I was eagerly anticipating receiving the LG Sentio from the first time I saw it. It's the first phone I've seen in a while that looks like a worthy competitor in the cell phone market. Not just the low-end featurephone market, mind you, but the cell phone market in general. Granted, it's no smartphone with a mind-blowing screen or processor, but it seemed like a phone you could carry around with pride. A phone that still has a few features you can show off.
From the minute I picked up the Sentio, I was impressed. It looks great. Measuring roughly four inches by two inches and weighing a little over 3 ounces, the device feels solid right from the start. The 3-inch 240 x 400 WQVGA screen looks pretty basic, but I'll run a few tests to see if stands out. There is no physical keyboard so it will be touchscreen only for typing. We'll see how well that works.
The LG Sentio ships with a 900 mAh battery, a USB-based modular charger with a microUSB to standard USB cable, and a set of standard earbuds with an in-line mic. The usual "Getting Started" and "Warranty" guides are tucked in a pocket behind the phone.
The interface looks similar to other LG phones I've used in the past, but with a bit more color and style added to it. The 3 megapixel camera is a nice step up from the usual 1-2 megapixel cameras we see on most featurephones today. We'll see how it performs under different lighting conditions.
As of right now, I'm digging the LG Sentio. It's thin and solid and the features and UI give you a lot to play with. I've yet to use all of these features and test them out, but I'm already liking where this is going. Look for a full review in the coming days.