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LG CU720 Shine review

6.1/10 AVG.

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The LG CU720 Shine currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 91 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

LG has had quite a run with its Chocolate series and now the Shine. Interestingly, the Shine is in some ways a hybrid between the successful “shiny” phone series and the form factor of the LG Chocolate. Unfortunately, the result is a posh fashion accessory that is none too easy to use.

The LG Shine suffers from two key drawbacks: an extremely sensitive joystick and a crunched keypad that insists on mistakes. The joystick is a spun metal nub which is used in lieu of a more traditional navigation array, and while its minimalist look adds to the beauty of the device, it’s a chore to use with any accuracy.

While not a good choice for a heavy texter, the Shine is most definitely a showpiece and clearly one of the best looking sliders on the market.

When closed, the Shine’s exterior is one large mirrored finish. When you touch any button, a handsome 2.25 inch display appears, capable of producing 262K colors. The screen also uses Multi-Angle Vision Technology, which allows you to view the screen from almost any angle. The Font style is adjustable, as is the brightness and backlight timer. You can select either an icon or list style menu. You can also customize the Shine will a selection of ringtones and wallpapers.

The Shine supports Yahoo, AOL and MSM for instant messaging, and comes with a mid-range feature set that includes voice commands, wireless web browser and email.

If you put a premium on the look of your phone, the Shine will definitely stand out as a class act. However, as an intuitive convergence device the Shine falls short.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


You wouldn't expect some mail-order bride to manage your investment portfolio. So if you're cool with form over function, this pretty stainless-steel slider is a safe bet. The 2-megapixel camera snapped surprisingly clear pics, thanks to high-quality optics — you can even use the mirrored disp...

- Steven Leckart , Wired

I find the K770 to be well designed and built. The few niggles in the design are small enough so as to probably not bother too many people.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn

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Common Questions

LG released the CU720 Shine on January 14, 2007.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG CU720 Shine user manual here.

LG backs up the CU720 Shine with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your CU720 Shine has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The LG CU720 Shine's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

185 MB

Internal memory is 185 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 900 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

CU720 Shine Specs

Release date January 14, 2007
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 185 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.14 W/kg
Body: 0.65 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Red, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.9 x 5.1 x 1.5 cm (3.9 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
2x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments -
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