A fun touch-screen phone that comes packed with features. A great looking phone that delivers what it promises.
Sum and Substance:
A really slim and good looking phone that offers great call quality, along with a host of other features like GPS EV-DO, a 2.0 megapixel camera and HTML browser.
Cheap plastics hamper the appeal of the phone and the browser does not support Flash Lite.
Inside The Trunk:
- Technology – CDMA 2000 1X
- Band – CDMA 2000 1X 1900/800
- Phone Design- Candy bar
- Caller ID- Yes
- Additional Features- GPS, EV-DO and TTY compatibility
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
The LG Bliss is a beautiful phone that comes packed with features to boost LG’s already dominant position in the touch screen market. It reminds us of the preciously launched LG Tritan, with the main differentiating features being the lack of keyboard and the lower resolution camera in the Bliss. The Bliss has customizable home screens, a number of multimedia features, GPs and EV-DO. Available for $99 with a two year service agreement and a mail-in rebate, it is quite a steal!
The LG Bliss is a really slim phone, and the curved edges accentuate its profile. Measuring just 4.23 inches long by 0.47 inches thick, it is quite a looker. The only downside in the build of the phone being the cheap plastic feel that could have been done away with. You can get your Bliss in two color variants, white with a gold trim and black with a lime green trim.
The phone has a beautifully large 3-inch touch-screen with three keys positioned just below it. Supporting 262,000 colors at a 240×400 pixel resolution, it is quite an eye-candy. The screen is great in displaying vibrant images, text and a good saturation in colors. When the phone is either idle or locked, the handy screen shows the time, date, any notifications like missed calls, messages and the daily scheduler. Also existent is the power save mode, which can also be manually adjusted as per your requirements. The fonts and the menu styles are also customizable. This gives you a great hands-on feel and personalization.
The Bliss has four home screens, them being the Main home screen, the shortcuts screen, contacts screen and the multimedia screen. You can switch between these screens with either a horizontal swipe or by tapping navigation bar on the top of the display. There are four dedicated shortcut icons on each home screen for messaging, dialer, main menu and contacts. The Bliss has adopted and improved upon the Tritan and is equally impressive.
The appearance of the clock and the calendar can only be adjusted on the main-screen. For the other menus, you can change the wallpapers, align the icons, edit shortcuts or rearrange them to suit your needs.
The Touch-screen managed to hit the right chord with us, although there was a minor drawback. While the overall accuracy and the haptic feedback which vibrates the phone that denoted a touch input where great, the response time was a little sluggish. The vibrating feedback is also customizable in terms of strength, length, type and volume.
The messaging interface is similar to other touch-screen phones, and the Bliss offers you three modes of input. You can choose what suits you best from the number keypad which offers you ABC or the XT9 input modes, handwriting recognition and the QWERTY keyboard. The virtual keyboard is revealed when you rotate the phone to landscape mode. The keys are well placed, and are easily navigable. The screen magnifies the selected key once you tap it. A dedicated @ key for mailing as a bonus cookie that we quite liked!
Apart from the touch screen, the Bliss also has a multitude of dedicated keys. Located below the screen are three keys, one each for talk, clear/speakerphone, and end/power. The volume rocker is located on the left spine alongside a 2.5mm headset port. On the right side you will find the charger jack, screen lock key and the camera shutter release. The microSD card slot enables you to expand the virtual memory to 16Gb. The Bliss also has a proximity sensor which shuts off the display when your face is next to the phone, for example, when you are on a call. This helps you save battery.
The Bliss has a contact book of 1000 numbers. Under each contact you can save upto five contact numbers, two mail addresses, and a website URL. You can also add a memo note to each of the contacts. You can further dump these contacts in groups, assign one of 25 ring tones, or one of eight message tones. The phone also has a host of other features like the speaker phone, Multimedia messaging, alarm clock, a world clock, unit converter and a stop watch among lots more. One feature that we found interesting was a drawing panel application which you can use to sketch doodles and send to buddies if you like!
There are higher end functions like the GPS, HTML browser, Bluetooth streaming and USB mass storage that make this phone a great pick. Bliss comes packed with great call quality, a nice music player and RSS reader.
The 2.0 megapixel camera is quite average with sharp pictures but dull and muted colors. You can select from four resolutions, five white balance presets and color effects. There are other features like video in two qualities and lengths, among loads others like timers, fun modes etc.
LG has churned out another winner with this phone. It is great to look at, feels good to use and comes packed with features. It is a great middle market phone that is better than its competition by miles. It is also priced cheaper than its competition. I would love to have the Bliss and probably you would too!