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Review: LG GS505 Sentio

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The Sentio offers exactly what I'd expect to get from a $70 touchscreen phone. It covers all the basics — some better than others — but does nothing particularly well.

The resistive touch display leads to a lot of simple problems when using the Sentio. That alone could be a deal-breaker for those who are easily frustrated and don't have a lot of time to spend navigating menus and backtracking. It also doesn't look very good, with ragged images and not enough brightness.

The phone and contact applications work well enough, but the actual phone performance is below par for most T-Mobile phones I've tested in recent memory. Call quality just isn't there. Using Bluetooth makes it much worse.

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Unfortunately, lack of a standard headset jack and poor stereo Bluetooth performance pretty much kill the usefulness of the music player.

The camera software is above average for this class of device, but the camera performance was not.

The web browser is slow, sticks to mobile-only sites, but has decent controls and supports multiple windows at a time. In gets the job done, but without frills.

Who would I recommend this device to? Younger users looking for a touch screen device who don't care much about multimedia and prefer to stick to SMS / IM will probably not have any problems with the Sentio. Advanced users will be disappointed with its limitations.

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