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~ LG Shine K970 ~
Oh how I loved this phone!
I loved the colour (I had a pink one)!
I love the mirror screen!
I loved everything about it!
My mum and I were sat in the kitchen drinking a cuppa and I was flicking through some magazine or another, and I happened to comment how much I liked this phone - The LG Shine K970.
I thought it was a very quirky looking phone and I really did fall in love with it.
About 5 weeks later it was Christmas and on Christmas Eve my mum brought me up my presents in a big bag, all sellotaped up I may add! (She knows me too well hehe!).
Anyway I opened the bag and after putting out all my childrens presents I put mine out, of course I had a feel and shake and apart from a few way off guesses I had no idea at all what my mum had bought me!
In the morning my boys were all so excited and my pressies were left untouched until my boys had opened theirs, then my hubby started passing me mine and I was like a big kid, ripping them open and loving it totally!
I was passed a rectangular shaped pressie and I first thought it may well have been hair straighteners, ripping open the side I saw a white box and then tearing off the paper I was so happy to see my lovely new LG Shine mobile phone!
The box was lovely, it was white with a sort of pattern and a little sleeve was slipped over the top with a picture of the phone and what not.
I slipped off the sleeve and opened up the box, there sat inside was a beautiful shiny phone. The body of the phone was all a pink metal and the screen was a mirror.... Perfect for a girly girl like me! The bottom of the phone slid down to reveal the key pad. It wasn't a touch screen phone but it did have a little scroll bar which is also a button and it came with a little phone charm type thing that was actually a buffer to keep the screen sparkly!
On the back of the phone was the camera lens and flash and turned to the side, it looked like a snazzy digital camera.
The phone features protective stainless steel casing which still looks imacualte today, it shows very minor use, although it was actually used for quite some time.
The fantastic screen is very bright and easy to see when in use and acts as a mirror when not in use.
It is also an MP3 player with great sound quality.
The camera is a generous 2MP with 2x digital zoom, the photos I took were good quality and I had some snaps developed in Asda and they came out really well.
It has Bluetooth and of course the multi function scroll key.
It came with some quite cool screensavers and in general I really liked this phone, it held its charge really well and probably needed charging once every 2 -3 days depending on how much you used it.
Although there are much better phones available now this was a great phone at the time, I still have the phone but unfortunatly the LCD screen is broken and that was my reason for changing my phone at the time, however writing this review has prompted me to look on ebay for a replacement screen and having one at a decent price I have bought one!
Until my son jumped on it, quite hard I must add, this phone was very robust. I had no trouble getting used to it and thoroughly enjoyed using it.
This phone is all about style, it's features don't match it's design quality. The mirror is great for those typical vain people, and the scrolling bar is a nice unique touch to this phone. Cool features and games, along with a very stylish navigation system and menu. Nice and loud so you can hear your ringtones, and the screen is great quality and perfect size. I also love the sliding element of it, but if you get sand or dirt under that slide it makes a scratching noise which can get irritating. Considering it's a fairly old phone (released in 2006 I think) it does well to keep up with the competition now with the features it has.
My main problem with this phone is after a few months of use, it has lost it's sexy factor. The buttons are worn down even though I don't overuse it, the mirror screen is scratched to bits, and so is the back of it. The battery panel's clips have snapped so it is forever falling off.
So basically, this phone is a very stylish phone but it won't stay that way unfortunately.
Ok, so it's not an iPhone or a smartphone, but I expected a bit more out of this handset to be honest.
It looks nice, to start with, but even the gentlest touch couldn't keep it looking as shiny as you'd expect. The keys quickly started to lose their 'varnish' or finish or whatever and I'm not an excessive texter.
It does everything it's basically supposed to, but even sending a message took about 6 clicks by the time you'd searched your address book and added recipients. The menus in general were multi-level and clumsy to navigate. I missed many an incoming call because the volume of the ringer was just too low, even on the maximum setting.
Despite careful discharging/recharging the battery soon became inefficient as with many mobile phones, disappointing as that was the reason I got rid of the previous one.
There was no way that I found to lock the phone easily - simply sliding it open unlocked it, which was not good when you have youngsters around.
Another very annoying thing, it was so shiny it was very easy to lose a grip of and drop!
I used to have this phone a while back and i just pulled it out as im trying to clear space from my room, to be honest with you i was not impressed at the phone when i first had it, there were numerous problems when trying to achieve simple tasks, ranging from the scroll button which is meant to be this phones key sell feature, to having problems seeing the screen when the light hit it wrong due to the mirror effect they placed on it.
Price and Availability
You can find this phone online now for around 80 - 100 pounds, when i first had the phone it was on contract with 100 minutes and 300 texts, when i was younger this was ideal for me and met all my needs, however i grew up i realized this was a stupid phone and i was being ripped off with this contract, hence why i changed.
Back in the day you could find this phone anywhere in all the variations of the phone shops, however today there not there anymore unless you go to places such as CEX or other style shops like this one. You could properly find this phone online now, such as eBay or other second hand selling sites as people are not to fond of buying this phone any longer as there are better and cheaper phones out there.
Appearance and Design.
The phone aint the worse looking of the technology group, with its sleek mirror front mirror design which eventually came to give me problems on a sunny day, stopping me seeing what was on the screen, there is also the slider button in the centre which is the key outlook for this phone. this is used to scroll through the menus and select what you want to click as its also used as the main button!... the problem with this was it wouldn't scroll at first but then all of a sudden after much irritating scrolling it would decide to work and then flick past what you wanted it to really quickly, and then freeze again. perfect way to ruin you day.
The buttons on the other hand are not to bad, as you can clearly press them and they unlike other phones create a distinct action when you do so as you can feel them click down below your fingertips, so no problem with them here, they are quite close together so if you do have fat fingers this could then create a problem and you could possibly press more then one and this would make the phone utterly useless.
The camera is only 2 mega pixels which means it aint the best quality, however it does have a flash which means you can snap some of them shots in the dark. There are much better phones out there now and i would not recommend coming back to this one as its old and outdated.
This phone is not worth buying, ive had more problems with it then it was worth, there are much better out there now which you can find and get stronger use out of, overall i recommend staying from this one and go for the blackberry / htc or iphone that are there today.
I have had this moblie phone now for just over three years and I still love it! I was eligible for an upgrade last March and I was drawn to buying a touch screen phone. After receiving the new phone I couldn't get on with the touchscreen at all and really started to miss my LG Shine!
The LG Shine is so easy to use, robust (still in one piece after being accidentally dropped a number of times) and really stylish looking. The screen is a mirror which comes in handy if you want to check yourself out! I particularly like the roller on it which is used to scroll up and down. The camera is not great quality being only 2 megapixals and there is not much built in memory compared to the phones on the market today but if you are looking for a phone that is really simple to use, reliable and looks good I would definitely recommend this phone!
I thought I would write a review on the LG Shine as I have had this phone for many years and it never seems to let me down.
I often go for a mobile phone that looks good rather than what it can do etc. The LG Shine does not disappoint. I own the pink version which looks so girly and also comes in such a vibrant hot pink that is sure to turn heads. :-)
Some features of the LG shine include:
- 2 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, autofocus, flash and 2x digital zoom
- Video recorder
- Stereo music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+ and AAC++ file formats)
MP3, AAC and AAC+ ringtones (40 voice polyphonic)
Although the camera is only 2 MP, it is very good quality and just as good as some phones with a higher MP.
The only thing I would suggest is to buy a memory card with this phone as the memory is quite poor if you want to save songs and photos etc.
The price of the LG Shine has decreased rapidly in recent months. I have seen them sell on ebay for as little as £10. Also unlike a lot of models, they can still be purchased from brand new.
Most people think that Nokia phones are the easiest to use, however, the LG Shine is very clearly set out and you can "get the hang of it" in no time at all. The scroller button is a new aspect on a mobile phone and it is very efficient in directing you to the various menus etc.
One fault I would have is that the Volume doen't seem to be loud enough even at the highest option.
Over the years I have gone through numerous phones including the Samsung Soul, Iphone and Blackberry. Unfortunately they have all since broke and I am back using my old faithful LG Shine. It is the longest phone I have had without any problems!
Overall I think it is still a good buy if you are looking for a stylish phone for a bargain price.
As I have said in my previous review, I have been clearing out my bedroom and keep on finding my old phones dotted around the place and have been checking to see whether they work before foing on to seel them.
This particular one being the 'LG SHINE' and I must admit, I remember really loveing this phone, it was one of my first phones with a proper camera, by this I mean one where you could actually make out what the photo was meant to be of!
When I originally purchased this it cost around £70 from Woolworths (when it was a shop!!), though now you can probably buy one from ebay and Amazon for around £20, give or take a few pounds.
It is a slide phone, which I found was easy, simply pushing the top screen up to reveal the buttons. The screen itself it a mirror, which is actually quite handy, especially if you have forgotten to put one in your bag!
On the 'top' bit of the phone there are two buttons either side of the 'scroll' one which you roll to scroll up or down the page - I have found many people who hate this button, though I love it! I find it so much quicker than pressing the same 'down' button over and over when you can just give this a good spin and your good enough there!
The bottom part of the phone is the buttons, they are nice and wide and easy to use, however they are flat which does makes them quite hard to use as they are no raised they are basically all joined together which can sometimes make it hard to press an individual button.
The camera is only 2 mega pixels, though it takes very nice clear photos! It is quick to take the photos, which means you aren't left waiting wandering whether it'll take one or not! The photos are very clear and the screen is quite big, which helps this, the colours, are also veyr sharp and clear and has a full display of colours.
This is not just for the camera, but for the normal screen aswell.
The sound is nice and clear and is fast to transfer songs and other items over bluetooth and normally does a single item in under a minute. The sound doesn't seem to be crackly or muffled, but quite clean and crisp, which I was surprised at for the price of the phone!
Overall this is a nice phone, especially for a younger girls first phone, I think the clearness is the real selling point for this camera, oh and the mirror of course!!!
I know that nowadays, the LG shine is a bit dated with all the i-Phones and Blackberrys about. But for me, it still has not been sent to the big electronic after-life in the sky, mainly due to its sleek design. It does still look very impressive with the metal exterior. To use a word that all these 'young un's' use, its 'blingin!'
The keys can be a little hard to use for those (like me) that have chunky fingers, as the keypad is flush across the phone. The screen itself is a nice size and the ability to use the pictures stored on the phone as a background for the main screen is a nice touch. Not just because you can use them as a portrait image (where the top and bottom of the screen are blank due to most pictures being taken in a landscape format) but you can also have them as a landscape background which as a full-screen image, is very impressive!
I was not entirely convinced with the input slot for the phones headphone connector. To be fair, I still can't see the logic in having a different connection for headphones than the standard format that all headphones come in (if that makes sense!). When I used the LG headphones, the connector kept coming out of the phone instantly blaring my music out to the surrounding area. In the end I had to hold the headphone connector into the phone. That was until I gave up and bought a MP3 player!
As for the phone software itself, it does everything well in my opinion. All the standard features are there, text and picture messaging, mp3 player, browsing t'internet (for the northerners!) and games.
All in all, its a good phone for those on a budget and who dont want to regress to a Nokia 3210!!
My partner bought me this phone as my old brick of a Nokia had died and was never to return. I liked the sleek and shiny look of this phone and that is what drew me to it in the first place.
It was advertised as being able to use as a mirror also, but basically you can roughly see your reflection in it and that is about it - the image is not clear and you certainly wouldn't be able to put your makeup on using. I suppose you could, but you would probably end up with lipstick smeared all over your face! It doesn't help that every time you use this phone your finger prints are clearly visible, which also distorts the mirror feature of this phone.
The phone itself is very easy to use and is quite reliable. I would like to point out though that the message alert box which pops up sometimes doesn't go away and you have to slide your phone to get access to the actual message. This is only on rare occasions though.
I have had this phone for approximately 3 years now and it has never given me any major trouble, only the small fault with the message alert. Sometimes the volume is a little quiet but this doesn't bother me much as I am more of a texter than a talker!
** Technical Details **
Model: Shine KE970
Colours available: Black, Pink, Silver
Display Technology: TFT
Band: EDGE, GPRS, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 900
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB
Battery: Talking Battery Life-3 Hours, Standby Battery Life-280 Hours
Hardware: Antenna Type - Integrated
Phone Screen: 262K Colors (TFT)
Memory: 512MB internal memory and MicroSD memory card supported
Digital Camera: 2 Megapixels, 2x Digital Zoom
Display: Size - 240 x 320, Technology - TFT
Supported Data Formats: WAP 2.0, XHTML
Dimensions: Depth - 0.54 Inch, Weight - 4.2 gr
Other Features: JavaTM MDIP and Multimedia player, Polyphonic and MP3ringtones, HTML browser, Bluetooth
** Price **
This LG phone is available to buy from around £80-£100
I had the pink Shine and looks wise this is really nice, its on the larger size but its thin which still gives it a sleek edge.
I personally found the buttons quite hard to use, especially if you have longer nails as the button pad is 'flush'.
As with all LG's they take a bit of getting used to, but are generally user friendly enough.
My absolute pet hate with this phone and other LG's that I had was the volume of the calls, despite having the highest volume and the vibrate option on, when it comes to hearing phones in my handbag I nearly always miss them as the phone is just too quiet.
The best bit about the phone is the screen is a mirror! so saves you having to carry a mirror around lol, I did like this phone it was one of my favourites and I would have probably kept it for longer if the volume wasnt such a pain.
This phone is really nice to look at, sleek and shiny design!
It is great phone for its money, its got most items you would expect from a phone for its price.
The 2 mega pixel camera isn't brilliant, but it is ok for the phone, it takes good photos but they can be a bit blurred and you have to hold the phone very still for nice, clear photos.The video camera however it not very good, with any motion in the video it becomes more and more blurred and unclear of what you are watching.
The scroll button in the middle makes it easy to navigate up and down the pages on the phone. The buttons are all very easy to use and the 'slide' is very nice to use, it is not like on some phones where it is loose and just does it by itself, but it also isn't very stiff.
It can sometimes be hard to see the screen because of the 'mirror screen' and is VERY hard to see what you are doing when it is sunny as it just reflects back into your face.
The mp3 player on it has clear sound, sometimes can become a bit crackly though.
All in all for its price I think it is a nice little phone, easy to use, but like all phones has it down sides and on this it is mainly the 'mirror' style screen.
My old mobile phone suddenly gave up the ghost and so I had a quick look at Tesco's whilst I was doing the shopping. I wanted a pay as you go phone which wasn't too expensive but had a bit of quality to it, and of course something which looked good too.
Nothing really stood out from the crowd and so I started to walk away, and it was then that I saw the little LG Shine which was on a special offer at the end of the display. The price was £59.99 with a free £10 top up included, which seemed to be a good offer; but the offer got even better when they overcharged me by £10 and had to refund me twice the amount as per their policy.
Grinning all the way home with my new bargain, I opened the box and put the phone on charge whilst having a little mess about with it; you see the LG Shine is a very tactile little object which sits nice and weighty in the palm with its soft sculpted rounded edges and brushed stainless steel back, making it one of those objects that you just have to pick up and play with. I particularly like the way the blue lit laser cut keypad is nicely protected and concealed away from view which only comes into action when the sliding mirrored cover is moved up; this also feels smooth and positive to operate.
The super smooth mirrored frontage of the phone doubles up as the main display screen which seems to work fine indoors; but unfortunately when using the display screen out in strong daylight, you soon reveal one of the phones 3 main faults. I find it virtually impossible to see the display when I am out and about and have to huddle up in a dark corner of the nearest building and then stick it under my top to see what I am doing. Try explaining that one away to Mr Policeman down at the station.
After being released from the Police station and getting your little LG Shine back, you will need to text your partner to tell them that you are on your way home. Here lies the second of its weaknesses as the buttons are fiddly, the keypad is very small and the keys are close together which proves difficult for dialling numbers let alone texting. Good old sausage fingers will soon be back at the Police station in no time when they realize that you were responsible for all the anonymous calls made as a result of dialling the wrong number.
The third and final issue that I have with the LG Shine is that it doesn't keep its shine for very long and requires a good wipe each time you use it to keep it looking in tip top condition. Having said that, I was very sceptical about how scratch resistant the mirrored plastic finish would be, but after owning this for several months, I can say that the finish seems to be holding up without any noticeable scratches. I do keep mine in a case so maybe yours won't look the same if you sling it in your pocket with your keys and loose change.
Having said all that, I still can't help but like this little phone because it still ticks all the same boxes that made me buy it in the first place: good price and great looks with a quality feel. It also has the other usual stuff like a 2 megapixel camera, video recorder and player, Bluetooth connection, and more stuff than I can be bothered to look at because to be perfectly honest, I don't need anymore from a pay as you go phone other than to make calls on it every now and again.
Ok then, here's some more of the LG Shine's key features:
2 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, autofocus, flash and 2x digital zoom
Display: TFT, 262,000 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
Stereo music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+ and AAC++ file formats)
MP3, AAC and AAC+ ringtones (40 voice polyphonic)
Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
3D Java games
Document Viewer (.ppt, .doc, .pdf, .xls and .txt files)
Caller ID (photo / video)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 1.2, USB
Memory: MicroSD memory card (up to 2 Gbytes)
WAP 2.0, EDGE
Size: 100 x 51 x 14 mm
Battery standby: 280 hours
As with most new electrical items, they eventually start to come down in price which means that you can easily get your hands on one of these phones for under £50 with £10 credit to go, making this a cracking buy for the money.
I recently bought this phone as a replacement for my old Nokia that I was having problems with - I mainly use a phone for receiving calls and texts as I use my house phone most of the time. However, I do like the look and feel of the LG Shine - I am a fan of slider phones so it fitted the bill for me. It is very attractive to look at - and the mirror screen is a really useful feature. The graphics are very impressive on a very good sized screen.
The charge seems to last really well - I only need to charge it a few times a week on average, which was less than I expected.
A couple of negative points I have found -
1. I was disappointed that I could'nt add my own tunes for 'text alerts' - you only have the standard 4 to choose from, and I dont find them very loud and I do like to personalise my phones usually.
2. Whatever ring tone I use (and you can add all your own) I do not find them very loud even when turned up to max.
Having said that I am pleased with the phone, and knowing that it seems quiet (to me) I make sure its close by at all times. After all it only cost me £35 on pay and go with O2 so I count that as a bargain for such a nice looking handset.
i got this phone when i renewed my contract last april. i love the sleek finish and its ideal for using as a mirror to reapply your lipstick. lol i have had problems with the volume of previous phones. this one however is loud enough to hear ringing in your bag but not so much that everyone stares. 1 downside though is that the mirrored front is very hard to keep clean. mines is always covered in fingerprints which is a bit inconvenient when you want to use it as a mirror. the handset is really modern but i have had mines over a year and still have not mastered how to take decent photos yet. they all come out blurry. may not be the actual phone though. may be the photographer is not the best. to summerize. its a good quality phone that doubles as a mirror as long as you can manage to keep the front free of fingerprints.
the navigation key is a small wheel that is very easy to use when you get the hang of it, doesnt stick like i have found with other handsets. mp3 player is also good quality although it has very limited space unless you have a memory card. the memory card slots inside the phone under the battery which is a bit of a nuisance. having spoke to someone with the same handset i have now been ensured that the camera is very good as well as the video camera, i must have a very shaky hand.
I bought this phone as I had broken my last phone and at the time of purchase, it cost me £50. I have now had it for around 4 months and so far I think it is great.
I am quite an old-fashioned person, who really only uses it for talking or texting but I am on it quite a lot. The battery life on it is great, I charge it about 2 or 3 times a week and even when I am talking on it and it is beeping to say the battery is running low it still lasts for a long time.
At first, it took a little getting used to and I found texting a little difficult with the roller wheel, rather than buttons, but now I like it and find that it makes texting easier.
Sometimes, the reception on it isn't very good but I don't tend to be in areas without good signal very often, so it hasn't affected me too much. The screen is usually clear and I don't find that the shininess of it is much of a problem.
One thing is that the camera isn't very good, however, as I have a good camera, I would only use it occasionally and not for important photos. Also, the alarm doesn't turn off if you press snooze, the display remains on until you press stop.
Overall, however, I think it is a great phone and definately worth the £50 I paid for it.