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Review of LG's KM900 Arena with S-Class 3D user interface

Review by Russell Jefferies on Sunday April 26, 2009.

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The LG KM900 Arena is LG's latest high-end touchscreen device, sporting an impressive spec list and quality construction. It features LG's new S-Class 3D user interface and is the first mobile handset for the global market to feature Dolby Mobile audio. With all the touchscreen handsets currently entering the market, the KM900 has a lot of competition. We step into the Arena to see how it fares against its rivals.

Physical Aspects

The LG Arena takes on the standard slab form factor that most large touchscreen devices are forced into. There's not much else you can do when the screen dictates the size and shape of the device, other than make it as slim and light as possible. While the Arena isn't exactly anorexic, it's still a perfectly pocketable handset, measuring in at 105.9mm x 55.3mm x 11.95mm (4.2in x 2.2in x .5in) and weighing 105g (3.7oz). The front of the device is dominated by its 3-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) screen that is capable of showing 16 million colors. The display is a capacitive touchscreen(INFO) unit that features multi-touch, and seems fairly bright indoors. Unfortunately, it has a reflective covering that renders it useless in direct sunlight. Fingerprints also show up very easily on the tempered glass that covers the display and dark area surrounding it.

Beneath the display are three touch-sensitive keys for call send, the home screen/multitasking menu, and call end. Below these is a pinhole for the microphone, and above the display is the earpiece and forward facing camera lens for video calls. There is also a proximity sensor and ambient light sensor hidden in the screen surround, alongside an LG logo. The front of the device is clad in a brushed metal finish, with a chrome edging running around the outside.

The rear of the LG KM900 is also metal, though is a lighter colored satin silver that can look almost white in some lights. The antennas at the bottom of the phone and the corner surrounding the camera are both clad in light grey plastic. There is also another pinhole at the bottom for the rear-mounted microphone that can be used when recording videos. You'll also find a chromed LG logo and etched Dolby Mobile logo on the rear of the device. The Schneider-Kreuznach camera lens for the 5 megapixel camera is mounted in the top left corner of the device's rear, alongside a single LED flash.

The top of the device houses the KM900's power button, the button to release the rear cover, and the standard 3.5mm headphone port. The bottom of the phone is completely blank. On the sides of the phone you'll find the proprietary power and data port on the left, and the volume keys and camera shutter button on the right.

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mustofa @ 5:51:38AM EDT on Friday May 8, 2009

what price is this ?
can I found this think in Kuwait ?

rob @ 4:05:23PM EDT on Thursday May 21, 2009

im just wonderin if anyone has played with the tocco ultra? i sent it bak and getting the arena now. wanted to kno if i made the rite decision xx

mismail @ 4:57:28AM EDT on Sunday July 12, 2009

please I am at kuwait provide me the shopping to see and buy

Paula @ 8:41:51AM EST on Saturday December 26, 2009

how to add the pictures to your contacts ?

Vctor @ 6:03:54PM EDT on Monday March 29, 2010

This luvly feature powereful phone has disappointed me. poor battery, freezes anytime when calling or receiving call. eish to me its regrettable unless I get a solution it sucks!. Also LG must improve the speakers! otherwise its cool.

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Russell Jefferies
Russell Jefferies reviews mobile phones for MobileBurn from his home located in Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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