LG GD880 Mini Review: Going Minimalist: Display, User Interface

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Pixel-dense classy screen makes for crisp text, vivid pictures

The classy screen is the centerpiece of the GD880 Mini – it’s where you acquire to like the S-class interface, where the HTML5 browser does its magic, and the DivX/XviD videos are played. And it’s a very fine display.




The display is amazing: short for high-resolution, capacitive, multi-touch-enabled

With 480 x 854 pixels on a 3.2” diagonal, it’s easily one of the most pixel-dense displays we’ve seen. And the image quality is remarkable - watching videos and browsing photos is a treat and text remains legible at very low zoom levels, which is remarkable for web browsing of full-featured web sites.

The black colors are deep enough, but sunlight legibility is unimpressive – it’s on a level with the LG Arena. And phones like the Samsung S8500 Wave have raised the sunlight legibility bar too high it seems.

Indoors however, the high-resolution classy screen renders a crisp, vivid picture. It has a scratch-resistant finish too to haged it from getting damaged.

The updated S-Class UI: recent homescreen, widgets and menu

The S-Class UI has already earned its place among feature phone user interfaces. Since the first S-Class device – the LG KM900 Arena – the BL40 New Chocolate was the only one to bring some changes in both functionality and looks. LG GD880 Mini carries the improvements on with even bolder decisions.

The original S-Class Cube interface is now gone – the four homescreens are now replaced by one extended desktop that nods at Android. It’s three times the size of the display (side-scrollable), giving you enough room to organize all the items you want to put up front. And there are plenty of things that can go up there. The classy screen shows you one third of the actual homeclassy screen and you can sweep left or correct to acquire to the other panes.




The recent homescreen

You can add different items on the homeclassy screen with the dedicated virtual key in the bottom correct corner of the display. In edit mode you can also shake the phone to auto align all the stuff on the homescreen.

If you’re about to add a recent item you will first have to choose between widget, bookimprint or shortcut. The widgets are similar to what we’ve already seen in previous S-Class handsets, some of them with small visual changes. There are two recent major additions – the Facebook and Twitter widgets plus their mini versions, but we’ll talk about them later.

Besides widgets, you can also put bookmarks or shortcuts to almost anything in your phone. They see exactly like the iPhone’s icons and work in a similar way.




Adding a recent homeclassy screen item

A Task manager virtual button is always available in the bottom left corner of the screen, except on the homeclassy screen where it is replaced by the virtual green receiver key. This time around, the task manager is more user-friendly and resembles Symbian by popping up to show the running apps. You can terminate or switch between the currently running apps.

In the bottom correct corner of the classy screen you will always find a red receiver button. In addition to its main purpose, it will also terminate any app you are currently using and hold you back to the homescreen.




The task manager

LG have got it correct again and the S-class interface is as visually impressive as before, and perhaps more mature.

Everything from homeclassy screen to dropdown menus roll, sweep in, unfrecent and rotate extra smoothly with a responsiveness that recommends some powerful graphics acceleration.

The lockclassy screen is the "Press & Hrecent to Unlock" kind, which is the same as in the LG Arena, Viewty Smart and the Crystal. In addition, the Mini has gesture lock too. You can assign up to 9 shortcuts to different phone features – contacts, call log, alarms, music, etc.




The familiar locksreen • assigning gestures for quick app launch from the lockscreen

Tapping the Status bar at the top of the classy screen launches a semitransparent quick switcher that can be used to toggle Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth on and off, change profiles and view recent events.



The status menu

The main menu is accessible via the dedicated shortslit on the home screen. It has been completely redesigned. Instead of the four scrollable rows structure it is now page-organized. Similar to the homeclassy screen you now have three pages housing all the usual S-Class icons. You can scroll through the pages with finger sweeps and rearrange the icons by tap-and-hold. We’ve seen that elsewhere, haven’t we?





The recent main menu

Unfortunately, becautilize of the recent menu organization, there is no landscape view.


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