Design and Looks
The LG GS190 Dynamite is definitely one of the best looking handsets from the South-Korean manufacturer. But the cheap plastics used on the outside betray the good looks of the phone. Fortunately, there are a lot of accents and details on the phone to take your mind off of the cheap build. The GS190 borrows certain design cues from the Nokia XpressMusic series phones such as the red accents over the black body. As in the GM200, the GS190 has a pseudo-2.1 channel speaker arrangement. There two are two faux speakers on the front sandwiched between the soft keys on either side or the back of the phone plays host to one large loudspeaker. Other interesting design features include a red strip running through the side of the phone, and a patterned back. Strangely, the phone looks like a taller Nokia 3500 classic.
On the front we see the 2.0Ē TFT screen. Sadly, we don't see any improvement in the pixel density when compared with the basic Bullet phones. So, the increased screen size only means the pictures are even grainier than before. Ideally, a screen that's this big deserved QVGA resolution- nothing less. Below the screen is the novel looking D-pad controls. The nav-pad is interesting to say the least and goes well with the rest of the phone. Below, we have the alphanumeric keypad that takes less than a third of the phone's front fascia. Surprisingly these small keys are nice to work with. The bottom of each bends down into the phone's surface- this improves touch orientation.
Apart from the usual Java apps, the phone's UI is loaded with several interesting applications including Wireless FM with broadcast recording, mp3 player with equalizer presets and a VGA camera. The camera offers many imaging options but since it's only a VGA camera, both resolution and quality of images are pretty low. The camera is also capable of recording videos at QCIF resolution. Memory expandability is also an option and the phone can hold cards upto 8GB. Finally, there is GPRS Class 10, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth connectivity 2.1. All three are of the most advanced versions available and these additions, although surprising are welcome.
In short, the LG GS190 Dynamite offers so much for its price. We could say that the screen should have been better but we'd have to come back to the price again. And from those figures, this phone looks like a sweat deal.
- Gorgeous design
- Wireless FM radio with broadcast recording
- Mp3 player with equalizer settings
- VGA camera
- Bluetooth, GPRS and USB connectivity