Once we got the phone unlocked, the first thing we noticed was that (to LG's credit) the interface is standard Windows Mobile 6.5.3. We've certainly encountered enough janky custom UIs in our time to come to appreciate the straight forward simplicity of WinMo's Today Screen. As far as the 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen display goes, it really is no better or worse than we're accustomed to. Sure, with some practice you get used to it, but really -- why do you think man invented capacitive?
Aside from the usual resistive shenanigans, we have to say that our experience was pretty pleasant. A trip around the physical handset found us holding a solid, well-built device. First of all, the top surface is textured, giving it a more substantial feel than smooth plastic would, and the back of the phone has a little bit of texture as well -- if anything, it feels "quality." A trip 'round the edges reveals the volume rocker, micro USB port, camera and task manager keys, a microSD card slot (mercifully, there's no need to remove the battery or back plate to access this), and a power / lock key that resides at the top of the device.
This is not a light phone -- a quick, unscientific survey of what we happen to have in our desk here finds that even the G1 feels like a feather compared to it. Sure, we don't mind (we like a phone with some heft, after all) but you might balk at its, well, bulk. As far as the slider mechanism goes, it's solid, with the landscape QWERTY keyboard moving into place with a healthy click, revealing the twenty-six letters of the alphabet plus your full compliment of function keys as well as a d-pad.
Moving in, the 3.2-inch WVGA display does the job admirably -- colors are, well, their proper color, sufficiently bright and bold, and it's only upon very close inspection that things start to get wiggy. Close reading on a very long train ride might give you a headache, but quickly jotting some emails you should be fine.