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LG GT505 review

Barry de la Rosa
16 Nov 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
460
on £20-per-month, 18-month contract from Orange; £460 inc VAT SIM-free from Handtec

LG's hardware has potential, but the GT505 is hamstrung by a lack of bundled applications and external memory.

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Specifications

proprietary, 3.0in 240x400 display

LG's GT505 is exclusive to Orange on a contract.

It isn't technically a smartphone, but you can download Java apps in the form of widgets. These reside in a bar at the bottom of the screen and can be dropped on to the home screen. You can auto-arrange the widgets by shaking the phone, and swiping a finger along the top of the screen takes you to your favourite contacts. There are icons at the bottom of the screen for the dialler, contacts, messaging and the main menu.

The interface isn't intuitive, but it gives you fast access to common tasks once you're used to it. We're not fans of widgets, as they don't give you as much control as a full app. They don't synchronise with services such as Exchange or Google either, so you'll have to enter your address book and calendar by hand. You can retrieve email from webmail (POP and IMAP services) but not Microsoft Exchange.

As well as Call and End call buttons, there's a button under the screen that works as a quick launcher and task manager. Along the side are volume controls, a camera button and a lock button. The screen is bright and clear but soon gets greasy, and its touch sensitivity is clunky. The camera is the GT505's best feature, as it takes vibrant images with not too much noise.

There's a micro-USB port for data transfer, which doubles as a headphone socket - a 3.5mm adaptor with in-line remote is included. The phone has just 60MB of internal memory, and Orange doesn't bundle a memory card. Although you can download more apps for the phone, they're limited to trial offers, slimming apps and trashy 'mobile books'. There's no Facebook, MySpace or Twitter except through the browser, and no way to load more apps from the internet.

The GT505 is well built with a good camera and screen, but is let down by awful application support. The lack of memory is unforgivable at this price, too. It has potential, but the GT505 is hardly a smartphone as Orange ships it, and it's inconceivable that it should cost more than the better-equipped Viewty Smart.

Details

Price£460
Rating**

Hardware

Main display size3.0in
Native resolution240x400
Second DisplayNo
CCD effective megapixels5-megapixel
FlashLED
Video recording format3GP
ConnectivityBluetooth, WiFi, USB
GPSyes
Internal memory60MB
Memory card supportmicroSDHC
Memory card included0MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 1900/2100
Wireless dataEDGE, HSDPA
Size107x56x12mm
Weight98g

Features

Operating systemproprietary
Microsoft Office compatibilityWord/Excel/PowerPoint/PDF viewers
Email clientPOP3/IMAP
Audio format supportMP3
Video playback formats3GP, MP4
FM Radioyes
Web BrowserProprietary
Accessoriesheadset, USB data cable, mains adapter
Talk time3.5 hours
Standby time12.5 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback)27h 46m

Buying Information

SIM-free price£460
Price on contractFree on £29-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplierwww.handtec.co.uk
Contract/prepay supplierwww.orange.co.uk
Detailswww.lge.com

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