LG Renoir Preview

Introduction and Design
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can operate in
the US on AT&T and T-Mobile (without 3G).

Have you ever thought about how the touch phones came in style? Many consider iPhone as the revolutionary model of the new “movement” but LG keeps reminding us that their PRADA came out earlier. We will not dispute the truthfulness of this statement, but it is a fact that this was the flagship model of the new touch series released on the market by the South Korean manufacturer. Today, we’ll take a look at Renoir KC910, which is the latest entry in the line. As a successor to the Viewty, it is a powerful multimedia device with a top-shelf camera, hence named after the famous French artist.

Unfortunately, the sample unit we've received from LG has some problems, untypical for the model. We'll get another one and now we'll publish a preview, but expect our review soon.


This particular design attracts peoples’ attention. The consumer is still fascinated with the very idea of a keyless device, which is relatively new and reminds us of a futuristic movie. Design wise, Renoir will not have as many followers as PRADA and Giorgio Armani, but it will be an appetizing bite nevertheless. Although we are not very fond of its overall appearance, we like the separate elements: the “glass” face, the shiny sides and the jagged back, which is made of miniature circles. You can feel those by running a finger across the surface and that pattern adds an interesting light reflecting effect to the phone. The only thing we are not happy with regarding the make of the phone is its weight. The Renoir doesn’t feel too solid in a hand, making it appear cheap. On the other hand, this is very nice when you carry it in your pocket.

Everything has a price. The compact size of the Renoir results in a smaller display in contrast to the competition. Although it is large compared to most phones, the 3” screen of the device is still a step behind the Pixon (3.2”) and the iPhone (3.5”) and that will affect the video watching and the Internet surfing experience. It has a standard widescreen resolution (240x400 pixels) and it supports 262k colors. Nowadays, almost all displays produce a nice image indoors but some of them cannot be used in bright daylight.

The buttons below the screen couldn’t be any better. They are easy to press and feel by touch and look very good. We don’t like their shape, but that’s a matter of personal preference. All other buttons are located on the right side and are very easy to use, except the lock key. It is almost leveled with the surface and has a very short drive, which makes it hard to operate. Its design is intended to prevent accidental activation, but we would have preferred a two-way switch.

Just like in the rival Pixon the lens is protruding from the back and when placed on a table, the phone is thicker than the advertised 13.8mm. The ring surrounding the lens is also used as a closing/opening mechanism for the lid. This is a very good solution, but we still prefer the automatic ones.

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