LG GD910 review: Tick-tock, tick-tock...
Telephony an arm's length away
Now this is a particularly interesting chapter, given the LG GD910's peculiar form factor. If you are into talking to your wrist you can rest assured that the other party will be able to hear you nice and loud even if you don't hold the device too close. On the other hand the wristphone speakerphone is hardly loud enough so you will need a pretty quiet environment for perfect connection.
At least voice quality is good and there are no interferences. So if you use the handset in the way it is meant to be - with a Bluetooth headset you will be just fine.
On the negative side the aforementioned problem with the phonebook and its not entirely comfortable searching makes dialing a contact a harder task than we are used to.
The GD910 also offers vibration as a way of alerting you of incoming calls and messages much like any other mobile phone.
We also put the little fella to our traditional loudspeaker test. Here is how it ranks along some of the other handsets in the same challenge. As you can see, it's a pretty poor performer, standing at the bottom of our table. Yet we cannot see you missing any calls with the vibrating GD910 on your wrist. You can find more information about the test itself and the whole list of tested devices here.
|Speakerphone test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overall score|
|Apple iPhone 3G||66.1||62.1||71.7|
|Nokia 5800 XpressMusic||75.7||66.5||68.5||Good|
|LG KM900 Arena||70.9||68.2||78.3||Good|
|Samsung M8800 Pixon||75.7||69.6||82.1||Very Good|
|LG KF900 Prada||77.1||75.7||82.0||Excellent|
Messaging is tricky
Messaging may not be something you are going to use very often on the LG GD910 but it's there at least. It can handle only SMS, EMS but considering how hard typing is on the tiny screen even that seems too much.
The editor offers the basic looks of, say, LG KF510 and that's another thing we disliked. It has pretty basic functionality - there';s not even a character counter to show you how many symbols you have left to the 160 limit. At least there's an indicator showing you if the message needs to be sent in two or more pieces.
There's neither MMS support, nor an email client so if you are into serious messaging (even only on the receiving end) you better look elsewhere. The GD910 will hardly pass as a capable messaging device and we guess it was never meant to be one. The bare minimum is covered for emergency situations but that's about that with it.
Multimedia at the bare minimum
Hardly a great multimedia device, the LG GD910 has the music player as its key asset in the department. It automatically sorts tracks artist, album and genre and allows users to create a playlist of their own if they like.
The player also has nice visualization with equalizer bars interacting with the current track.
In addition to the play/pause and the previous and next track onscreen keys the player also offers some extra functionality. There are shuffle and repeat features as well as five different equalizer presets that can be applied. Unluckily, neither can they be modified, nor new ones created.
The LG GD910 doesn't have a video player or an FM radio built-in so the only other multimedia app it offers is the picture gallery. It is extremely basic but it still offers move, copy and delete of both single and bulks of files.
You can go though the gallery by sweeping the images vertically in fullscreen mode. There's no option for zooming, rotating or anything like that. Contact photos are the most the GD910 is supposed to handle.
Camera, kind of
The LG GD910 has a VGA camera with a maximum image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Obviously its main purpose is video-calling but it can also snap the occasional contact photo.
There's a virtual shutter key and a single configurable setting - exposure compensation. As you might have noticed the camera is anything but a real photography tool so we aren't going to into too much detail with it.
It will snap a contact picture in good lighting conditions and that's about as good as it gets for it.