If you want to see the latest and greatest in mobile technology, particularly for the Asia Pacific market, then you need look no further than CommunicAsia. 2009's event showcased the best from the mobile manufacturers we know so well, including LG.
In some ways the LG Crystal is like phones we see everyday, but with its transparent sliding keyboard it's unlike anything we've seen before. The keyboard is actually an active touch panel, so not only do you use it to punch in numbers, you can also control the menus with gestures, like swiping or drawing circles.
Not to be outdone by Apple — not to mention Nokia, Palm, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — LG will launch its own application store. According to an LG rep at CommAsia the store should open first in Australia mid-July.
The LG Viewty Smart is a perfect example of a new trend we're seeing in 2009: normal phones pretending to be smartphones. Not that the Viewty Smart needs to pretend, it's got a lot going for it, in fact, it has everything you'd expect from a smartphone, except the smart bit. That's why LG put it in the product name instead.
You can laugh all you want but LG is still going to release mobile phone watches. This is the LG GD910 and is a 3G touch-activated watch phone, with HSDPA capable of receiving data at 7.2Mbps. The real question is are you going to replace your Tag Hauer wristwatch with one that takes calls?
Phones have had GPS receivers baked in for a while now, but we're still waiting for the perfect combination of phone and nav device. The GT500 may be just what we've been looking for, making use of turn-by-turn software called Wisepilot.