By December 16, 2009

LG GD510 POP Review

The LG Pop has followed today’s common market theme of being a touch screen phone. There is a big difference here though, and that’s the price. It’s much more affordable than other touch screen phones.

Pop-angled-right The LG GD510 Pop


What’s in the box?

  • LG GD510 handset
  • Battery (Li-ion 3.7V)
  • USB cable (proprietary connection to the handset)
  • Mains charger (USB cable used)
  • Stereo headset/handsfree (proprietary USB connection)
  • User guide

For more information you can check out Matt’s LG GD510 Pop unboxing video

LG GD510 Pop specification:

  • Display: TFT touchscreen 240 x 400 pixels – 3.0 inches
  • Memory: 42MB internal storage
  • Card slot: up to 8GB
  • Dimensions: 97.8 x 49.5 x 11.2 mm
  • Weight: 87g
  • 2G: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
  • Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
  • USB: microUSB


Front – 3″ touch screen display and multi-function button

Pop-front LG GD510 Pop – Front view

Top – Power button and lanyard loop

Pop-top LG GD510 Pop – Top view

Left – Up/down rocker button for volume and USB socket

Pop-left LG GD510 Pop – Left side view

Right – Camera button (also used as a quick app button)

Pop-right LG GD510 Pop – Right side view

Back – 3MP camera (the battery, sim card and memory card are located under the back cover)

Pop-back LG GD510 Pop – Back view


  • Affordable price
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Quite simple to use
  • Optional solar panel back
  • Good battery life


  • Touch screen not very sensitive
  • No camera flash
  • No 3G
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Too small? (or lack of stylus)



My first impressions of the LG Pop GD510 were quite mixed. It looks quite nice. It is pleasing to the eye, compact, and pretty light weight. But, at the same time it looks quite plastic. It looks nicer than the LG Cookie mind you.

The size of it really stands out. Very slim, and not much bigger than a credit card. This can be either a good or bad aspect. I think people with relatively big hands may find this phone a bit fiddly.

Pop-angled-left LG GD510 Pop

One great feature of the LG GD510 Pop is the optional solar panel battery/cover (purchased separately). I didn’t have this to try out but I think the concept is a good one.

There is a downside to this though. The panel is of course on the back of the phone. So in order to charge the battery using the panel you have to place the phone screen side down so this would increase the chance of scuffing or scratching the screen.

lgGD510Pop LG GD510 Pop with solar panel

I didn’t seem to warm to the touch screen. It didn’t seem to be sensitive enough. Even a bit temperamental at times. When scrolling it seemed that an awful lot of pressure was required whilst dragging your finger across the screen. The screen also feels soft. There’s a slight bit of give when pressing on the screen which makes it feel a bit flimsy. This is very noticeable if you use a phone like the IPhone, or HTC Hero. I think that if you haven’t used a touch screen phone before this you won’t mind these aspects of the Pop’s touch screen.

The display is ok. It’s clear and bright enough but not anything special. I remember commenting on the LG Cookie’s display which was very good. So, when it comes to the Pop, I feel a bit disappointed that LG didn’t keep the high quality screen.

There are three desktops on the home screen. You just slide your finger across the screen to get to each one. You can place widgets, contact and shortcuts on the desktops which comes in handy for your most used features.

The menu looks a bit busy at first but is actually quite organised and very straight forward. The items in the menu are set in categories. Each line of categories can be scrolled through separately. This isn’t necessarily helpful in any way but it’s a nice touch. If you don’t like this slide menu you can select a tabbed layout which has fixed icons.


The built in accelerometer is quite impressive. The response time when switching to phone from portrait to landscape mode (by turning the handset) is extremely quick. I must admit that I didn’t expect this at all.

Texting is very simple in portrait mode using the T9 setting and the text is very big! Makes life easy for anyone who’s sight isn’t perfect! I found that you could type away quite quickly without any problems. However, you can also choose a qwerty keypad. This is a nightmare to use! The screen is just a bit to small for this, and the buttons on this qwerty keypad are very small. LG really could have not bothered having this feature on the phone, or at least provided a stylus.


The LG GD510 Pop has good call quality. The sound is clear and background noise doesn’t cause any problems, and the people I spoke to using this phone said that they could hear me clearly. The dial pad is brought up on the screen with on click of a shortcut screen that is on the home screen icon bar (along with other main buttons such as your contacts, messaging and menu)


You can see in the menu picture a range of applications and tools. There are of course more hidden away which you can see if you scroll/slide though the menu. Applications such as the browser, Yahoo search, email, etc are available and great for those wanting a slide phone that has all these features for an affordable price. The huge let down here is that the GD510 Pop does not have 3G or Wi-Fi capabilities. If you’re going to use these applications you’ll need to be patient because it is pretty slow! What a disappointment.


The music player is simple to use and looks pleasing to the eye. Sound quality through the stereo headphones is average (but expected for standard boxed headphones).

The handset supports a microSD card upto 8GB which means you can fit shed loads of music (or what ever else you want) onto the phone. But, there is no 3.5mm jack which is a shame as you can make the most of the music player by using your own headphones. I’m sure it’s not just me who like to do that. The USB socket on the side is used for both the headset connection and for charging the phone. Of course, this means that you can have both plugged in at the same time.


The camera is unfortunately very disappointing. It’s a 3MP camera with no auto-focus or flash. As always, in good lighting you can take a pretty decent picture. But, as there is no flash, as soon as the light goes the camera is next to useless.

You can take videos with the camera. The frameset is very low though which means that you won’t be getting the best of footage from the Pop.


One thing that did impress me was the incredible battery life. From being fully charged it lasted almost three days before I had to charge it again.



The LG GD510 Pop is a nice looking and adequate touch screen phone for the price. It may be too small for some but looks quite stylish because of its size.

The touch screen is ok if it’s your first touchscreen phone but I wouldn’t recommended it if you been used to a high quality and sensitive touch screen as you will be pretty disappointed or at least frustrated!

The optional solar panel for charging the phone is a great idea and definitely fits in with the energy saving focus that we have, and let’s face it, it will also save on your electricity bill in the long run.

Over all, it’s not even near the standards of many of the touch screens on the market but for a low-cost and entry level touch screen phone the LG GD510 Pop is well worth considering.



Reviewed by: Emma

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