LG Renoir KC910 Review

I recently received an LG Renoir KC910 for review.  I was hesitant at first to use an LG phone.  After using an iPhone 3GS, a Sony Ericsson Satio, a Blackberry Bold 9000, and an HTC HD2 I really didn't expect much from the LG.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Renoir. The build quality of the phone is solid but not spectacular. It is quite light for a larger phone, and the one I used came in a nice dark grey finish. The screen is a pretty good size 240 x 400 pixels, with touchscreen and auto - rotate capabilities. The colours are bright and crisp. It isn't as good as the iPhone 3GS screen, but considering the discrepancy in price, it is pretty good. There are 3 buttons on the front of the phone. One for calling, one for ending calls, and one for the menu. This is quite practical and I found myself using them regularly. The reception is pretty good. The version I used was a tri - band, that worked on GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900. I was in my underground parking on several occasions and never lost reception once. Voices sound crisp over the phones internal speaker, and the LG has speakerphone functionality. The phone is wifi and bluetooth enabled and has a USB 2.0 port. The Renoir accepts MicroSD cards up to 16gb. The phone has vibration alerts and mp3 ringtone capability. You can email, and do video conference calls with the front facing camera (similar to the iPhone 4). One of the best features of the phone is the 8 megapixel camera. Most top of the line phones these days feature 3.2 and 5 megapixel cameras, so it is here that the Renoir has a leg up. It has a xenon flash and resolution up to 3264x2448. The Schneider-Kreuznach optics lens is phenomenal and provides amazing quality photos from a reasonably priced phone. The lithium ion 1000 mAh battery lasts several days even with wifi and blue tooth on. The phone has built in or upgradeable codecs for MP3/MP4, AAC, DivX, and Xvid. The built in operating system is LG proprietary and runs quick and efficiently. It features an organizer and a document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF). The phone also has TV-out. I recommend the phone to everyone who doesn't have $400.00+ to spend on a phone, and wants the practicality of a wifi enabled smartphone with a top notch camera at a good price. Its hard to find one at the stores, but you can get one easily off Craigslist, Kijiji, or Ebay.