Fashion has always been capricious and trends, as well as experiencing ups and downs, sometimes are cyclical. In the era of 3D printing, discover the pores to Pluto and that we can somehow joking with the wizard’s voice of our smartphones, the manufacturers of these never cease to surprise us with their proposals, especially with regard to the design. And in LG We presented a few months ago his LG Wine Smart, a phone with lid or flip-phone years since these were trend. When there is a tactile interface to open the terminal, is a smartphone with a lid useful really? I have tried it for a few days and these are my impressions.
according to Jibin123.com,The LG Wine Smart hits the market in 2015 when half screen size exceeds 5 inches and, for years, there is a tendency to which this continues to grow allowing ourselves to those who prefer this size diagonal (or even less) increasingly fewer options. However, the proposal of LG not just reduce screen dimensions and add a physical keypad: enter hinge construction It implies that the management Terminal (and inherently their software) change completely and affects both the comfort and handling.
Don’t be afraid to writing, that will be least
The first thing you think about when the LG Wine Smart falls into your hands, part of which the design is very careful and the materials are quality, is in the era of the SMS, When the words had so many taps as letters, but between two and four times more keystrokes than letters because of the writing with the numeric keypad. Although it is true that later added the writing T9 (which by predicting reduces to one press per letter), but still there is a first moment of adaptation or, better put, re-activate skills.
In this regard, also will have to dedicate that moment you were meant to change (something quite casual) dumbphone to habituate you to the new location of the keys caps, signs and symbols. And there is something that can take you a bit of head for several days (depending on what was your last dumphone): depending on the brand and model, accented vowels and certain spellings such as “n” could be the third or fourth pulse.
However, in practice the writing is probably the least of the problems Once you get used, since you can always opt for the touch pad. Although here should clarify that given the size of the screen this is too small, so much that it interferes with much writing. To this must be added that when we switch between keyboards We continually change the grip of terminal, something that we would save with a slide-out, or fixed on the bottom physical keyboard as some BlackBerry models.
The main problem with using is that apps are obviously adapted to a touchscreen
The main problem with using is that obviously apps are adapted to a touchscreen. Browsing through the different sections, pressing a button or even the change of field of writing imply that we forget the physical buttons, both keyboard as the cursors or the Validate (the central). These keys do sometimes respond to certain commands, but it is not something very common or usually intuitive.
The tranquility of the protection
The main advantage of the cover is the fact that the screen is always protected, especially when transporting it. Well be a phone to the pocket or bag (which can be a sack of horrors for mobiles), you’ll have absolute peace of mind in this sense and will save the cover or plastic sheets to protect from scratching the screen.
The grip is very comfortable both in the use of the terminal open when it is closed. We talked about 58.7 mm, one width less than usual in the smartphones without cover, so that the both the fastening and reach all the buttons on the panel is no problem. The plastic is also, as we said, Sturdy and quality, with a pattern of faux fur with shine and without fingerprints to get. It also disappears the need for caution in supporting the terminal on a surface that Yes must be taken with phones built in metal.
The problem? What We have to forget that quick reference that occasionally we do notifications, something for which we sometimes have absolute skill and we can do quickly and dissimulation if the situation requires it. Top implies that I should remove it altogether and open it if you want to know what is LED flashing, that we will not have the discretion that we want to the not have an automatic brightness management (being too high in dark environments).
If we go back to the past, we return all
Much refers to the battle of megapixels and little of the of the pixels per inch (ppp). Here LG already gave that talk to panel 2K mounted on LG G3. With the LG G4 in 538 ppp and with a better result on the experience with the terminal they were planted. As well, if we started with the LG Wine Smart, better forget these figures and remember other densities closer to terminals as the Nokia 7210 (121 ppp) because we speak of a panel of 3.2 inches and 180 dpi (that Yes, with 16 million colours).
In addition to not appreciate photos and videos in the usual way, we find ourselves with take advantage of very poor display. Both menus (such as the own settings menu) and apps list type (client of Twitter, Instagram, etc.) we will observe few lines of content although we modify the font size. Have a screen nearly 2 inches below the average implies that the elements displayed on the screen are similar to them that we would see in a smartwatch to see those us on a smartphone, and If in addition we use the touch pad the space available is reduced to half.
When this happens, we have to inevitably resort to using the touch panel, in order to be able to view the navigation interface that we need as an OK button. Even taking into account the period of accustoming or familiarize yourself with new sizes, grip, and others, following the day still be a comfortable user experience.
Return to the past in camera and storage
Can you relax us the idea that we will not find a system like Symbian to open the terminal and we have in place Android 5.1.1 (with customization of LG about this layer). But beyond the relative current system there are other aspects involving experience, especially related to the limitations on the use which implies this particular hardware configuration.
First there is the fact that the terminal forces to use a card micro-SD by the 4 GB of internal storage that has. We say “obligation” because the “lack of space” alert jumps as a 10-12 apps have been installed when recently we saw that the average Spanish users is 30 apps for mobile.
This it must be added that we download or generate, as for example, photographs. And here we should add that we should not expect too satisfactory results with a 3.15 megapixel main camera and a front VGA, but photographs that remain far from what a current terminal of low range (like the Blu Win JR) can be achieved. A rear camera, by the way, pretty badly located, since we tend to cover constantly with fingers (and dirty it).
The LG Wine Smart balance
Although we have explained and long the aspects of the use of a terminal with lid with current technology, we will summarize the pros and cons of the LG Wine Smart:
|Very good construction and materials (touch, do not remain traces)||It should continually resort to the touch screen and changing grip. The elements on the screen are too small.|
|Size (folded) is convenient to take it over or to the grip and the screen always remains protected||The keyboard is off unless in use (annoying to open it in a low light environment)|
|Unique buttons for the camera or the favorite app||The presence of physical buttons for the cursor, the accept button or the “c” may not be too intuitive (the screenshot is hard to find, for example)|
|Good speaker position||Despite the LED notifications, we miss a second external display notifications or some minimal interaction times|
|It supports LTE and is quite affordable (178 euros at your official dealer)||It has no IR or NFC port|
|The internal space is too limited and we are experiencing some lag in general|
|The design has two clear disadvantages: the location of the rear view camera and the volume buttons (often accidentally pressed to open the terminal)|
The future is not ready for the past
The feeling that we have after the experience is that the main drawback is that the software is designed for tactile handling. Although we do a basic use of the terminal (Messaging, e-mail, calls and some game), the necessary alternation of the physical keyboard and touch screen become tiring and are meaningless. Even despite having some agility with the click, the interaction is slow and it is something that is especially annoying in instant messaging.
The appearance of the hardware also undercuts the experience: despite being aware that we are not facing a terminal of high or middle range, the constant lag and the need for an ongoing management of storage are annoying. They oblige, being a smartphone, rather the dumbphone use make to that intends to emulate physically.
The constant lag and the need for an ongoing management of storage require being a smartphone instead of the dumbphone use make to that intends to emulate physically.
A phone designed for a difficult to define user profile and that it is probably not very abundant. We’ll see if possible fashion phones with lid or users who just want to the terminal for call (which although it may forget, any Hayles) makes this particular proposal for LG work.
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