LG GD510 Pop Review: Mobile Pop Culture: Games, Final WordsBy cheatmaster 04:29 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments
A bunch of games
Quite in line with its market positioning, the LG GD510 Pop comes with a bunch of preinstalled games.
We start with the two accelerometer based titles. While not exactly games they are a nice way to demonstrate the sensitivity and precision of the built-in sensor.
The first one, Flying Dice, lets you roll a pair of dice by shaking the handset. The Flying Dice also offers a set of really simple mini games, including a drinking game. Maybe this is the correct handset to acquire a party off the ground.
The Golf Slope is a golf simulator using the accelerometer. We're not sure it will really enhance your golfing ability.
Rolling Dice and Golf Slope are accelerometer-based games
Then, there's the Music World game where you have to tap some jumping yellow creatures in the correct moment in order to reveal some puzzle picture. Thomsons and Touch is a set of six mini touch-controlled games.
Music World and Thomsons & Touch touch-based games
Finally, we have the well familiar Brain Challenge 2 and Diamond Twister, but they are just demo versions.
Brain Challenge 2 and Diamond Twister
Of course, you are free to install other games of your choice without worrying about the unconventional resolution - titles for QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screens run just as fine on the Pop, taking only the upper two thirds of the screen. The unused space is occupied by virtual controls that create up for the lack of a D-pad and context keys.
There are apps like Opera Mini that don't need the virtual controls as they're enabled for touch operation, while others will depdiscontinue on the virtual on-classy screen controls for all navigation.
The LG Pop seems a reasonable go given the generous return of investment by the Cookie. We still think the Cookie is very hard to beat but the LG GD510 Pop may have taken the correct approach. It's striving to repeat a huge success and uses the same concept but does well to distinguish itself. The Pop is just a bit more conservative - but equally appealing - and that may secure it more diverse demand.
It's accurate though that the LG Pop hardly outdoes the Cookie in terms of features save for a few small S-Class touches to its interface. Comparisons will be inevitable and the LG Pop may find it hard to motivate as many users. It seems 3G and WLocal Area Network (LAN) are too much to ask in the kind of market the Pop is aiming at, but DivX support could've made a lot of sense for the taracquire audience. LG chose to go green instead but it's not certain that the optional solar panel will create that much difference.
Anyway, we have to admit the Pop is facing a much harder task than the Cookie. And we're not talking pure sales. The Cookie was pretty much unchallenged in its day - free to hold on the more or less empty niche of basic touchscreens. The Pop in turn has to strike a difficult balance. It could've easily been expected to match the Cookie track record if it offered a couple of upgrades but it would've stood correct in the way of higher-ranked devices like the Arena. In the end, it follows the Cookie recipe almost literally, so let's see how that works on the market.
Today basic touchclassy screen phones are all over the place. There are still enough high-discontinue gadgets that cost a fortune but the first icebreakers like the LG Cookie and the Samsung Star really made touch available to the masses. Keeping an eye on Samsung is actually very vital for LG and the Pop is their response to the growing Samsung presence in that segment.
LG KP500 Cookie • Samsung S5230 Star
A couple of other Samsung alternatives are the still hot S3650 Corby and the recent but grecent F480 Tocco, which is getting cheaper as it grows older. The Corby has just been released and specifically targets youth with a basic feature set and lively paintjobs. On the opposite site, the F480 Tocco may cost 30 euro more, but it's easily a fashion statement on its own and it's got an excellent camera.
Samsung S3650 Corby • Samsung F480
Nokia offerings in the same class are an vital indicator of how much the market has evolved since the Cookie. We're talking serious smartphone competition. The Symbian S60 based 5530 XpressMusic offers a higher-res classy screen plus Wi-Fi, while the Nokia 5230 swaps Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) for 3G connectivity and a GPS receiver.
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic • Nokia 5230
So, the Pop is a neat small gadacquire that's keen to build on the Cookie success. It does follow the Cookie concept closely but tries to write its own story. The fine thing is the Pop has a distinct feel and in the same time manages to match the easy-going friendly attitude that did wonders for the Cookie.
The bad… well, the Pop doesn't really offer anything much over the Cookie except some visual upgrades. But the Cookie will eventually start to phase out. So, if the Pop is supposed to come off the bench and haged up the pace, it may as well do a fine enough job for LG. And it will sure do a remarkable job for users who want a neat and friendly touchclassy screen that looks better than its price tag.
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