Internal 262,144 colour TFT LCD @ 128 x 160 pixels
Inside the F1200 is a beautiful 262,144 colour TFT LCD display. This is the highest quality displays on offer at the moment, so youíre bound to be impressed. At 128 x 160 pixels, the display isnít huge but it is definitely large. When used as the viewfinder for the VGA camera or displaying the graphic equalizer in the MP3 player application youíll be amazed at the quality.
External 65,526 colour TFT LCD @ 96 x 96 pixels
The external sub-LCD is there for mainly displaying the basic information about the state of the handset, but on the F1200 it also displays your MP3ís stored on the handset and even lets you play, pause, skip, and rewind them. The display has the ability to have a personally defined wallpaper from your internally stored collection.
SMS/EMS, MMS messaging
Keep in contact with your friends and loved ones with MMS messaging. MMS messages allow you to incorporate text, video, images, animation and sound into a single message that can be sent to a compatible mobile phone or an e-mail address. MMS technology has totally revolutionized the way people communicate.
SMS and EMS messaging is simple and easy. With predictive text and long-message support your messages are inputted without hassle. EMS messaging is basically SMS messaging with small black and white images and monophonic sounds. Theyíre the MMS of yesteryear!
GPRS Class 10
GPRS Class 10 enables you to connect to wireless data services from your mobile handset. This means the ability to send and receive MMS messages, and also browse WAP websites as described below. GPRS Class 10 has support for connections from anywhere between 32-48kbp/s.
The F1200 also acts as a modem for a PC or laptop with the appropriate local connection and software.
WAP 2.0 browser
With GPRS Class 10 wireless connectivity, one can use the integrated WAP 2.0 compliant browser installed on the F1200 to browse websites for information and fun downloads for their handset. From images, video clips, MP3s, and more you can find anything on WAP websites.
Tri-band GSM network connectivity
Stay connected on many continents wherever you travel with Tri-band GSM coverage. The F1200 operates natively on the GSM 900, 1800, and 1900MHz networks (not at the same time though!). Trot around the globe without the trouble of having to rent a new handset or even buy one simply for your travels. The F1200 automatically selects the appropriate network band too, saving you the hassle.
VGA camera with 2x digital zoom
The F1200ís VGA camera is located on the front of the handset. Therefore, it can be used with the sub-LCD for portrait shots as well as the main LCD. The VGA camera can capture images at a 640 x 480 pixel resolution. The camera application has many special effects (all detailed in the Camera Performance page of this review) like frames, resolution changes, and 2x digital zoom.
MP3 player function with external MP3 keys
This is probably one of the biggest selling points of the LG F1200. The handset has MP3 playback capabilities, some thing that even some high-end handsets lack. The MP3 playback support also includes MP3 ring tones, and above all keeps you entertained when youíre bored or need some music to lighten up your day.
External MP3 keys below the sub-LCD give you the option to start the MP3 player and get your tunes going without opening up the handset and browsing to the MP3 player application.
3D sound effect speakers
Operating hand-in-hand with the MP3 playback support, the F1200 incorporated dual speakers for 3D effects. Rather than a single speaker doing all the work at playing back sounds, it is split between the two and this means much higher quality audio. Especially with MP3ís (which are usually encoded at 192kbp/s) at high quality, you need high quality speakers to cope with them. The F1200ís audio sounded awesome and I even had a hard time convincing some that the music was actually coming from a mobile phone and not an MP3 player.
64mB internal shared memory
64mB of internal memory would be counted as a large amount of memory for a medium-range handset like the LG F1200. The 64mb is distributed between the camera application, MP3ís, animations, ring tones, messages, and the phone book entries. MP3ís will take up the most space but if you have the ability to encode your own MP3ís you may be able to fit a 10-12 track audio CD onto the handset with space to spare.
With infrared and USB connectivity anything you store on the F1200 can be transferred to another device or a PC/laptop. There is no external memory support on this handset.
64-chord polyphonic ring tones
Impress all your friends (and yourself!) with amazing 64-chord polyphonic ring tones. With the dual 3D speakers thrown in the mix too, you canít get much better than this in terms of polyphonic ring tones. Some 64-chord tones are installed on the handset and a whole galaxy of others available from WAP and internet sites.
USB and infrared connectivity
Connect to your PC or Laptop with one of these two connectivity options. The first is the easiest as you will find a USB data-cable in the sales package along with a CD supplying all the necessary software. A small infrared window can be found on the right hand side of the handset.