“Clamshell”design, brings back memories for many and maybe even a touch of nostalgia. A design much used in past years, when the phones were not “smart”, but that the Asian market continues to enjoy some success. LG decided to propose it on the European market with the new LG Wine Smart, a device which, in modern terms, this particular design that can be defined as “vintage”. Let’s go to discover in our review.
Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:
LG Wine Smart is equipped with discrete hardware features. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, a 1.1 GHz quad core GPU with 1 GB of memory and Adreno 304 RAM that offer a decent fluidity during use. Supports even LTE networks in Cat. 4.
- Size: 117.6 x 58.7 x 16.6 mm
- Weight: 142 g
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210
- CPU: quad core 1.1 GHz
- GPU: Adreno 304
- MemoryRAM: 1 GB
- Memoryinternal: 4 GB
- Tabsmemory: microSD
- SystemOS: Android 5.1.1
- Display: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 ” 262K colors, 180 PPI, 300 NIT
- Battery: 1700mAh
- Camera: 3 Megapixel rear and front VGA
- TabSIM: micro-SIM
- Wi-Fi:11 b/g/n
- USB: 2.0, Micro USB
- Bluetooth: 4.1
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Other: FM Radio
Good also the plastic materials used, well assembled, featuring a textured faux leather. On the front there is a notification LED, 3-megapixel camera on the back and a double audio speaker. The keyboard is alphanumeric and there are also three function keys to navigate in the user interface as well as a circular pad and four buttons that allow you to quickly access messages, camera
Ergonomics is definitely the real strength of this Smart LG Wine. Its special design makes it very convenient to use. Just open to answer an incoming call and close to end the call. Once closed can slip easily into a pocket.
“Vintage” also on display, a 3.2 “TFT capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 320 pixel resolution, 300NIT brightness and a density of 180ppi. Pretty poor viewing angle but good front view with colour well played. It lacks the brightness sensor and glass, little oleophobic, collects enough prints.
Drums, Audio and reception:
Display poorly defined and a little power hungry processor allow the LG battery 1700mAh Wine Smart to cover with no fuss over one day of use.
Very good audio quality both through the earbud hands-free, powerful and clean. No hassle the reception, both 3 g and 2 g/4 g network that the Wi-Fi.
LG Wine Smart is based on Android in version 5.1.1 with custom user interface from LG with screen zooming, for readability, ability to customize icons and themes and sets an easyEasyHome to make it easier to use by people who come for the first time to a smartphone.
Text input can be either microscopic or via the software keyboard more comfortable System T9 alphanumeric keyboard hardware that has text prediction for faster writing. In this case, a return to the past.
Via settings you can choose to keep running an application that we are using even as we close the flip. Nice feature, for example, when listening to music.
Camera and Multimedia:
The camera is definitely not the strength of this device. The photos have just enough quality, useful for sharing through social but not much more. The front is a simple and dated VGA useful.
The 4 GB of onboard memory are very few and only 1.5 GB is available to the user. Therefore, it is necessary to use a microSD to expand the memory to load some apps and media.
LG Wine Smart is certainly a touch screen watch designed and intended for a particular range of users who want to approach this type of product while maintaining a remarkable ease of use.Strengths are ergonomics, quality and battery life. Minus points multimedia and retail price is 199 euros, perhaps a bit too much if compared to hardware features.