LG Electronics rolled out a number of smartphones at the CTIA Wireless 2010 show this week. The new models feature some advances in mobile-phone technology.
The LG Arena offers a 3-D user interface that lets users watch mobile TV. An HD display offers a full-color television experience with Dolby Mobile sound, and a touchscreen lets users e-mail, text and instant message. The device also has a 5.0-megapixel camera with a built-in flash.
"LG is offering some impressive devices. The question is how these devices are going to ultimately stand out in what is becoming a very crowded market," said Michael Gartenberg, a partner at Altimeter Group. "It seems the shelf life of mobile devices is getting much shorter."
Square, Tattooed Phones
The LG Cosmos also comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and social-networking tools that give users access to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social sites. The Cosmos has a 1.3-megapixel camera that takes pictures in three different resolutions.
Then there's the LG Accolade, a small flip phone that fits in a pocket. The twist on this device is speaker-independent voice commands. It also holds a 1.3-megapixel camera, offers text messaging, web-based e-mail, and picture-messaging capabilities.
Meanwhile, the LG Lotus Elite differentiates itself with a square shape and tattoo pattern. This one also has a full QWERTY flip and an internal touchscreen that lets users interact with the device with finger strokes, as well as a 2.0-megapixel camera and camcorder.
The LG Rumor Touch offers a three-inch touchscreen, a five-line QWERTY keyboard, and 3G capabilities. It offers quick access to threaded text messaging, instant messaging, and e-mail. The Rumor Touch also features a 2.0-megapixel camera and camcorder, stereo Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, Sprint Music, and Sprint Mobile Email with corporate e-mail and calendar features.
Rising Above the Mobile Noise
Last but not least, the LG Wine II is a flip phone with dedicated hot keys for access to features. The phone offers a large outside display, scalable fonts so information can be displayed boldly, and a one-touch speakerphone for both calls and music on the built-in FM tuner. The Wine II features Bluetooth wireless technology and a 2.0-megapixel camera and camcorder.
Will these LG devices stand out in a crowded market? "The Droid was already being mocked by various vendors as essentially obsolete day-old bread, and the phone is less than three months old," Gartenberg said. "So the question is with handset makers introducing so many new devices, how many of them are we going to remember six months from now?"