrow...i am very excited about getting it and once i get it i will post another comment to show what i think of this phone

2. unregistered

VZW is getting this phone!

3. unregistered

U.S cellular also carries it. bought it today. awesome phone! :)

4. holymadness unregistered

Can the reviewer clarify this comment: "Luckily, the Glimmer also supports the use of microSD memory cards, but only up to 4GB in size (not SDHC cards)." I was under the impression that ALL microSD cards with capacities of 4gb or larger were in High Capacity format. From Wikipedia: "As of March 2008, microSD cards are available in capacities from 64 MB to 8 GB. Sandisk is working on the 16 GB version, which is expected in late 2008. Cards 4 GB and larger are only available in the newer SDHC format."

5. holymadness unregistered

Question answered by an LG rep: "The unit will support up to 2 GB MicroSD or 4 GB MicroSDHC."

6. sCooP OR GliMMEr unregistered

Hi, my contract is up soon and I was wondering if I should get the Scoop or the Glimmer? I would really appreciate some opinions and facts! thank you

7. Guest unregistered

Glimmer for sure, the Scoop doesn't have a touchscreen and unless your a big texter and you like the keyboard on the scoop you should get the Glimmer. Other Pros include awesome music player, accurate touchscreen, and good image quality. If you get the Glimmer make sure you update your software right away. The reason for this is because it has an ascending ringer problem, it stays quite for too long. But after you update all will be well. Also, if you like taking pictures and video buy a 2 or 4 Gig card for it. You won't regret buying the Glimmer.

9. sCooP OR GliMMEr unregistered

Hi, thanks for your help, I am most deffinetly getting the Glimmer. THANKS!

12. LeeAnn unregistered

I would say the Glimmer or the Rhythm - the Scoop is THE WORST!!! I had it for 2 days and took it back because I hated it that much - and I have heard the same from a lot of people. I have the Rhythym and LOVE it and a friend loves her Glimmer. It just depends on if you want the touch screen or not. :)

8. GKB unregistered

I have a Glimmer - love it. Did the software update for the ringer and now I have a problem with my texting. Every now and then it throws random words in (possibly from previous texts) at the end of my sent text and also my signature disappears. Any suggestions?

11. bishopgk unregistered

I am having the same problem, but when I called Alltel they said they have never heard of such an issue. I just don't have the time to stand in a store for 4 hours to see if they can help me. It is a bit entertaining with the random words thrown in, but getting old. I agree it is from previous texts, too. Alltel's only suggestion was to keep the old texts deleted, but it did it again with only 4 old texts on my phone.

10. I am going to get a new phone unregistered

Hi, my contract expires soon and I was wondering if I should get the LG Voyager or the LG Glimmer. I would also like to know if there is a difference in the quality of the touch screens. I would really appreciate the opinions! Thanks!!

13. jordan weber of marshfield wis unregistered

i curently have a blackberry curbe the latest one and i hate it and i am ordering the lg glimmer later this week and i cant wait this site really help out with all the great pictures thakz sooo much jordan weber
Glimmer
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.128 GB
  • Battery 800 mAh(3.50h talk time)

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