This is the second installment of my in-depth LG 800g Review. For the review index page, click here. In this installment, I cover the connectivity and the camera aspects of the phone, and in the next segment I’ll get to some of the additional features I’ve tested out.
I have been able to connect this phone to my computer as well as other phones via bluetooth. Using this connection, I can transfer files both to and from the phone, including large files such as mp3s and videos. If you’re connecting to a computer, USB is my preferred method as it will result in the fastest transfer speeds. To do this, you’ll need a USB to micro-USB cable, which can be obtained very cheaply ($2-$3) online from sites such as eBay, Amazon, Buy.com, or, my personal favorite for cables, monoprice.com. These cables are increasingly easy to find since micro-USB is becoming the accepted standard for phone connections.
Also, if you’re accessing the phone via your computer, you’ll be able to see what’s on the microSD memory card, but not what’s stored in the internal memory. Accordingly, it’s best to set the camera’s default storage location to external memory.
As usual, I don’t have any experience connecting the 800g to a vehicle bluetooth system or GPS. Based on what I’ve heard from other users, though, I believe it should work in terms of audio, but it might be difficult to get voice dialing established using the phone’s memory book. Of course, this could vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle or GPS device.
I also don’t believe that this phone can be tethered; that is, used for dial-up internet. Thankfully, with a few helpful apps internet browsing gets a little better than on the standard browser included with the phone. I’ll cover those in part 3 of the review, but for now just know that you can get Opera Mini and Bolt browsers on this phone for a better browsing experience.
The LG 800g camera offers still photos at the following resolutions: 1600×1200 (2 megapixel), 1280×960 (1 megapixel), 640×480 (VGA), and 320×240 (QVGA). Additionally there are options for Super Fine, Fine, and Normal image quality. In addition to the “auto” mode, users can change the white balance and color effect. There are also continuous shot, self-timer, and night mode features.
As you would expect, image quality is best for well-lit still shots. As the lighting worsens, or if the subject is in motion, the picture will get much worse. As you can see, I’ve included some sample photos (as well as a sample video) taken with the LG 800g. I found that the color reproduction was pretty good indoors and out, and I was actually rather impressed with the quality of the still shots. As you can see in the outdoor sample shot, though, the straight edges of the siding on the home pictured have a jagged edge effect. On the indoor shot, though, I thought everything turned out very nicely.
The video quality isn’t as good, but I didn’t have great expectations. I took a sample video outdoors on a windy day, attempting to capture the tall grasses of a field blowing in the wind. (The tall grasses were approximately 25-30 feet away). I also caught some passing cars in the brief video. As you can see, the detail captured here isn’t great. And the sound of the window on the microphone is atrocious. I would describe the video recorder on this device as a novelty or convenience, and not useful for recording anything you’ll want to save for very long.
I also found it hard to use the camera outdoors, even on a cloudy day, as the glossy screen made it very difficult to use the virtual viewfinder. Another complain is that it lacks a hardware camera button, instead requiring a touch-screen touch. However, the iPhone and iPod touch work the same way, so clearly LG is not alone in this hardware design decision.
On the plus side, it’s easy to get pictures off this device in a variety of ways. Bluetooth or USB cable will allow you to connect the device to a computer for easy transfer. And if those don’t work, you can always remove the microSD card from the phone and plug that into your computer.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll get the next segment out next week, and in that I will go over some of the following:
- mp3 player
- Adding Apps