Reviewed on Saturday August 29, 2009 by Sal, Mississauga
I've had this phone for six months now and its been just fine.
What a lot of reviewers here failed to take into account when they were slamming the battery life and reception of the phone was that it matters a lot what the signal strength IS in your area. All cellphones and blackberries use up more battery power in areas where the signal strength is low or medium, in order to try and maintain a higher level of connectivity. If you live in a heavily populated area like I do - Mississauga / Toronto - then you're pretty much blanketed with five-bar reception wherever you go. So because of that, I haven't had my LG 8700 Shine from Koodo [owned by Telus] having any battery problems, and of course no reception problems.
The phone has never stopped working for me although I do get annoyed when I'm on the TTC subway and I forget to turn the phone off, because the battery drains quickly when you're traveling through the underground tunnels [see above notes] so on a couple of occasions I've been caught off-guard when being on the TTC subway from one end to the other (a 45 minute ride) and I find the battery life chopped in half.
I use the MP3 player, camera, and txt player all the time and I've had no problems. I have a 4GB mini-SD card onboard and the only annoying thing I've found is that you can't get the phone to recognize additional directories that you've created via the PC on the SD card; I like to categorize my music by different artists so because of the lack of recognition of new folders, I have to dump all my music files into one big folder and that sucks when you have 100 or more MP3 files to run through.
Also, I wish that the video player had a higher resolution than just 320x240, given that it can take photo resolution sizes of upto 1600x1200, but oh well, you cant have everything.
I'd give this phone an 8/10.
Disclaimer - I do not work for Telus or Koodo. I have worked at Bell Canada for five years so I'm very familiar with the telecommunication industry from retail, SMB, and Enterprise perspectives.