A new Android powered phone
LG work relentlessly towards keeping their fanbase and also attracting new customers. The Genesis smartphone is the perfect example for that. Despite the fact that some of the people who have already bought it reported that it was too heavy – 6ounces – they greatly enjoyed its generously sized QWERTY keyboard, dual touch-screen displays, camera and many other features. We tested this product in our lab and here is what we have to say about its design, performance and battery life. Hope you find it useful this review.
3.5″ touchscreen display
The new LG Genesis is almost similar to the LG EnV Touch. The body is rectangular with a shiny chrome border; the back had a soft touch cover coupled with hard plastic accents around the edges. Have we already mentioned how heavy it is, especially when placed near models made by companies such as Apple, Samsung and others? So, unless you’re a fan of big things, you should get yourself another smartphone. This device is 4.7″ x 2.4″ x 0.7″.
Good to know that, despite its considerable bulk, the LG Genesis has a standard 3.5″ touchscreen display on the front, offering 480 x 800 pixels and 16 million colors, both of which delivered decent sharpness, clarity and brightness. When we took the smartphone outside ad looked at it in direct sunlight, we couldn’t make out what was on its screen, so minus points for that. A plus was that we didn’t have to calibrate it to start using it for our review.
The keyboard is multitouch and uses the Swype feature; we liked the interface with its 5 shortcuts to different controls which made navigation a breeze. A microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack are installed on the right of the smartphone and the screen lock/power, volume and camera buttons are on the left side.
If you’re wondering why the Genesis is so heavy, we have the answer: it’s because of the second 3.2″ touchscreen display which surfaces after flipping open the smartphone. This second screen is available in 2 positions: all the way up or at a slight angle; the latter option made using the controls on the left side easier to access. Be aware that the lower part of the display can sometimes be hard to use; at least that’s what happened when we tested the Genesis. The keyboard of this screen is a QWERTY one, very easy to use due to the buttons which had a lot of space between them.
The 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor provided good navigation speed, without noticeable lagging.
Medium battery life
Android users will found on this LG Genesis all the features that are standard with this operating system, like for example Google services and applications, POP/IMAP/Exchange protocols, unified inbox, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and many others. There are also Facebook, Twitter and the like.
The 5-megapixel camera took nice-looking pictures which had bright colors and good sharpness.
In the call quality department, the Genesis smartphone did well; the only problem we had was with the volume, but it was a tiny issue.
As for 3G speeds, they were between 30 seconds and 1 minute, which was kind of slow.
The battery offered 2.5 hours of talk time and 17.5 days of standby time.
Since we are at the end of our review, we’ll simply say that the LG Genesis is among the better Android smartphones.
|Size||4.72 x 2.43 x 0.66 inches|
|Weight||6 ounces or 170 grams|
|Type||TFT Capacitive Touch Screen|
|Size||3.2 inches (internal)|
|3.5 inches (external)|
|2G||CDMA 800, 1900 MHz|
|3G||CDMA 1xEV-DO rev.A|
|Colors & Resolution||262 144 Colors & 480 x 800 Pixels|
|Input/ User Interface||Full QWERTY Keyboard|
|Operating System||Android 2.2 Froyo OS|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz Processor|
|Internal Memory||– 430MB of internal memory|
|– 8GB micro-SD card pre-installed|
|Expandable Memory||micro-SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB|
|Camera||– 2592 X 1544 pixels|
|– 5 Megapixels|
|Browser & Messaging||HTML|
|MMS, SMS, Email, Push Email|
|Video Recording||VGA Resolution|
|– 640×480 pixels|
|Video & Audio|
|Video Formats||WMV, MP4, 3GP, 3G2|
|Audio Formats||MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+|
|Headset||3.5mm stereo headset jack|
|Bluetooth & USB||v 2.1 with EDR & micro USB 2.0|
|Standby Time||Up to 17 Days & 12 Hours*|
|Type||Li-Ion 1500mAh Standard Battery|
|Talk Time||Up to 2 Hours & 30 Minutes*|