"Very cool phone, but not perfect"4.0 starson by gariputro
Pros: 2MP camera, customization capabilities, full touch screen, cheaper than an iPhone!
Cons: Time to load gallery images, calendar, heavy
My last phone was the Nokia 6255i (1.3MP camera w/video) and it had a few things that I expected this phone to have. Don't get me wrong, the Glimmer is a very sleek phone, but there are a few things that you may have to adjust to with the touch screen if you've never owned one before. This is based on software version T83ATV05. I use this phone as a phone first, music player second.
Things I Like:
The Glimmer is loaded with cool features, like a 2MP camera, built-in GPS Nav, Access TV, a 4GB MicroSD memory slot and of course a music player.
2MP Camera - Relatively crisp pictures. You can change color balance settings, add effects (like b&w, sepia, etc, even take mulitshots (3 or 6 pictures one right after the other).
Customization Capabilities - You have full rights to change the wallpaper to anything you brought over on a MicroSD or have captured with your camera. You an even change the default colors of all of the underlying screens to 1 of 4 selections (black, blue, pond - to match the pond wallpaper, or metal). It would have been nice to see more options, but having more than 1 choice is a plus. You can also change the menu icons to black & white outlines from full color icons and change the system font to 1 of 4 styles (Gothic, Serif, Joy & Script).
Full Touch Screen - Quite possibly the coolest feature on the whole phone. It takes a little adjusting to get used to the fact that you don't have any type of thumb stick or 4-way toggle to navigate through the menus, only your thumbs, fingers and a stylus. Sensitivity can be adjusted for how much pressure is required to register a touch on the screen and so can the "rumble" that is associated with each touch (there are 4 levels for how much feedback you want as well).
The Verdict Is Still Out On:
The scrollbar on the right is very tiny when working with a long list, such as your contacts. The stylus will prove to be worthless unless you plan on carrying it with you everywhere. I'm not sure why LG didn't build the stylus into the phone itself like smartphone does. The Glimmer does offer a 2nd option which is to touch in the middle of the screen and drag to the top or bottom to quickly pan through the list. Doing this takes a bit of practice to get the timing down to fly through 10-20 contacts at a time, rather than 4-5. Your 3rd option is to slide the phone open and use the keypad to navigate to the beginning of a group of contacts based on the letters that you select.
Things I Don't Like:
Image Gallery Load - If you've taken pictures on the highest setting (2MP) and you visit the image gallery on your phone, you cannot do anything else (like go back or open an image) until all of the visible images load (12) which can take about 5 seconds. You can always change your gallery to a list view (icon preview is the default setting) but with the archaic naming convention of the images, you'll never be able to tell what is what.
Calendar - Mildly-featured. Stores simple events, nothing complex. I had the ability to store birthdays on my last phone so it would keep track of their age. The Glimmer just stores it as an event.
Heavy - With the large touchscreen and processing power, it's no surprise that this phone weighs a decent amount. It would have been nice to see LG lighten the load a little.