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LG U830

 LG U830 Available now
7th December 2006

There's no doubt that the "LG Chocolate" has been one of the hottest mobile phone brands during 2006. LG have followed this up with various handsets including the 3G LG KU800, and the LG U830 stretches the chocolatiness even further with a 3G clamshell phone, which is exclusive to the Hutchison 3 network.

The LG U830 is a smooth looking 3G clamshell with touch-sensitive media controls on the outside (mouseover the image below to see them), and an unfussy and sensible design inside. At just 14.8mm thick and only 93 grams in weight, the U830 is very compact for a 3G phone too.

 LG U830 One criticism of the original Chocolate phone was that it wasn't really very high-tech. The LG U830 is a completely different proposition, because the technology is probably even more interesting than the looks. It's not just a 3G phone, the LG U830 is an HSDPA device - this means that it has access to 3's 3.5G data network (where available). There's a whopping 180Mb of internal memory (although it doesn't seem to be expandable), a 2 megapixel main camera with a subcamera for video calling, a large 2.2" 240x320 pixel display, a multimedia player and stereo Bluetooth. There's an email client and web browser too.

You can connect the LG U830 to a PC via a USB cable or Bluetooth to transfer multimedia files, or you can download them from the 3Music store.

Talktime is up to 3.2 hours on 3G, and it has almost 14 days standby time. which is pretty good. Overall the LG U830 measures 98 x 48 x 14.8mm and it comes in under the magic 100 grams weight for a 3G phone at 93 grams.

Overall, the LG U830 is a good looking handset that comes with a very promising looking feature set. Although the design it certainly not as iconic as the original Chocolate, it is still probably one of the best looking 3G clamshells on the market.

The LG U830 is available now on the Hutchison 3 network.

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LG U830 at a glance

Available:

Q4 2007

Network:

GSM + UMTS 2100

Data:

GPRS + UMTS (3G) + HSDPA

Screen:

240x320 pixels

Camera:

2 megapixels (main)

Size:

Medium clamshell
98x48x15mm / 93 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

3.2 hours talk / 14 days standby

 

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