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I was looking for a cheap budget phone and bought this one from eBay and i had to shell only 65 GBP for it. I considered this phone because of the low price tag and the wide range of features it offered. It had a 8MP Camera which looked promising. I detail below what else i discovered about this phone :
The phone had a decent processor but it hanged a lot of times while i would try to run two or three apps simultaneously , i notified LG about this issue and they recommended me a firmware update , i installed the LG PC Suite and updated the firmware after which the phone stopped hanging , but it did still hang if i ran many apps simultaneously , well that's obvious as the processor couldn't handle all that at once.
Off-course as i already mentioned , it had a 8 Mega Pixel camera and it did give me nice quality pictures. The only drawback i found in the camera was that i had to manually open the lens every time i wanted to take a snap , although i am aware that it was a protective measure that the phone was equipped with a lens cover , but the lack of automatically operated lens cover proved to be a major setback.
Look & Feel
The phone's design was much similar to a digital camera and my friends would often comment that the phone was more like a camera than a phone. Apart from the camera style look , the phone has three hardware buttons, meant for calling , accessing the task manager and the third one for ending tasks.
Call - Voice & Video Calling
The voice call quality is awesome , but the loudspeaker voice is too low and it isn't audible if we are present in a noisy environment. The low loudspeaker volume is also irritating as i couldn't wake up in the morning as the phone's alarm was not loud enough.
The video call quality is average , although i assumed that it might be much better, but it wasn't as expected. The secondary camera meant for video calling doesn't really have the expected resolution.
Touch & Interface
The phone does however have an impressive touch screen and a customizable interface , although the process of installing themes is a bit awkward and requires technical knowledge, but many unofficial themes are available for the phone over the internet.
The phone has LG's own operating system installed, and it is easy to use and navigate. The photo gallery does however take some time to load , but once loaded captured images can be browsed easily and in a user friendly interface.
The worst part of the story comes here, the battery backup of the mobile is the most drastic i have experienced. The batter performed somewhat well initially , giving me a backup of upto 36 hours without frequent usage , but eventually after a period of four months , the battery life ran out and the phone would switch off within 10-12 hours of full charging.
The phone offers crispy pictures and has a sufficiently high resolution , comes with an extremely low price tag making it a budget phone , and is recommended to anyone who wants a decent multimedia phone and doesn't want to burn a hole in the pocket.
What the phone fails to provide is a long battery life , which is an important factor , and secondly the phone hangs if you perform multi tasking.
Phones are there to support us in different ways, and for that reason alone choosing a phone should be an important decision making process. I had this phone just over 12 months ago please note I know have an Apple iPhone 3g 8gb (I have written a review on this) but despite this, I still have this phone and had it for over a year a an half so can comment on it to others.
What inspired me to this phone in the first place was that I had seen it around on a few people, and this sparked an interest. I felt that if a few people were using and recommending the phone to me, it must be something worth looking into. (It's like with the iPhone, you see it everywhere and it makes you want to explore further into why it must be good for people to have it - or maybe that's just me..) The camera is something that was very important to me, and this was the first to have an 8 megapixel. (but more about that underneath).
Before this phone I had quite a basic one, thats main role was to text and be texted! However, with the new technology bombarding phones these days (which I felt started about 2 years ago) I wanted to jump on the band wagon and see what everyone was raving about.
So if you are scam reading this for some information about the phone itself, here we go in a nutshell:
It has an 8 mega pixel camera.
A high quality video camera.
MP3 and FM Radio.
8gb storage (on a card).
Touch sensitive screen.
So now if you are interested in learning more about this phone, I'm going to discuss some of the elements I feel push it into a high quality phone catergory.
The camera --> If like me you enjoy phones which has fantastic camera quality on them, so you can capture good quality images when your out and about, to then upload them onto your computer, this phone has superb technology. It has a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, autofocus plus a xenon flash - making photographs in slightly darker places a doddle. If you manually change the ISO settings to 600 (which this phone offers) it does mean that the flash works even more impressively - better than some cameras around on the market! The button for capturing images can be located on the side of the phone, or can be selected by going through the menu. The easy upload of photos is great, because connecting with a USB cable to your computer quickly gives you access to your shots, plus you can free up the large memory it gives you by moving images onto your hard drive.
The touch-screen --> Touch screen phones have had such an impact on technology and it comes as no surprise that this is a very good high quality touch screen. Using a standard QWERTY keyboard to text, it can sometimes be a little fidgerty, make sure you learn how to adapt pressing these buttons with less pressure than normal - but with enough pressure to make it happen! At first I found it highly sensitive, but this went off after about 6 months, and it meant I had to start applying more pressure to the keys. Because it is touch, something new to me, meant that instead of quick texting whilst looking away form your phone - if you recognise the layout of the keyboard buttons on older phones - you had to concentrate on what was where! On this it is just a simple flat pad, so looking away means you could be pressing anything! The screen is 240 x 400 pixels, making it sharp, and clear. The screen size also dominates the phone - it is a 3 inch, so it does mean that if you drop it chances are you'll scratch the screen!
The battery life is better than the iPhone in my opinion, but that offers more apps and I'm on the internet more frequently. I would recommend a charge every 2-3 days. Call time is around 8 hours, which is standard with most phones. The phonebook can store up to 1000 users, and text messages can be stored in the hundreds.
It weighs just over 110g, so not too heavy - it feels the perfect size. Anything to small, and you won't recognise if somebody lifts it out of your pocket I think!
Another feature that without doubt you can't fail to notice the 'widgets' which enable you to put whatever you want on the screen at one time. Swapping and changing them around is easy. For example, on the display picture above you can see the clock, calendar, picture folder and 2 more links to display information quickly. It is up to you what you place here, and you can also build things up and using your fingers swipe the screen to take you to another screen of widgets. This makes more sense if you actually do it, I'm sorry I can't explain it any better than this!
You can still get this phone on a contract, and it should be around £20 for a great tariff, because of how long it has been around. To buy new, it is anything from £100-130 - so shop around to find a good deal.
This phone also works with Dolby, so the sound quality that can be recorded from videos is much better than most.
The LG Renoir was about being the first to have an incredible camera, and it does live up to that. It has many features and I thought it was a great phone - although speed wise I prefer my iPhone. But as a competition for it, it's very impressive!
Having owned this phone since its release, about 2 years ago now, I've had this phone for quite awhile now. There have been some reliability issues with the microphone so voice calls were a little one sided but this was quicklt fixed by my network, three. The touch screen is very different to that of other phones and particularly the ipod screens so it does take time to get used to. The menus are very easy to use and the tool bar along the bottom contains the shortcuts to the main functions of the phone so often the main menu isn't needed.
The phone is fitted with an 8 mega pixel camera so on paper at least it seems the camera is very good but im not convinced. The quality of the photo doesn't seem to be as good as other 8 mega pixel cameras so I'm a little sceptical.
Browsing the internet with this phone isn't that easy especially trying to select medium to small hyperlinks. Often I have to enlarge the page and press slightly above the link to select which can be quite irritating.
As a mentioned earlier, the reliability issues with the phone have been few and far between so reliability is not really a problem.
Sending messages is very easy and a qwerty keyboard can be used instead of the traditional phone keypad. The predictive feature is relatively good and it comes with many city names in the UK already entered.
A major problem with the phone however is it's locking function. To unlock the phone is needs to be touched at the bottom of the screen for a few moments. As a result, my phone regularly unlocks itself in my pocket and once this has happened everything and anything seems to happen, from sending texts, calling people and browsing the internet. This is certainly an issue that needs to be looked at for future designs from LG.
Overall this is a pretty good smart phone and although over two years old in design, it isn't too badly outdated by the newer smart phones but if I were to buy a new phone now, this wouldn't be my choice.
What is it?
The KC910 also known as the "Renoir" is a top of the range LG touch screen mobile packed with interesting features such as MP3, Micro SD slot capable of taking memory up to 16gb, Wi-Fi, USB, 8 Mega pixel camera, video, divx inbuilt internet browsing & much more!
It has a sleek sophisticated design, with a piano black front which coincides with most of LG's product designs. It has a 3 inch touch screen which can be used with a stylus (pen) provided &/or your fingers. The back is slightly grey due to its scratch resistant cover. It also has the main camera protected by a cover slide which can also be used to automatically go into the camera mode providing the phone isn't on lock mode.
The sides are cleverly rounded to further prevent scratches and damage. On the right side, there are volume buttons and camera buttons, and on the left side there is a cable slot and a card slot.
What's it like to use?
This phone is surprisingly simple to use for a phone crammed with so many features and capabilities. The option menu is easily accessible and all the applications and options are conveniently placed in four main categories; Communicate, Entertainment, Utilities & Settings.
Using the stylus is fairly simple to use & a novelty at first for those new to using touch screen phones. Users more familiar with these devices will probably prefer using their fingers. In time most users will be likely to use fingers as it allows you to navigate through the phone and its options a lot quicker than a stylus would. Like most things though it is personal preference.
One of the more impressive features on this phone is the 3G internet. I cannot review 3G in general due to the different strengths across various networks; however on the "Three network" I have always been happy with the signal. The phone comes with its own purpose built browser. In this browser you have your address bar as well as various tools to optimize viewing as well as zoom options a must if you're viewing full scale internet pages. For a while I enjoyed using the phones browser; however I highly recommend downloading "Opera Mini". In my personal experience it delivers better internet, better loading speeds & has a tool to allow you to view pages in "mobile mode" which is fantastic. Because it reduces the amount of megabytes it is loading coupled with the fact it's so much easier to navigate through the page.
As well as 3G internet this phone also has Wi-Fi. I do not always use this feature except to log onto a friends internet connection, but when I have it's always been efficient in picking up signal. It communicates with a specific connection by putting in the network name and the security key.
The camera; one of the phones best features being 8 mega pixel is activated in two ways. You can slide the cover open on the back of the phone which will automatically take you into caption mode & also by going through menu options. The camera which includes flash is its gift and its curse. Picture mode is fantastic; however video mode is slightly trickier. Say for example you're taking a video & want to zoom out or in. You aim the stylus or your finger on the bottom of the screen to do this & sometimes it's not overly responsive, meaning you press harder and end up jolting the phone which can be disruptive on view back of what you have recorded. This however is a minor inconvenience for what is a great application on the phone.
What do I like about it?
I like pretty much everything about this phone, from the professionalism & sleekness of the design, the camera & video features. The fact that it is not as popular or as well known as the iphone means I have a very nice phone that is a little different from what most other people have. It has uniqueness about it.
The video was not something I played with much after I first purchased however when I did get round to using this feature I was incredibly impressed with how good it was. I managed to record seven minutes of Diversity in the rain at night & the quality was surpassed all expectation. Normally when videos are uploaded from mobile phones onto a full screen it is embedded with blotchy pixels & looks horrible as was the case with a friend of mine who recorded the same performance with a 3 mega pixel camera. The video which I uploaded to youtube had fantastic sound quality & high quality picture, never as good as a purpose built video camera but surprisingly good all the same.
The internet is very good on this phone. I don't want to hype it up to much, because again it depends what network you have & what internet browser you're using. I'm on Three network, I use mini opera & mainly access the net in urban areas and I rarely have a problem with websites unless it contains too much flash.
What don't I like about it?
Data seems to be the only problem with this phone, and when I say data I mean quantity of data. It doesn't like you using the device for mass storage of anything from pictures to music. Too many pictures will likely cause the gallery to crash when viewing and too much music will take the music gallery anything from 30 seconds to 3 minutes to load depending on the quantity. Sometimes the phone has been known to crash completely. I feel this is inexcusable of the phone possessing so much quality & is one of the downfalls in its bid to compete with other brands such as the iphone.
A phone capable of taking a 16mb micro sd card should be capable of handling the data that is on it, otherwise it completely defeats the purpose. In actuality to save wasting money I wouldn't buy anything higher than 4gb for this phone.
This phone seems pretty good, but how much is it going to set me back?
I got this phone on contract for free on a tariff which sets me back around £30 a month which I purchased last year. Today you can expect to pay anything from £20 to £35 a month in order to get this on contract. Alternatively on pay as you go you would expect to pay £215 online, a little more in the shops.
Who would I recommend it too?
I would recommend this to anybody who is not too concerned with the gimmicks of an iphone but still requiring some mature and useful features. People who like to go on nights out & take a "million pictures". It's a fantastic alternative to having a mobile phone and a digital camera, a camera of this quality on a phone alleviates this problem. I wouldn't recommend it to people wanting to use mobile phones as a "phone & mp3 combi" which seems to be the latest trend recently. It is sluggish at best when the card is loaded with too much music, usually handling between 200 tracks at best.
What are my final thoughts?
This phone is fantastic. It has a few minor flaws which I can get over, but with exception to that I have never had a problem with this phone. Its design is what impresses me most. I have dropped this phone a fair few times now & I only have a few minor scuffs to show for it due to its rounded edges. Despite being fairly sized it is a light weight phone weighing in at 110g.
For those interested in knowing more about specification, a full briefing is available here. "http://www.lge.com/products/model/detail/kc910.jhtml"
I have had this phone since Feb 2009 as an upgrade from my LG Prada which i LOVED. I wish i had stuck with my Lg orada to be quite honest as this phone is bulky, slow and I have had quite a few problems with it. For a start i like to take pictures with my phone and the gallery options on this phone are pretty shocking. It was meant to have one of the best new camera on it at the time i got it but this is not so, and many friends with new phones at that time had better picture quality. Call quality is good, texting is straightforward and if you dont want too many advanced features out of your phone then this is a good buy. I was advised that I would be able to use songs as ringtones as well as text tones but you are stuck with standard text tones on this phone. I am not very impressed to be honest and cannot wait for an upgrade!
What can i say about this phone?
Easy to use and everything is easy to locate and work. I'm glad i up graded to this phone and would recommend it to even the most akward of people.
Any men I have shown it too have commented on it being a "girly" looking phone.
I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a new touchscreen phone, but would encourage the pen to be kept attached as it is sometimes difficult to use without it. There are loads aof functions that come with the phone in the menu, far too many to list, but everything you would expect to find is there and easy to locate.
This is the first touchscreen that I have come across that seems good value for the money I paid.
I have dropped, bounced and soaked this phone and as of yet i would say it is almost indestructible.
This phone is great to look at, easy to use and very stylish. But it is slow - I often find that when texting I am going faster than the phone can keep up with. The camera is fantastic - very good quality pictures and editing. The organiser leaves a lot to be desired - very basic function that doesn't allow me to start and stop regular appointments without cancelling the entire event. It unlocks easily which is a pain as I often find it dialling numbers or sending texts. It comes with a stylus which I don't often use - I find the numbers and keys are easier to use with my fingers, which has its down side as it leaves the screen greasy and marked. Overall I would say this is a great phone but not one to get if you want reliability and a cheap phone bill!!
I have owned this phone now for 6 months on an 18 month contract with 3.
The phone undoubtedly looks good, with a large touch screen and just 3 buttons at the bottom of the phone. I have bought a silicone cover for my phone to protect it from the odd drop. With this, it does look a little chunky.
As a basic phone, sound quality is good. Texting is very easy, either with predictive text as on conventional mobile, or with a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard, which is a little fiddly, although the phone does come with a rather smart, retractible stylus.
Contacts roll in a similar, satisfying way to the iphone. However, a point to note is that the "call" button is to the right of each contact, so if you do not remove your finger quickly enough, you end up making a call. Bearing in mind that the majority of users are right handed and will scroll with their right thumb, perhaps LG should have put this call button on the other side. I have accidentally called several people!
The 8 megapixel camera, as you would expect, is excellent and with plenty of nifty tricks. A little fiddly, but the lens cover is a good extra little feature.
Sound quality is pretty good from the MP3 player, with Dolby.
Syncing with PC is OK, although having previously owned Nokia phones. LG have a fair bit to learn here in order to make things simpler.
I have found the browser on the phone to be rather disappointing. I have satisfactorarily downloaded a version of Opera, and this now works well, but I am unable to download the most recent version.
I can access my e mail through G mail on the phone - I would far prefer it if the phone actually was able to pick up the e mail and alert me, as on a Blackberry and iphone. Also, sending short e mails is OK, but this phone struggles with any long messages or attachments.
Google maps work pretty well on the whole and the GPS is a welcome feature.
As for Apps - unfortunately there a very, very few available.
All in all this is a good little phone for the price and I do not regret buying it. I desperately wanted an i phone but couldn't justify the price. I still desperately want an iphone and perhaps at the end of this contract I will have to try and find the extra money to buy one.
I've had the LG KC910i Renoir for just over 10 months now on an 18 month contract with Orange...in this review i'll try and give an honest opinion on how each of the phone's main features performs and compare it with it's main rival, the iPhone
I was initially drawn to this phone because of its looks, it's sleek and is a good alternative to the iPhone in the looks department. It must be said though that this phone has a more plastic feel than the iPhone, the casing of which is predominantly made of glass.
The 8 mega pixel takes great photos in good lighting conditions, and is certainly the best mobile phone camera I've ever used. You still get decent enough pics at night, but struggles slightly with moving targets (no surprise there though - no camera phone I know of has image stabilisation!) Video quality is also decent...
The touch screen on this phone is adequate, but is slower than respond to than others on the market (think iPhone). On this topic the phone comes with a stylus but not slot to fit it into - you're given what is essentially a piece of thread to tie to the phone which detracts from the decent look of the phone. I don't use the thread therefore and as a consequence I misplace my stylus about twice a week. The full length touch screen QWERTY keyboard which you use for texts is very good, and speeds up texting greatly.
The phone comes with an 8GB Micro SD cards, more than enough space to hold many pics, mp3 and any other files you may wish to hold. I believe you can also insert larger cards without any trouble.
The music player is easy enough to use, but annoyingly only allows you to list your mp3s alphabetically....
To be honest I have a Blackberry from work which I use to browse the internet, so can't really comment here.
A fully charged battery gives me about 3 days of use if I only use it for texts and calls. This is much better than the iPhone (many of my friends who have iPhones need to charge them daily.
One final small but great feature, you can play DIVX files with no conversions required - and the iPhone does not have this feature!
A good but not great phone, it's unlikely to make any serious dent in sales of the iPhone (esp with the apps you can get with an iPhone). It has some nice features though and is a decent alternative to other phones on the market if you simply wish for a nice touch screen phone with a good camera....