Not too long ago, Rogers released the new LG Pop GD510, a simplex touchscreen phone with not too much features, but for the price your paying. It can’t get any better.
Pricing and Specs
Now this LG Pop starts at $19.99 on a 3 year contract or $174.99 without a contract. The great thing about this phone is that it isn’t a smartphone which means no high data plan costs. Now the bad thing about this phone is that it only has EDGE and no WiFi so internet on this phone is incredibly slow.
The LG Pop features a 3.0 megapixel camera with 2x zoom. Simple. No flash, no autofocus. 3 inch LCD screen which I must say is fairly small for a touchscreen and 82MB of internal memory or up to 8gb of expandable MicroSD. The package will include a battery, charger, headset, and data cable.
I found the interface of this phone to be quite annoying in my opinion. While this isn’t a smartphone. I still would rather have everything to be categorized and organized in groups. The home page is customizable and has a bunch of widgets available including radio, music, calendar and so on. The menu was what got me annoyed. Everything is just thrown on and unorganized. Some may like it but I wasn’t too fond of it.
The LG Pop has a simple rectangle design. It’s sturdy and small, yet very light. The Pop is all made of plastic with a metal look design all around. On the top is the power/lock button. The left side is the volume rocker and MicroUSB slot. The right is the dedicated camera button and on the back is the 3.0 megapixel camera.
Call Quality & Signal Strength
For some odd reason. I found the LG Pop to have very low signal strength but when there was signal, calls were very clear and speakerphone was very loud. I never had a problem with calling other people on this phone.
The LG Pop features a 3.0 megapixel camera. I found pictures to be very grainy for a 3.0 megapixel camera. There’s no autofocus, which is rare for a 3 megapixel camera, or any flash. Color’s seemed washed out and the picture quality was quite terrible, even worse at night. Photo examples are located above.
While you may find this phone to be quite cheap, I would really recommend not buying it. Reason is that even though it is a touchscreen, it’s way to small, and texting is horrific. You’ll also find the phone to be quite laggy, and even freezes at some points. Everything about this phone is cheap and unorganized, and I understand that LG tried to make a low cost touchscreen phone, but for a consumer who are trying to purchase a phone only to call or even text once every few days or so. This phone really isn’t for you.
Now there are some good sides to it. The battery life is quite amazing (even though I’d rather have it die out on me) and speakerphone/headset beats the iPhone (as many phones do), but instead of purchasing this phone. I would recommend the LG Neon instead, or even Sony Ericsson C510. All of which are under $20.00 on Rogers with a 3 year term and can save you quite the headache.