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LG S5200

 LG S5200 Discontinued
5th December 2005
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At first glance, the LG S5200 looks like a copy of the popular Samsung D500, but it isn't.. it's much too poor a handset to be considered a copy.

These are harsh words, and we don't want to say that there's anything physically wrong or defective about the S5200, but the cosmetic similarity is remarkable, and must surely have been spotted before the S5200 was released.

 LG S5200 back One reason this is so shocking is that LG have stated that in 2006 they want to be seen as a leader, rather than a follower, when it comes to mobile phone design. Recently we looked at the LG U8550 which shows that LG can think outside of the box, the compact and appealing U880 and also there's the upcoming LG P7200 which shows that LG can make high-spec and visually attractive phones (we will cover the F7200 shortly). So given that LG have shown an intention to be innovative, it's a bit of a shock to see something that is so blatantly similar to one of their rival's handsets, and an old one at that. In fact, we understand that the LG S5200 was almost cancelled because it looked too much like the D500.

Now, we like the Samsung D500 a lot, but you can tell just by looking at the specifications that this is an inferior model. For starters, the LG S5200 only has a 128x160 pixel display (the Samsung has 176x220 pixels) which is frankly pathetic when you consider that it has a 1.3 megapixel camera. The camera itself is a standard affair, hidden behind the sliding mechanism in the same way as the D500. Internal memory is just 68Mb compared to the Samsung's 96 Mb. And the S5200's talktime is a very poor 3 hours, compared to up to 6 hours for the Samsung.

 LG S5200 It's a bit smaller and lighter than the Samsung, the LG S5200 measures 93x46x21mm and weighs 95 grams (the Samsung D500 is 94x46x24mm and 99 grams), but given the poor battery life and screen we feel that it should be much lighter. There's an MP3 player, but the internal memory will struggle to squeeze even a single album on and there's no way of expanding it.

This is a poor handset in terms of specification and lacks innovation when it comes to design. We can only hope that this handset is cheap, because we can only see this competing with budget handsets given its limitations, although we do not know what the price of the S5200 will be.

We know that LG can do better than this, but this is basically just a poor copy of year old handset from a rival. In our view, it would have been better if the S5200 was cancelled and had never been brought to market.

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LG S5200 at a glance


Q4 2005


GSM 900/1800/1900




128x160 pixels, 256k colours


1.3 megapixels


Medium slider
93x46x21mm / 95 grams









Battery life:

3 hours talk / 8 days standby


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