LG Pop GD510 review: LG Pop GD510

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 4 user reviews
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The Good Responsive touchscreen; straightforward to use; handy home-screen widgets.

The Bad No 3G, Wi-Fi or GPS support.

The Bottom Line The LG Pop GD510 has a basic feature set, but it looks cute, it's easy to use and it has a pleasingly responsive touchscreen. It's just a shame that it lacks 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity

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LG claims the Pop GD510 is the world's smallest touchscreen phone. Whether that's true or not, it certainly is a tiny handset compared to the likes of the iPhone and HTC Hero . It's also got a diminutive price tag. You can currently pick it up on a pay-as-you-go deal with Orange for £90, with £10 worth of free credit thrown in for good measure. It can also be yours for free on a £10-per-month, 24-month contract, or for around £140 SIM-free.

Plastic midget
The Pop is about two-thirds the size of more expensive touch handsets like the iPhone and Hero. Although the case is made entirely from plastic, LG has painted it metallic silver, which helps give the phone a more upmarket look. The resistive touchscreen dominates the front of the phone. It's only a 76mm (3-inch) display, but, for such a small screen, it's got a pretty sharp resolution of 240x400 pixels. As a result, text and graphics look surprisingly crisp.

As with the iPhone, there's only a single button on the front of the phone. It acts as a multi-function key to access the menus and pick up or drop calls. A halo of light around the edge of the button glows either green or red to give an indication of which function the button is currently mapped to. This may sound confusing, but it works really well in practice.

A-Class of its own
Most of LG's touchscreen phones use the company's S-Class interface, but the Pop makes do with the cut-down A-Class version instead. This is no bad thing, as the A-Class version's less flashy interface is actually slightly easier to navigate, and it's satisfyingly responsive.

The Pop has a 3.2-megapixel camera on its rear. A back cover with a solar-powered charger is an optional accessory that will set you back around £25 

As with LG's other handsets, the home screen on the Pop is split into three panels. You can drag and drop widgets onto these panels and rearrange them as you like. The phone comes preloaded with a number of widgets, including a useful Post-it Note app and one for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The rest of the phone's features are accessed via the main menu. Here you'll find extras like the photo gallery, games menus, FM tuner application and music player.

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Where to Buy

LG Pop GD510

Part Number: CNETLG Pop GD510

Typical Price: £140.00

See manufacturer website for availability.