Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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LG, yes please
Member Name: Hallatt
Advantages: Cheaper than similar phones on the market
Disadvantages: There are better phones with similar features
I bought the LG KS360 late 2009, in blue. I have been using this as my only phone since that time and its performance has not changed. I have never been a fan of LG's but this little baby changed my mind.
My first thoughts when I got the phone were good. It's a stylish phone and combines elements from other great phones but for a cheaper price. To start with it offers a minimal touch-screen feature when dialing calls or in-putting certain information. It also has a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, Bluetooth, music player and FM radio. There is also room for a memory card ensuring you don't run out of space for your music and photos, however these can be expensive. The standard phone memory is relatively poor. In my case it allows for perhaps a dozen photos or a handful of MP3's or a mix of both.
The LG KS360's main appeal lies within its build - the QWERTY keypad. This is my favourite thing about the phone and it is the reason I bought it in the first place. I was not disappointed. The keypad itself is laid out clearly and the buttons are big enough to be pressed with your thumb without pressing the surrounding buttons, meaning you can text accurately and quickly. This was a problem I encountered with similar mobiles but the LG KS360 was just right. The keypad took some getting used to. The buttons double up for such things as numbers and punctuation. I still have trouble with this at times but I think everyone can find a way to make it work for them, with either shortcuts or through the mini-menu. The keypad itself means the phone weighs more and is thicker than its similar rivals. The battery life on the phone is good when it has been charged to full and lasts around 400 hours. Bear in mind, it can drain easily if you constantly text. Some weeks I only have to charge it once, others I charge it everyday, it's all down to your personal usage.
The LG KS360 does have some flaws. The first thing I noticed was its speed. At times you can be texting and the phone is at least 5 letters behind you. This is confusing and I often need to pause and wait for it to catch-up. The phone also takes a while to turn on, much longer than any previous phones I have had. This might be a good time to mention that the model does not support 3G, so bear that in mind. Another problem I have had is that on certain occasions the phone will turn itself off whilst I'm texting or when I slide the phone open. This can be incredibly irritating and time consuming. I have had my phone for quite some time so this may not apply to every model and could be explained with a faulty battery or simply old age.
Overall I love this phone despite its annoying flaws and poor reliability. I would recommend it if you're looking for something cheap and up-to-date but phones such as iPhones and BlackBerries are much better if you have the cash to splurge.
Summary: Great phone for someone with a limited budget
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