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LG Arena review

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The LG Arena currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Gone are the days when touch screen smartphones were the odd and mystical devices at the end of the display case, reserved for business people, wizard geeks and aliens.

The LG Arena drops a load of “good stuff” right in the middle of the tentative everyman, putting powerful processing together with classy design and meaningful functionality to create a great phone that this writer suspects was designed for those brave and ready to try a phone that does more than tell time and make calls.

The 3 inch touch screen boasts a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which is excellent. The minimalist design features all-screen-all-the-time, with the exception of three small buttons at the bottom of the phone.

The thoughtful folks at LG added something called “Mobile Sound Enhancement” to the speakerphone, which is a fancy way of saying the onboard speakers sound much better than prior models of most brands. There is also a 5MP camera with 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution, autofocus and LED flash, plus Geo-tagging and image stabilization and you have an excellent cameral embedded in a quality phone.

These, plus other features, including an FM radio, color selection from silver, Titan Black to Dusty Pink, GPS, and quality build materials and you get a darn nice phone that is very competitive in its tier.

If you are shopping for the next shade of power-in-your-pocket, take a look at the LG Arena.

Thank you for reading and I apologize for all the hyphens. I’m under contract.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
3"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The LG Arena is a wonderful multimedia device that has taken great strides in many areas - interface, touch technology, music and entertainment. If you take into account all this great stuff, add the novelty factor, the price tag of 350 euro (around 450 US dollars) seems reasonable. We're sure the...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
MobileBurn

Overall, I found the LG Arena to be a pretty nice device to use. It's hardware outdoes the iPhone in several ways, such as the far superior camera, Bluetooth A2DP, and Dolby Mobile, but it loses out on the fact that it has no app store and very limited customization. It's also a shame that LG have s...

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn
Cnet

We found the Arena slow and unresponsive at times -- tapping out text messages, for example, is frustrating. But, if you're a patient typist dying for a touchscreen phone that does everything the iPhone can't, the Arena could be for you.

- Flora Graham, Cnet


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Common Questions


LG released the Arena on February 9, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Arena user manual here.


LG backs up the Arena with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Arena has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
3"

The LG Arena's screen size is 3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
170 MB

Internal memory is 170 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

LG Arena Specs

Overview
Release date February 9, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 170 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.6 x 5.5 x 1.2 cm (4.2 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 105 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG KM900

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

LG Arena - a handset which consistently meets expectations for a high-end phone

The LG Arena is a wonderful multimedia device that has taken great strides in many areas - interface, touch technology, music and entertainment. If you take into account all this great stuff, add the novelty factor, the price tag of 350 euro (around 450 US dollars) seems reasonable.

We're...More

The LG Arena is a wonderful multimedia device that has taken great strides in many areas - interface, touch technology, music and entertainment. If you take into account all this great stuff, add the novelty factor, the price tag of 350 euro (around 450 US dollars) seems reasonable.

We're sure the Apple iPhone is lingering in the back of many people's minds. Both sport the full range of connectivity options, huge internal memory and big screens with multi-touch support. The Arena has greater screen resolution, a microSD slot and a far superior camera with excellent video recording options and even a removable battery.

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MobileBurn

High-end touchscreen device, sporting an impressive spec list and quality construction

from MobileBurn

Overall, I found the LG Arena to be a pretty nice device to use. It's hardware outdoes the iPhone in several ways, such as the far superior camera, Bluetooth A2DP, and Dolby Mobile, but it loses out on the fact that it has no app store and very limited customization. It's also a shame that LG have seemingly tried to copy the iPhone in many ways, instead of trying to build a revolutionary product of their own. Still, the LG Arena is a great device, and a serious handset to consider if you're after a fun touchscreen phone with lots of multimedia capabilities. Therefore, I give the LG Arena a "Recommended" rating....

More

Overall, I found the LG Arena to be a pretty nice device to use. It's hardware outdoes the iPhone in several ways, such as the far superior camera, Bluetooth A2DP, and Dolby Mobile, but it loses out on the fact that it has no app store and very limited customization. It's also a shame that LG have seemingly tried to copy the iPhone in many ways, instead of trying to build a revolutionary product of their own. Still, the LG Arena is a great device, and a serious handset to consider if you're after a fun touchscreen phone with lots of multimedia capabilities. Therefore, I give the LG Arena a "Recommended" rating.

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Cnet

Power in your pocket, but it comes at a price

from Cnet

The LG Arena KM900 is a scrappy challenger to the iPhone's touchscreen title, but it can't beat the heavyweight when it comes to the secret of its success: usability. We can't fault the Arena's amazing wealth of features, but all those features come at a cost: the user interface sometimes feels slow and the battery life is terrible. Our sample handset didn't even make it through one day of normal use without needing a charge....

More

The LG Arena KM900 is a scrappy challenger to the iPhone's touchscreen title, but it can't beat the heavyweight when it comes to the secret of its success: usability. We can't fault the Arena's amazing wealth of features, but all those features come at a cost: the user interface sometimes feels slow and the battery life is terrible. Our sample handset didn't even make it through one day of normal use without needing a charge.

If you're looking for a touchscreen phone and you can't live without features such as an FM radio, the Arena is worth a look. But you'll need to be patient to put up with some of its performance issues, like the laggy keypad response.

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User Reviews


Phonedog

LG Arena KM900

from Phonedog
Pro: Good and Clear camera pics, great sound volume when playing songs,nice shortcuts to make things easier, useful widgets that are helpful to everyday life, expandable memory with external memory cards, comes with 2 batteries so that you can charge 1 while using the other 1,clear in video recording,...More
Pro: Good and Clear camera pics, great sound volume when playing songs,nice shortcuts to make things easier, useful widgets that are helpful to everyday life, expandable memory with external memory cards, comes with 2 batteries so that you can charge 1 while using the other 1,clear in video recording, has a shortcut in calling your favorite contacts, can text also when phone is sideways, good weather widget that shows complete info Con: - Very Low memory for text messages only 500 maximum -Each page of a text message counts as 1 draining the text memory (a text with 3 pages counts as 3), others each text even if it is more than 1 page only counts as 1 (a text with 3 pages counts as 1) -Dictionary style is not that user friendly as like the nokia dictionary in text messaging -touch sensitive screen is not as responsive as the iPhone -it locks itself earlier even if you set it lock at a later time Using experience: 5 weeks The multimedia features are what's best in this product, but in texting, connecting to the web, searching your phone and fixing your songs the way you want it, is harder than you think. Less

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