Welcome to the LG GD880 review. The GD880 or as it is also know the Mini GD880 we believe is a bit of a sleeper mobile phone for a number of reasons. Released in early 2010 it has not been promoted heavily by the mobile networks and LG itself. However we think it is a brilliant little phone!
The GD880 is a phone which has the rare combination of 850Mhz and 2100Mhz 3G frequencies so it can work in most countries and hence also the local Three and Telstra’s NextG network. As usual there are other 3G variants (900/2100) that can work on Optus and Vodaphone so you have to make sure you get the right version for the network.
The LG GD880 is one of the most stylish well made phones we have tested in a little while. It is hard to describe how LG have made a rectangular phone actually look and feel good. We think it is better looking than even the recently released iPhone4. Construction quality is surprisingly good too! There’s real metal and scratch resistant glass in this phone. It’s size also makes it strangely appealing – as in not too big or too small – just right.
The most obvious stand out feature is the amazing screen for this type of phone. The screen size is a mere 3.2inches but the resolution is 480 x 854. It may not be classed as a ‘retina display’ but by golly the results are a stand out against any other similar models and just as good as the more expensive ones including the iPhone. The other features that will convince you to serious consider it is the presence of Wi-Fi, A-GPS but no navigation software, and a very decent web browser with FLASH compatibility.
OK so the good bits out of the way – While the OS and menu system works very well there are some lags – but only when it comes to the main stand by screens. If you have used an iPhone before then you will find it annoying if you haven’t then you will be satisfied. When compared to other phones in the same price range it is probably one of the best ones. We think its caused by the number of on screen widgets that is using up extra power. Apart from that once an app has been activated it works really well as per all LG phones. (It is just as good as the Samsung Preston in this regard.)
The phone is very capable with fast downloading and uploading for email, IM and internet browsing. There are widgets for all the popular social networking sites and even blogs are just a search away. However is has the usual issues as any other mobile phone with a touch screen.
Overall it is a surprising phone and competitively priced ‘feature’ or mid-range but looks likes a high end fighter. Perfect for fashion conscious men or women. Gives the right impression when you use it in public and individuality. Visitors from India wanting a mobile phone should take a good look at this model. So looks great works well – we think this should have probably be and genuinely called a Prada.
- LG Mini GD880
Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Dual-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100 (Dependent on country)
HSDPA 3.6 Mbits data speed (download)
HSUPA 2.0 (upload)
- 102L x W47.6 x D10.6 mm
Weight 99 grams
External 3.2 inch TFT 480 x 854
- Video Camera
640 x 480 pixel main video camera 30FPS
Up to 82MB available to user
MicroSD up to 32Gig
- Ring tones
MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
Music and Media player
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
JAVA MIDP 2.0
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Up to 16 days Standby
Up to 4 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Under $399 AUS 2010 (Outright)