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Friday, January 02, 2009

Why our LG Renoir went back to very helpful T-Mobile

LG Renoir mobile phone review.

I promised a breathtaking mobile camera picture review in the New Year but after the events of the last few days, which I'll explain, we had to put that on hold.

For Christmas, Mandy had decided that the LG Renoir with its 8 megapixel camera was just the ticket and placed her order accordingly, after reading rave reviews about its photographic capabilities.

However, once she'd opened the phone and had a go with it, the results were frankly very poor indeed and in fact if we'd received them as part of a photo gift order, we'd probably have written back to the customers asking for a better quality picture. They were that bad!

Shall i mention the poor interface and the lack of other features? Oh alright then i will. Also, for the money, the software to connect the phone with your PC was unhelpful and just didn't work. After a day of struggling to get the photo's onto the PC, we gave up and went and bought a card reader to read the memory card. Only then did we realise the full horror of the picture results.

Of course, you can't 'play' with these things before you buy. Thankfully, T-Mobile were absolutely brilliant and agreed to cancel the agreement and take the phone back as part of their 7 day return policy, which due to the number of bank holidays meant we were just in time to cancel.

I'd like to add my thanks to T-Mobile here for their help and understanding.

I was fortunate enough to get an iphone in my stocking and within minutes was using it to surf the net, send emails and downloading all sorts of fun applications. OK I know the camera is terrible but then I didn't buy it for the camera function, however, the LG Renoir is exactly the kind of phone you would buy for its camera functions and look where that got us.

Marks out of 10 for the LG Renoir:
Ease of use: 2
Camera picture quality: 0 ( i can't go lower than that!)
Compatibility with PC: 1
Build quality: 8
Music playback: 9 (by far and away its best feature but loading music via pc was a pain!)

Verdict: When you look closely at the test review pictures, there's still a lot of pixelation in solid colours, skys and skin tones. This is not the camera its made out to be. Our tests showed no difference between it and an older 2megapixel motorola phone. Suggest a cheaper phone and a small compact digital camera instead. We were really disappointed with the results and are sorry to report that we can't honestly recommend the LG Renoir to anyone.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Photo Gifts.

Thank goodness - I thought I was the only one who thought the camera quality was poor.

Especially after reading all the reviews, like you, I'd decided this was the phone to have.

When my first pictures were viewed, i thought it was just me getting used to a new camera/phone, however i now realise that it wasn't me.

Nice to know i'm not alone.