LG GB220 review: LG GB220

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Typical Price: £90.00
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 1 user review

The Good Stylish design; good keyboard; sturdy hinge; FM radio recording feature; low cost.

The Bad Feels fragile; cramped screen; pitiful on-board storage space.

The Bottom Line The LG GB220 is a basic phone that offers abundant style at a low price, and works perfectly well. It just lacks any killer features to get your geek juices flowing

6.5 Overall

One glance at our team photo will tell you that intelligence and attractiveness need not be mutually exclusive qualities. With the GB220, also known as the Kate, LG has striven to make a phone that's perfect for people who carry both a Chihuahua and a quantum-mechanics textbook in their handbag. But has LG succeeded?

The GB220 is available SIM-free for about £90. You can also find it on a pay as you go deal for around £25.

Style over screen size

The GB220 is an attractive clamshell handset. Our review sample's black and silver finish lent it an air of understated style. Alternative colour schemes are available but they aren't as swish.

Open the phone up and the sophisticated design continues -- the keyboard and the area around the screen have a dignified coolness about them. But the screen itself is small, measuring just 45mm (1.8 inches) diagonally. The large bezel around the screen doesn't help matters, making the display look even more cramped.

The screen feels really cramped, but at least the menu's well organised

The keyboard is an alphanumeric job, with large keys that give very satisfying feedback when pressed, clicking authoritatively. The well-laid-out navigation buttons are fairly standard, although buttons for direct access to the FM radio, MP3 player and camera join the old favourites. The left-hand side of the casing houses a volume rocker and a neat shortcut button that lets you use the camera, situated on the lid, when the phone is closed.

The handset is incredibly thin, at only 14mm thick, and surprisingly light, weighing 72g -- about half the weight of a Granny Smith. But, despite its sturdy hinge, which gives the flip mechanism a very firm feel, the phone feels fragile and we expect it wouldn't withstand much abuse.

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