LG GD880 Mini

That is mini at the LG GD880 the new flagship from LG, the elaborate packaging already gives an idea. This is designed – shades, in which shines also the phone – black and silver-grey and shows the construction drawings of the provider of hope in four views along with dimension lines and holes.

  1. LG GD880 mini
  2. Data sheet

LG has set high expectations and talks about the beginning of the “age of a new generation of touchscreen phones in the Pocket format”. Can the mini meet this requirement?

Jewelry tray

Material and workmanship are good in any case – the 3.2-inch touchscreen capacitive, appealing to skin contact is located under a plate made of tempered glass; that he doesn’t like greasy fat finger, is not surprising. A metal frame adorns the front and sides of the LG GD880 mini, while the mat and light rubber battery cover gives the handy grip and non-slip, thus.

With external dimensions of roughly 100 x 50 mm, mini to a finger’s width is longer than a credit card the the LG GD880. With less than 90 grams weight pulls it neither the shirt pocket down still it with his 11 millimetres in height the Pocket bulge out. The compact Touchphone is so nice manageable, due to its very clearly defined edges of housing in the first hours yet somewhat bulky in the hand. But that’s getting used to thing – the lack of curves can be no leg all in all very pleasant haptics anyway.

Overall the housing acts as a cast – there’s no shaky components, no annoying Squeak, and especially no dust collecting clearances. Almost no edges are transitions between display and body casing plan itself at the track. Also the cover of the USB port, which is located between on / off switch and 3.5 mm jack on the housing front is highly processed and firmly established.

The latter offers the possibility to plug their own headphones audiophile users. But also the supplied headset sounds quite decent and performs quite rich bass and clear highs. Its advantage: a call comes in while listening to music, is this on the small Control Panel on the headphones just assume and back end. The memory card slot for a maximum 32 gigabytes large MicroSD card hidden behind an elegant frame to the outer right. Thus, the map can be changed even during phone operation without that to the battery cover or even the power collector would have to be taken out.

NetWorker in focus

Centred above the screen of the phone speaker, right next to it a small camera for video calling and self-portraits with rather modest picture quality is placed. With designated with 5 megapixel main camera, which incidentally just takes a second, until it is ready for operation, but also can record highest fun photos – not least due to a missing photo light.

The camera’s menu is still commendable: the mechanical rotary knob known from standalone digital cameras at the LG GD880 virtually on the touch screen appears; different image modes, color effects, or about the height of the resolution can be set comfortably. Captured images can be simply via MMS, email or Bluetooth continue shipped or parked directly on the servers of Facebook, Twitter and co..

Thus, LG serves the needs of the steadily growing target group of social NetWorker – and that’s a good thing. Because want to mobile phones for the target group “digital native” be interesting the so-called – for users, between 20 and 30 years, who have grown up with the Internet, they have to offer in any case connect to such networks.

The LG GD880 mini has pre-installed applications for Facebook and Twitter for the modern Web 2.0 user’s virtual self-representation. Here it is the user to decide whether he download the complete application on the screen, or whether he simply wants to place a corresponding widget on one of three free customizable home screens.

The widgets provide only an overview of the current status messages of contacts; who wants to look at profiles, images, and videos and comment, must start then the Facebook or Twitter application.

What you may lose the whole issue but not out of sight: such Web services call to avoid data from the Internet down – to the mobile phone bill surprises, should use a suitable data option for the network operators be busy. It is worthwhile not only for Networker, but especially for the usage of the really fancy Web browser.

Communication talent

Mobile Internet is a real treat with the LG GD880 mini. The display is large enough for the appearance of Web pages and resolves with 480 x 854 high and delicate diagonal screen size of 8 centimeters pixels on one.

Thanks to multitouch and double tap function can be conveniently larger or smaller zoom in content with the two finger control known from the iPhone. It works quite well if not as supple as at Apple. Booked into a wireless network works out the page structure afloat; in the 3G-Betrieb, the HSDPA data Accelerator provides gross 7.2 Mbit/s for fast, but each not always smooth for power surfing. Who would call on multiple pages at the same time, can easily switch between the individual riders.

Also very easy to set up email client ensures unlimited mobility. This can manage several IMAP and POP3 mailboxes from GMX or Web.de and can be docked from House to a Microsoft Exchange Server.

The local Outlook synchronization is also using the data cable contained in the scope of supply and the PC software no problem. Thus may the GD880 in terms of business certainly deemed smart – a real Smartphone is not yet.

On your own

This is due to the proprietary, i.e. LG’s proprietary operating system that works with 3D S-class user interface. Soft tuning flat mini thus falls into the currently trendy app store style with the LG GD880; After all, third-party applications can be installed thanks to Java engine.

LG has recently redesigned its user interface and main menu with large-format and thus use icons. These are divided into three areas of the screen and can be moved also on request; by swipe finger, between the three screens back and forth. Also the home screen consists of three with shortcuts, widgets and bookmarks freely assignable views. So each user can place exactly the applications on the home screen, which are most important for him. With more than a dozen widgets, LG also offers the ability to have different allowances like about the Notes field, a dual watch RSS feeds constantly in mind.

Regardless of which of three lets it is remains the lower quarter of the screen with the two phone buttons and four icons for the phone interface, the address book, SMS, and the main menu are available. A quick launch menu for the connectivity settings, profiles, and the music player will expand with a short tip on the top status bar.

Only a small inconsistency is to hold the overall very well-thought-out, logically structured and elegantly implemented operating concept: while one endless can – so never push the three home screens on an outer edge encounters – the main menu views are fixed in their three-way split anchored and can be umgeswitcht only via left-right scrolling.

This fact is of course easy to get over; more serious the quite small troubled editing window when writing a SMS. here must be the Tipsters often up – and down – scroll, if he wants to keep the message as a whole in mind. Buttons for the QWERTY keyboard appears in cross direction are sure to meet also quite small and only after a period of exercise.

Weak chest battery

The LG left neatly Springs endurance measurements in the Testfactory and had been to the mains after just 3.5 hours in the typical mix of uses – that is weak, with 933 mAh small battery. The acoustic values move in the rear; the reception qualities are in order.

High expectations has grown the GD880 mini overall and is characterized – not as a real Smartphone – smarter everyday companion with an elegant design, distinctive Interior and unfortunately weak battery from.

LG GD880 mini

Manufacturer LG
Price €399.00
Rating 350.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

 

 

 

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Touchscreen / multitouch capable /
Qwert keyboard
User interface proprietary
internal memory (MB) 540
Memory card slot MicroSD
Battery type / replaceable battery Li-ion /.
Java engine
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Memory card size
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
DISPLAY
Width x height (mm) 40 x 71
Resolution (pixels) 480 x 854
Number of colors / type 16700000 / TFT
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / /
HSDPA / HSUPA speed (Mbps) 7.2 /.
Wi-Fi standard 802.11b / g
Bluetooth
Profiles: Dialup / object push / file transfer / /
Handsfree / headset / A2DP / /
Phone book access, generic access / SIM access / /
USB / storage / charging via USB / /
IrDA / headset connection / 3.5 mm jack on the housing
PHONE FUNCTIONS
Caller groups / – sonderrufton / language selection / /
Situation profile (number) / flight mode > 6 /.
MESSAGING
SMS / MMS / E-Mail client / /
SMS: memory slots (number) / user folder 1000 /.
E-Mail: Display of HTML emails / attachments send /
PIM
Contacts: Addresses / phone numbers / E-Mail address (number) 2 / 5 / 2
Appointment management / notes / to do list / /
Alarm clock / Outlook sync / SyncML / /
WEB BROWSER
Web browser / WAP /
CAMERA
Camera / photo resolution (mega pixels) / 4.9
Auto-focus, optical zoom / photo light / /
Videoaufn. / (Pixel) resolution / FPS / 640 x 480 / 30
MUSIC AND VIDEO
Music player / FM radio / video player / /
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
MULTIMEDIA OTHER
Number games / TV receiver / video telephony 2 / /
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / license / route planner / /
MEASURED VALUES
standard radiation factor / SAR value (-/ W / kg) 1.06 / 1.230
ENDURANCE
Stand by time (days) 12
typical endurance (hours) 3:25
Talk time D-network 5:39 am
Talk time E network 7:08 am
Talk time UMTS network 2:49
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Weight (grams) 92
Dimensions (L x B x H) in mm 102 x 48 x 11
TEST RESULTS
Endurance (max. 115) poor (52)
Endurance conversation / operation (80) 30
Endurance standby (35) 22
Facilities (max. 175) well (139)
System [: (15)] 8
Scope of delivery (10) 4
Display (25) 25
Connectivity (20) 17
Phone functions (15) 13
Messaging (15) 13
PIM (15) 13
Office (5) 3
Web browser (10) 9
Camera (15) 12
Music and video (15) 13
Multimedia miscellaneous (5) 2
Navigation (10) 7
Handling (max. 125) good (97)
Manageability (40) 38
User interface (60) 37
Processing quality (20) 19
Documentation / support (5) 3
Measured values (max. 85) satisfactory (62)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (33) 24
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (17) 10
Acoustic measurements send (17.5) 13.5
Acoustic measurements receiving (17.5) 14
connect judgment (max. 500 points) satisfactory (350)
tested in connect 07/10