LG Viewty Snap GM360 review: LG Viewty Snap GM360

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The Good Impressive camera; decent social-networking features; good music player.

The Bad Unintuitive user interface; no Wi-Fi, 3G or GPS support.

The Bottom Line The LG Viewty Snap GM360 has a decent camera and some neat social-networking features, but it's nowhere near as good as the Samsung Monte, which is only slightly more expensive

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5.5 Overall

The Viewty Snap GM360 is another youth-orientated touchscreen phone from LG. Offering a 5-megapixel camera and a range of social-networking features, it's available for £90 on a pay as you go deal with O2. That makes the Snap one of the more affordable touchscreen handsets on the market.

Touch too much
Decked out mostly in glossy black, with a chrome trim around the edges, the Snap is certainly a good-looking handset. Its slim, 12mm-thick frame and curvy edges also make it comfortable to hold.

Although there are three buttons on the front of the handset, most of the phone's features are controlled via its 76mm (3-inch) touchscreen. Once you've been guided through the initial set-up wizard, you're presented with a home screen that's divided into three panels. The first acts as a repository for your widgets. There are a number of widgets included as standard, such as an 'analogue' clock, calendar and mini music player.

The colourful home screen is a haven for your widgets

The second, 'Livesquare' panel shows recent activity, such as incoming calls and messages from your contacts, with each person represented by a tiny avatar. The final panel provides a location in which to store eight of your favourite contacts. It's a similar set-up to Samsung's TouchWiz system, but it feels more restrictive and less intuitive to use.

Open the main menu and you'll find a plethora of other icons arranged across two screens. These icons range from custom Java apps to shortcuts that simply launch the associated Web site in the phone's fairly basic and sluggish browser. Access is provided to services such as FacebookTwitter, MySpace and Flickr.

Although Samsung has recently made the jump to capacitive screens with mid-range phones like the Monte, LG has opted to equip the Snap with the resistive kind, which is less responsive. While the screen is fairly sensitive to touch input, there are occasions when you'll find yourself having to press it a couple of times before it will register your input correctly. This is especially noticeable when you're using the on-screen Qwerty keyboard. Nevertheless, the screen, although fairly small, has a decent resolution for a phone in this price bracket -- 400x240 pixels. It's bright and colours look impressively vibrant.

In portrait mode, you have to enter text using an on-screen alphanumeric keyboard, but, unlike some of its rivals, the Snap has a full Qwerty landscape keyboard too. Unfortunately, the lack of an accelerometer means you have to tap a button to call this keyboard up, rather than simply turning the handset on its side, as you do with most smart phones.

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