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this phone to start with was a nice slim looking smartphone, that was relativly basic, but still it suited my needs perfectly at the time but i have never had a phone that caused so many problems so fast. to begin as you would expect it worked perfectly fine, id received a great deal of enjoyment from playing about with it and starting to acknowledge the advantages of having a smart phone. it had a decent sized touch screen keybored which was no problem for me texing or using it to navigate the internet, but then we get to the issues of this phone. the internet use was incredibly basic and not advanced enough for me to be comfortable with it, it also to forever to load up new webpages. however all that aside the biggest issue for me with this phone was the fact that it constantly froze and this meant that the phone was in effect useless, it would ring after someone had already given up calling it, messages came through hours late and more often than not the touch screen became unresponsive. now this too was an issue as it wasn't a simple matter of turning it off and on again you had to physically pull the battery out and short the phone just to turn it off.
Recently I was need of a new phone because the battery on my old one kept dying. I probably could have just bought a new battery, and thought about it, but my wife had this knocking about (she had upgraded to an I-Phone-will you look at her!) and offered it to me instead knowing I really wanted a new phone to play with.
I must say, as someone who doesn't know a lot about phones pe se, that this appears quite sleek and stylish. It has a good 5.0 Mega Pixels camera on it which, though perhaps not up to the spec of some phones, is still an upgrade from my last camera phone and takes a much better picture. Something I am doing a lot of at the minute as I am taking part in the 365 challenge which requires you to take a photo a day for a whole year!
It is touch screen for the main buttons, numbers are underneath on the slide down part, and if I had one criticism it would be that these appear a bit sensitive for my sausage fingers! Also I am not sure about the way you access the main menu for the phone as there seem to be lots of ways of doing this other than pressing the silver button around which the touch buttons are situated and, for a bit of a novice like me, this can complicate things meaning I tend to open things I didn't fully intend to.
It has a good memory but this can be boosted with a simple memory card that slots in the side. You can set different tones for your messages and rings, as per most phones these days, and internet access is fairly easy and straightforward to operate. It also comes with Bluetooth capability and E-mail though I have not used the latter because the only real way I know to use E-mail is through a computer or laptop.
As you can tell, I am a little of a technophobe even if I don't tend to like that term. It implies that one is phobic or scared of technology and that is not the case; anything to complicated just confuses me is all especially with phones. I come from a generation that saw these first coming about remember and can still recall when Mobiles were a rarity not an everyday item lol!
Anyway, as someone who does not know masses about phones but still enough to know whether it is any good or not, then I can fully reccommend this. But only for people with a basic knowledge of Mobile phones. This is probably not something you want to buy your mum, dad or grandparent but is probably also not technically capable enough for real youngsters. This is one of those phones that sits somewhere in the middle of the road (don't try this ~ you will break your phone!) and does everything you might want and well enough not to raise any complaints!
Overall, this is not a bad phone at all and I am very happy with it. I just have to watch my sausage fingers and try and be more precise when I use the touch screen!!
Ive had this phone 8 months and its starting to show signs that its slowing down, i brought it originally because i wanted a touch phone but with the option of using a keypad also, at the time i was unaware that the touch part of the phone is for use only with games and when navigating the menu. Ever since i have had the phone the touch part seemed to react rather slowly and now it seems to react only when it chooses to, the only way to overcome this problem is to turn the phone off and on again which is frustrating. I find that the touch buttons have to be used with care as on many occassions i have mistakenly pressed them and sent or cancelled a message or navigated to a different section of the menu without intending to.
The games on the phone loose their appeal fast, although they are different to all the others i've ever had on phones previously i found them repetitive and very similar to each other.
I tend to use my phone mostly for messaging, which is ok for text only but the only way to send a picture or photo message is by going to the photo and using the options to send from there, which again takes time as the media section such as images and videos seem to take a while to load.
The screen on the LG Secret is very bright, almost too bright to be honest, i have it constantly set on the lowest brightness yet if using it in darker settings or checking it in the night its far too bright. This also means problems when using it in very light settings, such as summer days when the sun is bright!
There are however some positive features on this phone; the auto tilt feature of the phone, for example when using the internet if you turn the phone on its side the screen auto rotates to landscape mode and allows the internet pages to be read more easily. The quality of the screen is really good, photos are clear, both those that are taken using the built in camera and those i have sent or recieved.
The flash on the camera is very bright, which is great for a night out in darker conditions and because you are able to switch it off if needed the camera quality is good for day use also. The special effects that are for use after a photo has been taken are good fun, though limited compared to a digital camera but good for a phone.
I think this phone is good for anyone who wants to use it just incase they need to but do not send lots of messages or talk for long periods of time on it. The camera effects seem to appeal to younger users, as well as the novely features like the games that respond to tiilting the phone. Overall if you are a heavy user i wouldnt recommend it, however its fine for younger users who use it as a point of contact for parents and friends.
I'm writing this review for my the phone I used to own, because I'm just so damn glad to be rid of it!
I had the LG Secret KF750 on Orange contract from Phones 4 U. Got it because of the gift offer, but I have to say I did check the reviews before I landed it.
Out of the box, the phone seems slick and quite eye-pleasing. It's dimensions are 102.8 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm which isn't too bad, fits in your pocket well enough if you're wearing the right pair of jeans. It's not too heavy, weighing in just over 116 g. Most of the time carrying it around on me I would tend to forget it was there, but everyone has different opinions on what the right weight is for them.
The screen size isn't too bad, at 2.4 inches. For the technogeek, it's dimensions are 240 x 320 pixels, satisfying enough for what the phone achieves in itself.
Now, I didn't have the phone connected to a data service in my package, so unfortunately, I can't comment on how good the connection was. It's capable of running a 3G connection though, so the specs tell us. Not so sure on what the stock browser is like, as I never touched the internet. Seeing as there's about a hundred and one smartphones out there, I wouldn't say it's comparable, but it depends what you're after.
Now the phone screen does have a habit of getting a bit smudgy at times. As it's marketed as a "touch-screen" phone, this will probably be the cause, but I will advise to take the "touch-screen" part VERY lightly. I personally purchased this phone because I thought it was a touch screen phone, turned out the touch features are very limited.
Moving away from that, let's go over some of the phones features and software. It boasts a 5 Megapixel camera, which is still perfectly acceptable these days. The phone is a slide phone, which requires you to push to slide and reveal the black numeric keypad underneath. Good for those with stubby fingers, however, not for those who are trying to master the arts of writing a text quickly. As the whole keypad is flat, pressing the keys can seem difficult at first and take some getting used to. Alas, if you're used to phones you probably will find yourself okay with it in no time.
Now, there is a center button in the middle of the touch sensitive navigational pad. This brings up your menu. The navigational pad lights up with blue dots or circles when in use and the keys are provided with "haptics" which make a buzz in order to confirm selections. I believe this can all be customized in the settings. You get your three buttons across the bottom of the navipad. Answer call, cancel, and hang call. These are pretty easy to get used to and understand. One slightly annoying thing is that the cancel button seems to be in the most awkward place when you're writing a text or similar.. my partner since taking on the phone has found himself pressing back instead plenty when trying to correct an error and found himself exiting the whole thing instead. Frustrating! So to make things clearer, the four blue dots around the center button are your arrow keys pretty much. The two dashes at the top right and top left of the center are your back and options keys.
Anyhow, the menu is simple to navigate round. Pressing the center button brings up your menu. Navigate using the arrow dots.
I'm gonna just cover the phones apparent unique features here that are accessible from the menu, and not bore you all with the obvious stuff, mainly because otherwise this review will be longer than it already is.
First - Games. Now I thought the games would be something special, and I suppose there are probably some really interesting ones you can buy out there. However, they actually get boring rather quickly. You get a fishing game, darts, homerun derby, hammer and a maze, as well as a silly little magic ball. Basically all of these games use motion sensors which is similar to an iPhone in a sense. So you move, tilt and flick your wrist during the game depending on what you have to do (for example; fishing you will have to use the phone as a pretend rod... you pull it back and then flick the phone forward to cast your reel out to the lake, then pull it back when you get a catch.. etc) It's not complicated so I hope I didn't make it sound so. So the games in my opinion, not thrilling, but then I get bored easily, so don't go on just my words alone.
Multimedia - Now, there's something different here. "Touch Media" is arguably the phones unique selling point (apparently) and you can turn it on and then use the phone as a limited touch screen. I say limited because it can only be used within the "touch media" program. So you can play your music via touch, sort your photos, play games, search documents (never used it so not sure what this comprises of) and play FM radio. Other than this you get your normal functions for your camera, music and media editing software.
The media editing software is meant to be another of the phones highlights in that you can do some spiffy slow-motion video-capturing. This was impressive for about five minutes to myself, but my parnter loves it, so each to their own. I believe you can also speed up the video too, never got that far. Ahem. Just for the record, the video playback in this mode is silent.
Other than this the phone has nothing else which no other phone doesn't do just as well. So that ties up any loose ends.
In my opinion, the phone wasn't for me. The keys are annoying at times, the phones slide function isn't fantastic, considering everytime you close the phone you open or close the phone you press something you don't want, and the USP's are completely pointless, for someone like myself. But hey, everyone likes something different.
That's just my ten cents folks. And just for the record, no you can't turn off that annoying musical keytone sound everytime you write a text.
Okay, so here's the thing. I got this phone as a free upgrade on contract, and I had seen it advertised and thought it was amazing. In my opinion, it still is amazing. I don't know how other people have faired with this phone, but I have had mine for just under 2 years and it's worked perfectly fine. I am getting the LG Crystal tomorrow, and I am greatly looking forward to getting it, as I would like to see if it really is as bad as people say it is, or whether it is just them not getting on with that particular phone. I love LG mobiles and electronics, my past 3 phones have all been LG and I've never had a problem with them. The only problem is that they needed to be unlocked because they were second hand and the sim-locks were on them. In my opinion, this LG phone, the LG Secret, is a good phone, has a good camera, and can handle anything and everything you throw at it, I have never had one problem with the phone itself, and I would recommend this phone to anyone who is willing to try a good, reliable phone, with excellent battery life.
The main advantage of this phone is the appearence and design - it is a pretty stunning phone. LG claim that the phone is built with style that lasts, which I would agree with because after nearly a year there isn't any significant scratches or marks on the screen or phone, and I wouldn't say I treat it particularly well. The sliding function is really smooth and its just stylish looking. The buttons are also nice to use and type with.
I think the touch screen function is a bit of a gimmick, as its only fully touch sreen for one or two things such as games ( which are pretty fun to play though!) and the music player. I haven't had any problems with the navigation keys which are also touch screen, and i do quite like the fact that the phone has touch screen capabilities but you still get good old buttons to type with. The only problem I ever have is when Im talking on the phone, now and again the touch screen keys will press against my face and mute the call or something along those lines, but this doesn't happen frequently.
The main menu is really nicely set out, and in general Id say the phone is very simple to use. The camera produces excellent quality photos which remain this way once they are transferred onto the computer, although actually taking photos can be a little bit frustrating as its slow to capture photos. The memory is also impressive, but theres a space for an internal memory card which I choose to use too for all my photos.
The only bad thing I have to say about this phone is a pretty major thing unfortunatley - it has fairly recently broken down on me, after only 6 months of having the phone, and it had to be completley replaced because it just refused to turn on through no fault of my own. I have heared that its a fairly common problem with this model so its one to think about.
On first view this phone looks like the perfect phone. It's design is a great balance between a hip and swanky contemporary design along with good old fashioned design values and the touch buttons are great and well support by the conventional keyboard. But after a while problems start to arise. The first being that of the downside of having a touch screen. That is that it can bee easily accidentally activated. This causes the classic issues of calling random people in your phone book etc. A further issue I had with it was with the charger socket in the phone. I was charging it one day as per usual and I pulled out the plug as per usual and some of the charger remained in the phone which subsequently rendered the phone beyond economical repair as the repairers phrased it.
It is such as shame because it is a fantastic phone. The menus and interface is great and very easy to use. The slide being a particular plus as it keeps the phone nice and thin, but not too thin.
Battery life is good. Call quality is good, good loudspeaker option. Messaging is easily with the standard buttons revealed by the slide. Good camera and camera function and nice secondary camera for video calls, although this can't be used for taking photos.
Ok so when I first opened the box I was astonished as to actually how nice it looks in real life as apposed to in pictures, and when I turned on the screen it was definitly a high quality picture, as I browsed through the features I was enjoying the phone a lot. However after a few months I certainly started to see why so many people are against LG mobiles!
The (half) touch screen is quite slow, e.g if you touch the volume controller on the music player it will not move until a few seconds later. And It sometimes just freezes, and a few minutes later it works fine! Annoying things like that really!
The features are good and the camera is very high quality, I especially like the blue lights on the front however my left one has broken for no apparent reason!
There are many things on the phone that are good for the money; but after a year I dont think i'll be keeping this phone a lot longer!
After 16 or so months of this phone on contract i am glad it is near the end.
I originally got the phone because i haven't had much luck with phones and they normally break and with this being branded the strongest on the market it looked a good choice to me. However the phone is very slow now and it regularly crashes. The volume on the side of the phone has also broke and i think i will struggle to get a decent price once i have upgraded.
Also there is a few annoying bugs, it would occasionally freeze the time when the phone was locked, also the touch screen is pretty pointless and is hard to navigate and seems as it was a gimmick as it only works for certain applications.
However i have no complaints about the 5 mega pixel camera and the memory capacity of the phone. Also the phone battery tends to be on the short side and i would prefer a extra 12 - 24 hrs.
On first impressions this phone looks good, and feels good, particularly the sliding action, which is very smooth, however this is obviously not what makes a good phone.
Starting with the simple things, the start screen and menu are very easy to navigate. The directional buttons are touch screen and are again easy to use. Some people however struggle with the fact the select button is in the middle of the directional touch buttons, this is not something I personally find.
Specific features are a music player, which is very useful and provides good sound quality through the headphones however it does seem to struggle in terms of sorting out the songs into artist specific categories.
The media centre, which can be used in full touch screen is quite slow but can be a good little bit of fun every now and then, what does bemuse me is the fact that this full screen touch screen feature can only be used in the media centre.
The media centre also features a photo and movie editor however they seem rather complicated and time consuming to use and perhaps unnecessary.
The camera is of high quality, the pictures once put on the computer are top class, however the camera itself is slightly irritating, being slow and sometimes irresponsive.
Putting the very high standard of media entertainment the phone has, the major problem with this phone is the fact that it very often seems to drop calls, and turn on and off randomly, which can be very irritating when expecting a phone call. This problem has been chased up with LG who then 'fixed' the phone however the problem persists to date. After all, the main thing a phone is used for is to make, and receive calls, and when this feature is highly unreliable, it makes for a very off phone.
I have had this phone for a year now; unfortunately it is on an 18 month contract though so I have to put up with it for another six months.
I have had to send this back to Vodafone twice as it is constantly faulty. The major problems are that it keeps turning itself off for no apparent reason and when you are on a call you get VERY bad static. I'm talking so bad I cannot even hold the phone to my ear through fear of being deafened, you can forget about hearing the other person. I have been assured the faults have been fixed twice but they still exist. The touch button lights fail almost immediately too. This is a very poorly made phone!
There are two functions o this phone, normal and full touch screen which is used for media. I have only used this second function once since I got it as it is far too cumbersome. Everything is far quicker in the normal mode.
The menu system is quite standard and therefore is easy to navigate and is fine overall.
The camera is nowhere near as good as I had hoped, the flash is useless and it takes an age to focus and take a shot which means you're stood there trying to hold it still looking like a lemon.
I would strongly advise against getting this poorly made phone, it is the first LG I have owned and shall be the last. Go for a Nokia or Sony instead.
i got the lg secret about a year ago, my step dad got it and thought wow this looks really good, so i decided to invest, what a mistake that was!the lights for the touch screen was the first to go, the phone was forever turning its self off and this was only after having it for 4 months. the games are probably the only worthy thing about this phone. the camera is crap the flash is just dreadful, makes you look like a ghost and the quality is awful. 5mp? i dont think so ! people would try to get through to me and would tell them that my phone was turned off when in fact i had it right in front of me with the phone turned on! recieved text messages sometimes 2 days late and that would only be because i turned my phone on and off to check. the battery is also crap.overall a bad phone
This is the first phone from Lg which I have had, and overall I have been quite dissappointed with it. However the phone does have some advantages, these would include, the look and style of the phone. I think that the phone is very sleek and slim and by just looking at the phone I would recommend it. Although the lcd blue lights on the front do not all work on my phone and they often do not come on at all.
Another advanatges would be the M-Toy games, I find these very fun and unique for the phone, as you have to move the phone to play the games, both me and my boyfriend have had great fun playing these games. Another advantage for the phone would be the memory capacity, as when I purchased the phone it came with the external memory card which holds a high number of photo's and video's, I transferred photo's and video's from my old phone and I still have not reached the full capacity!
However even though the phone holds a lot of photo's and video's, the overall use of the camera I have found to be quite disappointing. The phone is very slow so when taking a photo it takes a while from when you have pressed the button for the picture to actually be taken, the quality of the photo's is ok, but I think there are much better camera phones out there, so I wouldnt recommend this phone soley based on its camera features.
As I have mentioned before the phone is very slow, and it often freezes and sometimes it even switches itself off! The signal strength is very poor, and having never previously had signal difficulties in my home this has now become a problem.
The battery life is also very poor and I find myself charging it up very often, as soon as 1 bar goes off then you know you will need to charge it up very soon.
It doesnt have many other features that are unique, it still has calender/calculator features but these are basic.
Overall I have had the phone for 8 months and I cannot wait to change it!
LG Secret is one of the most stylish phones I have ever used, this phone gets me alot of reactions from people such as family and friends and it really does shine like in the picture.
Camera Quality: this is one of the reasons I bought it, 5 megapixels it hasand they all show because when you take a picture it comes out so clearly that it feels like a proper camera that you would buy for £200.
Touch media: this is one of the colllest thing on the phone where you can touch the screen to go to which ever places you want to go, but its not your usual touch screen this is different this only allows you 5 options, such as games and pictures and thats the big problem with this phone it should let you do more.
Overall this phone is very expensive and what ever price you pay for it such as £100 it is worth it because it last longs and nothing can scracth the screen.
Beautiful design, sleek and stylish black, with an impressive carbon fibre galss back panel. As such one may expect high quality form LG'S Black label product. The phone is advertisied with many extras, such as i-touch mode and sensor interactive games, radio, 3g connectivity, mp3 and a five mega pixel camera. I warn you though, the phone is highly impractical to use, especially for frequent and intense users, as the battery life is very low (dies within a day and after 2nd battery bar) and has weak signal strength.
there are four touch pads, to which are used to navigate the main menus and it has a easy to acces new alerts tab on the left, however, with most users thumbs being the size they are, it can become quite fustrating to get where you want. In its defense though it has a prompt command system of using the keypad, entering numbers to access parts of the menu.
The mp3 player is standard, the 5 mega pixel camera is more like a two mega pixel sony ericsson cyber shot, with only limited zoom and an annoying capture sound which is always on. For music playback the lodspeaker is defintely not reccommended, as weak and very fuzzy. The radio, alarm clock, messaging and call answering features are pretty much standard to that of other modern phones. It does have a many well performing connectvitiy modes, such as the bluetooth and its usb connection, which with the cd-rom is very easy to transport media to a fro.
I was not very impressed, as the main features were less than expected and the most important elements, such as its battery life was a real let down. Buyers should do more research before committing.
Thanks for reading, hope it could help.
Raise the slide and catch a mystifying ray of blue float across the front panel. The Secret recaptures the essence of the 5MP camera, recently demonstrated through LG Viewty, but is only 11.8mm thick.