LG Pop GD510 review

Has LG scraped too much off this budget touchscreen?

The definitive LG GD510 Pop review
The definitive LG GD510 Pop review

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Video playback of downloaded video or clips you've side-loaded on to the phone is smooth and looks decent on the screen. MP4 and .3gp video playback is supported, although, DivX and Xvid video file formats are not supported on this LG model.

The video player interface is again intuitive. Videos can be watched in portrait mode with onscreen controls beneath, or flipped into landscape mode automatically for full screen viewing.

One clever addition is the facility to capture a frame from a video clip as a jpeg image, which can be viewed in the gallery.

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The onboard music player does a decent job of dealing with tunes. The modest 40MB internal storage won't get you far, but slip a MicroSD card into the slot under the back panel (without removing the battery) and you can boost that storage by a up to 8GB.

Tracks loaded onto the phone are automatically sorted into familiar music player categories – all tracks, artists, albums, genres and playlists - and there's a shuffle option too. The user interface is conventional too – easy to follow controls and draggable time lines, plus various equaliser options.

LG pop gd910

The supplied earphones produce a very decent audio performance for this grade of phone – the headset produces a punchy and detailed sound across the range, with decent bass presence underpinning it, which impressed us for the price point of the phone.

There's no 3.5mm headphone socket on this phone, however – the LG POP uses a multi-purpose microUSB port to handle the ear-wear.

LG pop gd910

Tracks can be copied over to the phone using the supplied USB cable and LG PC Studio software, via Bluetooth or loaded on a MicroSD card. Mass storage mode drag-and-dropping of files is another option.

The LG POP is also equipped with an FM radio that uses the touchscreen UI to good effect, with a 'tuner dial' onscreen and buttons for channels. It does a perfectly serviceable job in a user-friendly way.

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Usefully, both the radio and music player can be controlled by homescreen widgets while they're playing in the background.