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I bought this phone after I sold my n97 and was looking for something to tide me over til I saved enough for an iPhone 3gs.
I got it from tesco for about £18 with no top up required which was a bonus though it was locked to tmobile.
The phone itself is rather small with a tiny screen but the keypad is nice and the navigation keys are big enough to use with ease. These made texting calling and navigating through menus etc a breeze.
I was worried I would not have any mobile acces to emails but surprisingly I could access gmail and facebook from the browser, it was slower than I was used to but it maybe took 25 seconds to load my facebook page which wasn't bad considering the price.
The music player was basic but it did the job although I was disappointed it lacked a 3.5mm port and I couldn't use my own headphones, but again considering the price I could live with that.
The camera was VGA which produced very very poor shots not even good enough for facebook snaps.
Battery life lasted between 3 and 4 days with web usage so that was great!
All in all, if you need to text and talk and can put up with edge data for the web and don't want to spend over £20 this phone could certainly be for you.
I am not the type of person who has to have the latest in mobile phones, so I feel like a bit of an alien when a group of us go back to someone's house and everyone starts whipping out their phones and comparing them! My phone is very humble in comparison to the latest smartphones, but the only reason I carry it around is so I have a direct line to the kid's school in case of emergency, or if anyone in the family needs to contact me urgently. If it wasn't for these reasons, I probably wouldn't bother having a mobile at all (honestly, I'm not from another planet!).
When I dropped my old phone and it broke, I looked around for a new phone that was simple to use and practical. I decided on the LGKP170, mainly because I could get it in pink, and secondly because it looked nice and simple to use and only cost about £20, although this was a couple of years ago and you can get similar phones for as little as £5 nowadays. The phone does look a bit cheap and plasticky, and it is a bit embarrasing to be seen carrying around, but I only want a functional phone, it doesn't have to be pretty!
Despite it's simplicity, I was pleased to see that the phone had a camera, as I had never had a phone with a camera before, or a colour screen, come to think of it! It took decent pictures, but only had the capacity to store about 8 pictures!!! You can set one of your pictures as wallpaper, or use one of the existing preset wallpapers.
The phone does claim to be able to connect to the internet using a WAP connection, but I have tried this a couple of times and it is so painfully slow, it is not worth bothering with! You can't play or store MP3's on the phone either, which is a shame, because I do liike my music. The phone has several polyphonic preset ringtones, which are quite jolly, but nothing special. I usually set my phone to "outdoor" mode, which means it rings very loudly and vibrates, although if the phone is in my bag, I don't usually hear it ringing.
Navigation is really easy, as you are presented with a menu page when you switch on the phone, which has several icons:
Browser-Doesn't work very well. Pointless.
Call History-A list of people who you have called or have called you.
Tools- Alarm clock, calculator, calendar, stopwatch, unit converter and memo.
Multimedia- Take photos or record your voice, although not much storage capacity.
Messaging-Send text or picture messages.
My files-To store pictures, sounds and games.
Profiles-Set the phone to outdoors mode or quiet mode.
Contacts- A list of all your contacts!
Settings-Set the date and time, display etc....
And that is basically the limit of what the phone can do. I know some people will sneer at this, but some of us only want a basic phone, and I think that this phone would really suit beginners, or older people who feel overwhelmed with all the features on the new smartphones. Also, it would make a good spare phone, as it doesn't really matter if it gets broken or damaged!
I have had the phone about two years now, but unfortunately am experiencing some problems. Not with the phone itself, but charging it. The charger is quite a loose fit, and can be a bit hit and miss. I find the best way to charge the phone is to hang it upside down while charging, but this is getting a bit silly! Also, a big problem with this phone is it doesn't hold its charge long. After about three days it needs charging again.
Sadly, my little LG seems to have reached the end of its life....No doubt I will soon be replacing it with another cheapo phone! It has served me well, but in the end, the charger has let it down, and if I can't charge the phone, there is not much point keeping it, which is a real shame, as there is no problem with the phone itself. I don't really think these things are designed to last very long.
I love my little LG, It may not be the most feature laden phone on the market, but it does what it says on the box-makes phone calls, sends and receives texts.
The screen is large enough to display the easy to follow menu system. It has all the ususal features that seem to come as standard for mobile phones these days.
It has a host of ringtones, and you can download more. You can use it to access the Internet. It comes with a couple of basic games,Sudoku and an Animal game, you can download more. The camera may not be high spec, but it takes a passable picture which you can send using the Bluetooth.
There is a lot to be said for a phone that is simple to use, and it does not feel like a brick. And the best thing of all? The price a credit crunching £20.
So if you are getting this phone for a youngster, or someone who is not quite used to mobile phones or someone who has good value higher on their list of priorities than cutting edge new features, then this is your phone.