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I had this phone a few years ago, although I don't use it often it still works and I have kept it. I would say its more aimed at younger users/teens. The qwerty keypad that slides out is great because there's no predictive texting and it means you can quickly write something. The screen flips when you open the keypad and when its shut you can navigate the phone using the small keypad under the screen, for quick calling etc.
Now for the good and bad points:
The good points are the slide out keypad which is a handy design, it also looks really stylish. The backgrounds on the phone are moving and I thought they were a really good addition. The other good feature is you can call people really quickly by using the "touch calling". The phone isn't touch unless you are calling someone and then you can touch the numbers that come up on the screen, that makes it really easy to call someone in a hurry.
The bad points are the fact its so bulky, when you slide the underneath back in its not a slim phone at all, which is understandable because of the keypad. Its also a bit difficult to hold whilst texting because the keypad is quite large you have to stretch your fingers. I also think it would be better if the whole thing was touch screen. Lastly the internet is terrible, this phone isn't really hi-tech is more something that looks great but doesn't have any of the apps or features of the newest phones.
I don't think they make this phone anymore but you can pick it up second hand, I would say its best to get a new phone because there are ones similar to these that work a lot more smoothly. Back in 2003 this was a good phone but now It's a bit past its sell by date!
When it comes to mobile phones I never buy the latest models. My current phone is the LG KS360 which although was now bought over 3 years ago wasn't top of the range back then but I really wanted a full keyboard without having to opt for a Blackberry. When I read the reviews back then a lot of them seemed to comment on slow reaction times, it automatically switching itself off and a couple on battery life but for the first 6 or so months I really couldn't fault the phone. Priced around £70 from Tesco it also wasn't that expensive compared to other PAYG phones.
I love the size of the phone as it's not that big even or thick even with the slide out keyboard underneath. If I'm using the touch screen (which can only be used for calls rather than SMS) I don't feel as though it's going to fall out my hand even though this takes up 3/4 of the front. The buttons are a little low down especially when trying to end a call or press cancel but if the keyboard is out the screen flips from portrait to landscape and they don't become a problem because it's generally held with both hands then.
I don't need anything fancy from my phone as I generally just use it for texting, the occasional phone call, taking pictures (if I've forgotten my camera) and if I'm really desperate, accessing Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo mail. I find the keyboard easy to use as each key is separate but if my nails are too long then it can slow me down a bit. I find that if I ever type the letter K in a text it will move one character to the left so the K ends up at the end of the text and I don't put number lock on so always end up having to press the Fn button for each digit entered into a SMS whereas I would have preferred just to hold Fn down. I like that it stores SMS by person rather than individual messages as it's then easy enough to remind yourself of the conversation but it can become very tedious to scroll through previous messages - especially if working your way back down because it has to go through each line of text.
When using the phone to make phone calls I've never had a problem with the quality of the sound and I'm rarely asked to repeat what I've said but a lot of that can be down to having a good signal too. I prefer to slide the keyboard out rather than use the touch screen for a call though as sometimes I end up pressing the wrong digits but more often than not, holding the phone to my ear while on touch screen will end up pressing numbers too which isn't helpful if I'm trying to top up my phone. The speakerphone can be activated during a call too which I prefer to use at home if I know I have to navigate through O2s menu as they're always quick to say "That didn't work".
The camera on the phone is only 2 mega pixels so really not great quality. I hate the fact that if I take a picture, I can save it but then if I want to send it in an MMS it has to resize it when then overrides the original saved picture and it becomes a small picture when transferred to computer. Outside in good light it actually doesn't take that bad a photo but it's not good indoors or in low light. It will record short videos too which don't look too great on the small screen but it will pick up sound well. If I don't have my camera with me I will use the camera/video options on my phone if really wanted. Files are stored neatly in the My Stuff folder each separated into images, sounds, videos, documents (never used!) and others. I've only ever transferred one song to my phone for the MP3 player as I've never bought an external memory card and it plays back well - even have it as my text tone but I just wouldn't use my phone as an MP3 player because the headset is even more uncomfortable than the basic set you get from Apple. Annoyingly the headset has to be attached if planning on using the FM radio which I would have been more likely to use.
The phone uses Java and came with 3 games pre-loaded. Sudoku Café was a game I also had on an MP4 player and I can't get anywhere near matching my times from that on my phone because it lacks the ability to use the touch screen so you have to scroll through each square. Extreme skateboard is one I've never managed to get the hang of - I'm lucky if I can last 30 seconds on that and the third game is the Shrek the Third Demo which has limited play (but seems to give more) but really just isn't playable on this phone as you have to use keyboard and it's just too fiddly. Apps can be downloaded but the only one I've downloaded is Facebook. It claims to be faster than using the website but I can't say I notice a huge difference. On that note, Facebook, Yahoo Mail and Twitter are usable but I much prefer using my laptop for those. My Twitter account got hacked while I was on holiday though so I'm always very wary about visiting sites on my phone. The speed in my area is incredibly slow but I notice a huge difference if I go to a large city like Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Now onto those problems I'd read about. Over time I've found that when sliding open or closing the keyboard the phone will just switch itself off. There doesn't really seem to be any specific reason as it will do it even when not opening/closing it violently. Thankfully these are few and far between but it always has me worried it will stop working and the last time meant my phone was off all day as I'd not noticed it had switched off. The reaction time can also be related to the slide as there can be a few seconds delay between opening it and the screen rotating to landscape. This can become worse at some points to where it won't cancel back to the home screen or it takes its time catching up with the buttons pressed. Again this doesn't happen too often but more often than I'm happy with. The only other problem I've had is my text tone, which should only last 10 seconds; actually play a lot more of the song than it should. Not a big issue but thankfully it's only happened in the house than in public.
Bad battery life is actually not something my phone has suffered from. Even with the original battery I can keep the charge in my phone for at least a week - even when it's on 24/7 and sending texts/checking for messages or the phone continually reminding me I have a text. It does decrease quite rapidly when using the internet which if using for a few hours can reduce the battery to 1-2 days.
The phone is easy to customise with tones, pictures and comes pre-loaded with some quite nice graphics. One of the things that did annoy me early on with the phone was the quick key to O2 active as it would waste my credit when accidently pressing it. The phone keypad will lock when not in use but this will unlock when the keyboard opens. It has the very handy tools of reliable alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, world clock and unit convertor, calendar and memo, Bluetooth and USB connections - I only ever use USB to transfer photos and videos which is easy to do.
If I were to have known about all these little problems with the phone 3 years ago I probably would still have bought it and it's a phone I expect to be using for a quite a while yet. I wouldn't recommend buying a second hand one though as the problems with reaction and switching itself off only seem to develop over time so although it is coming more frequent with my phone I'm hoping it doesn't die quite yet. It doesn't really bother me that the camera isn't that good quality or that that browsing isn't ideal because I usually have my laptop and digital camera with me and it's just not that user friendly for games. As a phone though it sends texts and makes calls just fine. I bought mine in blue and I'm actually quite surprised none of the colour has come off the keyboard over time. The screen does have a couple of scratches and the back is a bit scuffed but it has worn well.
The LG KS360 is the phone i previously had before i invested in my Samsung Galaxy smartphone still have it now as a work phone, very nice phone and writing texts is really fast with the qwerty key pad. Bought mine from tesco admittedly its not got the best features and not in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy but for less than half the price its a great phone for the texters.
The phone its self is nice and small but the big down side is only a 2mp camera and no flash. Another big problem is there's no 3G or wifi but if you are a messenger then thats not a big problem.
Also the browser could do with a big upgrade so downloading another browser such as skyfire or opera would be a advisable upgrade to browse the Internet.
But to just summarize if you want a phone to text and send messages or do the occasional browsing its a good choice.
I had this phone a couple of years ago and I had it on contract for 2 years. I really liked the look of this phone and I liked that it had a QWERTY keyboard as it was easier and quicker to text with than other phones where one button has 3 letters. It is fairly small so you can fit it in your clothes pockets easily which also means it is light so easy to carry around with you at all times. This phone comes in three different colours, blue, silver and pink. The camera is good (2.0 mp) and at the side of the phone there is a button with a little picture of a camera on, if you press it takes you straight to the camera. This button was very helpful to have. The memory storage is also good, however when I had this phone I had a memory card which I do recommend. This phone can connect to the internet and has an average connection rate which is reasonably good. Having this phone for 2 years, I can safely say I had no major problems or faults with this phone, although their was just one minor thing that happened a few times, it tended to freeze but it only rarely happened. Even when I dropped it hundreds of times it still worked fine and was still as reliable as it had been before but it did have a few scratches.
I've had this phone almost a year now, i orginally had it on contract but then changed to orange pay as you go. I am currently stilll using it however not by choice even thou i do love how incredibly light it is thats probely one of its only good qualitys. The first thing that attracted me to this phone was the computer like keyboard and the overall look and style of the phone :) i have it in silver however you can get them in blue and pink. Even though the phone looks nice, i only wish it worked as well as it looked.
Admittably i will say it does have some postives, i mean you can go on facebook, its easy and simple to text on, the sliding feature is nice, the phone looks good and i would say just about anyone could use it. However there are also fair few negatives about the phone to, you get what you pay for cheap price= a cheap and basic phone , the phone itself also has a habit of switching itself alot which becomes incredibly annoying over time when trying to send texts etc, the phone also doesnt come with a memory card so have to buy one seperately for it and the camera quality on the phone is pretty poor as its only 2 megapixels.
When i initally purchased this phone i was really happy with it as id wanted it for ages. However as i did start to use it i soon relised that i was taken in more by the look of the phone rather than how it worked. I quickly found myself becoming very bored and irritated by the fact that the battery ran out so fast i find myself having to charge it atleast twice a day and within about half hour of putting it on charge it says "Battery full" which clearly it isnt cause the you take it of charge and within half a hr its running out again.. bit ridiculous if you ask me. I would say this phone is good for some one who maybe hadnt had a phone before but as far as anything else i wouldnt recommend it. Pay a bit extra and get a better phone is my advice .
The phone is a compact (at only 1.6cm thickness), lightweight alternative to a tablet phone with an attached QWERTY keyboard. The idea of having a keyboard come out from under the phone is very useful. However, I found the KS360 to be entirely unreliable. When texting, having pressed a key it will often take several seconds for the letter to appear. If this is ignored and the user continues to type or text at their normal speed, the phone tends to freeze as it fails to compute the input. Other actions such as opening texts or drawing out the QWERTY keyboard (which should change the screen orientation to landscape) also take several seconds to compute and can result in freezing. Some great features like the touchscreen were just not explored enough (the touchscreen is only available to type in a name or number on the main screen, then becomes bizarrely redundant, despite both the user and the phone knowing that the necessary technology is right there!)
The camera is a basic 2 megapixel affair, with no flash. The music player works well. The web browser included is slow and confusing, but an option to download Opera helps open the phone up to the web. However, speeds are still slow as the phone does not have 3G or access to WiFi networks.
Essentially, this is a phone that is all about texting, rather than a cheap alternative to a smartphone, packed with features. Despite great potential and well considered design, the software lets this model down considerably.
When i had this phone last year it was working fine and great. The camera is good (2.0 mp) and the keyboard is very helpfull and saves a lot of time typing. It can connect to the internet, it has an average connection rate. They come in three different colours (blue, pink and silver) It has a good memory but a memory card is most likely needed. However, about 3 months after purchasing my phone it started freezing a lot and then it froze but didn't go back to normall again so i took it back to the phone shop and i got it swapped for a new one. Again it was working fine and then started doing the same thing and freezing so i then got it swapped again. The third one lasted a lot longer. It did still freeze but it only lasted a little while. About 6 months after that, it died again and i gave up on them then so personnaly i wouldn't recormend it as it wasn't very reliable at all.
I purchased this phone on the orange contract for £15.00 a month for 24 months. It comes in a variety of colours such as pink, blue and black. I purchased the phone in pink. It comes with camera, video camera, qwerty keyboard and partially touch screen. The phone comes with a few games and the phone is very compact and small which fits easily away. The phone is really goood for people who want a basic fun phone. Its nothing special just good for texting and calling. The phone does have a tendencey to freeze alot whihc is very annoying. It doesnt come with any apps so if your interested in keeping up todate with things its not really suitable for that. I recommend this a first phone just to get used to one. The touch screen i think is very pointless as you can only call using touch screen and the phone has to be closed. Its an ok phone nothing fancy.
This phone has very good basic capability: calling, texting, camera, a simple music player. It is particularly good for young teenagers who want a phone with a QWERTY keyboard (one of the best features of the phone), but can't afford/don't need a high end phone. It was made for texting, which is quick and easy, and calling is more awkward, either having to use the touch screen ability or the slide out keyboard, neither of which feels natural in my opinion. The camera isn't bad for a cheap phone, although don't expect good quality pictures.
The main issue I had with the phone was freezing: over the two years that I used it, it froze quite often and was often slow and unresponsive. I know other people who had the phone had similar issues, evening needing the phone to be sent away to be repaired. I managed to work around the freezing however, as it tended to be easy to solve.
When I first receieved my LG KS360 I thought it was the coolest thing going. After only having it for one short month I noticed a ridiculous amount of flaws::
- Phone turning off when more than 1 message was received at a time
- Phone turning off when slid closed too quickly
- The memory card just randomly popping out for no reason
- The phone not returning to normal view when closed and turned upright again
- Keys not working when going to write a message
- When using the touch screen the numbers/letter being at least 2/3 seconds slower to appear than the actual touch
I'm now back using this phone though its a newer one (long story) and though some of these problems have been fixed I have now noticed that the 'alarm' on the phone is very faulty. It basically has a mind of it's own and it is definitely not to be trusted for important meetings etc.
One thing I absolutely loved and still love about this phone is the qwerty keypad. I find it so much easier to use than a normal keypad on a brick etc. The phone is small enough to hold neatly in both hands with both thumbs operating the buttons and I found this phone to be the one phone that I can text without looking.
Over all I found both this phone and most other LG phones to have more than one fault in them and for this reason will be steering clear from LG made phones in the future and I recommend you do the same! With faults like these, if stuck in an emergency you're better off with a brick.
I had this mobile because I liked the look of it, and was not dissapointed in it.
The mobile phone its self is pretty small and can fit inside your top pocket which is always handy, the slim design is also pretty neat, the redeeming featue is that you can slide the keyboard out sideways to do different things on it.
Its a bit of a pain if you have big fingers because sometimes you end up pressing more than one button, which can be annoying.
The phone has pretty good features, LG tend to do some pretty nice designs as far as mobile phones go, well the same as their other products really. They also do not lack in value for money in their products either.
I would reccomend this product to anyone who is looking for a small phone without touch screen technology, which is a bonus to some.
I brought this phone in september 2009 for £69.99 from Virgin Mobiles, The phone is quiet light and the dimensions are approximately 11cm Height, 5 width and 1.5 depth. so not too big. with a 2mp camera.
Whilst I loved the idea and novelty of having the qwerty keyboard, the rest of the phone disapointed me. One of the first things I wanted to try out when I got it was the touch screen feature, after much trying I discovered the only real touch screen thing you could do was enter your pin or dial a number, but you still needed to press an acual button to ring that number.
Games were lacking, the camera had no flash, I felt like I have been going around in circles. Every time the phone runs out of battery it resets its self, and if the slideing feature is shut too fast it will often turn out so now I need to be super slow when doing that. It is described as a messager phone but the internet is super slow, so that is a bit bizare to have that description.
The best thing about this is the keyboard, I love that not many phones have it. and it was easy to use especially for texting, the only thing is if you are not a great speller you do not have the predictive text option to fall back on. Also the batery does last a good few days, so you don't need to consider the charger on a short break away.
Although the phone was cheap I would have opted for something different now, it just does not have the technology it needs to back up the features it pocesses.
First off I have to say how much I LOVE the QWERTY keypad - not only easy to use, but so cute! When using the phone, I've found the features easy to get around, features such as the internet browsing, windows messenger and the music player have all been so useful, fun and simple to use. However I would say that having to purchase an SD card, which was then used transfer media to the phone from my computer was a little tedious at first, but eventually it became easy. Having had this phone over a year, I can safely say there have been no serious faults in the product, although perhaps a minor one may be that sometimes I have had found that the phone restarts itself when trying to download some files from the internet. However this has to be the only negative thing I have found in the phone, which is other than that amazing! In particular, I liked the set of earphones that came with the phone, which had surprisingly good quality. Well worth the price I paid!
The LGS360 is an overall great purchase. Starting off, the internet is an easy and care-free way to search up your favorite websites, not all phones give you that worry-free feelings, but this phone does. The internet is fast, no blur, and does not freeze up in the middle of your search. Leading off with texting, the keypad is marvelous, and makes texting a load of fun. You have a very full space to write out your text, and then send it to your friends in an incredible speed. Texting messages are also recieved at a high speed rate. Sound quality is just another thing that makes this cellular device a magnificent thing to own, whether you're recording a tune, listeng to a song, or picking up your favorte ringtone, it's as if you are not using a phone speaker to listen to it. Ending off wth the camera, which snaps your pictures fast and easy, don't have to worry about it being blurry, and it has got customizable settings to adjust your picture to your desire.
Before writing this review, I had a quick look at several other reviews on this site and on Amazon. I was surprised to find so many negative ones. I have to say that my experiences of this phone over the last year do not in any way match those reviews.
Touch screen dialling
The voice recorder that comes with this phone is good enough to leave yourself quick notes that you may need to refer to later. The quality of the recordings is similar to what you hear when you speak to people on the phone. If you regularly need to take notes and make recordings, you may be better off investing in a Dictaphone machine instead of relying on this, although this would be suitable enough for general day to day notes about needing milk, bread, do the washing etc.
The built in 2.0 mega pixel camera is located on the back of the phone, similar to where most mobile phone cameras are located. It is accessed through the main menu or by pressing the camera button on the side of the phone. The resolution ranges from 320x240 up to 1600x1200. There is no flash option, but the screen is very clear and can adapt to the conditions of the shot to give quite reasonable shots in low light conditions. Obviously if you are serious about taking photographs you wouldn't be relying on a mobile phone camera, but for the odd shot when you have no other means this camera is not too bad. The screen is large enough to provide a decent enough idea of what your shot will look like, and the end result is usually very clear and accurate to what you saw before clicking to take the picture. One of the major downsides to this camera is the location of the lens. When you are attempting to take pictures it is very easy to get your finger in the way over the lens while holding the camera. 6/10
The phone also features a video camera. This is also accessed via the menu or the camera button on the side of the phone. The resolutions offered are 176x144 and 320x240. As with the photo camera, if you are serious about capturing moments on film to keep and cherish, you probably won't be using a mobile phone to do it. The quality of the recordings are good enough to watch on the phone or on a computer, but don't expect excellent quality. If you are caught out and need to film something quickly then this camera will do the job, but don't rely on it for special moments. The audio isn't bad, the microphone picks up the sound rather well, although obviously this is not as perfect as using a proper video capturing unit. As with the stills camera, the position of the lens can be quite annoying, especially if you aren't concentrating 100% on where your fingers are placed. 5/10
Until recently I didn't realise this phone had a speaker phone. It was a feature that I missed when I didn't know I could use it, and so when I discovered it I was very pleased. The sound of the caller is quite clear, although you may struggle during use in noisy environments. The microphone picks up sound quite well, but you may find yourself speaking closer to the phone because you want to hear the caller and because you fear they won't hear you. I haven't had any complaints from anyone about not being able to hear me during speaker phone use, but be aware that some people are too polite to ask you to speak up or repeat yourself. It might be a good idea to ask someone to rate the quality on the other end of the call if this is a feature you will rely on a lot. 7/10
This is the main feature of the phone, and the real reason I bought it. I was looking for a phone that I could use to text easily, and this one stood out because of the keyboard and the fact it was easily hidden under the sliding part of the phone when not in use. As someone who texts a lot, the idea of using a keyboard instead of the numbers on the phone is a major selling point to me. Texting on this phone is very easy, and can be done with both thumbs or your fingers, but please be aware that using both thumbs is definitely a lot easier. Texting is quick and smooth, although I have noticed that after writing a very long text the letters suddenly seem to forget what button they are under. For example, if I press the B it will produce an N on the screen, and this happens with a few of the buttons. It's not a problem for short texts, but certainly is noticeable during longer texts. It doesn't happen all the time, the B button will put B on the screen most of the time, but occasionally it is annoying, and it does happen with several other letters, too. Inputting punctuation and numbers is very easy, and so it using the CAPS feature. However, adding symbols is a little trickier. There is a button to press to access the symbols, and the most common ones are all on the first page, but if you are seeking to use symbols such as & £ $ < > a lot, then you will be annoyed by the time it takes to do these on a regular basis. Selecting contacts to send the text to is easy and as simple as pressing the first letter of their name or typing in the whole name. Depending on your network you may also be able to use the text DELIVERED feature, which I find very useful to know that someone has received a text. As I say, though, not all networks offer this service. Overall, this feature is very good. 9/10
TOUCH SCREEN DIALLING
This phone is not a touch screen phone, except for when you want to input numbers to dial a phone number. I don't use this feature much as most of my contacts are in my phone already, and when I do need to input a number I completely forget about the touch screen ability. However, when it is used it is very responsive and easy to use. If you are looking for a touch screen phone then this is not for you. 8/10
The sliding body is a great feature. It protects most of the buttons from being pressed during non-use, and keeps the QWERTY keyboard clean. It's strong enough to stop it from sliding on its own, but it's weak enough to allow you to slide it with ease. This is another feature that attracted me to the phone, and I am not disappointed. 10/10
I have not used this feature much, mainly because I use a phone to make calls and text, I have a computer to email and use the internet. However, when you are out and about and have no choice but to use the mobile email, it is very easy to use and convenient. It is similar to sending a text, except that you input subject, email message, and recipient. The phone is good enough to remember previous contacts so you don't have to always input the whole address. 7/10
I have only used this feature once when I was out in town, but it was easy enough to do. It can be quite slow with fiddly screens, but I don't know if that's down to the phone or the webpage providing the content. I would suggest that if internet browsing is a major point to you when buying a phone, don't buy this phone for that. 6/10
MICRO SD SLOT
The phone features 15mb internal memory, but for those of us who like to store more photo's, music and video there is the option to use a Micro SD card. The card slides easily into the slot and is protected by the rubber seal that closes behind it. Saving to the card is quick and you shouldn't notice much difference between that and the internal memory. 9/10
As with most mobile phones these days, this phone features Bluetooth connectivity. It's easy to set up and use, and doesn't lose signal, at least I have never experienced that. 9/10
The battery life on this phone is fantastic. Obviously, if you use the phone more the battery will run down quicker, but for general day to day use you should find that a full charge lasts several days or more. When the battery is getting low the phone informs you via a beep on several occasions before shutting down. Charging is quick via the supplied plug, and the phone beeps when it's fully charged. 9/10
The phone also features several built in games, a volume control on the outside, and a headphone socket (for supplied headphones). There is also a mirror on the back of the phone near the lens to allow you to see what your picture may look like if you are taking a picture of yourself.
In a market where technology is advancing at an astronomical rate, this phone fails to impress those within the smartphone community. However, if you are looking for a simple, neat, nice looking phone to make calls, text easily, and possibly do a little browsing on the internet, this phone is a good choice. It would as easily suit a 12 year old as it would a 60 year old, and it wouldn't be a bad choice as a first phone for someone.