LG GM730f smartphone
LG's Telstra-exclusive GM730f smartphone promises a smart interface, but delivers a frustrating experience
- Rounded edges are nice, five-page home screen with shortcuts, phonebook combines all contact details, HSDPA 7.2Mbps connectivity, Wi-Fi
- Fingerprint magnet, slow and sluggish UI, S-Class UI doesn't conceal all of Windows Mobile, touch screen isn't as responsive as it should be, on-screen keyboard is too small and cumbersome to use, no 3.5mm headphone jack.
LG's GM730f is a standard Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone overlaid with the attractive but sluggish LG S-Class interface. The touch screen is a hit-and-miss affair, the on-screen keyboard is small and cumbersome and the phone lacks the polish of Samsung and HTC alternatives.
Price$ 979.00 (AUD)
LG's GM730f smartphone is exclusive to Telstra, which is also the first telco in the world to offer it. It's a Windows Mobile handset overlaid with a version of LG's S-Class interface. It runs the 6.1 version of Windows Mobile, but will be upgradeable to 6.5 when it's released later this year. While it offers all the features of Windows Mobile and the content of Telstra's Next G network, using the LG GM730f is a frustrating experience.
The LG GM730f smartphone is a touch screen, candy bar handset with sleek rounded edges and a stylish pattern imprinted on the rear battery cover. It is compact and light considering it’s a Windows Mobile phone, and the chrome edging and gloss black front are attractive — though both surfaces make the GM730f almost impossible to keep free of fingerprints and marks.
The LG GM730f has a 3in resistive touch screen. It is clear but the resolution isn't as good as the displays on some recent Windows Mobile smartphones, particularly the Samsung Omnia Icon and the HTC Touch Diamond2. Because it is a resistive touch screen, you can use a stylus as well as your fingers for input, but it isn't as nice to use as a capacitive touch screen.
The LG GM730f smartphone has physical volume controls, a lock screen/power key and a dedicated camera button. It also has an optical pad. This can be used as a navigational pad by swiping across it in a direction, or it can be used as an optical mouse with a cursor appearing on the screen. Both options are rather cumbersome: certain GM730fs menus often can't be swiped left to right, while the mouse cursor option is fiddly and tricky to master.
The Windows Mobile operating system has been skinned with a version of LG's proprietary S-Class user interface. First seen on the LG Arena, the S-Class overlay is a downscaled version of the original interface, with many components of the regular Windows UI still visible.
The LG GM730f's home screen consists of five pages that can be scrolled through by swiping across the screen or the optical pad. The time and date appear on the main screen, while search, multimedia, favourite contacts and shortcuts to Telstra services make up the other four screens. Across the bottom of each screen is a shortcut bar offering quick access to a calendar, contacts, messaging, BigPond services and the main menu. From the home screen it's quite easy to access commonly used functions and the settings tab is particularly impressive; it means you don't need to access settings through the regular Windows Start menu.
Unfortunately, the S-Class overlay is just that: a skin over the frustrating Windows Mobile UI. In most cases, accessing settings takes you to the regular interface, which is almost impossible to navigate using your fingers. The touch screen isn't as responsive as it should be, the interface is often sluggish and the on-screen keyboard is small and therefore difficult to type accurately on. There is also a slight delay between pressing the keys and the letters appearing on the screen, so that trying to type too quickly results in letters being missed. To make matters worse, the included stylus isn't stored in the phone and has to dangle alongside the handset.
One aspect of the LG GM730f that we did like was the phonebook: it has one-touch access to all contact details, including being able to text message, video call and e-mail contacts from a single screen.
The LG GM730f smartphone has a reasonable features list, including 7.2Mbps HSDPA capabilities, a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an FM radio and a built-in GPS receiver, though there is nothing really new or innovative. The GM730f struggles as a multimedia device, with LG opting for a proprietary headphone/charging jack rather than a standard 3.5mm one. For video playback, the screen isn't vibrant and it struggles with glare. The GM730f comes with 300MB of internal memory, but a microSD slot can hold cards of up to 32GB.
Hopefully the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 will result in a much needed speed boost for this handset.
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Bose SoundLink Micro
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 2 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 3 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 4 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- Exciting New Aussie Dash-Cams Unveiled Ahead of Holiday Road Trip Season
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- JBL Link 10 review: Full, in-depth review
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- CES 2018
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTIntegration Technical LeadOther
- FTApplication Support EngineerVIC
- FTSenior Applications Specialist - Developer (Cerner)QLD
- FTReporting and Compliance Lead (Security Practice)Other
- FTApplication/Systems Support AnalystOther
- FTOpenText ConsultantNSW
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- TPChange AnalystVIC
- CCBusiness Intelligence Analyst ProgrammerQLD
- CCSenior Java DeveloperVIC
- FTSalesforce Developers x 7Other
- FTSenior React DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCSecurity Operations SpecialistQLD
- CCIBM Lotus Notes DeveloperNSW
- FTNetwork ArchitectVIC
- FTMaster SchedulerOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - $650 per dayOther
- FTIntegration SpecialistQLD
- TPOffice 365 Technical AnalystVIC
- FTIT Service Centre Senior Support OfficerVIC
- FTData AnalystOther
- TPPrincipal Business AnalystQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD