Social networking is a big thing. Might seem an obvious statement to some, but 12 to 18 months ago, most people wouldn’t have cared too much about sites such as Facebook, or Twitter. Now these types of sites are taken for granted, and the way they have become ingrained into our online lives is a sure demonstration of how quickly things can develop in the online world. An obvious extension to this is the mobile phone; as manufacturers develop ever more feature packed handsets, offering mobile integration to online social networking sites is the obvious next step. The LG GT505 uses this philosophy for its main focus, offering smart, quick, easy access to social networking sites, further enhancing ways to keep in touch when you are away from a fixed line PC.
The feature line up on the GT505 would have been big news, just a few months back, yet now most of it is what we have come to expect from even a mid range device. Such are the times in the modern mobile phone market. The GT505 has a large, full TFT touchscreen, with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, supporting up to 256,000 colours. An accelerometer offers auto screen rotation, allowing the display to automatically rotate to landscape view, and back to portrait mode, depending on the way the phone is held.
We find the GT505 has a high quality 5.0 Megapixel camera on board, with autofocus and an LED flash. With a built in GPS receiver, the images captured on the device can be geotagged, capturing location information in the digital information of the file. When the images which have been geotagged are uploaded to an online photo album, it allows the location information to be displayed, showing those viewing the images your location when the image was captured. As well as offering a geotagging option, the built in GPS receiver also allows the device to be used as a satellite navigation unit, an ideal compliment to any existing SatNav setup. Pre-loaded with WisePilot mapping software, the large display of the LG GT505 lends itself well to SatNav usage, and maps are generally clear and easy to follow.
There are no surprises with the other multimedia options available on the phone. A full media player is included, offering music and video playback, and the GT505 supports memory cards in the MicroSD format, up to 8GB in size, offering ample room for music albums, photos and a video library. We also see the inclusion of an FM Stereo radio, complimenting the built in music player.
Messaging features well, alongside the social media aspect of the phone. The phone has a built in email client, with support for push email, allowing you to receive emails directly to the device without having to manually download them. A document viewer is included on the handset, allowing you to view email attachments such a Word files, Excel, PowerPoint and .pdf.
A good set of data and network connection options are included on the device; The GT505 is a GSM quad band device, offering excellent roaming options worldwide, with high speed data options available via 3G and 3.5G HSDPA Mobile Broadband. All the usual suspects are available, such as EDGE, GPRS and HSCSD, as a backup for times when 3G coverage is unavailable. LG have also included WiFi support allowing high speed web browsing wherever a local hotspot is available, and also for connecting the phone to your home WLAN. Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support for local wireless connectivity completes the picture. Web browsing on the phone is a pleasurable enough experience, thanks mainly to the large presentation of the display, although the experience is somewhat hampered by the LG browser. A better option in this circumstance would be to use a product like Opera Mini for your web browsing needs.
Overall, there is a lot to like about the LG GT505, and the spec list is pretty good, 5.0 Megapixel camera, WiFi, HSDPA, GPS, etc. However, it is testament to the quality of other devices currently available that despite all the fine points, the LG GT505 does little to excite or peak the interest. It is most likely this phone is going to slip quietly into the midstream touchscreen market, where it will fade away into mobile phone obscurity. Contracts currently start from £10.60 per month.