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By Edward Chester



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While on the subject of usability, we also like that LG has adopted the, fast becoming standard, slide-to-unlock system whereby, after pressing any button, you simply slide a finger up the screen to unlock the phone. We also like the status dialogue that appears when you tap the top of the homescreen. This displays detailed information about time, battery life, signal strength, and memory usage (both onboard and of the memory card) as well as giving you quick access to select a profile (silent, meeting, normal, etc.), play and pause music, and turn Bluetooth on or off.

Elsewhere the operating system is essentially the same one that we've seen on LG's phones for some time. The homescreen consists of three desktops, which you can slide left and right with the annoying, slow, and cumbersome rotating cube effect that LG insists on using. On the first screen you can put widgets, which are the usual selection of apps like a calendar, picture viewer, analogue clock, and music player. The second screen is dedicated to what LG calls Livesquare, which basically shows you little avatars of your favourite contacts along with message notifications for each one. You can then drag the avatar to the message or call icons to either message or call them. You can even highlight multiple avatars and send group messages. It could be useful on occasion but we feel that for most people it will be a seldom used gimmick. The third screen is simply for dragging and dropping links to your favourite contacts.

The main menu by default uses a peculiar sideways scrolling array of icons that we again find cumbersome and unnecessary. You can, however, revert to a simpler tabbed layout of fixed icons that is much easier to navigate.

The rest of the operating system is basic and a bit slow but is easy enough to use. However, the web browser is distinctly tedious to use so those that want to regularly browse on the move should probably steer clear. Then again, with this being a non-3G phone that also lacks Wi-Fi, web browsing was always going to require the patience of a saint.

Something that will also slow you down is the use of a soft resistive touchscreen. With its lack of multitouch and requirement of pressure to activate the screen, typing speed in particular is slowed down to the point where the QWERTY keyboard is next to useless and the keypad layout will instead be your primary port of call. The softness of the screen will of course make it prone to scratches as well.

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November 30, 2009, 6:04 pm

I can't imagine that battery test gives very accurate and comparable results. The number of bars on most phones I've seen has only a faint relation to the actual remaining battery life. (And from what I've heard, this is by design.) Even a full percentage isn't very accurate, since the conversion from the voltage level is not exact. A more accurate test would run until the battery gives out. Ideally, charge it fully and do each activity (calls, music, video, ...) until the battery is empty. I guess that's a bit much to ask, though.

Bayzid Hussain

November 30, 2009, 11:25 pm

£230? I've seen this mobile phone in both Phones4U and Car Phone Warehouse for £99!


December 1, 2009, 12:09 am

It is a good looking phone but I have been told that the OS isn't very good at all I can't help think if LG had put android on it they would have a really good looking phone and a good OS at a very good price


December 1, 2009, 4:25 pm

@Jay I agree, the size of this phone is exactly what I am looking for (the iPhone ect are just too big IMO for me to carry round all the time), I just wish that it had Android on it.

I really think that there is a market for a smaller Android phone than what is out there at the moment, rather than pushing 4" screens ect the manufacturers should think about bringing out something a bit smaller IMO

Alan Edwards47c

December 1, 2009, 5:51 pm

They're having a laugh if they want £230 for this - no WiFi or 3G??

Nokia 5530 - only slightly bigger, not 3G but does have WiFi, 640x360 touch screen and proper Symbian smartphone OS. Currently going for £99 unlocked (but you have to buy a pre-pay SIM and topup) in CPW.



December 1, 2009, 6:57 pm

The stated price must be wrong. This phone is a slightly updated KP501 Cookie. A while ago TR reported that LG would start to use Android, starting (oddly) with the KS360. Wonder what happened to that?


May 3, 2010, 12:42 am

This is a good looking phone, but to be frank I've had many problems with it. It often freezes, once for three days. It's a pain if you phone somewhere where you need to use the number board, ie press 1 for this option type calls as you have to activate keyboard each time. Volume/silent options seem to have mind of their own too. My view is it's too fancy for it's own good and I'm glad I didn't pay anything for it quite frankly. On the positive side it looks good and games are quite fun.


July 12, 2010, 10:17 pm

What am i meant to do when my phone freezes up? is there anything i can do?? my phone has just started to do it and its very annoying

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