LG Glance (Verizon Wireless) review: LG Glance (Verizon Wireless)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The LG Glance is a skinny yet stylish basic camera phone with decent photo and call quality.

The Bad The LG Glance's woven metal back may seem a little cheesy, and the mobile e-mail application costs extra.

The Bottom Line The LG Glance is an affordable sleek and stylish entry-level camera phone for Verizon Wireless customers.

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Just when we thought the days of the skinny phone were behind us, LG surprises us with yet another thin handset. The LG Glance is one of the slimmest phones we've ever seen, at only 0.38 inch thick. It has quite an elegant design overall, and though it's a rather basic phone, it still has a decent camera and GPS capabilities. The LG Glance is certainly one of the better entry-level phones we've seen from Verizon Wireless, and at $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate, it's quite affordable as well.

Design
Usually when we encounter entry-level phones, they feel like cheap plastic when held. Not so with the LG Glance. It's clad in metallic trim, which gives it a decent heft of 2.92 ounces. Measuring 4.31 inches long by 1.87 inches wide by 0.38 inch thick, the Glance is also very thin. It has a slim and sleek form factor with slightly rounded corners. We like the soft gold trim on the front but have mixed feelings about the woven metal backplate--it just seems a bit cheesy for our tastes.


The LG Glance is super skinny.

On the front of the Glance is a nice 2-inch display with support for 262,000 colors and 320x240 pixels. We're really impressed with how crisp and clear the text and images look, especially with an entry-level phone. You can adjust the backlight time, the brightness, the menu layout, the menu font type, the font size, and the clock format.

Underneath the display is a very compact navigation array. It consists of two soft keys, a joystick toggle, the Send key, the Clear/voice command key, and the End/Power key. The two soft keys are raised above the surface and have a lot of ridges for texture, which made it easy to navigate through menus. The joystick was easy to use as well--you can even add a vibration to the joystick for an added tactile feel. You can also adjust length and intensity of the vibration. The up, left, and down directions of the joystick can be mapped to three user-defined shortcuts, while the right direction leads to a MyShortcuts folder, where you can add up to four additional shortcuts.


The LG Glance has a 1.3-megapixel camera lens on the back.

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LG Glance (Verizon Wireless)

Part Number: Glance
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 260 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Weight 2.9 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2 in
  • Sensor Resolution 1.3 pixels