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LG Mini GD880 Review

Camera:

The LG Mini GD880 is definitely not aimed at eager fans of mobile photography. The handset comes with 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the available options include macro mode, shooting presets, manual focus, face detection, etc. Focusing and saving a snapshot takes quite a lot of time and you will need about 5 seconds in between consecutive shots in standard shooting mode.



Pictures taken outdoors have relatively decent details, but there is occasional purple fringing. Don’t get too close to the object you about to photograph in macro mode even if you happen to have the hand of a sharpshooter (we recommend that you rest the device against something in case you want to get a proper picture). Image noise takes over in snapshots captured indoors and photos are overly dark. The lack of flash becomes an issue with pictures taken in low lighting and they come out blurry too often.




The video capture capabilities of the device are nothing to write home about. Frankly, we are somewhat surprised at the resolution of 640x480 pixels, given most 5-megapixel models by LG can take videos in 720x480 (D1). The average frame count is around 20, but videos still stutter for some reason.

LG Mini GD880 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

Multimedia and GPS:

The LG Mini GD880 is an able performer when it comes to music. The player offers various filtering options and sound augmentation functionality (i.e. equalizer), plus it comes with landscape mode that reminds of the famous Cover Flow of the iPhone. There is a built-in radio with RDS, but you will need to plug in a pair of headphones for it to work. Sadly, the handset is not equipped with FM transmitter.



We didn’t have the chance to test the boxed earphones, but connected a mainstream set and were pleasantly surprised by the audio playback quality. The sound is loud and clear and distortion becomes noticeable only with the volume going at full blast. The loudspeaker is decent, but the sound it produces is sharper.

We didn’t encounter any issues playing videos with resolution width of up to 800 pixels and the LG Mini GD880 supports MPEG-4 and Xvid. The image quality is decent, but we noticed video artifacts, plus colors don’t gradate smoothly. Still, we consider the LG Mini GD880 suitable for watching videos whenever you feel like idling away.



GPS:

Out unit of the LG Mini GD880 comes without navigational software, but we found a link that takes you to maps.google.com. With the help of the integrated GPS, out location was almost instantaneously pinpointed and... that was all. We could neither zoom in on, nor scroll the map, not to mention the screen keys sometimes worked and sometimes they just wouldn’t. All told, Google Maps service is almost entirely unusable.



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4 Comments

1. skybucks21

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 01, 2009

A little bit awkward design. Seems the designers was not able to find time to improve the overall design. @phonearena - change your video recorder. the video quality is perfect but the audio part has been compromised. all i hear is echo, echo, echo!!

4. ojas unregistered

no dude the design is just perfect if one like the minimalistic designs...no unnecessary curves, button crisp and edgy design... Though design is a very personal choice, i love its design. And planning to buy one

2. Lukander

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

Nice review. Just a question. How did you do to take the screenshots? Is there an app or a secret shorcut to do that? Hope you can tell me. Lukander.

3. AladdinSane

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

This handset is interesting, speaking for myself, but will AT&T carry it any time soon? I bet NOT! This device must be available somewhere, but in the U.S. not so. Wotta pity! I'd go for it. Peace
Mini
  • Display 3.2" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 0.05 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh(7.00h talk time)

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