LG KC910 Renoir
If it is a phone you want with a top notch camera, the LG KC910 Renoir will not disappoint you. Announced in August 2008, the phone is available in the market since November 2008. LG has always made it a point to incorporate the latest technology and make the handsets feature-filled.
Similarly, for KC910 Renoir, they left no stone unturned. It has the newest connectivity technology and champs the world of camera phones. Along with the attractive display feature, KC910 Renoir is a high flier.
Design and Dimension
The slight mirror finish rendered to the phone adds on to the glamour quotient. It is of the slate form factor. Somewhat similar looking to an iPhone, the 3.0 inch touch screen makes the most of the front panel. It weighs 114 g and the dimension is 107.8 x 55.9 x 14 mm. The Renoir looks great, but is not counted on the slender genre.
If asked to score for the Renoir camera, one would rate it at nothing less than 8 out of 10. The 8 Mega Pixel camera does all the talking. The 3264 x 2448 pixels increases the image quality. Along with it, the new features are pretty interesting. One of them is the touchscreen focus. With it, if you want to focus at a particular object, you can do that just by pointing at the screen. Other than that, there is the blink detection feature which works just as well. The face tracking focus is also there. The DivX 5 video codec is used for video recording.
LG Renoir has an upgraded task manager. Compared to the LG Viewty and LG KF700, KC910 Renoir is much more moldable.
User Interface: The LG operating system works quite well. The user interface has been upgraded from the previous handsets. Though a bit slow, the interface has incorporated lots of animations. The main menu can be reorganized, and the icons can be interchanged. Scrolling is also much easier and smoother and each touch is accompanied by vibration. The home screen widgets have been updated and the Status screen is also installed.
Phonebook: Photo calling is possible in the Renoir, and video calling can also be done.
KC910 Renoir is blessed with a large 3.0 inches display. Screen of all LG phones always define class. So does the Renoir. The TFT touch screen is resistive. However, overall functioning it is not as difficult and is as good as the capacitive ones. It has a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and 256K colors. Flash user interface is incorporated and accelerometer sensor is used for auto rotation. Wallpapers can be downloaded and applied.
Keypad and Controls
The touchscreen features a full QWERTY keypad. Due to the touch screen, the keypad is also easy to handle. Longitudinal view of the QWERTY keypad is also available. Beneath the 3.0 touch screen, there are three controls buttons each for receiving and ending calls and to open the application launcher. Above the display, there is the video call camera and ambient light sensor. On the right, there are two controls for the camera. The camera lens cover is manually controlled.
The speakerphone installed in the handset is quite powerful. The Renoir boasts of Dolby sound which acts on its favor. The Dolby for Mobile is not applicable on videos. The music player is not over the top, and there are no equalizer settings available. The Dolby sound enhancer acts at a single click to improve the sound quality.
Messaging is quite easy if you are used to the touch screen keypad. Even if you are not, no difficulties are expected to arise. The touchpad is prompt. All the primary messaging features are available. SMS, MMS, EMS and Email facilities are provided.
Image viewing, media player, video playback, gaming, picture editing and lots more are brought together with maximum efficiency in this handset. The screen is so fluid that flipping through images is more than natural. The image editor is excellent and feature filled. The latest one is the Face Beauty option. It brightens portraits and repairs blemishes. The Smart Light feature is also quite useful.
The music player is average, but the video support is too good. The LG Renoir could easily play the DivX files that were not played in the other smart-end phones. The large screen makes it comfortable for playing games.
Though the Safari browser was excellent, the web browser in LG Renoir is not far behind. The fluid feel has been inherited. The web pages are loaded pretty fast. The pages are also cached. However the only glitch is the zoom option. It is not quite accurate, and sometimes fails to enlarge the section of the page selected. To zoom an object, it is to be pressed and held together.
Like any other standard phone, the internal memory is 100 MB. Call records can register up to 40 dialed calls, 40 missed calls and 40 received calls. The external memory slot can support external memory up to 16 GB.
Connectivity and Data
The LG KC910 Renoir uses some of the latest connectivity technologies. It is a 3G enabled handset with the HSDPA at 7.2 Mbps. GPS technology is enabled. Then there is the Wi-Fi feature. Though there is no infrared port, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP allows data transfer. There is also a USB port.
Usability and Performance
The Renoir is rich in multimedia capabilities. The design is conservative, yet sharp enough. Good care needs to be taken for this phone. Performance is laudable, so is durability.
LG KC910 Renoir Phone Specifications
- Weight: 114 g
- Width: 107.8 mm
- Height: 55.9 mm
- Thickness: 14 mm
- Display size: 3.0"
- Announced: 2008, November
- Colors: Black
- Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - HSDPA 900 / 2100 for 3G
- Screen Resolution: 240 x 400 pixels 256K colors, TFT resistive touchscreen
- Data: GPRS Class 10, EDGE, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
- Memory: microSD, up to 16GB and internal 100 MB storage
- Connectivity: USB v2.0 microUSB, Bluetooth 2.0
- Web Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
- Media and Music: MP3/MP4/AAC/DivX/Xvid player - MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A player Supported (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV - MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RealVideo 10)
- Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Schneider-Kreuznach, auto/manual focus
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, IM - IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
- Expansion Slot: microSD
- Tones: Vibration, Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
- Software Features: Java MIDP 2.0
- Other Features: Voice memo, Games, Alarm, Calendar, To-Do / TV-out, FM radio
- US Sar Values: Head: 0,59, Body: 0,49
- Battery: Li-Ion 1000 mAh
- Talk Time: up to 180 mins
- Standby: up to 264 hours
Pros and Cons
- Resistive but responsive touch screen
- High quality 8 MP camera
- Improved image editor
- Superior appearance
- Not slender
- Less available applications
- Not a music phone
The LG KC910 Renoir is quite hefty, and not at all compact. It has got the ability to match shoulders with the Pixon or Viewty. Certain innovative ventures have raised the bar, and it can never be a bad buy.