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LG KM900 Arena
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KM900 Arena

  • Dimensions: 12.0 x 55.3 x 105.9 mm
  • Weight: 105 grams
  • Screen Size: 3.0 Inches
  • Device Control: Multi-touch input
  • Talk Time: 230.4 Minutes
  • Standby Time: 300 Hours
  • Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixels
  • Music Player: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
  • Available Colours: Silver
 

Pros and cons

  • 3D virtual cube user Interface
  • DivX/Xvid video Support
  • Dolby Mobile enhanced audio
  • On-screen keyboard buttons are small
  • Occasional Software crash
  • Lack of third party applications
 

"A Touch Screen with a 3D Cube"

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The LG KM900’s main talking point has to be its new S-Class 3D interface. According to LG, it’s the end result of more than two years of consumer research, but the phone has a lot more to offer then just a few pretty scr....


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LG KM900 Arena

Introduction

The LG KM900’s main talking point has to be its new S-Class 3D interface. According to LG, it’s the end result of more than two years of consumer research, but the phone has a lot more to offer then just a few pretty screens and a new user interface.

The LG KM900 is more of a multimedia juggernaut, as opposed to a smartphone intended for business use. It comes with an amazing assortment of multimedia functions and applications, it has no problem playing DivX and Xvid videos, and comes with 8GB of memory which can be complemented by a microSD card, if you feel the need for more memory.

Physical Aspects

The KM900 is a very sturdy and light phone; amazingly it has external components made from titanium, and surprisingly still weighs in at only 105 grams.

The KM900 is slightly smaller than the majority of touch-screen phones currently in circulation; it can be cupped comfortably in a single hand, being only 105.9mm tall and 55.3mm wide.

The front panel of the phone is dominated by a 3 inch 480 x 800 resolution touch-screen, which is protected by a tempered glass covering making the screen very durable. Unfortunately, the downside of a glass touch-screen is that it’s incredibly easy to leave greasy fingerprints all over it in seconds.

If you flip the phone around, you will find a 5 megapixel camera which captures great, high-quality digital images, thanks to its ability to auto-focus plus the inclusion of a decent flash.

We would have liked to have seen LG KM900 available in more colours, currently its only available in two: silver and black.

Major functions

Being a multimedia-centric phone, we expected the sound quality to be outstanding, and the LG KM900 did not disappoint. The Dolby Mobile enhanced audio produces great sound. Incoming and outgoing calls were crystal clear, movie and music audio was fantastic and even the speakerphone was above average.

Regardless of which screen you are on , writing a text is only a click away. However you might encounter some problems while trying to compose a message as the on-screen keys lack accuracy and feel a tad too cramped; it will take some time to master.

During our time with the phone we found that the accelerometer on occasions had trouble distinguishing between being in a horizontal or a vertical position, which was annoying when we wanted to use the QWERTY, as oppose to the numeric keyboard, or watch a video in landscape.

Navigation, on the other hand, is a blast using the 3D cube. A simple flick of the virtual cube will display one of 4 screens, each with its own set of apps and functions.

There is a Shortcut screen which allows you to place up to nine function icons of your choice.

The first of the 4 screens is a ‘contacts’ screen which allows you to access your favourite contacts via a single click. The contacts are displayed via a cool rotatable panel, with each contact represented by a large icon which can be customised to display any image of your choice.

The next two screens are the ‘multimedia’ screen and the ‘widget’ screen. The multimedia screen is used to either access your videos, music files or your pictures. Once again the files are represented in a similar format as the ‘contacts’ on the ‘contacts’ page, and can be accessed by rotating the panels. The ‘widget’ screen holds all your applications such as notes, the fm radio, world clock and so forth. Currently, the application selection is limited and it would be nice if, in the not so distant future, LG releases more applications.

A positive of the KM900 is that it has up 4 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours of standby time, giving you plenty of opportunity to watch loads of videos and browse the web.

Multimedia

The LG KM900 comes preloaded with a number of Java games that incorporates a type of accelerometer functionality, ensuring you will be entertained for hours on end.

Being a multimedia-focused phone, the KM900 has no problem playing anything from a MP3 file, to a DivX file. It can almost be agreed that the KM900 performs better as a standalone multimedia device, than a standalone phone.

The integration of FM radio is a great feature; it’s sure to be invaluable for those long tips home on the train or a long run when working out.

Is The LG KM900 Arena Worth It?

With the new S-Class 3D user interface, the fact that the KM900 supports a tremendous amount of media files, a great camera , one of the best touch-screens on the market, this phone is a definite winner.

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