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I had this phone when I was 14 and it lasted me two years (I'm now 19). I brought the purple version of this. I liked this phone because it was hi-tech as well as being functional.
It had all the features that one would expect from a hi-tech phone but at an affordable price. I purchased this phone before the expansion of the smartphone market. Hence, why I thought this phone was relatively hi-tech. I got this phone when In was in the middle of doing my GCSEs. The voice recording function was incredibly useful for me in this respect; I kept all of my French listening exercises and my speaking pieces (so that I memorise my responses for my French oral exam). Now who said that mobile phones are just an educational disruption. This mobile phone helped me get a B grade in my French GCSE.
Other than the voice recording facility it also has an MP3 and radio function. The MP3 function is standard like any other found on most phones. As for the radio function it wasn't that great as I found it hard to tune into stations. However, this wasn't a huge lose for me because I tend to listen to albums and not the radio.
As for the InteractPad it's unresponsiveness was what led me to having to do away with the phone; looking back I think if I took the time to get it fixed I'd probably be using it to this day as I was quite fond of that phone.
This is quite a pathetic phone considering the price I paid for it and comparing it to over phones on the market I would stay well clear. If I am honest this was a bit of a impulse buy. I wanted a nice looking phone as the image of my old phone was causing me a bit of embarrassment. I went round town and with half hour I purchased it. I wish I hadn't. I brought it for 58 pounds and just sold it using the mazumamobile cash for mobile system for 8 pounds only 4 months on. Think this says it all.
Yes it looks decent and has a decent sized megapixel camera at 3.2. However it is practically useless unless it is really bright and you cant take pics of nights out because it has no flash. Also the images are blurry. If anybody moves slightly in the pics it ruins them.
The internet function is slow and you have to load it up at least half hour before you want to use it. Also the screen is small. You have to squint to see anythink.
This phone does not give you value for money and my advice would be to look elsewhere. I have tried to sell it on ebay it didnt sell with at starting price of 12 pounds. My advice would be to stay well clear and do what people did on ebay and don't purchase it.
Surprised this phone has an average of three stars, I personally think it's great.
I got this for a very cheap price, and I really couldn't believe what I got for my money. I got the purple one which could have explained why I got it for last than £30, not to everybody's taste, and maybe more aimed at females.
First of all the built quality is great strong durable plastic, it is also made of metal and has a glass front.
The camera is 3.15 megapixels and it takes some great photos and is a pleasure to use, and even has a flash. The front screen is split into two, which you might think is a bit wacky but it actually works very well.
The lower screen is touch sensitive, but you have to give it a definite push that you don't have to with more expensive touch screen phones, but I personally kind of like that, and for the price you can expect Iphone quality touchscreen.
I ended up selling this phone on as I got it so cheap, but to be honest I miss it!
I bought this phone as I liked the fact that it looks like a completely touch screen phone but has a key pad hidden away under the slider, which makes it a very good looking and practical phone.
It comes with all the usual features you would expect from a new phone which includes an alarm clock, calendar, stop watch and a calculator all of which I have used (the alarm and calculator on an almost daily basis) and work well.
There is a three mega pixel camera in this phone which has a lot of useful features which include flash, shake reduction, self timer, colour effect and auto focus. The only problem I have with this camera is that it takes what seems like forever from pressing the button to take the picture and the picture actually being taken, on a few occasions I had moved because I thought it had taken a picture and it hadn't, which was very annoying.
It has a hand writing feature which is for texting but it is rubbish and can be very hit and miss as to whether it knows what you are writing, and it is much quicker to type anyway.
The buttons are sleek and smooth and feel nice they are easy to use when texting although they are quite small and very close together so could be a bit more difficult for someone with bigger hands than me to use.
The battery life for this phone when not in use is great and when texting isn't bad it lasts for maybe two days but as soon as I take a phone call it eats straight into the battery life and it will die within a day, the battery indicator isn't very good either as soon as It warns me the battery is low it seems to die altogether.
I think it must be a very durable phone because as the clumsiest person alive I drop it on a regular basis, even, on one occasion into the bath and it still works absolutely fine it is however covered in scratches to the front screen, but I feel that it is probably my fault because it came with a cover that I have never used.
This review is also on ciao.
I got LG KF600 as a gift from my elder brother, while it was on promotion at the time of purchase (gone down from 200 pounds to 155 pounds).
One selling point of the mobile is that it has a touch-screen feature but still contains a keypad. There is a pen dedicated for the touch-screen so you may use it when say you do not want to contaminate the screen. However, some may opt for full touch-screen mobiles and just making a bit touch-screen and other bits not may seem redundant.
There are different themes pre-set in the mobile and they are all animate, so sometimes you see a dophin swimming in the ocean across the screen and sometimes you see a band playing music, so that's quite fun actually.
Technically, this phone is quite resistant to shock - I have dropped it a few times and it still functions well.
This mobile is quite good at taking photos - there is a flashlight function, so that basically helps you take better photos and perhaps act as a mini torch too if you are finding your way while it is dark :P
One cons is that the mobile does not contain much internal memory - 25 MB may not be enough to transform the phone into a 3gp video player or MP3 player I suppose...
I got this phone free with a new contract from Orange, and to start with it did its job well. I liked the touch screen, the camera, the mp3 player and its other features - this was a big upgrade for a person who previously just needed a basic phone for calls and texts.
But very quickly I found that this phone was not all it was cracked up to be. First the alarm feature ceased to operate, then it became really slow to text with - also, once a text message becomes more than a page long, it decreases in speed dramatically to the point of complete frustration. The headphones for the mp3 and radio features broke within a week, and after a few months the camera glass shattered, although these may be down to my ridiculously clumsy nature. In any case, the LG KF600 is not particularly hard wearing, and it's features slowly degrade as the phone ages.
I bought this phone (in purple) because it had reasonable reviews and I found it for a good price. At first I totally loved the phone - from the delicious chocolate box purple colour, to the shiny screen, to the satisfying slide and click when I opened it, to the smooth look button panel and the funky touch screen.
Unfortunately frustration soon set in. For a start the manual doesn't provide a lot of information about what the various available options mean. Trying to get the phone to do any of the wonderful things it does is mainly a case of trial and error.
In regular use, the phone is not as amazing as first impressions imply. The touch screen is fun, but has a tendency to seize up, and after using a full screen touch screen phone it seems a bit amateurish. The smooth design keypad buttons are really difficult to press accurately for texting. The camera is good quality, but very slow to capture a photo. The handwriting recognition is haphazard. And so on...
Battery life is reasonable on standby, but when in use (even just for texting) it drains pretty quickly - and the indicator is not very informative, it drops from 3 bars to 2 to 1 before you can fire off many more texts.
In summary, if it's gimmicks you want this is a fun phone, but if you're looking for a phone with serious functionality then you are probably better off looking elsewhere.
Saying that, it does the job and having got used to its foibles I am happy with this phone for the money I paid.
Well what can I say this phone is pants, I bought this phone after my Sony Erickson w580i decided to stop working. I thought this phone was going to be really good I had read lots of good reviews about it, but I am not as easily impressed.
It is so difficult to use, the first thing I tried to do with my new phone was download some of my favourite songs on to it from my computer how difficult could that be. , Well in this case very difficult the disk that came with the phone would not upload on to my laptop which was very frustrating as all of my other phones that came with a disk had worked fine. After giving up on that idea I decided to tx my wife to tell her of my disappointment so far, as I was writing my text using prediction text, I noticed that the words I typed weren't appearing on my screen so I stopped and to my amazement the words then started to appear after I had stopped typing so it was obvious the phone could not keep up with me, so I had to start typing very slowly (which was very annoying).
As for the touch screen, what was the point it hardly works I am so frustrated with this phone that I am now looking for a new one. I don't know what else I can say about this phone, the only positive comment I can make is, it looks good but that's it.
I purchased this phone as an upgrade to my LG Shine phone after much searching and researching, as I liked the idea of having a touch screen interface as well as slide function and a keypad for texting.
I found the battery cover to be difficult to remove but after a couple of tries it seemed to get easier, although I wouldn't exactly describe it as user friendly. The touch screen was accurate and easy to use and although it was 'only' a 3.2 mega pixel resolution the camera was suprisingly good, with flash and an auto focus function which I particularly liked as the pictures came out really well. There are all the standard functions on the phone like calendar, calculator, note function etc.
The battery life was pretty good, a full charge lasts several days but if you are making a lot of calls or sending texts then it might be better to keep a second charger at work or invest in a car charger to keep the battery topped up.
The phone itself is a lovely, sleek black but I was a little disappointed with the keypad and it seemed a bit 'plasticky' and the keys show the wear on them after a short while.
This phone is a good 'all rounder' and I would say a good start if you aren't sure whether or not you would like a full touch screen phone.
*This review has been posted on ciao.co.uk under the same username*
Where do I start with this phone. I originally bought both myself and my partner this phone as I was sold by the description, and shamefully on my part, the marketing that surrounded it on its launch. Having taken delivery of this phone my high expetations were dashed within 15 minutes of turning it on. Unless you have the long finger nails or dainty fingers (which I do not have) it is impossible to get the interactive pad to do as it is told. On top of this the battery life is poor, the software isn't compatible with Windows Vista and the navigation had me pulling my hair out. I do not exaggerate people! If anyone wanted this phone to live up to its billing it was me. As I have already alluded to, I fell for the hype.... like the children of Hamlin. Sadly i'm afraid there is not a lot positive I can say about this phone and needless to say I exercised my 14 day cooling off rights!
The LG KF600, otherwise known as the Venus, is certainly an attractive phone. I opted to buy this one because of its versatility; it's a two way touch screen, the upper half being (320x240 pixels) and the lower half (240x176 pixels), an impressive size considering the current retail price at £79.97 from Tesco. Sliding up the phone reveals a keypad for those keen on texting; I had read that touch screens weren't always favourable for heavy texters, but this phone seemed to have the best of both worlds. A modern, stylish looking phone, yet easy and practical to use too.
The phone has many admirable features such as the 3 megapixel camera, the loud music player, Bluetooth, Infrared, FM radio, Java games, Voice recorder, Micro SD card slot, WAP enabled.
I would say the best feature about this phone, for me personally, is the cosmetics of it. Which doesn't really say an awful lot for the phone itself. Yes, it does have numerous features, but nothing superior to that of any other bog standard phone nowadays.
I have also found a great number of faults with the phone; I've noticed sporadically when making calls, the dialling tone wont kick in. Meaning I don't know when the person has answered the phone, until hearing a bewildered "hello?" down the other end.
Worse still, sometimes the ringing of the phone is audible, but when the person does answer, I can't hear them! These unreliable features are a little disheartening, as I've only had the phone for a few months.
I've also found the camera to be very slow when taking pictures, having to hold the phone still for around 3-4 seconds for the photo to appear on the screen un-blurred. The phone in general is slow...being relatively unresponsive at times and incredibly delayed.
The ever dreaded screen freeze also occurs one to two times every month or so...And the battery life of the phone is not too great either; I can fully charge it one day, then by the next day the battery can be down to 1 bar again, meaning im reluctant to use features such as the internet, games or mp3 whilst im out.
The standard memory on the phone isn't fantastic being able to handle only a handful of photos before there is no memory left, although it must be said that there is room for expansion with the SD slots.
All in all, I wouldn't recommend this phone to people who are after a quality phone. Too many problems have occurred and given the chance again I would invest in something a bit more reliable for an extra 50 quid or so.
I used to have a motorola and a quite liked it. After moving on and looking for a new phone a found this one at t-mobile. I went into the shop and had a feel of it and instantly new it was the phone for me. It has a really smooth slide and finish to it and the small touch screen was perfect. I personally dont like phones with touch screens as it is easy to press the wrong thing, but with this it isnt. It has a normal screen display, mini touch panel and a keypad. It is the perfect pocket size and is fairly slim and sleek. The price is great value for money and it has the usual great lg camera on top. the only problem i have ever found was the screen freezes every now and then., all you need to do when thisd happens though is just take out the battery and place it back in and it works fine.It has all the features you could need, including blue tooth and it is probably the best fone i have ever owned in my life. I reccomend to all.
Thanks to LG electronics to bring out innovative products such as this in very short time. But this product dissapoints me in terms of browsing experience. Apart from the rich feature equipment the processor would have been a more faster one. I loved the recent series of LG cell phones particlularly the dynamite series and i am a big fan of dynamite series lg phones. This model is robust and good. Trust me it looks as if it would be delicate but i had a demo at lg outlet of this product and when the retailer released the cell phone on ground i was about to sream but to my surprise nothing happened. And only drawback this phone has is the slow processor. Increase the price and have a fast processor is my suggestion for LG
Well i hope i am heard by LG as me and my friends have this problem when we load pics and software to phone
I've had my phone for a few months now. Like all mobile phones this is not a perfect model, but in my opinion it's pretty close to all you could want.
However there are a few problems that I have encountered (these could be just me though) it seems to slow down when texting, in particular when half way through page 2. I also find that the touch screen can be fiddly sometimes & you find yourself pressing the wrong button. I have to say though that the most annoying thing about the phone is the battery life. It doesn't seem to go much beyond two days without needing charging and this is using the phone literally for making calls and texts, if I play music or games it can last much less! The phone has very little memory so I would recommend that you buy a memory card so you can store pictures & music, but these are fairly inexpensive.
Overall I think it is a nice phone & does look fantastic.
The LG Venus KF600, provided to me by LG Blog, is a fairly new slider phone which is partially touchscreen. Unlike the LG Viewty, there are two screen (one of which, the InteractPad is touchscreen) and numbers and letters are inputted through a standard keypad.
The phone's key feature, the InteractPad, replaces traditional navigation keys and updates depending what you want to do. When the phone is shut, no buttons are visible because it is a screen which will power off!
For example, if you wish to make a call, you will have buttons such as mute, in addition to the hard connect and disconnect on the keypad, but if you wish to use it as a camera, the screen will change to having camera buttons (zoom in etc). For bog-standard Java applications (the phone supports Java MIDP 2.0), like Google Mail, you will be given a fairly boring set of up, down, confirm and cancel buttons. I wonder if LG provide an SDK for Java developers to create interactive applications considering the default games interactively utilise the InteractPad. Quite impressively, this screen has a resolution of 176x240px in addition to the phone's main 240x320px screen.
The phone is 2.5G, using EDGE which compared to 3G technologies is slow with a maximum of about 240kbps. Whilst I understand this is probably for cost cutting (or battery conserving) purposes I do think it's a disappointment which may put certain users off. To be honest though, I have yet to meet anyone besides myself who requires 3G but it would be nice to support features such as video calling etc, which EDGE cannot.
I am not a massive fan of the phone's browser but it seems somewhat fit for purpose (it does not like sites like Gmail due to their SSL (it doesn't recognise the certificate authority) and provides no option to 'cancel' on sites with 'questionable' certificates). Personally, I would suggest the free Opera Mini.
The phone is light but the exterior, especially the battery cover, feels like it's cheap plastic. One design feature I do like, though, is the fact the battery does not have to be removed to change the SIM card.
For the average consumer, features such as the phone's camera and MP3 will be more important. The phone has a fairly good camera, with a resolution of 3 megapixels and a 'flash' (not a flash which actually flashes but one which simply acts as a light!) in addition to an image stabiliser. It is also capable of video recording.
The phone's MP3 player can handle MP3s, WMAs, AACs and AAC+s. It also possesses an FM radio which requires you use their earphones which come with it (you've guessed it, the phone doesn't have a nice, standard 35mm jack!).
The phone's built in memory of 25MB is expandable using a MicroSD (TransFlash) card.You can easily buy a 1GB MicroSD memory card on Amazon for £5. You can also use this as mass storage by plugging it into a PC.
Call quality is absolutely fine and so is battery life, the phone having survived 48 hours with a GPRS connection (which was actually used for around 2 hours).
The phone supports Bluetooth, but not IrDA or WLAN, MMS and of course SMS. The phone also comes with some really nice themes, design by Keith Haring, which affect both the main screen and touchscreen.
What comes in the box?
A pouch for the phone
A USB lead
A mains adaptar
Advantages of phone
Half-way between touchscreen and a traditional phone
Fairly good battery life
Good interface and menu systems (despite what people may say about G!)
No 'proper' flash
An unlocked, SIM free KF600 will cost you £220. It is available on O2 and Orange 18 month contracts, being free of charge on O2 if you are on a £30/month contract.
This review is also available on Ciao, under the username andersonfamily, and my blog (joeanderson.co.uk). It's on Epinions under anderson_uk.