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LG Secret Review

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Camera interface - LG Secret Review
Camera interface - LG Secret Review

Camera interface

Even though Secret’s main idea is not to be a dedicated cameraphone, LG spared no resources in this direction or at least that’s what it looks like. It has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and able to record high-class videos. Since the lens (not Schneider-Kreuznah this time) are next to the battery lid, you can use the camera without sliding the phone open. Its software starts quickly (2 sec) after selecting it and the autofocus takes the same time. To save a 5-megapixel picture in the memory however, it takes about 4.5 seconds. The interface is landscape oriented and is neither beautiful nor very user friendly. Adjusting the settings is not very hard, but since everything is in black and white, it irritates the eye.

This would’ve been a small worry if only the images were high quality.

They are definitely better than the Viewty, which scored very low in our 5-megapixel camera comparison. Even with the colors not being fully saturated (bear in mind that the outdoor pictures are made in a relatively bad weather and are not much different from what was being photographed) and the detail level not perfect, the overall performance is good. As always, as the light level drops, the quality of the images follows and with Secret it is that bad that we wouldn’t bother using the camera except outdoors or in a very well illuminated room. This places the device behind the best cameraphones such as Samsung G600, Nokia N82/N95 and Sony Ericsson K850.

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Outdoor
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Outdoor
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Outdoor
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Outdoor images

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Low with Flash - Indoor images - LG Secret Review

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Medium light

Low light

Low with Flash

Indoor images


Same as Viewty, Secret is equipped with a camcorder offering decent set of options. As a start, it can record with VGA (640x480) resolution, and the LED flash can be turned on as an assisting light to illuminate closely positioned object. In addition, it has two modes for video speed besides the standard one, where the end result shows the objects/persons recorded in fast or slow motion. The QVGA resolution and the lack of sound (which will be more like noise anyways) is one of the drawbacks, but it is enough to create an interesting effect in some cases. It’s nice to have such an option, but we doubt that it will make you buy the phone.

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Camcorder interface - LG Secret Review
Camcorder interface - LG Secret Review

Camcorder interface

The quality of the recorded VGA videos is not “scary” good, but is great for a phone. The good news is that when recording a nearby conversation, the sound will be good enough to understand it while playing it afterwards. However, if you want to record a close-up, the camera will not be able to focus.

LG Secret sample video: VGA
At three different speeds: Normal, Fast, Slow

In addition, you have the ability to edit the videos right on the phone. There’re not many options but the ones available are enough to create some interesting effects. You can cut the beginning and the end of a video, add a picture, text or another clip and edit the sound.

Unfortunately, even with simple operations ( like writing a text to add), the interface starts acting slow, which can lead to unwanted results (by pressing a given button a few times for example). And when it’s time to encode the new product (over the old one or as a new video), you’ll need to be patient (it took us about 5 minutes to encode a 45 second VGA video).

Once more like in Viewty, Secret is the second LG model supporting DivX files, which is a big advantage over all the other video formats. By using this compression, the quality of the image can be many times better compared to H.263 and is pleasure to watch even on a 2.4” screen. Unfortunately just like in Viewty, there is no XviD support and the DivX video limitations are not clearly stated with some of them running perfectly and others, couldn’t even start (officially, the only requirement mentioned is for the video to be under 640х480, but even a few smaller ones couldn’t be visualized). The fact that the phone plays MPEG4 videos, encoded with both H.263 and the newer and better H.264 codecs, doesn’t come as a surprise. The capability to watch high-quality videos is probably the biggest strength of the Secret, but we doubt it will become a portable player with its small 2.4” display.

Video playback - LG Secret Review
Video playback - LG Secret Review
Video playback - LG Secret Review
Video playback - LG Secret Review

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FM Radio - LG Secret Review

Music Player

FM Radio

We are somewhat disappointed that LG has equipped it with such extravagant features when talking about video and at the same time, it has neglected the music player. It has a few sorting options (by artist, album, genre, playlists), equalizers (cannot create your own), but its interface is once again old-fashioned. We would’ve liked to have a sorting option, visualizing little thumbnails leading to the separate albums and artists, and a larger album art cover in the now playing screen. Don’t get us wrong; it works fine, but it’s just not impressive.

The sound reproduction is not one of the Secret’s attractive features either. The phone speaker is used for that and neither the loudness, nor the quality is at a competitive level. We expected much more from a high-class model, touted for being multifunctional. Naturally, the sound quality improves once we use headphones (wire ones or Bluetooth).

The handsfree set is needed for the FM radio to be operational. You can either search for all stations available or input the frequency manually. In addition, a name can be entered for each one.


Touch Media:
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As we mentioned in the beginning of the review, the display is touch sensitive, but only in a few applications. In order to activate it, you have to select its shortcut on the right side, which will take you to the menu with all the possible options, including:

  • An ugly version of the music player with limited functionality and inconvenient controls;
  • Picture album where the touchscreen has no particular functions (such as zooming in/out by executing a specific gesture);
  • A document viewer: here the touchscreen slightly eases the navigation;
  • FM Radio: absolutely pointless, since there are only a few options, which are otherwise activated by the navigational keys;
  • M-Toy: a set of 6 games, controlled via the accelerometer. Since we’ve seen the games in other models with such a sensor, we didn’t have fun with these ones at all, and we were even shocked when one of them (Baseball) didn’t run smooth.

Overall, this feature is not thought through and is pointless. That’s right: LG offers you to control using the small screen even though you can easily do that with the navigational buttons. Considering the popularity of the touch solutions, we doubt that you’ll attract the attention of the crowd, and even if you do, right after they figure out its functionality, people will think it is pointless. And we would agree.

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Gallery - LG Secret Review
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Touch Media player

Gallery

FM Radio

 
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Games - LG Secret Review
Games - LG Secret Review
Games - LG Secret Review

Games

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Document
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Document
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Document
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Document viewer



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PhoneArena rating:
5Average
Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.04 x 2.00 x 0.46 inches
(102.8 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm)
4.09 oz  (116 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.81 hours talk time

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