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The LG GT505 phone makes you feel good just by switching it on. Witness the sweet melody and bird singing, which greets the user as you fire it up. The GT505 is a touch-screen device, furnished with LG's proprietary operating system. This combination has done well for LG in the past, with the likes of the Cookie phone, a really popular, budget device.

At first glance the GT505 looks neat and businesslike, with its glossy black edge and surround. The rest of the phone is clothed in matte black. There are three buttons on the front, which start/end calls and fire up a screen of favourites. You'll find more on the right edge of the handset for volume, camera and screen lock. There are so many buttons in fact, that you'll find yourself pressing them accidentally - when we used the clever facility to tidy on-screen widgets, for instance. You're supposed to shake the handset to align them - we almost always managed to press one of the side buttons by mistake.

Build quality is so-so: we found if we pressed with any force as we swiped across the three-inch touch-screen, there was a slight clicking sound, which sounded like the screen had been stretched before pinging back into shape. But as it's a resistive touch-screen, you can't get away without using firm pressure.

Show me the way

It's not all bad by any means. Its budget price tag still buys you Wi-Fi, GPS and a camera. You'll get Orange Maps with the GPS, for which you have to pay a monthly tariff of £5 or £7.50. And the five-megapixel camera is decent and includes an LED flash. However, like a lot of camera phones, there was considerable lag before the image was taken, so you might miss that great shot - especially in lower light conditions, when the autofocus took some time to do its thing.

The LG GT505 is a 3G phone, so boasts some speedy data speeds - up to 3.6Mbps. It also has Bluetooth, which is a good thing, as it has no 3.5mm audio jack, so you'll be needing the supplied adaptor. Mislay that and you'll be left with the supplied earphones or splashing out for some Bluetooth-enabled ones.

LG's own operating system is usable enough. It's pretty straightforward: there are four icons at the bottom of the main screen, which will fire up the virtual keypad, show contacts, messages and the menu. It is also possible to add widgets to the main display. A swipe across it will bring up a new screen where it is possible to keep your favourite contacts information. A tap at the top of the screen will reward you with a useful status summary displaying memory usage, profile, Bluetooth status and so on.

If you're expecting a Facebook or Twitter app among the on-screen widgets you'll be disappointed. Instead, you'll have to fire up the web browser and do an online search for your chosen social networks. It's a shame, as this would have been a handy feature.

There are two basic themes to choose from: black or white. White includes bright menu screens and a sweet background comprising a bicycle and orange flowers. The Black offers a dark screen with understated grey swirls. No prizes for guessing which is aimed at men and which at women, but they are both very usable.

Looking good

The GT505 is neat and small enough to fit into a pocket, while its styling means it looks good enough to take in the evening. However, extended use will reveal that the touch-screen is just not speedy or responsive enough for an enjoyable user experience, and the LG interface is simply usable, rather than a joy to behold.

Texters will find it easier to write with the handset in landscape mode, which prompts a QWERTY keyboard to appear, along with a good range of suggested words. However, the keyboard is somewhat cramped, which leads to easily-made mistakes. Despite that, apart from the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, the GT505 boasts a very decent array of features for a phone at this price.


If you're hankering after a touch-screen phone, but feel that a smartphone with a multitude of apps (and a higher price) is not for you, the GT505 offers a very decent, affordable solution. And despite the budget price, the phone still boasts a decent array of features, even if it's not exactly the smartest, slickest of handsets. While it's a decent phone it won't be setting the market alight.




Type of phone: Smartphone
Style: candy bar
Size: 107 x 54.5 x 11.8
Weight: 98
Display: N/A colours
Resolution: 240x440
Camera: Five
Special Camera features: LED flash, auto focus
Video recording: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Video calling: No
Video streaming: No
Music formats played: MP3, MP4
3.5mm jack port: N/A
Handsfree speakerphone: Yes
Voice Control: No
Voice Dialling: No
Call records: Yes
Phonebook: Yes, Photocall
Ringtones customization: Yes
Display description: TFT touch-screen
Website: www.lgmobile.com
Portfolio: N/A
Standard color: Black
Launch Status: Available
Ringtones: Polyphonic, MP3
Radio: N/A
Operating system: N/A
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, WLAN, Wi-Fi
Announced date: June 2009
What's in the Box: N/A
RAM: 60 MB
International launch date: August 2009
Battery life when playing multimedia: N/A
FM Radio Description: Stereo FM radio
Internal memory: 60
Memory Card Slot: microSD
Messaging: MMS, SMS, Email
Internet Browser: XHTML, HTML, WAP 2.0
E-mail client: Push email
Java: Yes
Games: Yes
Data speed: 3G, GPRS, HSDPA, EDGE
Frequency: N/A
Talktime: 420 (3G)
Standby: 420 (3G)
Display size: 3
Keypad: QWERTY
Audio recording: No

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