LG made my life Shine
This mobile is fantastic the software the sound all are amazing.
When in use the display lights up, dimming after a few seconds of inactivity. Leave the phone for a little while longer and it miraculously turns into a mirror - an effect that will have you watching with anticipation for at least the first week of ownership! Just be aware that the mirror screen isn't that easy to see in sunlight. Below the screen is a roller with two buttons. These let you navigate around the icons on screen when the phone is closed. It has to be said that the roller isn't the easiest user input method ever invented. LG should have learned their lesson after the problems with the touch-sensitive buttons on the Chocolate! Also on the side of the phone is the MP3 button, which lets you use the phone as a music payer when closed. It's a neat and effective design. Open up the slide and you find a fairly conventional metal keypad. It's not touch-sensitive thankfully, but is almost flat. In practice the keypad poses no difficulties and is similar to the keypad found on Motorola's RAZR series of ultraslim phones. It lights up blue when in use.
In terms of features, the Shine is not lacking. The camera has 2 megapixels and uses a Schneider-Kreuznach lens. Now that 2 or 3 megapixel cameras are available in phones, it's the quality of the optics that dictate picture quality, and the Shine does produce good quality pictures for a phone. The camera is equipped with autofocus, and has an LED light for night-time photography. It also has a video camera. The display is of high quality, being a TFT screen with 262,00 colours and 240 x 320 pixels - virtually the industry standard for high-end phones nowadays. As already mentioned, there's an MP3 player that supports a wide range of file formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+ and AAC++. A stereo headset is supplied, and an optional stereo Bluetooth headset is also available. The LG Shine supports MicroSD memory cards with capacity of up to 2 Gbytes, so there's plenty of storage for music. You could realistically use a phone like this as an iPod replacement. Other features worth noting are Java games, a fast EDGE connection for downloading data, and Flight Mode for using the multimedia functions when not connected to a network. The battery life of the Shine is probably a couple of days in normal use, although the battery indicator do
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
LG shine - worth it?
I will simply do this as a pro and con list for your ease.
Firstly, as ever, the pros:
*Attractive - people will be impressed with its sleek professional look
*Functionally, a good shape - nice and slim; this phone fits nicely in to a suit jacket inside pocket and is herdly noticed. Not too wide either.
*Big buttons - these large keys give good tactile feedback making it hard to hit the wrong key (unlike some of the smaller phones)
*Good battery life - will easily last a weekend without charge. It aslo cherges quickly making it versitile.
*Easy to understand menu - straight forward. No real need for the instruction manual.
*The screen scratches so easily - normal pocket wear ruins the stylish reflective screen within hours.
*Signal strength is poor - Unfortunately, I live in a low signal zone anyway but my previous phones have just coped. This one does not cope at all well.
*So very delecate - don't drop this phone. If you think that, like most phones, you might get away with it once or twice you'd be wrong!
*Bad ergonomics for active slide - for some reason it resists the slide. I'm not being feeble; there is just nowhere to put your thumb!
*Needlessly complex text sending method - you can't just type, select name and send, you need to negotiate your way through the selections and hope for the best!
*Not a great range of attachments / accessories etc - a protective case would be nice.
Generally this is a good phone - for the right person. If you are a suit wearing, gentle person who treats each posession like a precious jewel and live in a city (with good signal) then this phone will suit you.
For those who like to use their phones from time to time and don't carry a polishing cloth around this phone is best avoided.
So to sum up - this phone looks and feels great but to use it as a phone seriously damages its appeal! the choice is yours. Happy bidding ;)
150 of 175 people found this review helpful.
LG Shine - new annoyances that you should know PART ONE
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Outer Appearance I:
The LG makes a great figure. It's dark metal hull and reflective mirror finish on the front are very pleasant to the eye - and to the hand. The weight of the phone is considerable, even heavier than my N95 which is about 1/3 thicker! The weight adds to the very sturdy feel of the phone. It's manufacture is not flimsy. In fact, it seems so well put together that I could well imagine if you threw the phone onto somebody's head you'd certainly be able to kill them.
Outer Appearance II:
Although the metal hull of the phone is very nice it still attracts quite a lot of finerprints which are VISIBLE even on the metal and unless you wipe the phone after every use it won't look nice!
Outer Appearance III:
The mirror finish has often been described as being able to double up as a makeup mirror - I strongly disagree. Its surface is NOT even so that when you look at your face it is distorted to some degree and also you cannot see any facial details because the reflective surface is mediocre at best. In comparison to that I still prefer the little mirror that Samsung had on their S300/S300i. That mirror was only 1/8 the size of this but was MUCH more useful as it was of a superior quality.
Outer Appearance IV:
The camera on the back is not protected by anything - It will be prone to all sorts of dust, smudges, damage etc. Not good.
Outer Appearance V:
All buttons are made of brushed metal, the softkeys you have to press a lot harder than the number keys. And the new scroll wheel is also made of metal. The material is good but the button resistance is waaay to much on hte scroll wheel. See "usage" for more info.
Once you open the backplate you don't have to remove the battery to access the SIM slot which is quite practical, unlike the nokia phones. The miniSD-card slot is also situated near the SIM slot. It is only accessible if you take the backplate off. Some like it this way as the SD card is thus protected from dust etc.
The menu cannot be edited, only styled to "grid" or "list", but the traditional grid design is not so good as the icons have no accompanying text underneath each icon and since they look pretty similar as well you'll have to scroll to each item to see what that icon means. The list style is better and also better suited for the scroll wheel.
Similarly, the scrollbutton shortcuts cannot be edited apart from the "favorites" menu which is the "right" button on the scrollwheel! This is very restrictive.
The menu is not superfast either, it sometimes takes a second for a keypress to be registered.
It's nice that they are made of metal but because they are totally flat they have no boundaries between them, ie you're more likely to mispress a button because your finger cannot "feel" where one button stops and where the next one starts. Designwise they are a total rip-off of the Motorola Razor phones.
Annoying: the "C" button on the number pad does not stand for "cancel" or "delete", you simply go back in the menu! This means there is no simple 1-click way of deleting messages or contacts.
It looks nice but is no substitute for a 4-way pad or joystick like all other phones have. The scrolling can't be adjusted and it's easy to miss your target icon, you can easily scroll past it. This means you cannot quickly move around the menu system.
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19 of 21 people found this review helpful.
Classy, Sleek & Functional
Have had many LG products (including mobiles) before, yet this has to be the best one yet. As someone who spends their life attached to the umbilical chord of a mobile (both business and personal use), I cannot understand why I did not consider one sooner.
Pros: Predictive Text, Sleek Design, Easy to Understand Menus, Bluetooth Connectivty Speed, Mic/Earpierce Clarity During Conversations, Camera (Very Pleasantly Surprised Considering MP Rating), MP3 Playback (Headphones Only) and It's Mine!!
Cons: Rollerball Sensitivity - Solution: Treat it With Respect & Don't Use Hammer Fingers! Screen Glare In Strong Daylight (Not Normally a Problem In UK lol) - Solution: Wear Good Designer Sunglasses!
Overall, a very good mobile
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
I had looked at this phone in the past but reviews I had read put me off, but recently I decided to take the plung, and I love it!
The phone looks really stylish and is a good size, not too big and not too small. It is also a good weight, it doesn't feel cheap and this is carried through the design with the full metal casing. It is easy to operate and has good quality sound in call.
It was a number of ring tones, but I should imagine these would not be to many peoples taste, but with the inbuilt MP3 player that is easily remedid.
The camera is auto focus and takes a nice shot, although it has a video camera also i have not used this function.
All in all it is a very pleasing phone and i am sorry i didn't get one sooner.
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