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LG ARENA (KM900)

 LG ARENA Discontinued
16th February 2009

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LG gave us a first glimpse of their new LG ARENA KM900 phone last week, and now we have the full details of this interesting touchscreen phone.

We already know a little about the "S-Class" user interface, which provides a 3D metaphor for using the phone. Some menu options are presented like a film reel, others like a cube. The interface is designed to be very quick and easy to use, and LG have integrated hardware acceleration into the ARENA to make it as smooth as possible.

LG also use tactile feedback in some applications, and say that using the alarm clock and radio feels almost like the real thing because of the touch feedback that the ARENA gives.

The touchscreen is a large 3.0" 800 x 480 pixel display, which should be ideal for web browsing and movie playback. Of course, the screen automatically adjusts between wide and tall display modes. Compare this display with the Samsung Omnia HD which has a 3.7" 640 x 360 pixel panel, although the ARENA's display is significantly smaller, we think that the extra pixels are much more useful.

Internal memory is an impressive 8GB, and this can be expanded with microSD cards up to 32GB capacity, giving a theoretical maximum of 40GB of storage. This can be used to store a variety of files and multimedia - the LG ARENA can play back H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, ASF, AVI, DivX and XviD movies, and also MP3, AAC, RealAudio and Windows Media sound files. The ARENA has an FM radio, stereo Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio socket, and it also comes with Dolby Mobile sound which promises to delivery very high quality audio, and there's even an FM transmitter that allows you to play music through a home or car stereo system.

 LG ARENA KM900 On the back of the LG ARENA is a 5 megapixel camera with Schneider Kreuznach optics with autofocus. Video capture isn't as impressive as the Omnia HD, but the ARENA can record 720 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second and 320 x 240 pixels at a 120 frames per second, which is useful for slow-motion playback. LG seem confident that the camera can deliver quality similar to a dedicated digital camera.

The LG ARENA comes with A-GPS, although we are not clear exactly what navigation options are available. The ARENA can geotag photographs using GPS coordinates, and it does look like the ARENA works with Google Maps.

One drawback that the LG ARENA has is that it isn't a smartphone in the traditional sense, so software applications might be limited. However, LG are committed to the S-Series user interface which might mean that more software will become available. As it is, the ARENA comes with a web browser, email client, document viewer and a range of personal information management tools that should satisfy most users.

At its heart, this is a quad-band GSM phone with dual-band UMTS support (this varies according to region), plus WiFi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. The 1000 mAh battery gives a maximum talktime on 3G of 4 hours with up to 12 days standby time. Despite the full feature set, the ARENA weighs just 105 grams and measures 106 x 55 x 12mm.

LG say that the ARENA should be available from March in Europe in "titanium" and "silver black" colour schemes. No guidance was given on price, but don't expect it to be cheap!

LG ARENA Demonstration Video

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LG ARENA (KM900) at a glance

Available:

Q2 2009

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100 or
UMTS 850 / 2100 or
UMTS 850 / 1900

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS + HSDPA + WiFi

Screen:

800 x 480 pxiels, 16m colours

Camera:

5 megapixels

Size:

PDA-style device
106 x 55 x 12mm / 105 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

GPS:

Yes

Battery life:

4 hours talk / 12 days standby (3G)

 

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