I used to be a happy user of Samsung Galaxy i5700
running Android 2.2
before I got LG E900
as a gift some time ago.It was right after Microsoft
introduced new operating system to the market - Windows Phone 7
. I heard lots of good opinions about the new Microsoft OS and I was very excited to check it out. The new OS was about to be totally different, fast and easy to use. And this is exactly how it is. In this review I am not going to focus on the OS but on the phone only.
You cannot expect any extras there. You will get only basic set of accessories. Besides the phone and the battery you will have a microUSB cable, the charger, which works with the USB cable and the headset. There is also usual set of guides and that's it.
As you can read in the specification the phone is rather heavy. With 3.8'' display it's not a small phone at all. The good quality materials make this phone solid and that's exactly what most of us is looking for. The phone has round corners and looks really elegant.
On the top there is an earpiece, which acts also as a loudspeaker. The quality of the sound is way below my expectations. Listening to the music or watching movies loud is not what you can do with this phone. On the left side of the speaker there are proximity and light sensors. Both work just fine. The screen of the LG E900
spans 3.8” and has WVGA resolution. Thinking of all touchscreen sizes it's really above average. The screen is TFT LCD but in my opinion the quality of the image is very good from each angle. The high resolution screen has really nice colors and response. I can't complain about the sunlight legibility either. Sometimes the screen reflects too much light but still all is pretty much visible. Below the screen there are three buttons which are mandatory for each phone running Windows Phone 7
- the back, windows and search. The buttons are made from matte plastic, they are nice, comfortable to use and size of them is exactly how it should be. At the beginning I was very excited about their quality. Few days later I got disappointed. You need to use some strength to get the button pressed, which might be very annoying.
On the back there is the 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and a self portrait mirror. Picture quality is average. The camera lens is slightly recessed. This is the only protection against scratches it has. At the bottom back there is the battery cover latch. The back cover is made of nice brushed metal. You really have a feeling that this is good quality when touching it. Pressing the latch releases the back cover. It's very simple. Just one click.
The left & right
On the left side of LG E900
you can find only the volume rocker. It's not really comfortable to use. It happens very often that you volume up instead of volume down. There is also one huge disadvantage due to Windows Phone 7
limitation. You can't change the loudness separately for the ring and for the movies or music.