Monday, February 16, 2009

Shine On, LG, Shine On

How would you like a beautiful piece of engineering that also doubles as a camera, a media player and a cell phone? Well, here it is. It's the LG Shine in a colorful jacket of red or black.

The LG Shine, shown here in its attractive red stainless steel case, is a quad band GSM phone with 3G data capability for the AT&T wireless network. It features a unique 2.2 inch wide mirror LCD display that offers a wide viewing angle. Shine, it does. Closed it looks like a PDA or one of the other LG smartphones. But slide it open vertically and you'll find the keys you need for dialing. This sliding arrangement minimizes the form factor when not placing a call. But it also serves to maintain a 0.6 inch thin profile for easy transport and handling.

Note that the LG Shine model CU720 isn't really designed for text intensive operations. There's no on-screen or slide out QWERTY keyboard. The Web browser is also a WAP 2.0 version. But you'll get download speeds up to 1.4 Mbps within the AT&T HSDPA network footprint. Outside of that you're connected through the EDGE network at up to 144 Kbps.

The shine sports an exceptional quality 2.0 Megapixel digital camera that includes flash, a self-timer, viewfinder and image editor. It takes pictures easily good enough to print and perhaps an inducement to leave your old digital camera at home in the closet.

The Shine is designed to shine with multimedia applications. You'll put that high speed download to work with streaming cellular video (CV) and AT&T music, with access to XM Radio, MTV and HBO mobile. The MP3 player supports MP3, WMA, AAC and AAC+ formats. It includes an equalizer with visualization. Bluetooth wireless allows streaming music to a stereo Bluetooth headset or other A2DP compatible device. The phone includes 70 MB of memory onboard with a microSD memory port that takes cards up to 4GB each.

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