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LG Mini GD880 Review

Performance and Conclusion:

We tested the LG Mini GD880 in an extremely noisy pub and were surprised to find out we could actually understand our callers pretty clearly. Still, we noticed the sound was slightly sharp and somewhat annoying with the volume set to its maximum setting. Our callers didn’t have any major complaints either, but advised us not to stay in noisy public venues and kindly asked us to, erm, hurry up and get back home right away (in a rather menacing voice). Idyllic, isn’t it?

The battery of the LG Mini GD880 can be quite robust in case you switch off 3G and Wi-Fi dependant functions. According to the manufacturer, it should be able to provide 7 hours of continuous talk time and keep the handset operational for 14 days in stand-by.

We believe what most people would probably find appealing about the LG Mini GD880 is its odd design and proper build quality. If any of these is you cup of tea, the handset will definitely not disappoint you, since its overall functionality is not halfway bad. The browser is capable (for a feature phone), the device is usable for listening to music and watching high-resolution Xvid videos. On the other hand, we are displeased at the lagging interface, mediocre camera and screen keyboard layouts. The price tag of the device is unjustifiably steep at the moment ($550), but as far as we know LG, this will change soon.

So, what alternative options do you have?

-    LG ARENA KM900 – the handset comes with similar functionality, but different design and slightly smaller display. The LG Mini GD880 is, however, better at video playback.
-    LG Crystal GD900 – its unique transparent keyboard is exceptionally eye-catchy, but the build quality is not equally good.
-    Samsung Jet S8000 – one of the best feature phones for the last year that is still attractive with its snappy operational speed and excellent multimedia capabilities.
-    Sony Ericsson Vivaz – it’s also compact, but not as well-made. Still, this is a Symbian^1 smartphone that delivers decent 720p video capture.



LG ARENA KM900
LG ARENA KM900
LG Crystal GD900
LG Crystal GD900
Samsung Jet S8000
Samsung Jet S8000
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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We are going to reword one of the things we said about the LG Pop GD510 that seems to fully apply to the LG Mini GD880:

„We hope that LG comes up with a smartphone with the design and overall size of the Mini GD880. Such a device would be an excellent addition to the manufacturer’s product range and make the cell phone world richer and more appealing”



Pros

  • Odd, but appealing design
  • Great build quality
  • Capable browser (for feature phone)
  • Playback of high-resolution Xvid videos
  • High audio playback quality (with proper headset)

Cons

  • Lagging interface
  • Unhandy screen keyboards
  • Relatively mediocre camera

PhoneArena Rating:

8.1

User Rating:

9.0
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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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