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printed September 1, 2014
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Review: LG GS505 Sentio

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The LG Sentio has a nearly perfect size and shape. It is small, thin, and light, and rounded edges make it very comfortable to hold and use. The materials are all plastic, and are coated in a soft-touch finish. The Sentio doesn't come off feeling cheap. It feels well put together and will easily slip into a pocket and disappear.

The Sentio's front face is mostly dominated by the 3-inch display. There are three buttons below it: Send, Back, and End/Power. All three have a pronounced shape and are placed far enough apart that it is easy to find and use them. Travel and feedback of these controls is perfect, offering a nice solid "click."

The volume rocker is placed on the left edge of the Sentio. It has two little humps that make finding it a cinch. There is a task button below it, which lets the Sentio switch between applications. It's a little small, and harder to find. These two buttons both had good travel and feedback. On the bottom of the left edge, LG has placed the microUSB port for charging and accessories. There is no headset jack to speak of, so Bluetooth is your only headset option. That's a disappointment.

There is a dedicated camera button on the right edge of the Sentio. It is small, and travel and feedback are minimal. It's a one-stage button, as the Sentio has a fixed-focus camera. The only other control is a lock key on the top of the Sentio. Pressing it quickly puts the display to sleep. Pressing it twice quickly will wake it up and unlock it. Pressing any other button on the phone when it is asleep will wake up the display and show the lock screen. It also is small and has minimal travel and feedback.

The microSD port is located under the battery cover, but thankfully not under the battery itself. That means hot-swapping is OK.

It may be small and somewhat boring to look at, but everything about the Sentio works as it is supposed to, and nothing gets in the way of using the device.

 

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