LG GD910 Watch-phone review

4 stars
Finally, the watchphone revolution has arrived. But does the LG GD910 fulfil our boyhood gadget fantasies?

Holographic 3D projections aside, pretty much nothing rates as highly on the gadgetometer as a watchphone. Bond had one. Dick Tracy had one. Even Blake's Seven had them. And now you can have one, courtesy of LG.

Size doesn't matter

The GD910 is a big watch, but in this age of oversized G-Shocks, it doesn't feel ludicrous. And, unlike most gadget watches, it's stylish ā€“ the only downside being the dull standby display.

A scratchproof face and water-resistant body are also on hand to deal with any Bond-esque escapades you happen upon.  

Despite its size the GD910 is a joy to control, thanks to an excellent gesture-sensitive touchscreen that makes it easy to do anything, from choosing your watch face to making a call.

Improbable as it seems, even typing out a T9 text message is easy. Cranking up the sci-fi cred, you can set any incoming text messages to be read out in a robotic monotone.

Receiving, loud and clear

Amazingly, the GD910 works well as a phone without resorting to the bundled Bluetooth headset. The built-in speaker is loud enough to work on the street, and the microphone does a surprisingly good job of picking up your voice amid the chaos. You'll look like a fool talking into your wrist, but that's the pain of being an early adopter.  

 

The GD910's Achilles heel is its battery. You'll struggle to get much more than an hour's worth of talk-time out of the phone, so you'll be reluctant to use its other battery-sapping features like Bluetooth stereo. And you'll need to get used to docking your watch every night. Oh, for a Kinetic watchphone.

Bluetooth functionality

There's no headphone socket on the GD910, but load up the watch's 2GB of storage with a couple of hundred MP3s and you can stream music wirelessly to a Bluetooth stereo headset or hi-fi ā€“ just watch that battery.  

The Bluetooth profile includes the ability to act as a modem. Pair it with your PC or Mac and you'll be able to use it to browse the web at up to 7.2mbps, thanks to the high-speed HSDPA connection.

Amazingly, the GD910 even has a built in camera. It's not much use for taking pics, unless you're a contortionist, but it's perfect for making video calls. Assuming you know anyone to videocall, that is.   

Until Samsung's watchphone arrives, the only timepiece to rival this LG is Sony Ericsson's unobtrusive MBW-150. Well, we say 'rival' but it doesn't actually make calls, instead hooking up to your mobile using Bluetooth. And it only works with Sony Ericsson handsets. All of which leaves the GD910 free to fill its boots...for now.

 

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LG GD910 Watch-phone

Expensive and gimmicky, but brilliant nonetheless. What better way to wear your geek credentials on your wrist?
LG GD910 Watch-phone review
4 stars
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