Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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LG Cookie KP500
Member Name: clairebear1984
LG Cookie KP500
Advantages: lots of features, good size, 3" touch screen
I have never had a contract phone in the past as I always thought it was better to have a pay as you go so I could top up and use whenever I wanted. Once I started getting addicted to texting I found that I was spending far more than I could afford to top up my mobile so I decided to apply for the genie package on 02. If I topped up my phone with £30.00 each month, I received unlimited texts for that month. I didn't get any free calls with the genie package and couldn't help but think surely I could get a better deal so off I went to the car phone warehouse.
After speaking with a very helpful lady I soon found out that I was basically being ripped off with 02 and she advised me to consider a contract. There were a good few cheaper contracts with a few hundred texts and a few minutes' calls for anything from £15.00 but I knew with my texting habit I needed a bit more.
The first obstacle was choosing the new phone, I fancied a touch screen so the lady asked what I would use the phone for, and I told her basically text and calls to state the obvious and I wanted something easy to use with a few different features. She offered me the lg kp500 in pink. I really liked the style of the phone and she assured me it had only been out since Christmas. I decided to opt for this one on an 18 month contract where I receive unlimited texts (it says unlimited on the advertisement but it is actually in moderation of about 2000) and 600 minutes for 25 pound a month. It was cheaper that my 30 pound a month with 02 plus I got free minutes and a new phone.
I had always stuck to Samsung phones in the past so I found dealing with the lg quite challenging at first but I easily picked things up. When first activating the phone it produces a small step by step part which introduced you to the phone. I was very impressed so far, the style looked great and the screen was full touch screen apart from 3 buttons on the bottom. It took me a little while to work out the different settings to change the phones wallpaper and ringtones but once I had sussed it, it was very easy to do.
I must admit I did have a few problems with the contract of the phone. When people were ringing me they were hearing a Christmas song played to them as the phone rang. Totally dumbfounded I rang the car phone warehouse to be told I had to ring orange as it seemed that they had added some extras on that I would probably be paying for. I asked why this would happen considering I hadn't signed for any extras and the guy advised that when taking out a new contract with orange they tend to add extras on which they give you for free for 2 months then charge you for. After ringing orange it had been confirmed that they did add extras on but the lady couldn't explain why. A bit of advice when getting a contract with orange is to make sure you know exactly what you are getting and make sure they don't add things on you don't want or need.
Some of the features that the kp500 has are:
3" full touch screen
Handwriting and editing
Motion censored games
Memory card slot (when getting this phone I was advised that it is better to buy a memory card as the phone will store next to nothing unless you have one, I was a little disappointed with this)
Embedded stylus pen (to use to help with handwriting and the screen however I find using my finger works better instead of keep getting the stylus out)
3 megapixel camera (is useless the quality is rubbish and photos don't even come out right, I have had many attempts to take photos of my daughter but they always come out blurry.
I found the texting screen to be very easy to use you just tap the screen with your finger or the stylus pen, if you tilt the phone to its side the texting turns into a QWERTY keyboard style. I find the QWERTY keyboard difficult to type messages on as it takes too long.
Overall even after mentioning the features for this phone I am still unsure about it and I have decided to go back to car phone warehouse for a chat. The phone tends to freeze quite a lot which is very frustrating especially when you are trying to text or hang up a call. It takes forever to delete messages and often freezes during this as well. I am really hoping this is just maybe a slight fault with my handset as I do really like this phone and so far haven't heard or seen any complaints from other owners for freezing.
I do think this is a good phone on a budget as a pay as you go I would definitely buy it but I do wish I had of went with a newer more advanced lg to get the 3g features that this one lacks. The handset to buy on pay as you go is about 110 and I think you are getting your money's worth with all the features. I just hope the freezing glitch isn't something I will have to put up with to have this handset and hopefully it is just my phone.
Summary: a good budget touch screen