Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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LG Cookie KP500
LG Cookie KP500
Member Name: CinnamonBun
LG Cookie KP500
Advantages: Cheap, great features.
Disadvantages: Can be slow and unresponsive
I've never been a fan of LG, and always steered clear of them when buying TV's, mobiles etc. due to bad recommendations, however I received the KP500 as a Christmas present in 09 and have owned it for about 7 months, and am pleasantly surprised. At the time, the touch-screen feature was becoming more increasingly popular than the conventional 12 digit models. When looking into other phones with this capability, I found most were considerably expensive, and the recession had not helped my situation. The LG KP500 however was an affordable compromise; it was only around £49.95 from Carphone warehouse. It happened to be my first touch screen phone, and having owned it for around 7 months I have to say I've had not one issue, other than the occasional slow and unresponsive touch screen.
Initially I found the touch-screen often tricky to use, but quickly got the hang of it with thanks to the built in stylus. The KP500 also has an integrated accelerometer, meaning the mobile can sense which direction it is being held in, and then the screen automatically swivels to suit the user as well as recognise hand-writing (useful when writing messages). This feature proved quite fun not only when playing with games and apps. but to control other functions, if for example you wanted to neatly arrange your dashboard items into a line, the user simply shakes the mobile, and hey presto! It works. I found the phone though at times to be unresponsive when doing so, so I advise not to practise this in public places unless you don't mind being gawked at. The on-screen QWERTY keyboard transforms into full view when you rotate the phone to landscape mode - which is where I discovered the impossible task of trying to type using my fat finger, which is when the stylus comes in handy also.
Compared to other mobiles I've owned I found the KP500 to be much more ideal in terms of size and depth, meaning it sits quite happily in my tiny pockets, not to mention it weighs a mere 90g. By no means however, have LG in decreasing the size of the average touch screen, have they compromised on the screen area, which measures at around 3" wide. Moving on to other appealing features, the phone includes the usual media player, Radio (which requires the headphones to be attached, to act as an antenna), web browser - which I find particularly handy for Facebook, Hotmail and Youtube.
On with the negatives! The camera isn't bad for its price bracket, with a respectable 3.2 megapixels, but I make peace with the absence of auto focus also but particularly hate the fact that there is no flash, which makes taking pictures in places of which are not even remotely dark anyway, a complete nightmare - that not even 'night mode' can salvage. Another issue is the memory, constrained by 48 Mb, I would strongly recommend investing in a micro SD card (compatible with this model) for additional external memory.
In my opinion LG have done themselves proud with the KP500. With the Cookie, LG have cleverly disposed of the less significant features that their target audience fails to notice anyway, and introduced a standard camera. This subsequently, cuts the retail price instantly, aswell as making for a more stylish, sleek and practically sized mobile, that is altogether simpler to use. I recommend this model to anyone seeking an affordable, fun and stylish touch-screen enabled phone with some great features - that is, any how, if you don't mind the phone lacking in terms of camera and fast internet.
Having owned both the Cookie and the Tocco Lite, I felt it was worth a brief mention. The Samsung Tocco Lite, of which shortly followed the release of the LG KP500, exists as its arch enemy. In terms of looks and features the two are almost identical; in fact I found it hard to find any major differences other than price (at the time). Samsung tend to have the upper hand here, as in a tie situation, consumers often look to whichever brand had the better of reputations, and Samsung is known for producing more robust, reliable phones. I found some of my Friends and family, who own the Cookie also, often complain about these irritating 'glitches', that I've never came across personally (a matter of luck I guess), but having owned both, I can't pick any faults with either, or be it favour one over the other.
Summary: A great touch screen for a fraction of the price!
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