Hands-on: LG GD900 Crystal with S Class UI

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At first look, you could easily mistake the LG GD900 Crystal as a normal mid-range phone, and certainly not a designer phone. Without a closer inspection you may mistake it for an LG Arena or Viewty Smart.

LG is well known for it’s designer phones like the Black label series, and the moment you slide open the LG GD900, you can see it’s unique selling point, which is the transparent keyboard that sides out.

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While the phone features are impressive, it would have been pretty cool to have the entire phone transparent, which would have helped the GD900 live up to the name “LG Crystal” and the title of “worlds first transparent designer phone”.

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The keypad illuminates white light when touched, which was our focus at first use. After a while though, you find the 3-inch full touchscreen display is what you will use most of the time.

The Touchpad does have some unique features, especially zooming while in camera mode, navigate a webpage, and recognizing writing with just a finger. You can use the Touchpad like a mouse pad, which then makes it easy to navigate the controls.

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Being able to take photos using the built-in 8 megapixel camera is magic, and improved with easy editing features for captions, and much more. The camera will give you great photos in most settings, thanks to the advanced camera functions and Smartlight technology.

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Being an Apple Mac and iPhone user, the gesture controls were welcomed with interest. It’s extremely easy to navigate the iPhone with multi touch, and using similar controls on our MacBook Air.

Now the LG GD900 Crystal features a “Gesture Shortcut”, and while its not the same technology as Apple’s, its still pretty impressive.

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In this mode, you can draw designated characters on the Touchpad, which then commands one of the 9-multitasking applications. We loved using this to get to music, and messages extremely fast.

LG’s S Class UI is fun to look at the first time around, although it takes time to learn your way around the user interface. Once mastered, it’s both featured packed and sleek. Customizing the home screen is recommended to get the layout that’s perfect for you.

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You will find the volume controls on the right side of the phone, and this also allows you to adjust the touch-tone as well. On the other side of the phone you will find the camera shutter, which lets you also shoot video with DivX support.

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The ports on the phone include a Micro SD card slot, and a Micro USB port that also doubles as a headphone jack. Sadly this means no 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a let down.

The LG Crystal features icons that are similar to the iPhone apps, but these are arranged into categories on the GD900. We love the way you can easily slide the icons left and right to view them for each category.

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The unique way you can write letters when in web browser mode is really cool, this enables you to input web address fast and in a fun way with just a finger.

The internal memory is just 1.5GB, but this is easily expandable with the Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB). We recommend adding more storage if you plan on shooting lots of video or taking a good amount of music with you.

You can see a 3D view of the LG GD900 Crystal here.

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Main Features Include:

  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • 3 inch Full Touchscreen
  • Crystal Touchpad
  • Gesture Shortcut
  • Dimension: L x W x D (mm): 105 × 52.8 × 13.5
  • Weight with Battery Standard (g): 120
  • Talk Time (hrs): Up to 6hrs(2G), Up to 4hrs(3G)
  • RF Band: Infineon S-Gold3H (HSDPA 7.2, WEDGE, GPRS)- UMTS: 2.1G, 900(850)- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

See the full specifications on LG’s official website here.

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  • Patty

    I really don’t need a pointless gimmick. I need real, useable, handy, great features.

    Besides… anything ‘transparent’ is much harder to see and use… because I have to watch all the objects/movements behind the phone.

    Has LG really totally run out of new ideas???? So they are just dreaming up useless things instead?