LG GD900 Crystal camphone
See-through styling – a clear winner?
Review The LG GD900 Crystal wouldn't be the first mobile to sell itself on a gimmick. But in today's increasingly competitive market, a gimmick just isn't enough. The new Crystal's schtick is that it has a see-through keypad – as in, transparent.
LG's GD900 Crystal
It's not completely transparent of course, the numbers are displayed as grey etchings, which light up when the keypad is touched. And it's not just a keypad either, since it also doubles as a multi-function trackpad.
Also on board is a 3in touch screen, 8Mp camera, HSDPA 3G (7.2Mbps), quad-band GSM, Wi-Fi, the Symbian S60 operating system and LG's very cool S-Class user interface. So it's clearly more than just a pretty keypad.
The LG GD900 Crystal isn't the slimmest or lightest slider at 105 x 53 x 14mm and 120g but it's perfectly pocketable, nonetheless. The front is dominated by the 3in, 800 x 480 pixel, capacitive touch screen and above it are loudspeaker, VGA camera and light sensor. Below the screen are three touch-sensitive keys: call start and stop, plus a shortcut to the spinning cube version of LG's S-Class interface, which we last saw on the Viewty Smart.
Funky as the cube UI looks, we found it a bit of a pain to navigate around, and generally preferred to use the icon menu with its water drop themed buttons, which can be reached using one of the four onscreen buttons – phone, contacts, messages and menu. Around the sides are a micro USB slot (not LG's proprietary power slot, for once) protected by a plastic cover, volume rocker and camera shutter button, with a power/lock key on top.
The slider reveals the camera at the back
On the back, the camera lens is hidden behind the slide along with LED flash and self-portrait mirror. You'll need to remove the back to get to the microSD card slot. There's no card supplied, but it can handle up to 32GB – which is about as good as it gets – plus the GD900 features a generous 1.5GB of onboard memory.
""If you prefer you can use your own headphones as there's a 3.5mm adaptor, which plugs into the handset's micro USB slot. "
I'm the type of klutz who always manages to lose/bork those litlle adapter doodads. That's why an actual 3.5mm jack is a must-have and its absence a deal-breaker, no matter how pretty the phone. Especially since getting the sort of sound quality out of Stereo Bluetooth headsets that I get out of my corded set means adding a lot to the total price of the phone. At least up here in Zild, at any rate.
Perhaps they realized that for the average user not only is phone based GPS rarely used, it's also horrible on the battery. I haven't switched the GPS on my Dream on for a good month now because it really just isn't all that useful, and I've yet to own a GPS enabled phone that was actually on par for navigation with a proper GPS unit.
All that.. so awesome
but, why no GPS? EVERY phone has GPS now (just about)... why not this one?
@ Stuart 10, Justabloke
From the bottom of Page 3:
"If you prefer you can use your own headphones as there's a 3.5mm adaptor, which plugs into the handset's micro USB slot. Alternatively, you can use a wireless pair, thanks to A2DP Bluetooth."
I imaging that, in common with both the LG Viewty and Renoir, they supply an adaptor that plugs into the mini USB port which has a standard 3.5 mm jack in it.. or you could do the same as I do and use a MM bluetooth headset...
No biggie really if thats your only gripe.