The LG GS170 doesn't have a lot of features, but it does have a 1,000-entry phone book with room in each entry for six numbers, an e-mail address, a birthday, company name, job title, and memo. You can add an image for photo caller ID, and one of 22 default sounds as ringtones. You can use your own MP3s as ringtones, too.
Basic features include text and multimedia messaging, a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, audio postcards, a calendar, an alarm clock, a tasks list, notes, secret notes (password-protected), a calculator, a stopwatch, a unit converter, a world clock, and a date finder. You also get a voice recorder, Bluetooth, and a basic WAP browser. However, the Bluetooth on the GS170 does not support A2DP stereo.
There isn't a dedicated music player app per se, but you can load songs onto the phone, which are then accessible via the Sounds folder. So though you can play and pause music, you're not able to create a playlist or set songs on repeat and shuffle like on a music player.
The camera on the GS170 is very basic. It can only take pictures in two resolutions (640x480 and 320x240) and there are three image quality levels. Other settings include color effects, white balance presets, a night mode, a timer, a shot mode (normal and burst shot), and three shutter sounds plus a silent option. The photo quality is predictably poor. Images are horribly blurry and colors look muddy and overcast.
You can download wallpaper and ringtones from the T-Mobile mobile store if you're not satisfied with the default options. The GS170 doesn't come with any games or apps, but you can purchase and download them from the mobile store as well. You have to access the browser in order to get to the store.
We tested the LG GS170 in San Francisco using T-Mobile. We were very impressed with the call quality. Callers sounded very natural and crisp, with good volume as well.
On their end, callers said we sounded absolutely crystal clear, like that of a landline. They couldn't hear any static or hiss at all, and background noise was practically nonexistent in quiet situations. On speakerphone, they detected a bit more environmental sound, but it was still very good.
The LG GS170 has a rated battery life of 7.5 hours talk time and 23 days standby time. It has a tested talk time of 7 hours and 46 minutes. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 0.91 watt per kilogram.