LG has proved once again an amazing innovator as the company revealed the world’s first transparent phone in the touchscreen industry – the GD900 Crystal. And although this model isn’t beating Apple or Google’s Android at its own game, GD900 Crystal has everything one could ask for from a mobile phone.
It has an 8MP camera, LG’s nascent S-Class interface and a sliding transparent touch-sensitive keypad to make things a little bit more special. The slide out keypad is made of glass, and not plastic, like the rest of the phone, and the whole thing is encircled by a metal frame, which really gives the phone a touch of elegance. The battery cover is also transparent, a little more flimsy and is made of plastic, allowing a view of the stylized battery underneath.
Those of you familiar with the latest LG phones won’t be surprised to see the re-appearance of the S-Class interface that it looks and feels elegant. Besides, the capacitive touchscreen has a WVGA resolution, which gives pin sharp graphics on the somewhat teeny 3-inch screen.
Furthermore, call quality on this 127g mobile phone is good, as you would expect with the slide out keypad. Video calling is also included in the package and the internet browser uses multi-touch so you can pinch and zoom to head in and out. Besides, it is pretty fast, and there’s a helpful screen that offers you Wi-Fi and 3G connections. It also integrates both an RSS Reader and a ‘Saved Pages’ option, and the two are nice extras to the browser. The RSS Reader is a little basic, and adding feeds to it can be a total nightmare. Wireless connectivity is complete on the LG Crystal. Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE is on board and so is the HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. The phone also supports the two local connectivity standards – Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support for stereo streaming while the Wi-Fi antenna works with 802.11 b/g.
The phone’s camera has a maximum image resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It boasts fancy Schneider-Kreuznach optics and a LED flash, auto focus, macro mode, manual focus, face detection, colour and white balance, variable ISO 1600 settings. The camera interface of the GD900 Crystal is identical to the one on the GC900 Viewty Smart. It sports a ton of extra camera features with geotagging and smile shot being some of the most notable. You also get image stabilization and viewfinder grids to help you better frame your photos.
Moreover, the LG GD900 Crystal is also capable of capturing video of up to D1 (720×480) resolution at 30 fps. The Crystal, just like the Arena and Viewty2, uses the outdated low-bitrate 3GP video format. Slow-motion QVGA clips shot at 120 fps are also an option on the LG Crystal and the device, much like the LG Secret and Arena, takes the extra step of adding Fast videos. You can also record sound with videos, except in the fast/slow-mo modes of course.
And when it comes to games and applications, you should know that the preinstalled Picsel viewer handles Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. Google Maps also comes preinstalled on the LG Crystal but the lack of a GPS receiver limits the use of those. The preinstalled games on the LG Crystal are all motion-based – Flying Dice, Wheel Mania, Tepong, Dart and Golf Slope.
No word on the price yet.
LG GD900 Crystal Demo Video