LG Renoir

LG Renoir

The LG Renoir‘s is definitely a piece of art. We thought it was properly named after the great Renoir with its smooth, refined look

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Our Rating: 76%

also known as: LG KC910

Our LG Renoir Review

LG Renoir Front

Design

The LG Renoir‘s is definitely a piece of art. We thought it was properly named after the great Renoir with its smooth, refined look. Its glossy grey exterior gives off an industrial mood and its curves a modern social networking look. We found it to be quite similar to the iPhone with its touch-screen and general frame. The design is quite minimalist focusing on one element: the screen. It would’ve used some finishing touches, as its exterior looks rather cheap lacking the lustre and class it brings to the market.

Screen

At 3.0 inches, the LG Renoir‘s screen boasts a 256,000 colours at a 240x400 resolution. The pixel density is stunning and makes the images alive and on fire. The touch screen is responsive and easy to handle, a definite plus for it over other competitive handsets. It has a built-in accelerometer that automatically switches orientation with you turn the handset to type in a message, browse, or watch videos.

LG Renoir Front

User Interface

The LG Renoir‘s user interface is filled with lively animations and smooth scrolls. The user interface is similar to that of the LG Viewty but improved with new performance features. The home screen widgets are easy to handle and remove and save time to get to your favourite applications. Re-arranging the icons is as easy as pressing for a few seconds and moving the icon. On the downside, the more widgets you have, the more it takes for the handset to start. It can get a bit slow with a plethora of applications and widgets.

The improved user interface switches smoothly between Java and other applications without freezing or slowing down. The settings and profiles can be easily accessed from the main screen.

Keypad

The LG Renoir cleverly utilizes its large screen by transforming it to an on-screen QWERTY keyboard for typing. It suffers slightly from the size of the virtual buttons, as you could easily press the wrong letter. We found the three main control buttons in the lower bottom to be quite responsive and minimalist.

Camera Lens

Camera & Multimedia

The LG Renoir sports an impressive 8.0 megapixel camera with a simple, easy to access interface. We loved the autofocus, not to mention, you can easily press on the object you want to zoom on with your finger. The face tracking focus technology is a great addition enabling you to shoot more clear photos. The blink prevention feature isn’t as handy as we expected it to be, as it warns you of blinking after the photo is taken making it more of a trial and error thing. Browsing your images is done with ease and exceptional smoothness expected from a touch-screen handset.

For after effects, a reliable image editor is available with interesting features such as the face beautification tool that acts like a mini-Photoshop filter clearing blemishes, red eyes, and adjusting brightness.

The media player isn’t as impressive as its camera. It lacks any equalizer profiles or music enhancement tools, but the sound offered is definitely a Dolby Sound quality. It resonates clearly with different music pieces. The 3.5 mm sound jack was nowhere to be found – a must-have feature for such a handset.

Video playback and recording is stellar in the LG Renoir. It shoots AVI videos with ease at 30 frames per second. The videos look great and snappy. Playback support includes DivX and Xvid movie support.

LG Renoir KC910 Back

Connectivity & Battery Life

The LG Renoir is a truly high-end handset with its connectivity options. It lacks 3G integration, but we weren’t disappointed by its web browsing experience. It supports GPS, Bluetooth, WAP 2.0, and WI-FI without slowing down or draining the battery life. The web browser loads the page instantly and zooming is done via the touch screen.

Battery life is average at best. It was disappointing for the handset is packed with great multimedia. A heavy multimedia user should expect to recharge his handset on a daily basis depending on how many applications he runs simultaneously and whether the Wi-Fi is turned on./p>

What We Liked

We liked the impressive 8 megapixel camera, great connectivity integration and GPS.

What We Disliked

The lack of a 3.5 mm jack and general user interface speed performance.

Our Final Verdict

The LG Renoir is winner both in performance and design. It competes head to head with Apple’s iPhone. Its camera and multimedia integration compete with the Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series. If you want a mix of the two, you have the LG Renoir: dynamic and affordable.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 105 x 54 x 13 (mm)
Talk Time 200 mins
Standby Time 350 hours
Weight 114 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 8.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 50MB
Memory Card Type micro (max 8GB)

Messaging

EMS Yes
MMS Yes
Predictive Text Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Handwriting Recognition Yes
Screen Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Screen Colour Depth 256K colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

LG Renoir Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 105 x 54 x 13 (mm)
Talk Time 200 mins
Standby Time 350 hours
Weight 114 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 8.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 50MB
Memory Card Type micro (max 8GB)

Messaging

EMS Yes
MMS Yes
Predictive Text Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Handwriting Recognition Yes
Screen Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Screen Colour Depth 256K colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

User Comments

The renoir is indeed a piece of art… would recommend to anyone looking for a quality handset!

ShayneV submitted on 2 September 2009

Not very fond of the overall design, but the camera does a great job capturing photos. Other than that would say the phone is above average for most things.

S.Q. submitted on 14 April 2009

The LG Renoir's touchscreen is a fierce competitor of the iPhone. I chose the renoir over the iphone for the price and the overall performance, didn't like the hassle involved with the iphone contract

SpencerP submitted on 5 April 2009
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LG Renoir Front
Camera Lens
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