LG Arena review

April 7th, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

LG Arena

Last week LG launched the LG Arena, and we were invited along by LG and the LG Blog.  The LG Arena is an interesting phone, it’s not quite one of their high end devices (that position is still held by the LG Renoir, with it’s 8megapixel camera), but actually, the LG Arena may well become a very popular phone.  The screen (with a similar tempered glass protection as used on the LG Secret) seems much clearer and the new S-Class UI is even easier to use, but builds on the previous LG touchphones so it’s still quite intuitive.

There are 4 home screens, which you can flick between by swiping your finger from side to side on the screen, allowing you direct access to various functions, including your music.  The spec of the device is quite impressive (covered in more detail here); 5megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM transmitter (although it’s a bit hidden down in the Tools menu).  Although the device is still not truly open in terms of supporting lots of installable applications, it does come with built in Google Maps (the LG Renoir had a built in GPS, but it was mainly used for geotagging photos), Google Mail, and even Blogger access. Our first try with Google Maps was a little challenging, as it struggled to locate us, but we’ll try it again and see if it was a one off problem.

The LG Arena has a real power button on the top (previous LG phones have been using the red call hangup key), which we liked, and the proprietary combined charging /headset port has returned to the nice sliding cover similar to that found on the LG Viewty.  It has 8GB of memory built in, and yet also supports a microSD port.

LG have stated this phone is aimed at the “techno-chic”, and for those that want a good looking device with a good spec, but aren’t looking at the very top end smartphones, this phone might just suit…

We’re going to carry on testing this phone over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here’s the new LG Arena TV advert which has just starting airing on UK TV…

(if you don’t see the video, click here)


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  1. LG announce competition around their new Arena phone | UK Gadgeteer Website Says:

    […] media campaign behind the new LG Arena phone, which sports a handy touchscreen, which we reviewed here.  Head over to the LG Arena Facebook Fan page for more details including how to enter the […]

  2. Free LG Themes Says:

    Short but powerful review. I like it and the arena is good 🙂

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