LG throws their hat into the Windows Phone 7 game with the Quantum C900, which aimed to offer something a little different to the average Windows smartphone while still providing all of the base functions that users had come to expect. They were successful in some aspects, though many believe the phone to be a little inferior to many of its contemporaries.
The phone features a 3.5 inch screen set against a 4.7 inch backdrop, which only really serves to make the screen itself appear small, even though it is fairly similar in size to many of the earlier Windows Phone 7 devices. The screen also has a fairly low resolution, only offering 800×400 pixels as the maximum resolution. While this isn’t really an issue when it comes to calling and messaging, it means that the phone isn’t ideal for people who want to be able to enjoy films or look at pictures with the best possible detail.
The actual phone itself doesn’t improve on this first impression either. The slider design is a little clunky, though functional. However, it just feels extremely bulky in the hand, making the phone feel a little unwieldy, thus making the user wonder if there could have been more work placed into making the design of the device a little bit more efficient.
Having said all of that, we can have no complaints with the quality of operation, as the touchscreen is extremely responsive, so you don’t have to worry about swiping at it multiple times just to get it to do what you want.
Furthermore, the keyboard that comes with the device is one of the best that we have seen on a phone running the Windows 7 operating system, offering plenty of space for typing in addition to being sturdy enough to withstand plenty of use.
The phone performs extremely well, with the minimum requirements enforced by Microsoft once again ensuring that any phone using Windows 7 needs to be up to the task of actually running the operating system well enough that the user actually enjoys the experience.
This means that you won’t have any issues with running apps or other functionalities, plus the excellent touchscreen means that everything moves as smoothly as you tell it to, rather than getting delayed due to the device’s inability to read your commands.
Call quality is very high too, with only a minimal level of background noise noticeable. This is not going to be an issue for most people, as it is practically impossible to find a smartphone that has crystal clear sound quality. Simply put, you should be able to receive calls easily, without having to strain to hear what the caller is saying or shout to make yourself heard. The speakerphone also offers a similar level of quality, making the phone great for conference calls.
The battery is also fairly impressive, offering a meaty 6 hours of talk time, so you shouldn’t find yourself running out unless your calls last for an extremely long time.
The phone is aimed more towards the business end of the market, hence the sliding design and physical keyboard, so this needs to be kept in mind if you are not a fan of these types of phones. Having said that, the keyboard itself is superb and the sliding design means that the phone offers something a little different to the majority of other devices running Windows 7.
Apart from that it comes with the standard features you would expect from a Windows Phone 7 device, including conditional call forwarding and voice dialing. As such, you should find that it measures up to its contemporaries fairly well in terms of the features offered with the base model.
LG also manage to set themselves apart a little by offering 10 free apps with the package, including a workout tracker and a handy Tool Box app that features a flashlight. Considering how much similar apps can cost it is a welcome addition and one that may sway the minds of people who are uncertain about what type of phone they want to buy.
The camera is a standard 5 megapixel design, offering decent picture quality without ever really excelling. It’s good for general use, but amateur photographers would be advised to look elsewhere.
The Bottom Line
The LG Quantum C900 is a solid, if unspectacular phone. It doesn’t bring anything really new to the table, outside of the handy batch of apps that come packaged with the phone, and the design leaves a lot to be desired in many respects.
However, it is well-built in terms of general construction, so you can be sure it will stand up to everyday use. Furthermore, the call quality on offer is amongst the best of all of the devices running Windows 7 and the keyboard makes messaging people much easier. As such, it is an excellent choice for those who are aiming to use the phone in a business capacity.