CTIA Fall 2008
LG announced the Invision several weeks ago for AT&T. It is the third phone that can access AT&T's MediaFLO live TV services and w were able to get our hands on it this week at CTIA.
It is a tiny little bugger. The small, monoblock-style phone is lightweight and fits easily in your hand. It has a leather textured back that I found appealing. Because it is nice and thin, it slips easily into and out of your pocket.
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The screen is a bit on the tiny side if you ask me. For viewing TV, the bigger the better, right? The Invision is taking the approach that smaller is better, but I can't quite figure out why. The screen preserves the 4:3 aspect ration that is common for most programming. It doesn't disappoint in quality, though. It is very bright and crystal clear. TV looked really, really good on it, despite the small size.
Rather than a standard D-pad, the Invision has a plus-shaped (+) shaped button that lets you navigate the phone's menus. This buttons worked well enough. Crammed above it are the soft keys, dedicated TV key and back/clear key. All these buttons are a bit on the small side, but they have good travel and feedback.
The keypad is a little awkward and will require you to adjust the way you type. Rather than place the *, 0 and # keys along the bottom, the Invision has shifted them to the right of the keypad. So you have 1, 2, 3, * running across the top row, 4, 5, 6, 0 running across the second, and 7, 8, 9, # along the bottom of the phone. All they keys had good travel and feedback.
The camera key on the side felt good to use and was easily found with your finger. Same goes for the volume toggle.
The phone has some decent features packed into a small package. If size matters to you, the Invision could be the right choice.
Here is a video tour of the Invision: