Summary: The touch-screen LG GD900 Crystal's transparent, touch-sensitive, glass keypad looks cool but is pretty pointless. And, while two touch-sensitive surfaces mean there are more places to poke, it also means it's easy to make erroneous taps. While the phone sports plenty of interesting features, their implementation is sometimes lacking.
Pros: Responsive glass keypad lets you navigate without obscuring the screen; multitouch capability; Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity.
Cons: Unimpressive widgets; poor photos despite an 8-megapixel camera; sluggish at times; every surface is touch-sensitive so inadvertent taps are frequent.
Excerpt: There are quite a few fashion centric handsets out there that employ some really trendy as well as technologically advanced motifs to boost sales. These handsets also cater to a certain elitist group of consumers who don’t often care about features as long as the handset itself is designed to be shown off. The GD900 Crystal is just such a handset.
Excerpt: LG’s Crystal is a glam handset with show-off features to impress friends. It has two touch-sensitive interfaces: a touchscreen and then an innovative version of a keypad. Instead of buttons, the slide-out number pad is pancake-flat and is touch-sensitive. What we like This smooth, shiny handset feels very good in your hand, whether it’s open or shut, although it is a little chunky.
LG GD900 Crystal Review – truly unique twin touchscreen phone
11 March 2010
Conclusion: The LG GD900 is one of those rare phones that manages to combine genuine ease of use, practicality, a huge set of features, novelty, and above all, fun, all in one smart looking package. It is, above all, unique – no other phone offers twin touchscreen interfaces, with one of them being completely clear. And it’s not just a novelty – the LG Crystal’s clear keypad actually helps, rather than hinders, when it comes to navigating the phone.
Excerpt: With the dust barely settled from the announcement of the worlds first phone to feature a fully transparent keypad, Mobiles.co.uk have managed to get hold of an LG GD900 Crystal over a month before it’s officially due to launch here in the UK. Read on for our first impressions… The feature that has everyone talking is without question the transparent touch pad so without wasting any time, let’s get stuck in.
LG's latest Crystal mobile phone features a transparent keypad.
Good Gear Guide.au
2 June 2010
Summary: LG's Crystal (GD900) impresses largely thanks to its unique, transparent keypad that doubles as a touch pad. Ultimately though, it suffers from the lack of features often associated with stylish fashion phones. As a basic "dumb phone" you'll be impressed, but if you need good multimedia options, imaging and Web browsing performance you should look elsewhere.
Pros: Transparent keypad that doubles as a gesture touchpad, Wi-Fi, responsive touch screen
Cons: No GPS, no 3.5mm headphone jack, all plastic build, poor camera performance, sluggish user interface