Stephen, 29 May 2010I've brought one and have been using it over the last few days. On the positive side:
- the... more
Sorry but I have to disagree with you, m8!
It DOES HAVE a qwerty keyboard for texting.
The keys are rather small, but it's easy and fast to text when you get used to it.
I'm using this GD880 now, along with a GD510 for a 2nd card, and they both have the same qwerty for text messages.
this is a good phone for the price, it is already below 300 euro's in the netherlands and if the price will decrease it only gets better
I've brought one and have been using it over the last few days. On the positive side:
- the screen is responsive and quick. After one day I discovered it still had a plastic screen cover on the tempered glass - it wasn't easy at all to tell there was one - and after removing it made it more sensitive to screen gestures including pinch/expand
- the OS is quick, but then by comparison I have been using a HTC Touch HD which is quite slow. There are no lags like on WM devices.
- the Wi-Fi is quick to connect and very fast to download
- it is slim and thin, unequaled in that regard. I considered the shorter but fatter Sony X10 mini.
- the desktop software has great sync features and happily picked up my Outlook contacts etc. It has a drag and drop java installer which if you can find touchscreen java apps is very easy to use.
On the downside:
- texting uses a standard candy bar style keypad and has no QWERTY option, but web pages have a QWERTY keyboard - have to be precise with the buttons as the screen is not huge and therefore the keys are close together
- RSS feeds work fine until you open one and the feed appears in a browser in small text which is hard to use, its easier to use mobile formatted sites then the RSS reader
- Limited games and application availability being Java based but that may not matter to many
- Camera is good enough but not great
Ok, it's technically not a smartphone but does that really matter given the smartphone features it has?
Id like to know if there is any thing about this phone that might be a negative or a positive!
tell me more about OS in this phone. Is it OPhone based on android ? It is possible to install and run android applications ?
Another site specified LG mini as having LCD display and the video records as WVGA@30fps. This would make a great replacement over my samsung F480, though lacking led flash.
jonas guggisberg, 18 May 2010Actually there's a wrong information on this description. The GD880mini has hybrid display (LC... moreLCD-hybrid?! Are U sure ‘bout this. Would this be a first? I guess the price wouldn‘t be a surprise then with such technology.
Actually there's a wrong information on this description. The GD880mini has hybrid display (LCD-Technology/16mln colours) instead of a TFT Display (256k colours)as described above.. regards
Just got mine last night. Haven't had too much time to play with it besides very basic settings, but so far my impressions:
Really compact package, smaller than I expected and I love that. Pretty solid feel, nothing is flimsy. The rear cover takes a bit getting used to, but once you get the hang of it no troubles. Excellent build quality, seamless no gaps. If I could change something about the looks, it would be to get rid of the ugly LG logo that breaks the clean face of the phone.
Touch interface is good, snappy response. Visually pleasing. Music player sound quality is excellent. Better than my small ipod shuffle and other MP3 players. Haven't used camera or browser yet. Did connect to my wireless at home, am having troubles connecting to office wifi network (WPA2 security?). Will try and sort it out when I get a few minutes.
Besides the logo, my other gripe is the ease with which this phone unlocked in my pocket this morning and dialed out. Have yet to find a setting/option that allows for a more secure screen lock.
Battery is not concave, flat block. We'll see how the life is.
Daniel, 11 May 2010woody: You are right, the battery (900 mAh) is the major downside of this device (it's a pity ... moreyeah, I agree with you about modern touchscreen's battery performance.
when I visited LG Repair Centre I saw the battery for most LG touchscreen like Arena, New Chocolate, Crytal, Viewty is the same battery.
the strange thing is the battery surface is concave at bothside. Guess, Mini use the same battery too.
If LG make it with flat surface, it will increase the battery performance at least for a little longer.
I like playing around with my Arena for a few hour everyday, so I need a better batt.
woody: You are right, the battery (900 mAh) is the major downside of this device (it's a pity GSM Arena don't do their own tests). But then again, what modern touchscreen phone *does* have an even just acceptable battery life? None in my experience. (A phone that I have to recharge daily is not really "mobile" in my opinion).
However, I am still thinking about getting this one and just putting up with the weak battery. My old phone is broken, and the First ELSE is still too far away (no one seems to know when, or even if it is coming). It's handy (my other gripe with most touchscreen phones - they're too big), looks nice, and seems to be quick and stable from what I've heard. Plus, compared to other phones it is dead cheap where I live (Switzerland). As for Android or some other smartphone OS - I'm not sure if I would have appreciated that. You pay a lot for the added flexibility, such as reduced stability and even less battery life. In most cases I would choose a feature phone over a smartphone every day, because I use these things for communication only, and not playing around. AMOLED would have been nice though, especially because it would have made the battery last at least a little longer.
I was playing with this GD880 mini a week ago at the Portuguese CarPhoneWareHouse ("PhoneHouse" for us in Portugal).
Didn't notice any lag at all. The touchscreen works just as it should and the LG OS responds promptly.
The major "flaw" is the very small qwerty keyboard. Were they planning on offering this LG to kids? 8)
Apart from the small keyboard, its price pushed me back: 399EUR?????
Come on!!! For that money we can get a nice HTC Legend!
Anybody know how to activate "Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate".Can't find it nowhere in the menu, pleaсe help , thank you !
expansys claims to have them in stock in France. I put in an order 2 weeks ago and am expecting to see it by the end of this week. Their customer service and coomunication seems awful, so I'm not holding too much hope yet.
Are you kidding Juilian? I've been trying to find out when this phone will be out in the uk on contract for weeks, pretty simple question, i hold out little hope for you buddy.
Is there somebody who can tell me if mc guider or sygic or tomtom is possible on this lg mini?
thanks in advance