Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - LG Incite

LG Electronics pulled no punches with its first-ever smartphone for the U.S. market, the LG Incite, a slick handheld that runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The 3G smartphone -- on AT&T's network -- packs in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0, while also offering access to Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5. On the multimedia side, the Incite includes Windows Media Player 10.

The Incite also ties in a 3-inch touch-screen, a 3.0 megapixel camera with video recording, a full QWERTY keyboard and a 20-key keyboard depending on if you're using landscape or portrait mode. It includes AT&T Navigator for turn-by-turn voice and on-screen directions and access to a host of business and personal e-mail accounts. The Incite also packs in up to 16 GB of memory with a microSD port.

The LG Incite runs about $200 with a contract and rebates.

Release date: November 18 2008

CNET editors rating:

Average user rating:

The good:
The LG Incite is an attractive touch-screen phone with Windows Mobile 6.1. Features include a whole host of productivity and multimedia features like Microsoft ActiveSync, Office Mobile, and a 3-megapixel camera. It offers both Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity. Call quality was good.

The bad:
The LG Incite has rather sluggish performance, and we weren't always pleased with the touch interface. We also think the surface can be a bit too reflective, and we don't like that the stylus isn't built-in.

The bottom line:
Though we weren't pleased with LG Incite's design quirks, we think that overall, it's a very good first entry in the U.S. smartphone market.

Specifications:
rand / Type
BrandLG
TypeIncite
Form factorCandybar
ColorBlack
Network
Phone NetworkEDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSCSD, HSDPA (3G)
Service850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100
Connectivity
Bluetoothv2.0 with A2DP
InfraredNo
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
USB2.0
Fax / DataNo
Display
Main displayColor TFT touchscreen
Color display256000 colors
Dimensions3 in.
Resolution240 x 400 pixels
External displayYes
Memory
Internal memory256MB
External memory16GB
Memory slotsYes
Storage typesMicroSD
Basic
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1030 mAh
Standby time500 hours
Talk time8 hours
Calling
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone
Camera
CameraYes
Megapixels3.15 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution2048x1536 pixels
Digital zoomNo
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusNo
FlashNo
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraNo
Messaging
SMSYes
MMSYes
T9 text functionYes
E-mailYes
Internet browsingYes
Entertainment
FM radioYes
JavaYes
Audio playerAAC, MP3, WMA
Video playerH263, H264, MPEG4
Features
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserPocket Office (Word, Excel, OneNote, PDF and PowerPoint viewer), Voice recorder, Organizer
Video callN/A
Other featuresEMS, IM, built-in GPS, aGPS function, AT&T Navigator, Games, Built-in handsfree
Format
Weight4.2 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.2x2.2x0.6 in.

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