|LG Shine CU720 - Black (AT&T) Phone, heavy|
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|The LG Shine CU720 is full-metal slider phone that complements your style. Get an amazing viewing experience on the 2.2-inch wide LCD screen of this LG 2.0 MP phone. Integrated 2.0 MP camera of this LG cellular phone captures your picture with great clarity. Keep talking with your loved ones as this LG 2.0 MP phone offers you a talk time of 3 hours and standby time of 240 hours. The memory of this LG cellular phone can be extended up to 4 GB. Whereas, the integrated music player in the LG Shine CU720 phone gives you the ultimate listening experience.|
|Family Line||LG Shine|
|Storage Capacity||70 MB|
|Network Technology||GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA / UMTS|
|Band||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||900 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 180 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 240 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.2 in.|
|Display Resolution||240 x 320 pixels|
|Color Depth||18-bit (262000 Colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
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First Impression : The camera is obviously very lightweight and seems very robust due to its aluminum finish. The plastic is very little present on the LG Shine, which gives him a very interesting style. The screen is very bright, but the display outside seems far more focused on style than on the practical side, given its small size. But we must mention that the screen outside is still in color and is very useful when using the device as an MP3 player, to know who\'s calling or simply reading the time. On The Box : LG wanted to give a musical style to this unit in addition to its design still outstanding. The earphones and an adapter to control the music are also provided with the device. A USB cable that allows you to transfer your files and charger are obviously included with the unit. A microSD card of 64 megs is also included in the box with its SD adapter that will read your little microSD card into any memory card reader compatible SD. There are also in the box a battery and a small LG guide that will give you some information about the LG Shine of Bell. Operator : The LG Shine of Bell uses the mobile network High Speed of Bell. This allows us to use the device to the maximum by downloading a wealth of content available on the mobile portal of Bell, but attention has your portfolio. Bell, however, offers packages of data that are relatively less expensive than Rogers, but relatively comparable with Telus. The Design : This is obviously the design is the most striking of this device LG. The finished aluminum is very elegant and gives a very chic look to this unit. The plastic is very little present on the LG Shine what can be a good thing to avoid breaking the device. The Screen : The big screen inside is very interesting, because it allows 11 lines of characters and a resolution of 240x320. It is very light and can listening video clips very comfortably. The screen outside 48x160 pixels resolution is very small and it is done on the horizontal what is sometimes unpleasant. However, once accustomed to watching on the small screen we make the best of it anyway. The Keyboard : The keyboard similar to the RAZR, but it is more interesting to use because it is less rigid. The space reserved for keys is still well used by conventional keys such as figures, but also for the mute button, which can cut the sound of LG Shine quickly. The cursor is easy to use and does not break on some devices. The Softwares : No software is supplied with the unit, which is probably his weakness. No software to manage his or her contacts mp3. A device of this quality is expected to have software designed by LG provided for the purchase of the cellphone. Note, however, that the device is easily detected by Windows XP or Vista as a memory card reader. The Connections : The Shine LG obviously uses EVDO network of Bell on the frequencies of traditional CDMA 800/1900MHz. It also incorporates a connection that supports Bluetooth stereo headphones that can listen to music without any wires. Of course, the accessories like headsets are compatible with this device. The Camera : The camera 2.0 mega pixels take pictures of acceptable quality when your device is not close to you. The photos taken by the LG Shine can be printed with an average quality. It should be noted that this does not replace a conventional digital camera, but can be very practical and still give you beautiful photos.
In had this Phone from mid 2009- mid 2010, and looking back I can honestly say that this is my favorite non-touch phone I have ever owned.
> first of all lets address the casing. I cant think of another phone that has a FULL anodized brushed metal housing. It gives the phone a nice feel in the hand as well as wears nicely with minimal visable chips and scratches.
> the screen, was huge for its time, and crystal clear for its time too. now-a-days its still not too bad
> the Mirror finish on the screen, was this models primary selling point. and i will say that its not bad but one really needs a screen protector to preserve the finish in the long haul. And a screen protector will haze the reflection.(although im not sure how a mirrored screen protector would layer over the screen) So either way if you only want a pocket mirror i would reccomend a compact
> The keyboard is also lazer-cut backlit metal, it is in the standard 12 key dialpad layout, and is in the same style as the origional razr flip phone. It is cramped however it doesnt take much to get used to.
> I remember the Battery life on the phone being very good up untill about a month or so before its demise. eaisily made it though a 6-8 hr day with light use (checking the time and 10-20 text messages, and a few email checks) then couldget another 3 or so hours of talk time before dropping down to less than 20%
> The Camera was my favorite thing about this phone, although it is only a 2mp, it takes better pictures than any phone i have has since then.
>the 'joystick' directional nub, is a unique and creaive albeit annoying method of navigation on this phone. This is what causes the greatest learning curve.
Obviously this is no Android or Smartphone, but the User Interface is still nice and clean, you have the option between 2 different color schemes White or black. And 2 different menu styles, either icons or list format.
Most of the phone including the 2 sim function work very well. It isn't an android. the battery usually lasts about 3 days on a charge. The user manual isn't available in English so you need to be able to figure it out on your own. Since 2 sim phones aren't sold in USA your service provider won't know any more about the phone than you do, T-mobile was very helpful with me at trial and error settings until we got the internet settings right and working. We still haven't figured out picture messaging yet although text messaging works fine. LG USA knew even less about the phone and LG HK won't return emails. This phone seems to have a slow processor with at least a full second between icon selection and screen change. All that being said the 2 phone # benefit makes it all worthwhile. It color codes line 1 as blue calls and 2 as red, on inbound, outbound and phonebook. You have individual settings for each line. The camera is good, the touchscreen is just ok, reception is good, the phones size is like a 4" long credit card. It has T9 and qwerty, Internet runs on Opera at 2G speed. Bluetooth works good, haven't tried the music or headset yet. the games on it are worthless demos. Wi-Fi works good.
The LG Shine is a sexy slider for AT&T's high speed 3G network. Clad in a striking silver exterior, the Shine features plenty of features to keep you entertained. It also functions perfectly as a day to day phone.
The CU720 Shine is a compact slider phone with striking good looks. Measuring 15mm (.6") thick, the Shine has a rock solid build and is weighted perfectly. There are no creaks or squeaks when using the handset, and the slide action is solid, with no wiggle or looseness.
There is a microSD memory card slot on the left side of the phone, with a sturdy door to keep dust and debris out. Below this is the combination power and headset port, again with a sturdy door protecting it. I found this combination port to be inconvenient, as the door gets in the way of the power plug, and there is neither a headset nor an adapter included in the sales package. Thus, in order to use a headset, one must find the specific LG headset, as opposed to a more standard 2.5mm headset.
The right side of this silver slider is where you'll find the volume up and down keys, as well as a multitasking button and the camera button. This row of buttons is nearly flush with the side of the phone, which protects them from being pressed accidentally in a pocket or purse. The front of the LG Shine, when closed, contains the left and right softkeys, which are large and easy to press, and the small joystick. Personally I found the joystick to be very soft, making it difficult to consistently press the desired direction. The top of the joystick, however, is nice and large, offering a higher level of comfort and control than with a typical cell phone joystick.
The Shine's beautiful 2.2" 262k color QVGA display has a mirrored surface, so that it disappears into the front of the device when inactive. While this contributes greatly to the smashing good looks of the phone, it also inhibits the readability of the device, specifically in sunlight. The display is brighter, however, and a pleasure to use when indoors. The 2 megapixel camera is located on the back of the Shine, along with the LED flash and the self-portrait mirror.
When sliding the CU720 open, it is difficult to not be impressed by the smoothness of the spring-assisted slide mechanism and the solid 'thunk' on either end. The bottom portion of the slide is where you will find the end/send keys, a useful 'back' key, and the numeric keypad. These are etched into a solid metal plate, with a rubbery membrane separating each button, and backlit with a beautiful electric blue. Unfortunately, the backlight is not evenly spread, which results in lower illumination levels on the outer edges of the keypad. Also, the writing on the number keys is too small, rendering it nearly illegible with the backlights on. Otherwise, the keys do have a nice tactile feedback and are easily used without concentrating directly.Phone Functions
The LG CU720 Shine runs on AT&T's 3G network and supports HSDPA data speeds up to 3.6Mbps on the 850/1900MHz frequency bands, in addition to supporting quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) when necessary. I found reception to be extremely solid and call quality fantastic. However, the speaker on the Shine has a slight tinny sound to it. When on speakerphone mode, the Shine does well, with voices coming through nicely and perfectly loud.
The web browser on the LG CU720 Shine is a typical feature-phone web browser, and was able to successfully load the mobile
Alright, so first off this is definitely a beautful phone, no matter what color you get it in. I have the red one myself.
Functionality - I personally think it's a little bit awkward, and texting is a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be. On the keypad more than once did I press multiple buttons at once, and then with the Toggle 'Send' key I sometimes accidently sent mid-message. The menu's could have been customized a little bit more as well. I own a samsung A737 as well, and I miss all the music options that were placed in that little phone.
The Shine does a good job of playing music, but once you get used to hearing anything you want while texting, or just messing around with the settings on your phone, it's something you begin to miss.
Durability - Geez, could this be a more hardcore phone? Despite the face being somewhat scratchable (I mean, it IS a mirror finish) the metal backing and the weight of the phone definitely keep it from being damaged quite a bit.
I think this phone also has the better camera out of any one I've used recently. The flash option is incredibly bright, and I love not having to use the slide to reveal my camera. It's these small things that make a difference.
Unfortunately, my battery life was only sub-par, I don't know if anyone else is having these problems. That's mainly why I go back to my other phones so quickly. 10 minutes on a call and my phone is dead! It's really only good for pictures and texting.
Overall, it's a beautiful phone with good signal, and a great price on a contract phone whether or not you are becoming a customer, already a customer, or just buying the phone outright.