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Old May 21st, 2011, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs down For 600+ Pretty Disappointed! Here's Why...

All the reviews on phonedog etc on youtube raved about the battery life and sound quality and so on, basically no bad things were said! So I had high expectations and I signed up for a 24 month contract with Vodafone UK.

I am happy enough with the device itself and it worked fine out of the box. BUT I am so freakin disappointed with the sound quality through headphones. Its absolutely appalling considering I will pay over 600 all told over 24 months for this phone. I can forgive the GPS not working (has anyone ever got this going?) and I can forgive the screen bleeding (just a little on both top left and right corners) but I can't forgive the sound quaility. I don't think it was unreasonable at all to expect ipod quality sound!

I updated via LG Suite to V10d but no improvement on music, it really does sound like its coming through a drain pipe. I even tried a few other android free players but sounded even worse than the default LG player. Swapped headphone as well - no change. Could be me but my Nokia e63 has great sound.

Well I could wait for a month or so for LG to attempt to address this issue via and update but since I only have a couple of days left to return before the contract kicks in I have decided to return this flawed phone (IMHO).

Does anyone know if custom firmwares like CM7 have or should improve sound?

Guys, don't get me wrong I love much about this phone but I also love my music and for it specs and hype I expected it do everything VERY well.

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Old May 21st, 2011, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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To fix GPS you need to add the gps.conf file that LG forgot.

CM7 (despite bugs) improves the phone in just about every way. Can't hurt to try it before deciding on returning it.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for that regarding the GPS. Its disappointing that LG are uninterested in providing that key file in the last update given that the phone has been out since January.

I may give Gingerbread a go see what happens. Not many other posts here by others who feel the same about the sound which is a little surprising.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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@kore: I do not recommend CM7 nightly, if you want a phone fully
functional, but to wait for official 2.3, or a stable cyanogenmod rom.

BTW I use a simple pair of sony headphones, which cost around
$20, the ones came with the phone were pretty useless.

I do not have any problems with the music though when using
the sony headphones, also considering that there is pretty wide
scale of EQ settings in the LG player which is impressive and
they are also quite effective.

However, I am disappointed about this phone too, because..

- it came with a crap user interface, few options only, lagging
homescreen animation,
- 2.2 system just because they wanted to be the first to release
a dual-core mobile phone, it should've came with 2.3 at least, now
we will actually pray to get any update after 2.3...
- I CAN'T download anything using Tegra app,
- RAM in the phone DISAPPEARS after few days, so you have to
restart it, but WHY? everyone says Android is clever and will manage
your ram efficiently, well I never saw anything like that, I have to use
task killer on my "high-end" phone, or if I want to open a webpage,
restart the phone, cause it got sooo slow..
- I dunno if it's the camera or the camera app, but the picture quality
is terribly, even if I try setting up everything manually, literally there
is NO macro mode (!) 'cause I could not take ANY macro photos, not
even with manual focus; my 5mpixel desire would take twice as better
quality photos. (NO DEDICATED CAMERA BUTTON - WTF?!)

phew..

But to mention some positive things :

- I love the gorilla glass
- I love the IPS panel display and its quality
- I love holding the phone, it feels good quality
- I like the default keyboard, however I thought HTC has the best of all
- Multitasking is fast and real

Kind regards.
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There is a macro mode, I 100% used it when I was on stock-based ROM.
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Lol you got the sound problem too? actually its sound is awesome xD but its bugged sometimes its normal sound (high sound and great quality) but mostly of the times its just low sound and bad quality xd
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 06:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There is a macro mode, I 100% used it when I was on stock-based ROM.
Well, try taking a picture with it, its called macro and does not do anything what macro
should. And as I mentioned, I tried manual focus for taking close pictures of things, it is
bulrry as hell.

Other issue: Photos with flash are blindingly bright when using auto option.
then. why having auto implemented?
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I wouldn't say the sound quality is "crap", but the S/N ratio is poorer than my Nokia 5230 was. I notice more hissing sound when music is not playing.
On the other hand using PowerAMP I have been able to customize the equalizer settings for each pair of headphones I use to exactly how I want them and the sound quality is great on anything other than really quiet passages where the hissing shows up on some phones (phones with strong treble)
The preamp slider is an acceptable workaround for the lack of fine steps in the volume setting.

What phones are you using?
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The more I read about this phone, the more I believe it's best to wait for the HTC Sensation to drop in price, or go with the Nexus S. There just seems like so many problems and LG really dropped the ball with some simple things.
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LG dropped the software ball all right.

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