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LG Arena review

 Review: March 2009  
 

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The LG Arena is probably the best phone to be released in the first quarter of 2009. It's a compact touchscreen phone with a breathtaking screen, a fantastic new user-friendly interface, quality looks and a massive array of features!

Best buy: LG KM900 Arena Sim Free Mobi ... from Amazon (£0)



 

Review

What are LG on? They are churning out touchscreen phones almost as quickly as all other manufacturers put together. For this reason, we are willing to forgive them for giving their latest touchscreen phone the same name as the former NEC in Birmingham, which is now called - you guessed it - the LG Arena!

How to review the LG Arena? It's a brilliant all-rounder. The list of things it doesn't do is shorter than the list of things that it does do, so here we go: it isn't a smartphone (LG have yet to enter the smartphone market and it doesn't have an 8 megapixel camera. That's all it doesn't do (it doesn't make the coffee or run you a bath either, but LG are rumoured to be working on this.)

So, regular readers of Mobile Phones UK will know that we lurve LG touchscreen phones. And we just lurve the Arena. Is it LG's best phone so far? Possibly. It's a gorgeous phone to look at. It's quite a bit smaller than the iPhone 3G, which is a bonus, although this does mean that the screen is slightly smaller - but at 3 inches it's still a whopper. The brushed metal finish is lurvely too and radiates quality. But the best thing about the Arena becomes apparent when you turn it on: it's the drop-dead high resolution screen. With 480x800 pixels, it's a truly high definition display and is absolutely at the cutting edge. Readers of our sister website, RecommendedBuys UK, may know that LG LCD TV's consistently get the best ratings, and it's not surprising when you witness the quality of the Arena's display. The Arena is the first phone to showcase LG's new S-Class touchscreen user interface. Based on a "cube" idea, which you can see in the photo above, the screen contains a 3D cube that you can turn around to reveal one of 4 sides: contacts, widgets, shortcuts and a customisable home screen. It's kind of fun, but doesn't really add anything. But the touchscreen UI itself is first class. We've always been a fan of the LG touch phones, from the Prada to the Renoir, and the Arena is at least as good.

The Arena may not have an 8 megapixel camera (choose the LG Renoir for this) but it is a very well balanced multi-media device. The camera is 5 megapixels, with autofocus and an LED flash. It's clearly not in the same league as the 8 megapixel monsters such as the Renoir, Samsung Pixon 12 or Sony Ericsson Satio, but it's still a good camera. It records high quality video too, and you can use the front-mounted camera to make video calls. The music player can play all popular formats, including MP3, AAC and WMA, and supports Dolby Mobile for high fidelity virtual surround sound. A welcome addition is the 3.5mm headphone jack, which enables you to plug in any headphone with a standard connector. An FM radio is included too. The Arena also comes with a built-in FM transmitter, which enables you to play music wirelessly through a car or home stereo.

When it comes to memory, the Arena delivers the goods in abundance. Not only does it comes with 8GB of flash memory, but it also supports microSD cards up to 40GB. This dwarfs the memory capacity of even the iPhone! LG clearly are wanting users to make full use of all the multimedia functionality that the Arena is capable of, so whether you have a massive music collection, or want to watch full length movies on your phone in high definition, this phone is eager and willing to do the job.

There are so many features available, we can't cover everything in this review. We need to mention that the phone supports assisted GPS with geo-tagging of photos. We also need to mention that it's connectivity is outstanding - as well as the FM transmitter and 3.5mm headphone socket, it supports Bluetooth, USB and WiFi. It's a 3G phone with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps for rapid downloading of data, and it's equipped with an excellent web browser.

That's the end of our whirlwind tour of the LG Arena KM900! The touchscreen phone market is getting very crowded in 2009, and there are some brilliant phones competing for your attention, but we feel that the Arena is probably the best phone to be released in the first quarter of 2009, and and it has been a massive hit. Tech-heads will probably still prefer the Samsung Omnia or HTC Touch HD though.

Update [May 2009]: it has become apparent that Orange have done something awful to this phone. They've removed Google Maps, replaced the web browser and music player with their own contraptions, and done something to stop you viewing youtube videos. Most of the bad user reviews below are from Orange users. The answer's simple: don't buy this phone on Orange, and don't upgrade to it if you're currently on Orange. Get a new contract instead. You have been warned!!

Second update [June 2009]: We've been reading the user reviews for the Arena with dismay, because it's apparent that many of you guys are having real problems with this phone freezing, crashing or completely shutting down. We don't know whether this is simply an Orange problem, or if it happens on other networks too. Although many users report no problems, there are too many reports of things going worng for us to ignore, and so we've downgraded our rating from 5 stars to 4 stars. This doesn't mean that we've changed our opinion - it just reflects the "risk factor" that you might end up with one of the dud Arenas.

The new LG Viewty Smart is very similar but with an upgraded 8 megapixel camera.


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Reviewed by G. Kane from Phlippines on 28th Feb 2012
I bought this phone sometime in early 2010. Yesterday, after I added music via its proprietary USB cable, it started to hang then it completely shut down. I've only added music to it twice. I remove the battery for a few minutes, thinking maybe that would help. Nothing. I charged it, it indicated a full charge then a low battery reminder flashed a few minutes after I tried loading the music player. The screen went off, the phone flashed its LG logo, went off again then shut down. I hope its just the battery. I've taken good care of this phone. No scratches, never dropped it & kept nice and dry. Are there any solutions (if the battery problem was ruled out) on this?
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Reviewed by FC MHANGO from UK on 30th Sep 2011
This phone is basically useless. Waste of my money. It is even making e think of changing al LG Brands in my home.
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Reviewed by Mac from UK on 28th Sep 2011
NO. YOU SHOULD NOT BUY THIS PHONE. Feature list is good. Usability= 0.
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Reviewed by DAvid from UK on 17th Mar 2011
Horrible after 3 months of using the phone the touch screen starting freezing. After that it didnt work at all and now it is in the garbage
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Reviewed by Niki from UK on 17th Jan 2011
this phone discouraged me from ever buying an LG again. keeps turning itself off, freezing, resetting itself and deleting everything, and it has been back and forth from LG repairs 4 times. UNUSABLE. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!
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Reviewed by megan from UK on 9th Jan 2011
i had the LG arena as a 4 month old second hand from a friend and i loved it at first. But then things went wrong. The touch screen is inaccurate and the battery life is the poorest i have ever seen. My dad even brought a new battery for it and that did nothing at all. I am so angry with it! I have read other reviews about this phone and they have said the same. Believe me dont buy the phone!!!!
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 1st Nov 2010
This phone would be one of the best phones around if it would'tn crash or hang the whole time. The touchscreen sometimes feels very worthless. They should put on more focus on the telephone. The interface is cool, and if the phone works, the phone deserves 5 stars. But it doens't work quite well all of the time. So 3 stars.
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Reviewed by Sofie Osborne from UK on 22nd Oct 2010
I have this phone on orange and its amazing. Everything is amazing. Except.. The phone is constantly turning itself off Sometimes when you play music the phone freezes, still playing music but refusing to turn off or let you do anything else with it. After a while the display leaves a ghost of the previous page youve been on, making things complicated and strange. Ive had three of these now and all of them have been faulty. As i have insurance on it, its not like paying for a new phone, but i still have to pay £15 everytime i get a new one to replace the old faulty one. After a while, it really starts to add up. My advice is, dont get the LG Arena on Orange. 5*s for the actual phone, but it loses out for the continuous faults.
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Reviewed by Jerry from UK on 17th Oct 2010
NEVER NEVER!! BUY THIS PHONE!! NEVER!! It sucks so bad! It crashes nearly 5 times every day. It's slow (about 50 times slower than the commercial) MANY BUGS. "dolby sound"??? MY SOUND ISN'T EVEN WORKING. Conclusion: Bugs, bad performance, don't buy it.
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Reviewed by RTA from UK on 3rd Oct 2010
i only keep this phone for the camera. Where can i get a firmware update?? The software the phone came with to supposedly facilitate this update is also a dud!
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Reviewed by john farmer from UK on 17th Sep 2010
SHOCKING PHONE
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Reviewed by laura from UK on 15th Sep 2010
worst phone I have ever had and aftercare from orange was terrible will not be using either once contract has run out really disappointed
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Reviewed by anthony from UK on 9th Sep 2010
It's a good phone and works well I would say it's the best phone I have had and 1 looking to buy a new phone I would say that the LG KM900 would be the best bet
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Reviewed by Katie Blay from UK on 8th Sep 2010
BEWARE OF THIS PHONE. Its terrible! all these people who write the reviews get the phones and use them for a short period of time. after using this phone day-to-day for a few months the problems begin: freezing, buttons fail to work, resets itself, shuts down when you take a photo, loses memory(text messages, dates on calender, alarms, photos) - all things that are really needed for a day-to-day phone! I've had my phone for 6months approx and i can't hang up on people or send messages - thats how bad it is! but its not all bad when i got it it was great and i loved it! but its still not worth it.
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Reviewed by Nikkita from UK on 6th Sep 2010
I have had my LG Arena for about 1.5years. As with John's (and many others), despite it going in for repairs and so called firmware "updates" the phone still freezes, switches itself off, has an unresponsive screen, slow, extremely poor reception (randomly drops in and out even though people - on the same network - can use theirs fine! Will never buy an LG again
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Reviewed by John Starley from UK on 4th Sep 2010
I have been persevering with my Arena for a year now. Despite the phone being in for repair three times it still: 1) Freezes 2) Switches itself off. 3) Calls the last number in history if you dont use the phone for about 6 hours - this usually means it calls your last number called or received during the night with out any one touching the phone. If you delete history it calls the last text number. 4) It has very poor reception capabilities. Other people around me can use a mobile but I can`t. This has reulted in less use of my mobile and my customers not being able to contact me. 5) The touch screen can be difficult. Some times when there is an incoming call it is impossible to answer the call because the touch screen will not respond. 6) The screen is imposible to see when outside. After the last repair the phone did not work so I emailed LG. They did reply with in a couple of days but just said I would need to take up the issues with who ever supplied the phone. This was T Mobile but they say once they have sold the phone they dont want to know. However, who ever supplied the phone is legally bound to put matters right.
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 25th Aug 2010
Terrible, terrible phone. It's completely put me off the LG brand, possibly for life. It's slow, un-responsive, the proximity sensor's started playing up so buttons are pressed when it's next to your ear (resulting in some seriously annoying cut-offs from important calls), and the whole 'cube' thing is a complete waste of space. You also can't seem to save a number from your call log - you have to do it manually. As in, writing the number on a piece of paper, then typing it into the add contact box on the contacts page. How stupid is that!? Worst of all is the camera. Before this, I had the viewty, and I loved it, it was the best phone I've ever owned, and the camera was brilliant. This one though is shockingly poor. Unlike the viewty, which takes about a second (maximum, in poor light) to focus and capture a picture, the arena's camera will just sit there for about 3 seconds, then make the shutter noise, THEN capture the image - often of the floor as you move the phone to have a look at the picture you wanted it to take. Also, don't bother getting this on Orange. The network is so poor, it's more common for it not to have signal at all. Plus Orange are so sneaky and under-handed with their contract charges, it's unbelievable. The Arena was obviously trying to be some kind of 'budget competitor' to the iphone - and it's failed so miserably, they should put it in the actual LG arena as an example of how not to make a mobile phone. To think this came from the same company that brought out the frankly brilliant Viewty is unbelievable. It's still sat upstairs, and I've ordered a new battery for it to bring it back to life. The arena's going back into it's box, and I'm using the viewty until I get a blackberry. I'm not even going to bother selling the arena, it'd feel like I'm ripping off the poor sap who'd want to buy it.
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Reviewed by j2o from UK on 9th Aug 2010
working on o2 2G ok . not the best gps phone no apps .
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Reviewed by Vince from Corby from UK on 8th Aug 2010
I am on my 4th Arena. I have asked Orange to replace it with a different phone but because I have reported different faultd each time they will not. I have never managed to get Orange maps to work on any of the phones. Orange do not know why and LG did not want to know as it is not their software. Has anyone got Orange maps to work?
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Reviewed by Simon from UK on 3rd Aug 2010
I've had the LG Arena for just over a year; it's on its second motherboard and still suffers from the screen going black when someone calls. Fortunately, the screen comes back to life when the caller hangs up so at least I can ring them back. Other than the phone not working properly it's great, I especially like the clock.
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Reviewed by Jay from UK on 19th Jul 2010
I've had mine since it first came out on T-Mobile. I loved it for exactly one week! Its a great gadget for everything other than a phone, i've sent it off for repair 5 times and had it replaced once. I hate it with a passion, although it does make a great mp3 player when connected to the car stereo! my rating I'm just looking forward to when my contract ends in Sept so i can change(which won't be a touch screen!!)
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Reviewed by Gary from UK on 16th Jul 2010
I own a LG Arena on O2 and it also stalls, freezes. I have to constantly remove the battery to get it to respond. It has been back to service 3 times and is still broke. It goes back again today and it gets replaced with a different phone or cancel my contract. I have lost so many moments when I needed the camera or video and it was frozen, had to remove the battery and by then the moment is gone..I got the phone due to its camera and its video recorder...I will never buy another LG mobile phone. I own many LG HD TV's and I love them, from my 22 inch to my 50 inch, all LG...No more LG phone tho..
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Reviewed by Charlee from UK on 12th Jul 2010
I love it!
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Reviewed by Ben from UK on 6th Jul 2010
Had the phone for 15 months and it is out and out the worst phone in the world. It has almost made me lose all faith in all touchscreen phones. This is in no way a multimedia phone. The people here that have given it 1 star have absolute validity in what they say. i won't re-iterate their problems, but do take heed. I can't believe just how bad this phone is. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE.
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 18th Jun 2010
Had the Viewty and changed to this phone, really wish I hadn't. Often turns itself off for no reason, certain features such as World Clock appear to 'crash' the phone and now the top third of the screen no longer responds to touch. The predictive text dictionary also 'forgets' words that have been added after a while
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Reviewed by marie from UK on 17th Jun 2010
i have this phone and i love it, i have small hands so txting is a breeze for me and google maps has come in handy many times. The camera is also brilliant for taking photos when you're out and about without having to carry a separate camera and the music capacity with a memory card is great. I too had a problem at first with freezing but after taking the phone back in to t-mobile who kindly updated it for me its been fine ever since. The only problem ive found is getting web links big enough to use.
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Reviewed by Lindsey wade from UK on 10th Jun 2010
This is a phone that started of very impressive with all the features that came along with it !! After only 2 weeks of having this phone I needed to have it replaced due to the fact it kept freezing ! turning its self on and off ! texting and ringing the wrong people ! keyboard not allowing me to text ! very very annoying Then after reporting the problem orange they replaced it of cause as it was only 2 weeks old Ive now had the replaced phone'' lg arena '' for 3 months and yet again I got the same problems with it I phoned orange who have told me its under warranty and that I must ring lg to sort it out my self When I rang LG they wanted to know the date it was bought and proof of this on paper from them '' orange never told me this '' So I then have to ring orange back for this information When I ring LG company back they then wanted me to give them £30 + payment for post and package for the phone to be sent and replaced All I can say is what an utter joke ! I just bought a cheap £10 phone from tesco to work on the orange network and its fab I WILL NEVER EVER BUY A TOUCH SCREEN OR GET A PHONE ON CONTRACT AGAIN
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Reviewed by Ben from UK on 9th Jun 2010
This is hands-down the worst phone I have ever owned. I have owned it now for about 15 months. It freezes It's so slow It turns itself off randomly The touchscreen wont let you hang up sometimes so you end up leaving a rambling voicemail of you trying to comment on your failed attempts of hanging up. It doesn't have a single good standard messaging tone. You cant turn vibrate off when it's loading things like the contacts menu The alarm randomly goes off while you are setting it. You can't see the screen in even normal outdoor sunlight, let alone bright light. The cube interface is completely pointless apart from the favourite contacts, the others are pointless as its all on the main screen. when there's no reception and you send a text it then doesn't send it when there is reception, you have to cancel and resend. Did I mention how slow it is?! Seriously right, I actually can't rely on this phone.. I cant trust it to do anything like alarms or receiving messages. It even does this weird thing where suddenly it will receive the same message loads of times but you cant open it to read, you then have to delete all the messages off the phone, turn it off, turn it on then delete the ones that somehow didnt get deleted when you said 'delete all' turn it off again, turn it on then pray... just pray.. I repeat. This is THE WORST phone I have ever owned. This morning i accidently dropped mine and cracked the screen. I literally couldn't care less.. My only concern is having to find a replacement. I hate this phone. I hate this phone. I hate this phone.
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Reviewed by sumanjit nag from UK on 5th Jun 2010
god my review___hopefully will open some eyes___i have purchased this mobile at December___and started getting problems___from Jan end___some of them are very unique___such as the display pic image gets totally__broken__and gets visible from the corners in all its four home screens__and if the cell is used for quite a time than all its problems shows__up__non response of the touch function and unstoppable vibration foe 4 min___if u perform multitasking them it gets heated up like an iron press..wait this are problems which can happen to any handset nokia ...say Sony or anyone___but the biggest problem is that the service centers are not giving any notice at AL___they just merely keep on sending you back___no slight attention is given__i think the municipality division of India pays more attention than them__they refuse to mere see it___saying this is nothing__and all___i fear how much upgraded versions of lg smart phones come in the city___but due to there bad service center response no 1 is going to buy 1 specially the expensive phones___i have never seen such poor service firm any department...in the end i will conclude with saying this that i ha d purchased it 6 months ago___used it freely fr 20 days then on 4 months of service center harassment and for the last 1 month they had been keeping my handset__with not a single job done...to provide me 1% satisfaction..maybe they will work once my warranty period gets over
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Reviewed by James from UK on 1st Jun 2010
This phone really is bad. Freezes, Turns itself off, Never gets signal and don't even get me started on the touchscreen...I will NEVER buy an LG product ever again. It's going back to LG tomorrow because I can't take it any more-DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. Buy an Iphone/Nokia/Blackberry instead. Worst phone I have ever had and it cost me £360!
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Reviewed by Craig from UK on 21st May 2010
I've had this phone a year at it's a massive dissapointment. The specs look good but in practice this is the most sluggish, irritating and buggy phone I've had in a few years. Teh browser is a joke, GPS rarely finds a signal, FM transmitter has no bass or stereo making it pointless. The music player is buggy and slow - and this is meant to be a media friendly phone. On the plus side it looks good. After a year of being on the market, this 350GBP phone is no worth 40GBP on phone cash convertors - nuff said
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Reviewed by John from UK on 17th May 2010
This is a poor mans Iphone. With Orange absolutly rubbish. Signal poor - just yesterday no signal from the top of Mount Snowdon!! Also freezes and does not respond or over responsive screen.
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Reviewed by Toby from UK on 16th May 2010
Had this phone for about ... 3 weeks I think. When you first get it, you will fall totally in love with it. Afterwards, it's not amazing but it's cool. I expected the music qualiy to be amazing, but the Dolby mobile is HORRIBLE!! it makes everything sound squashed up to the middle and even normal presets are better. BUT, the sound quality is better than the iPod/iPhone and it's kinda hard to find a song that distorts on the phone: the web browser is VERY slow, almost unbearable. I use my iPod touch instead. Messaging and txting is a pain. It's so hard to type even if you type slowly. Camera is wonderful. Even comparable to my 12.1 megapix ex-z90 casio the phone is VERY VERY VERY slow. Changing a song takes 5 seconds == But I still love this phone <3
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Reviewed by Caio de Paula from UK on 14th May 2010
STAY AWAY: TERRIBLE PHONE!!! Truly a nightmare. won't say anything else.
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 29th Apr 2010
Im on my fourth LM900 with orange waiting for my next one. The phone freezes, crashes, cancels calls, incoming calls are diverted to answerphone with a missed call message sent straight away. Signal is on full. Orange customer services change their boundaries and claim that the fault codes on their system are different each time, therefore the phone will not get replaced under their 3 faults policy. This will the the last ever LG product that I will buy. Cant wait to leave orange.
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Reviewed by Jane from UK on 29th Apr 2010
At first when i got the phone i thought it was great, but now after only haveing the phone for a couple of months it always freezes and i have to take the battery out of the back (which is not easy to get the battery out either!) The applications are slow to load, it takes ages to take a picture, The sensitivity of the touch is to hard to use. Generally just not a good phone
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Reviewed by Billy from UK on 21st Apr 2010
I have had this phone for 8 months now, and apart from the odd crash/freeze, I have rather liked this phone, the UI is very fresh and original, and flows brilliantly without any lag, the touch screen matches that of the iPhone and it has a great browser and over the phone is easy to use.
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Reviewed by Comix from UK on 16th Apr 2010
TINO...u must be one of the 10% of the KM900 owners who like the phone. I am with the other 90% who thinks this piece of useless phone should be recalled. It is truly an unreliable, badly engineered piece of rubbish. If I have a dollar for every time that the phone lost signal, froze and shut down, I'll probably have enough money to buy 10 Iphones by now.
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Reviewed by TINO from UK on 9th Apr 2010
I HAD THIS PHONE FOR MORE THAN A MONTH AND I LOVE IT, NO ISSUES AT ALL AND WAY BETTER THAN THE IPHONE, I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYBODY.
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Reviewed by Drek from UK on 8th Apr 2010
A poorly designed layout means that you may end up texting in the wrong language or activate other functions that you do not want. Why LG didn't expand the keyboard and place the non essential items into a menu system, defeats me. Also it shuts down randomly in mid text. Both are are very frustrating, which is a pity because it has a very good camera and otherwise, I am fairly happy with it. But I definitely will be glad to see the back of it when my contract expires!
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Reviewed by kerry pritchard from UK on 23rd Mar 2010
had the arena for 4 weeks now on orange and it fine,done a firmware up date and the texting alot better,if you still have the phone update it and if you want to buy dont be put off by the other reviews as it a good phone and for £99 on pay as you go you cant beat it and its pink!!
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Reviewed by dan from UK on 11th Mar 2010
phone is great for about a week or so but the phone always switches itself off freezes all the time and wouldnt let me send messages for about 24 hours and my music couldnt be recognised for about a week then deleted it all :( have sent it to get fixed apparently will be the same in another few weeks theses phones are prone to breaking have had 2 lg phones the original viewty and this and sadly wont be going back to lg anymore but i have only had the phone for about 5 months so have a year left with it will buy a blackberry and use that awfull phone looks great and has great applications if they worked but lg have focused on beating the competitors and not the main points ie it actually being a usable phone not happy :(
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Reviewed by Flo from UK on 9th Mar 2010
Good in theory but the software is just not up to the job. Crashes, odd things happening, slow downs, some features not working properly, PC software connects occasionally. Changed from T-Mobile to open firmware but no better. Sold it after 6 months. Not recommended
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Reviewed by jghffhg from UK on 26th Feb 2010
I have had this phone 3 months now on t-mobile. It is a great phone and I deffinatley reccomend it :)
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Reviewed by dlb from UK on 21st Feb 2010
THIS PHONE IS AWFUL.. i have never experienced so much crashing in my LIFE- STAY AWAY FROM ANY LG TOUCH SCREEN!!!
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Reviewed by Katie from UK on 20th Feb 2010
Got the LG phone at christmas and I must say it is terrible, it freezes all the time and when I receive calls it decides to restart itself. Also every time I try to text I find myself writing in another language. The phone responds very slow and the battery life is terrible. Also the phone will unlock itself when its in my pocket and ring someone without me even knowing. Another problem I found was when I rang people it could take up to 5 minutes for the phone to realize I have pressed to hang up which was very annoying and wasted my minutes. The only things I liked about the phone was its appearance and the picture and video quality is very good. I would not recommend this phone to anybody.
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Reviewed by Emma Clarke from UK on 19th Feb 2010
Simply and utterly abominable. Switches itself off constantly and the screen freezes, often mid-text. The only way to correct either of these is to take the battery out and put it back. I know that this is a permanent design fault as having complained to Orange I was given a replacement handset that exhibited exactly the same problems. I am currently making a formal written complaint and demanding to be released from my contract as the phone is not fit for purpose.
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Reviewed by Al Ramsey from UK on 11th Feb 2010
SHOCKING phone. Had two of them over the last six months because T-Mobile have got me tied down to it. Looks great at first but problems become apparent very quickly. I'll summerize what I've had to put up with in this very miserable experience: The signal bars mean nothing. Seriously! Makes calls on its own. Faulty touch screen which requires the phone to be restarted (it selects whatever is LEFT of the screen) Text response very, very slow. Any water whatsoever (a single raindrop) will mean you need to restart the phone as the touch screen messes up. Battery dies very quickly/battery bar inaccurate. Tons of bookmarks which you can't delete on web browser (it's slow enough scrolling as it is) When you send a text, the report you get back is for the wrong person. Heart in mouth a few times over that. Sometimes, the text actually will send to the wrong person by selecting someone you didn't click on. Be aware... Sometimes, hours without signal for no good reason. When 3G is turned on, good luck using the phone in any capacity, it's slow, drops calls, and battery dies very quickly. Positives being the GPS is very cool, if not unreliable and takes ages to find satallites at times. But when it works, it's great (for walking, too slow for driving). Resolution is good on the phone as well. But that's really it! Avoid at all costs. Please. Unless you want to buy it off me!
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Reviewed by Kate A from UK on 6th Feb 2010
I currently have this phone & personally feel that it is the worst phone i have ever had. When writing a text the keys are too small so you press other keys & the phone reguarly freezes & or turns itself off & back on again. When ending a call you yourself had to wait several seconds for the call to actually show as ended on the screen as it just freezes, i would advised anybody to not buy this phone!
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Reviewed by Charley from UK on 2nd Feb 2010
I agree with the review. It is a phone packed with features and I would rate it a 4* myself. But I too have rebooting issues with mine. I'm on T-Mobile.
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Reviewed by Del from UK on 30th Jan 2010
I have had the arena since it came out, faults: - Cannot add a new city, phone reboots Freezes for no apparent reason Music, for a phone with a music capapbility of 24 gb at least it freezes with any more than 5gb split between card and internal memory. Artwork appearing appears as it wants to. With too much loaded it also reboots when you select music. Firmware upgrades do not work on x34 bit systems Syncing with Outlook is useless I get an increasing number of the same appointment, (both ways) Good points: - screen phone
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Reviewed by karen from UK on 28th Jan 2010
i had three separate handsets of the KM900 and they all had the same faults on them and more!! alarm would go off at midnight when set for 6am. would freeze regularly and turn itself off and on if texting. and worst of all, its sooooo slow!!1 it lags so much on everything. seeing as ive had three of these phones i cant see it being a Orange problem as the software is just rubbish!! complained to orange and they gave me the W995 which i love muchly!!!
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Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 24th Jan 2010
Well, what can i say, got this in a 24 month contract with orange thinking it was capable of downloading applications. Was very wrong, i blame that on the false advertising of the phone. Most of the reviews which give it poor ratings are true. It freezes, its annoying when you try and listen to your answer machine messaging as it automatically locks, it cuts off, you have to turn the phone off and on alot as when you try and use the touch screen it opens up other applications, the 3g with orange is useless as it blocks incoming calls so i have had to change the network to 2g so i can receive incoming calls. I contacted orange about this and they said they were upgrading the network, not true. the only thing its good for is picture quality and the bluetooth capability. I would certainly avoid this phone at all costs. Far inferior to the iphone. The technology in this phone is full of bugs.
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Reviewed by GirlyGirl from UK on 24th Jan 2010
I got the LG Arena only last week and, at first, was disappointed at the size, but i gradually realised i preferred it small.The camera is great and so is the video and voice recorder. I liked the way the phone was set out and the way it works, except for the texting!! its really hard to go fast and be accurate and i have tiny hands! i recommend it to younger (smaller sized hands) people.
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Reviewed by delturner from UK on 22nd Jan 2010
this phone is good as a phone but as a music player it is useless. Adding music to either the card or internal memory causes the phone to slow down and eventually stop . I have 5gb spread between the two over this the phone freezes, does not show all the artwork. Continuing to add music causes the phone to restart when selecting the music icon, this does not mean a lot pf music. I have downgraded my card from 16gb to 8gb but it makes no difference.I would guess no more than 6gb at the most to get some functionality Firmware upgrades to not work on X64 systems. Even adding a city on the world clock causes the phone to restart. Not too good at all, an expensive sim free phone to make calls. I have bought an Ipod classic to listen to music as the all in one was a failure. Del
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Reviewed by Juan Carlos from UK on 18th Jan 2010
I bought this phone in china it was original from T-mobile original software has many issues, so I flashed it and make it unlock. Software is now working ok, FM radio works very good camera is very good. Problems are with software from telcos with free software it works ok. now I think this phone is the best I have.
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Reviewed by "Loada Garbage" from UK on 16th Jan 2010
Agree with previous reviewer. Worst phone ever to hit the market. Those early reviewers who praised this phone and made it sound like an iphone rival should hang their heads in shame and be forced to take out lifetime contracts with this piece of junk. There is not one good thing to say about this phone and the bad things are just too bad and too many to even bother with. Anyone who buys this phone after reading these reviews must need their heads examining. Unfortunately, I am stuck with my contract for quite a while yet, but I have bought a really basic Nokia, into which I can put my SIM. Even the very basic Nokia outperforms these things (I'mnot going to call it a phone cos its not).
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Reviewed by john from UK on 16th Jan 2010
I've had this phone for about 6 months which is a really good time to assess it.My phone is on t mobile and I got this as an upgrade. Like the sleek design,I am using a clear adhesive screen protector and rubber case to protect it as the screen gets easily marked without it.As a phone the reception is really good and the earpiece is excellent, it one of the best phones i've used to hear and speak to someone in a noisy area., but it can be dificult to end a call on the screen once it gone to sleep. The same with retrieving your voicemail. texting is fun and quite easy using the full screen qwerty keyboard, but the problem is that often that screen autorotates in the middle of me texting a message to the standard format which is very irritating. The camera is ok to operate and has auto focus but the shutter release is very slow to operate and you lose a lot of shots as a result or ther come out blurred. the video camera is good, i did some filming at the notting hill carnival and the picture quality is good. I was impressed.battery life is much better than i thought lasting 2 -3 days.i'm a light phone user and dont use 3g or wifi. On days where i make a few calls and texts it would last 1-2 days. Using the video and camera really eats your batteries fast. Best to get a second battery and mini charger, so you can charge the battery out of the phone.i bought one on ebay. the phone does occasionally freeze in operation and on some operation it takes a few seconds to process, and no you cant see the screen in direct sunlight.
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Reviewed by "Lifes Gash" from UK on 14th Jan 2010
Worst phone ever (& that includes a piece of string between 2 tin cans). My sent texts update each day, eg I sent some a text's about 6 months ago, according to my phone I sent them yesterday (every day I check itís always the day before that I sent them apparently). Phone reboots itself, Google maps is stuck in Spain (& Iíve never been there in my life). Touch screen is unresponsive & you need fingers like an anorexic size 0 model to hit the right button. I know somebody who was listening to the radio on his & watched as his phone access his contacts & dial his mate, all without him touching the infernal device, is this what they call hands free dialling???? The MP3 player only works properly if you save the files to the phones internal memoryÖ. I could go on but you know what, lifeís too short. I am trying to update the firmware on mine now (in a desperate hope the they have fixed issues), on a very fast connection (at work) & I have to wait 6 1/2 hours to download the 219MB update file (it's already been running for 55 minutes). My advice to you all is avoid this phone. I really really wish I hadn't bought this phone, can't wait until the contract is over, will never buy ANYTHING LG again in my life.
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Reviewed by greg from UK on 13th Jan 2010
i agree with all... it is nightmare....now trying to find the way to "touch" the "X" number on the screen and unlock... all my contacts + multimedia applications are locked inside... DO NOT BYE IT
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Reviewed by Kimberley Edwards from UK on 9th Jan 2010
I do not like my LG arena. Answering the phone is a nightmare. You have to unlock the phone before you can "accept" a call. There are so many apps that I would use at work that are not compatible with the LG Arena. I have had my phone less than a year and I am already in the process of replacing it. Yes, it is a very "attractive phone" and will make one hell of an expensive paper weight. If you are thinking about getting one I would say do not waste your money. Purchase an Apple IPhone instead.
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Reviewed by Kamal from UK on 8th Jan 2010
the fm transmitter is very weak, is there a firmware that could extend the range or make it sound better?
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Reviewed by louise do from UK on 6th Jan 2010
I got owned like you people yoo. It was working so well, i thought it was the best phone ever. Its looks so sexy too but untill 2 weeks ago...the phone freezes all the time, i can't touch and enter the applications buttons anymore..at least i can still call and my music player is still working. i'll have to save money for the next year and get a better phone, and not get lured by looks. better check out phone online before buying them. TT_TT
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Reviewed by david from UK on 27th Dec 2009
every time i make a call and no one answers i leave a voice mail because it takes ages to hang up its hard to work, dropped it once and its scratched everywere and my friend who has the same phone has the exact same problems plus hers freezes all the time, tbh you should get a nokia phone because lg phones usually are really bad.
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Reviewed by Mark from UK on 25th Dec 2009
I've had one over 6 months now on orange - the fisrt thing I did was flash the firmware to an open european software, this dumped the orange branding and orangisms. The handset is more usable in loads of ways now BUT.....It was sold to me as an 'iphone beater' - 6 months down the line orange now sell the iphone and have offered no upgrade incentives to their swollen customer base until the end of you're contract. Orange should offer a special 'contact breaker' deal to stuff the other networks and iphone the world. Re the arena - unlock the orange poo and it's ok
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Reviewed by Sally from UK on 24th Dec 2009
ok this phone was one of the biggest mistakes. it freezes multiple times a day which leads me to have to remove the battery in order for it to work again. II) it is extremely slow (not to mention the internet, it is extremely extremely laggy) III) when someone calls u it takes about 10 to 15 seconds for one to receive the call and therefore by that time the caller has hung up IV) THE TEXTING IS HORRENDOUS. the landscape view for texting is so slow and it takes me so long to text one sentence. once u press a button u press others and have mispelt words that dont even ressemble words. ITS RUBBISH. one time i was trying to unfreeze it and it accidentally called someone who i didnt want to call. although it is gorgeous asthetically, and the camera is 5 megapixels, and it has the video call feature...it is a TREMENDOUS DISAPPOINTMENT. im trying to return it. waste of money unfortunately.
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Reviewed by steve davis from UK on 21st Dec 2009
LG arena... what an aweful phone.. got it on an 18 month contract and am now using my old nokia.. its unreliable : phone freezes , has no signal , switches itself off ???? , cant see the screen in daylight and now the screen has gone black , going back to t-mobile for a second time, i will never ever own an lg phone again... avoid its terrible . 12 months of contract left, might leave it at the shop and not go back for it.. Shocking rubbish !!
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Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 19th Dec 2009
Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. At first I thought it was great; good camer, lots of features, easy to use. However, the novelty began to wear of after about two weeks when the phone began to freeze frequently. At first it was bearable, the odd freeze and i would just have to wait a few seconds before it was back, but now it freezes every time i receive a text message, and i have to turn it off and on agin before it works. It drops calls and i have to wait ages for the proximity sensor to realise that the phone is out of my pocket so that the screen lights up and i can see who's calling. I have tried many times to change my ringtone, yet every time i try ut changes itself back agin within half an hour. LG have some serious issues here and i hope they sort these out for the next phones they bring out.
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 18th Dec 2009
Bought my phone about july 2009, had so many problems (im on vodaphone), problems have progressivly gotten worse, for example touchscreen going awoll - when im texting or touching the screen other buttons are pressed when im not pressing them!, cant answer calls, shutsdown randomly and much more.. so not very happy, im trying to see if they will swap it for a diffrent one. any advice?
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Reviewed by tom hinemarsh from UK on 18th Dec 2009
this phone is rubbish keeps freezing!!!!!!!!!!!! why not on orange?
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Reviewed by Wayne from UK on 17th Dec 2009
Absolutely pathetic. Out the box it was terrible. Had to go online to find fixes, aka. flashing the firmware, hard resets. etc. It has a lot of features, but generally these features are way below par. Let me being complaining. (1) Phone freezes. (2) FM transmitter is TERRIBLE, even with V10P_00 firmware. Lots of static. (3) GPS DOES NOT work, tired numerous fixes. Including firmware changes, hard resets, changing GPS type, and settings in factory menu, Tried tinfoil fix, and scratch rough metal fix (WHY WOULD U HAVE TO GO TO THIS EXTREME ANYWAY?) (4) Interface is slow, I don't want to wait. Always see the 'loading' screen. (5) Music player is digusting, freezes up / locks up. Very very bad. (6) Accelerometer is below par, have issues with getting the QWERTY keyboard etc. (7) LG are not supplying apps for the phone. (8) Available apps are useless. (9) Java runs poooorly, tried playing guitar hero, not even playing bcz of the lag. POOOR POOOOR phone, really bad has a lot of flaws not worth it at all. DO NOT BUY, worst phone I've ever owned. This is all after trying to fix this phone for 3 days straight .. aka 48hrs. Design looks good though ... fail.
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Reviewed by Frits from UK on 14th Dec 2009
Finally a stable firmware from orange(km900at_v10v). Solved the youtube problem when streaming over WIFI. The blank screen problem when receiving/making calls has disappeared for now. Random resets seem to have gone as well. Mp3 player seems a lot smoother as well. Had for 7 months and its served it cause. Use as media device everyday. However battery life is poor and i have to recharge everyday and carry spare battery with me. Overall pleased with the handset but why have i had to wait 7 months for the phone to be fully operational?? Oh yes finally camera actually takes decent photos instead of blurred images but dont expect a decent photo at night!!
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Reviewed by Miles from UK on 11th Dec 2009
I have had my LG Arena for over 6 mohts now. I;ve had a lot of phone over the years, but I have to say that this is one of the worst. The reaction time of the phone to do anything is really slow which becomes really annoying after a while. The screen also freezes up constantly. The texting fuction is also poor, the buttons are too close together so you end up pushing the wrong keys all the time. I was sold the phone ont he basis that it had Orange maps. I;ve tried this on maany occasions... its rubbish. Basdcally the gps recievr is not strong enough and once the satallite signal is lost it just freezes up... not too good when your stuck in the middle of the countryside. I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone.
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Reviewed by NATALIE (GLASGOW) from UK on 8th Dec 2009
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE, IT IS TERRIBLE, I AM NOW ONTO MY SECOND HANDSET AND I NEED TO SEND THAT AWAY AGAIN. CONSTANTLY FREEZES, CUTS OUT ON CALLS, TERRBLE TO SEE IN THE DAYLIGHT AND WHEN SOMONE IS CALLING YOU, THE SCREEN GOES BLANK AND THEN YOU NEED TO WAIT A FEW SECONDS UNTIL IT LIGHTS BACK UP TO SEE WHO IS CALLING!! IF ALL THESE PROBELMS GOT SORTED, IT WOULD BE WORTH YOUR WHILE TO BUY, OTHER WISE DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!
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Reviewed by heathcliff from UK on 2nd Dec 2009
I got this phone as I wanted a decent touchscreen. Wrong choice!! The signal hovered at 1 bar in places where I usually get a strong signal, you have to push slightly above the button you want to select. Trying to edit entries in the phone book is a mission. The phone doesnt always slide the options menu, it takes double the time to do this as using another handset. The worst touchscreen phone available. I won't buy an LG phone again.
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Reviewed by izyghh from UK on 2nd Dec 2009
the phone is quite literally rubbish.it's honestly bringing me to my knees, but btw does any1 know where 2 get a good choice of games to download from
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Reviewed by n from UK on 2nd Dec 2009
horrible. worst phone i have ever had. constantly freezes and randomly resets itself. slow, unresponsive. they've bought out an app store recently but.. WHERE ARE THE APPS? NONE of it is free as far as i can see for the moment
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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 1st Dec 2009
I got my Lg arena two weeks ago on t mobile. Its a nightmare to text on. Its frozen about 10 times! Its impossible to use facebook, as the font is so small you're constantly pressing the wrong thing! Its turned itself off a few times. Also sometimes when I turn the volume up it goes down and when I turn the volume down it goes up! This is by far the most annoying phone ever! I'm replacing mine tomorrow for a blackberry curve.
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Reviewed by Chamot07 from UK on 30th Nov 2009
Average phone... this phone was suppose to emulate the success of the iPhone... it's slow, unresponsive and features are limited
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Reviewed by Chloe Jones from UK on 30th Nov 2009
I waited ages for this phone to finally come out, and when it did I was very disapointed. It just kept freezing all the time, shuting down, restarting itself, and its also really slow at responding when opening messages and looking at your contacts. The battery life of the phone is also awful, have to charge everyday. I sent my phone back to LG who said that they have had many software problems with the phone and they would wipe the phone and give it an update. I got it back yesterday and the freezing still persists it might even be worse!! It is yet to shut down though! Oh and the problems cant just be with Orange, because mines on T-Mobile.
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Reviewed by studeny-of-life from UK on 27th Nov 2009
i have had this phone since apr and its rubbish orange is rubbish and the phone keeps crashing can't answer calls cuz its blank i tried to setup my work exchange email on it and it didn't work then it would not let me cancel the account and for about 4 months every time i tried to open the email program it would reboot the phone then i did a phone reset and now all my rintones are missing can't find them but the email buffer is clear now but i will not risk setting up my exchange email on it again i tested gmail that does work but youtube vids will not buffer "I HAVE A PALM PRE NOW" DON NOT GET THIS PHONE AND DO NOT GET ORANGE MONEY DOWN A HOLE THIS IS.
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Reviewed by Jenna from UK on 26th Nov 2009
I got my LG Arena on contract in April 2009 on T-mobile. The same day i got it, the phone froze numerous times, and completely shut down. I was about ready to send it back. I persivered with it, and it seemed to calm down. Just lately, it's started to crash, and shut down again. My 3G video calling doesn't work, and i wouldn't say the sound is amazing. However, the phone does have some really good features. The camera is fantastic quality, it's good for browsing the internet. It's very easy for texting. If my phone didn't crash and freeze as much, i'd absoloutley love this phone.
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Reviewed by Ianb from UK on 25th Nov 2009
There are several things I regret, one of them is taking this phone on an 18 month contract. I am with Tmobile. This phone: Has a screen that is virtually invisible in daylight Has a very shaky touch screen, you need to aim above where you want to press. The music player is shockingly bad Internet browser is unusable thanks to the links being too small to hit accurately (this may be a tmobile thing) Crashes doing rather simple things like viewing missed calls Refuses to display caller ID for a considerable time after the phone starts ringing. I have yet to install an app that works. All in all, I am so annoyed with myself for getting this phone, and frankly cannot wait until I lose it and can go back to my £15 Nokia handset.
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Reviewed by Nicholas from UK on 25th Nov 2009
Good in theory not in practise. Shuts down, locks... Extremely poor signal. No customization is allowed like themes, the OS is a closed system so no apps but awfull java in bad resolution and slow speed. The worst part is that LG do NOTHING to correct the obvious flaws there product has. The new firmware updates that come every three or four months dont do anything to the old bugs, you get nice new ones added instead. It's a joke, don't buy it or any other LG product - I at least will never again.
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Reviewed by T from UK on 20th Nov 2009
its a rubbish phone, ive had bad experience
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Reviewed by Ted from UK on 19th Nov 2009
Great phone (on O2). Recent firmware update has eliminated freezing and fixed YouTube viewing. WiFi capability is a definite money saver!
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Reviewed by Richie from UK on 18th Nov 2009
Where to start. OK firstly, if you're thinking about getting this phone, don't! It's bloody awful! Plus points: Looks nice Good for texting Negative Points: Poor battery life Can't see the screen in sunlight Slow user interface No additional "Widgets" Music player is rubbish Web browser is rubbish (if it connects at all) Freezes in numerous applications Everything is a ballache to do I've had Sony's for 3-4 years and now I'm stuck with this piece of junk for at least another 9 months. I'm debating buying my contract out and going elsewhere as Orange have been that unhelpful and this phone really is THAT bad. If I could give it 0 stars I would.
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Reviewed by mitch from UK on 16th Nov 2009
i hate this phone !! it seems to do just what it wants and half of the time the touch screen doesnt even work !! everyone i spoke to before i bought it said it was brilliant but i just cant stand it !! in fact im going to sell mine , the battery doesnt even last a day and i donbt overlly use my phone , complete rubbish , DONT BUY THIS PHONE , everything on it is well and truelly rubbish !!
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Reviewed by DJH from UK on 15th Nov 2009
Great
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Reviewed by Kirill from UK on 15th Nov 2009
I bought this phone and had to to exchange it almost instantly-it constantly restarted and lost network.Now i'll have to exchange it again-the 2nd one i got have other problem-it freezes during the call and you can't hang up or do anything.The screen just goes black and the phone stops reacting even to on/off button pressure!I hope to get the one that just works because i like all the features etc.
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 11th Nov 2009
It's been over 6 months now on an orange contract and im on my second phone. First phone dropped calls, froze, would not cancel calls. Second phone is now playing up. This one drops calls, signal goes from full to nothing. screen freezes, turns on and off and now wont lock the screen. Not impressed and regret buying the phone/contract. Not sure what is going on with the signal strength in the UK, but i had no problems in the maldives.....
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Reviewed by GAZ from UK on 11th Nov 2009
got the LG ARENA as a free upgrade from my nokia N73 . WOW WHAT A MISTAKE the phone is rubbish went back to the t-mobile shop the next day and swapped it for the nokia N79 a 10 times better phone
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Reviewed by Poniu from UK on 8th Nov 2009
remember when your phone is slow and unresponsive and this may happen after firmware upgrade or memory card coming loose - always reset settings in phone settings. This is the best cure for all the trouble with your phone. checked and confirmed :) Great phone
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Reviewed by Akalil@Cooro from UK on 5th Nov 2009
This is the best phone i had..... Id never change phone since i change to this phone from Nokia N65.... :D
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Reviewed by david pearce from UK on 5th Nov 2009
Just replaced my Nokia N85 with the Arena like it but have to say i prefer the Viewty. The mini disk that came with it will not fit into my Mac and has locked up twice so far. 5/10 from me.
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Reviewed by David K from UK on 4th Nov 2009
DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER THIS PHONE. I have had the phone since April, I first lost my patience with it within a week, the phone constantly crashed, I had to take battery out to get it going again. LG are not bothered. I got mine from Phones4U on orange, Phones4U says its oranges problem and Orange say its Phones4U's problem? Phone4U and orange say the cant help as I have had the phone for 7 months, only because I was told by phone4U when i first got the phone, that it was new and that bugs would be sorted in future firmware updates, i have had 2 firmware updates since then and they just introduce new bugs that were not there in previous firmwares the phone also seems to get slower with each new update. I get missed call texts even thou my phone hasnt rang and i have a full signal, ive proved this as i got a friend to ring while we were in the same room, my phones signal was full, his phone was making the usual sound like he was ringing my phone,, but my phone was silent, about half hour later i recieved a missed call text with his number on it! When i try and text 9 times out of ten it goes wrong, i will have a full signal and as soon as i press send the signal drops to nothing and the text sits in the outbox with the message "waiting", the only way to get the signal back is to turn the phone off. GPS refuses to work and Geo tagging is a no no! LG advertise that the phone can play Divx movies at DVD quality, the screen resolution of the arena in 800x480, so why wont it play Divx movies that are more than 320x240 in resolution, which look blured and blocky, thats if the rena deceides to play them at all. The music player is a complete joke, and shouldnt really be called a music player! The FM transmitter sounds terrible so is a totally useless feature! You tube is a complete blurry mess, on other phones with half the screen resolution you tube videos are clear and much sharper. The pictures in gallery usually have a few with the wrong thumbnail which means sometimes you delete a picture because you think its something else from pressing the contacts button it takes 5 seconds to load them, and then scrolling thru them is so laggy and juddery that simply trying to find a number you end up calling the wrong one, then fighting with the phone to cancel the call. Calling Voicemail is a nightmare, the screen flashes when its in a call and not near your ear, so in between the flashes which are sometime 10 seconds in between the screen being off to being back on you have to press Unlock and then dialpad, this take a few goes because most of the time after you have pressed unlock waiting for the screen to come back on the phone has locked itself again! try phoneing BT on the Arena, the amount of menus BT have you simply miss them and never get anywhere The only Apps/programs the phone can use are Java, which is pathetically slow, so dont even imagine you are going to play a game on it LG have Misadvertised this phone beyond belief, and should be done by trading standards, the phone is nothing like what they advertise, just go on you tube and take a look at their advertisements for it, Thats not the arena in reality I have 2 friends who also have the Arena they are both on T mobile (im on orange) who have the same problems, LG should not have released this phone with the amount of problems it has, If it had been any other product TV, computer etc the product would have been recalled. The phone is basically to unstable and unreliable, I would hate to be stuck somewhere in an emergency with only the arena with me. Ill NEVER touch another LG product, all they are bothered about is getting their latest phone onto the market, The arrogance of the LG cistomer care line tells you this.
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Reviewed by Kieran from UK on 4th Nov 2009
This is an awsome phone - if you are unlucky enough to be on orange - it is possible to 'flash' the phone back to its factory settings. This rids it of all the pathetic orange applications (maps, browser & music player) The difference this makes unbelivable - on orange my phone crashed all the time you couldnt use you tube and the orange branded apps were so weak it made the phione look and act badly - not so anymore. Since moving from orange to 02 (i flashed & unlocked the phone) its works like a dream. A really great handset
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Reviewed by jack glass from UK on 4th Nov 2009
wifi & youtube don't work on t-mobile either, when i try and play any music from the shortcut screen the phone always crashes, everything else works really well, just two niggles for me that a formware update could resolve, still give it 8/10, awesome sound, looks and feels great, the fm transmitter via a car radio is awesome, everyone should update the firmware before using this phone or any phone for that matter
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Reviewed by jonny stainsby from UK on 30th Oct 2009
4th lg arena km900 now from orange, no signal, firmware freezes and other little bits, advise not going to orange because they do nothing. 0/10 for orange 10/10 phone, love using it
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Reviewed by Rob from UK on 26th Oct 2009
I've had this phone now since March this year and although I found it great at first I do find that the phone is flawed. There has been no firmware update to address the phone freezing up nor the shutter delay on the camera, and this is bad, my shutter delay almost makes the camera useless as to get a decent action picture you need to pre-empt when to push the button to get the shot you want, if you are taking pix of your kids - forget about it unless they sit still... Calls disconnect at times and also the contacts section of the phone doesnt seem to work properly either as when you use the search function for an entry when you find it you cant select it quick enough before the screen goes back to the previous screen Furhter to this if you are looking at pics on your phone and dont touch the screen the screen saver kicks in way to early and you CANT switch it off, only delay it - Poor phone and an IPHONE wannabe... I'll be selling my phone on ebay soon.
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