The LG Viewty Snap GM360 is a fine addition to the growing lineup of touchscreen phones from LG. This mobile handset is integrated with a user-friendly touchscreen technology which measures three inches, direct access to social networks and memory extension of up to 16 gigabytes. It is considered as a great descendant of the famous LG Viewty handset. This article will review design, interface, features, and performance.
Design (4 out of 5)
The LG Viewty Snap GM360 is an attractive candybar phone. It measures 10.8 cm in length, 5.3 cm in width and 1.2 cm in depth. It has a weight of 87 grams. The GM360 has basically the same design as the other Viewty phones. The big part of its front panel is covered by its touchscreen display, with the familiar LG logo placed on top of the screen. At the bottom of the screen are buttons for the menu, call and end. The phone comes in two color variations- silver and black.
The TFT resistive screen measures 3 inches diagonally. It is capable of supporting up to 256,000 colors at a resolution of 240x400 pixels. The screen rotates automatically with the accelerometer sensor of the GM360. The home screen features shortcuts to some of the more frequently accessed social network websites.
User Interface (4 out of 5)
While there are three physical buttons on the front of the phone, almost all of the features of the phone are accessible through its touchscreen. There are three panels on the home screen - the first serves as a widget repository where widgets like analogue clock and mini music player are found. The second panel is called the Livesquare which shows recent user activity like calls and messages. A tiny avatar represents each contact. The last panel gives users the choice of where to store their favorite contacts.
The LG Viewty Snap GM360’s screen is quite a disappointment because it is not very responsive. Because of this users may have to acclimatize themselves to typing messages or dialing phone numbers. The phone, however, comes with a predictive text input feature allowing for faster inputting of messages for text messaging.
Features (4 out of 5)
The LG Viewty Snap GM360 features a host of superb multimedia functions. There is a 5 megapixel camera which has autofocus and LED flash, plus a music player that can play both music and video files. The music player is capable of playing different audio formats like MP3, WMA and AAC files. For video formats, the player can play WMV, MP4, H264 and H263 formats.
The phone book of the GM360 can store up to a thousand entries. Users will find browsing through the phone book convenient since it allows them to send messages and make calls while accessing the address book. Entries may be assigned photos and polyphonic ringtones. Of course, the GM360 also allows the typical text and multimedia messaging, as well as push email service that allows users to receive emails through their phone. Other basic features of this phone include calculator, calendar, alarm clock, organizer, clock, document viewer which can open PDF, Powerpoint, Excel and Word files, as well as speakerphone and vibrating alert.
Users who love to upload photos on their social networking websites will love the GM360 with its social network integration feature. The one touch upload feature of the phone allows users to easily upload their images taken using the phone camera. But the lack of 3G and Wi-Fi support makes it difficult to do so.
The phone is GPRS and Edge capable, and data transfer can be made through its microUSB card slot and Bluetooth. The phone also features a full HTML web browser. The phone’s memory can be expanded up to 16GB through the microUSB card port.
Performance (4 out of 5)
The multimedia features of the LG Viewty Snap GM360 are pretty impressive led by its 5 megapixel camera. The autofocus feature alone allows the camera to take sharp images, while the single LED flash enables the user to take shots while in low light. The camera also comes with several settings adjustments like white balance, aside from having a self timer perfect for users who often take portrait shots of themselves. The camera is also able to capture videos at a limited resolution of 320x240 pixels.
The music player of the LG Viewty Snap GM360 is also impressive, able to play music files loud and clear. The FM tuner adds another entertainment option.
When it comes to voice calls, the GM360 does not disappoint. Voice calls made using this handset are pretty clear and audible.
Verdict (4 out of 5)
The LG Snap GM360 is a fine phone by all accounts. It has a great design and user friendly interface. It also has a good array of multimedia functions particularly its media player and camera. Overall the LG Viewty Snap GM360 is a highly recommended handset.