LG GD900 Crystal review: Crystal clear

GSMArena team, 23 July 2009.
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When talking about good design it's usually all about placing the right elements in the right places. And in the rare cases when an R&D team actually comes up with something innovative, they usually reserve it for a 2000 buck handset like the Motorola Aura. The LG GD900 Crystal and its see-through keypad, however, prefers walking among the mortals to sitting on mount Olympus and drinking ambrosia.

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LG GD900 Crystal official photos

And luckily the sleek handset is much more than a pretty face. The rich feature set of the GD900 Crystal places it only a short step away from LG's multimedia flagships. However the lack of GPS is easily made up for with cool features like gesture shortcuts and multi-touch input. Sure, these may seem like fancy additions rather than key features, but sometimes it's all about winning the hearts of the users rather than their minds. And the Crystal seems pretty well designed to do that.

Key features

  • Unique see-through alphanumeric touch-sensitive keypad
  • 3" 16M color capacitive TFT touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • S-Class Touch UI
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera, LED flash, manual focus, geotagging, image stabilization, multi face detection (up to 3), smile detection
  • D1 (720x480 pixels)@30fps, VGA@30fps, QVGA time-lapse and slow-mo video recording
  • 1.5GB storage memory
  • Hot-swappable microSD card slot(up to 32GB)
  • microUSB v2.0, mass storage mode
  • TV-out port
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • Gesture shortcuts
  • Accelerometer for screen auto rotate
  • Multi-touch input
  • DivX and XviD support
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Dolby for Mobile audio enhancement
  • Office document viewer
  • Smart dialing

Main disadvantages:

  • Poor screen sunlight legibility
  • Below average camera image quality
  • No built-in GPS receiver
  • No standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Records video in 3GP format
  • Email attachment size limit is 1MB (both ways)
  • Limited DivX/XviD video support
  • All-plastic build

So what we have on our hands here is a handset that's dressed to impress and with a mind bright enough to keep your attention. We really like it when there's something new thrown at us and a see-through touch-sensitive keypad is certainly a first in the mobile world.

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LG GD900 Crystal live shots

The novelty factor is certainly there, we only need t to check if the delicate LG Crystal will pass our tests with flying colors. The ergonomics inspection is due right after the jump.

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