Multimedia:

Located on the back is the standard 2MP camera with flash. The application only takes 2 seconds to load and can be launched through the main menu or directly by pressing the camera button on the right side of the device. You can choose to use the use the entire display as the viewfinder (wide view), but it causes images to look horizontally stretched. Because of this, we prefer using the standard mode (normal view) to preserve the 3:2 aspect ratio. Since the camera lacks autofocus, there is only a 1 second delay in capture an image. However, another 8 seconds is used to save the image, and each time it asks if you want to save to card or to phone and then asks if you want to upload the image to the Axcessmypics.com web site. You can disable the “Axcessmypics.com” message, but even though you select “Save to card” in the settings, it will still ask you for the save location each time. Due to this time delay, we cannot recommend the camera for people who are looking to take several pictures within a few seconds.

Outdoor images have good detail and sharp edges, but colors have a tendency to look oversaturated and darker than they should. We also noticed that interior images have a problem when using the auto white balance, which causes them to have a yellowish hue. We were able to correct this by manually selecting the Tungsten or Fluorescent white balance setting. The flash is considerably weak, providing only 4 feet of usable range, and due to the slow shutter speed, images taken with the flash are often blurry.


Camera Options:

  • Flash: On, Off
  • View Mode: Normal View, Wide View
  • Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240
  • Quality: Fine, Normal, Economy
  • Memory Storage: Phone, Card
  • AxcessMyPics Reminder: Enable, Disable
  • Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
  • Multishot: 1, 3, 6
  • Brightness: 0-11
  • Night Mode: On, Off
  • White Balance: Auto, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Sunny, Cloudy
  • Color Effects: Color, Mono, Negative, Sepia, Aqua
  • Templates: On, Off
  • Shutter Sound: Sound 1-4, Say Cheese, None

Videos can be recorded at maximum of 320x240 resolution and up to 1 hour in length when a memory card is installed. Watching a recorded video on the phone is best, due to the smaller screen size. Once they are transferred to a PC, and viewed at full-screen, you can see how low quality they are, but are still good enough for posting small YouTube videos.

The music player is very simplistic, as it does not have a lot of bells-and-whistles that other devices may have, but does perform its job quite well. It is capable of listing music by All Songs, Playlists, Recently Played, Artists, Genres, and Albums. Once the song begins playback, the display will show the current track information, as well as icons for rewind, play/pause, and fast-forward. There is also the option to minimize the player to the background. This way you can perform other functions while the music is played, such as sending and reading text messages, accessing the WAP browser, and even taking a picture with the camera. This is a very useful feature and we would like to see it available on other phones. The only area of disappoint regarding music playback is that it uses the earpiece speaker, which greatly limits its quality and volume. However, using a stereo Bluetooth headset or wired earbuds will provide you with a more enjoyable music experience.

Alltel’s Axcess TV program is more closely related to Sprint’s TV service than Verizon’s V Cast, since it is capable of streaming live TV via an EVDO connection directly to the phone. There are a total of 43 channels available, but only 7 of which are live TV broadcasts (MSNBC, ABC News, Fox Sports, Fox News, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet). The remainders are pre-recoded programs, just like V Cast. Since it relies on EVDO for streaming the video, the image quality is lacking and only supports 176x144 resolution and 15fps. The pales in comparison to Verizon’s Mobile TV service, which operates on Qualcomm’s MediaFLO network and is capable of streaming live TV with 320x240 resolution at 30fps. Regardless, this feature is only designed as a temporary means of entertainment, as most people would not consider watching hours of TV on a phone’s small screen.

Software:

As with most Alltel phones, the Glimmer uses Qualcomm’s BREW format for applications. One of the most useful is Alltel Navigation, which is used for GPS guided directions and cost $9.99 per month. It is equivalent to Verizon’s VZ Navigator, except that the user interface is less graphical and doesn’t look as refined. We were able to use Alltel Navigation around South Florida without problem, as it offers 3D maps and voice guided directions, but lacks the accident re-routing that is on VZ Navigator. There are also options to search and find local gas station prices, restaurants, banks, hotels, movie theaters, malls, clubs, hospitals, and post offices based on your current GPS location. Additional applications and games can be downloaded for a fee directly through Alltel.

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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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