A phone from Star Wars ?
There are still people who prefer simple phones over smartphones with lots of complicated – and sometimes unnecessary – options. For those of them LG has launched a device called Saber. It offers the possibility to write messages and talk to friends, colleagues and family and take photos. Did we attract your attention and you want to find out more details on this phone? Then take some minutes to look at our test and read our review to see if you should buy this product or look for another.
Even though it was named Saber, this phone bears nothing in common with the famous Star Wars sword; the body has some very blunt and curved edges and is not at all glossy or slick. What is great about this device is that it doesn’t get scratched that easily or destroyed after a fall; at least that’s what our tests showed. The color of LG Saber is slate-gray and the phone has the following in terms of weight and inches: 3.56 ounces and 4.51″ x 2.35″ x 0.52″; these two translated into the fact that the Saber was very light and felt really comfortable whenever we picked it up and held it to make a call or reply to a call.
The screen was decent and large enough to use for writing messages; its measurement: 2.2″. Even though it’s not as big as that on smartphones, it still comes with 172 x 220 pixels and support for 262.000 colors. Even though graphics weren’t very sharp, colors were beautiful and we had no problem reading text. The style, size and font type were highly customizable. Under the display sits a navigational pad with easy to press buttons; beneath that is a QWERTY keyboard whose numbers are orange for better usage. During our tests performed for this review, our fingers slipped a bit off the keys, but it wasn’t as bad as to stop using this phone altogether and we appreciated the large space bar.
Moving on with the exterior of the LG Saber, its left side features the usual microUSB charging port; the right offers the volume key. A 2.5mm headset jack adorns the top of the product, while the rear houses the camera lens.
Medium battery life
We’ve now reached the features part which consists of the standard phonebook (with 1000 spots for adding contacts and their numbers, e-mail addresses and such), speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, 33 ringtones and the list can go on; we also discovered, while navigating through the interface, chat conversion for threaded messaging, but we didn’t see e-mail or instant messaging support. There’s also one game, access to a ringtone store and City ID.
The Saber camera we mentioned earlier has 4 resolutions to choose from, various settings, shutter sounds and many more options. Despite this, the pictures we snapped with it weren’t at all nice to look at: colors appeared muted and image was blurry.
The quality of calls and speakerphone was decent: voices sounded clear, albeit some soft volume.
The battery life was a medium one. We could use the device for around 3 hours on a single charge; standby time was 8 hours.
So, all in all, the review conclusion is simple. The LG Saber is a nice smartphone ideal for people who like to keep things as simple as possible.
|Cellular phone With digital camera / digital player|
|CDMA2000 1X 1900/800|
|Conference Call Capability|
|Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|World clock, TTY compatible, Picture editor, E-911 compliant, Intelligent typing (T9)|
|Self Timer Delay|
|10 sec, 5 sec, 3 sec|
|240 x 320, 120 x 160, 480 x 640, 176 x 144|
|Short Messaging Service (SMS)|
|Ring Tone Formats|
|Messaging / Data Features|
|Color, Negative, Sepia|
|18-bit (262000 Colors)|
|Included GPS Software|
|Up to 180 min|
|Up to 8 days and 8 hours|