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LG GD910 Watch Phone review

Is there actually a decent mobile beneath the LG Watch Phone?

Our Verdict

A cool gadget that surpasses expectations, but you'll have to really want the futuristic look to actually replace a proper phone

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 80 MB
  • Battery Talk Time : 3.10 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 128 x 160

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For

  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Cool design
  • Strong alerts buzz

Against

  • Still pretty expensive
  • No video playback
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • low resolution display

Reviewing a watch phone is a tricky prospect, as so many of the usual features and elements we look for are obviously not going to be here.

But that doesn't stop it being something very different, and we like to at least have something different to play with.

We liked

The GD910 Watch Phone has a lot of cool features, namely the fact it's a watch and a phone combined. The sleek design was quite surprising, as well as the low weight on the wrist, and the battery kept going far longer than we expected.

The touchscreen is excellent too, probably only because it has to deal with 1.43-inches of touch area, but it still gave great accuracy when texting and trying to find a contact in the list.

We disliked

There aren't a huge range of features on the GD910 Watch Phone, and if you run out of Bluetooth power then you're stuck looking like a fool chatting to your wrist.

1.43-inches of touchscreen isn't enough either, and despite looking sleek on the wrist it could do with being a little bit larger. Another annoying problem is not being able to keep the backlight on and have one of the cool clocks illuminated day to day, instead of heading to the standby mode all the time.

Verdict

The LG GD910 Watch Phone is, ultimately, a ridiculous device, as a phone on your wrist isn't the most practical idea.

However, we can't help but like it because it just is really cool - it's a watch phone for crying out loud, the sort of device you'd design in school when asked to make your ultimate gadget (we're waiting for the next generation that spits out biscuits, then the dream is complete).

It's 'only' £500 as well, which might sound a lot for a pared down phone, but it's a lot less than the £1,000 on contract we were expecting.

The LG GD910 Watch Phone isn't going to be the best seller of the year, and the price will probably only attract people with enough money to waste on casual trinkets, but it's a decent effort and one that will hopefully spawn better devices in the future.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Built-in Memory80 MB
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 2100
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time3.10 Hour
Product ModelGD910
Screen Size3.6 cm (1.4")
Screen Resolution128 x 160
Weight (Approximate)90.8 g
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), EMS, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height60 mm
Width39 mm
Depth13.9 mm
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameGD910 Watch Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGD910
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Introducing the world's first 3G Watch Phone. Coming with a full touch screen, a built in camera, a built in speaker, a voice recognition system, and a Bluetooth interface, LG's Watch Phone can tell time, play music, take photos, work as a diary and a scheduler, read back your new text messages, make video calls and do more than you can ever imagine. Wear the future around your wrist and experience the true innovation from LG.