Ignore all the WM6.5 bashing that goes on. This phone is excellent! You are looking at probably the last great WM6.5 phone that will ever be made!
Far superior to the disappointing HTC TouchPro2, this device features a 1GHz snapdragon and it is blazingly fast. Nothing seems to stretch it at all. If you are looking for a WM device, but don't like to compromise too much (like me) then this is on par with or above most midrange-to-highend Android handsets even in 2011.
The handset itself feels very well built - I would describe it as 'solid'. It is not the prettiest phone perhaps, but nor is it ugly. It is compact and professional looking, while still offering you a decent 800x480 touchscreen. The keyboard slide action is smooth with no rocking action. The keyboard itself is good to use - the ONLY annoying thing is that the '.' symbol is accessed via the Fn key. A little strange, but not a deal breaker. A dedicated number row more than makes up for it. The dpad is also something that factored into my decision to buy this phone as it can be used for games and basic navigation. One small note on that - the d-pad is on the right. I am right handed and don't find this to be a problem, but I know most of us are used to having the d-pad on the left traditionally. There is an extendable stylus for the touchscreen neatly stowed away under the microSD slot. Unlike some other devices I've had, the stylus is SECURELY held in the slot. You need to want it out, in order to get it out! The call quality is clear and I have had not a single reception issue on Three UK even though the signal in my area is pretty poor. Browsing the internet on 3G is fast - wifi also works flawlessly. The camera is not amazing, but @ 3.2 megapixels it is adaquate and I have found pictures taken both inside and outside to be pretty clear.
There are a couple of cons/niggles you should be aware of though. The pinnacle of Windows Mobile appears be long gone, as developers have flocked to the new platforms abandoning Nokia and WM. There is still support out there, but while WM was always streets ahead of other Mobile OSes in the past (again - with the possible exception of S60) a lot of the software available was developed for the older devices with for example, much lower screen resolutions. I have found out the hard way that Windows Mobile does not appear to know how to scale the content of many 320x240 applications - especially games - and this can be quite frustrating. This is pretty poor support on Microsofts part in my humble opinion. If though, you are interested in emulators, you will find this to be a good phone choice as it has the d-pad, the powerful CPU and the emulators are capable of screen stretching themselves. You can choose from systems such as Megadrive, SNES, Amiga, Playstation, ScummVM and more. There are also many newer games floating around which WILL benefit from this phone however and most normal applications/utilities work perfectly. Java extends your options - you can a pretty much full blown desktop compatible Java VM for Windows Mobile called JavaFX. JBed is also a really good choice and gives you access to the last decades worth of Java development. Basically, unlike iPhones and Android where you can be a little more sure that something is going to work - on Windows Mobile you still have a lot of choice, but just have to put that little bit of work in to try things for yourself. Sometimes you will be disappointed and other times you will be amazed!
One final word of advice - I think you are going to want the V7 ROM update to get the best of this machine. Mine shipped with V4 and it was ok, but lacked threaded messaging and I just COULDN'T seem to get GPS to work. After I updated the ROM - perfect!
Hope this helps somebody. I really did look at and compare a LOT of phones this year before settling on this one, so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like some help making yours and I will try to advise.
PS - I am not a phone professional, just a longterm Windows Mobile user
Mike, 01 May 2011According to the manual, this is a CDMA phone, but can use GSM if needed (roaming). Can this p... moreHi. The advice may be a little late for you, but this is a global phone and works fine on GSM. I am using it in the UK with all features.
SIMPLU SUPERB phone.............!!!!!!!! and that too at this much low price $ 150....I am gonna have this superb people's PHONE
very user unfriendly. caution can not import outlook contacts unless you use ms exchange. work around is to import your outlook ctcs to your hotmail, then sync hotmail with the phone
Will the phone work in GSM and CDMA at a time? i., dual network, dual standby?
According to the manual, this is a CDMA phone, but can use GSM if needed (roaming). Can this phone be used as a GSM only device, and would all of its features work if used only on GSM mode?
Thanks for your reply.
ashwinprakas, 25 May 2010guess 5800xm has sum competition...guess 5800xm has sum competition...
im agree with u ,,,,5800xm havend qwerty key-pad----its plus point
best price in best phone ------lol
looks like nokia c6 ----but price is toooo low LG Fathom
this phone blows.. i like lg, but i HATE this phone. it has more glitches than it does apps. can't customize as much as i'd hoped, you can change background picture and ringtones, that's about it. it seems every windows os phone ive had is like this.
The specifications look fine, the OS is the just right. Windows 7 is a new area and not many apps run on it, which are already in the market. RAM and ROM at par. the keyboard looks good. LG has a reputation of making good phones. I do not know though why the Camera resolution is kept low and not more or at par the Android phones.
tgm91, 26 May 2010Good specs, but i've taught Windows Mobile 6.5 is dead...WM 6.5 is the best, WP7 is just boring & hideous with lego boxes as a UI... just Nonsense i say, many of you gone be wanting WM 6.5 back lol
This one should come into Indonesia, this is the answer to a lot of people's need here. It can be used for all operator including SMART mobile which use 1800MHz frequency. And also a lot of people need gsm/cdma dual on which can synchronized with microsoft outlook express. Also the price is not too high, i think this is the perfect answer for all of us! so please LG indonesia, take this product..you won't regret it!!
vishal, 26 Jun 2010It is nice fone,spacesious keypad,large screen,huge memory & good looking.Fm radio should ... moreIt is suck fone,conjusted keypad,large screen,small memory & ugly looking.Fm radio should be in built & price aprox 500-1000k. But it is over all good n incomplete fone
sahir mulla, 28 Jun 2010this phone looking so good,i like thisMulla Ji!!! Wake Up mate......we are about to enter in 21 century....