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LG KC550 - LG KC550

By Sandra Vogel


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Some of the provided games take further advantage of the accelerometer. When you move into the games area of the phone you have two choices. Just opting for ‘games' itself gives you a skateboard game and Mini Game World - which has seven integrated little games. Choosing ‘M-Toy', on the other hand, gives you six games with which to use the accelerometer. There's one where you chuck darts at a board, one in which you go fishing and another where you guide a ball round a maze, for example. I've seen these games before in the 5-megapixel but all round better featured LG Secret

The KC550 also plays music. With a mere 12MB of internal memory you are going to need a microSD card to make the most of the player, but the good news is that I got nearly ten and a half hours of non-stop music from a full battery charge. After that, the phone refused to play any more, though it still stayed alive for about another hour. LG rates it at 6 hours talktime and 450 hours on standby.

An FM radio with nine presets adds to your musical possibilities but LG's headset uses the aforementioned proprietary connector and is one-piece so you'll need an adaptor to use a 3.5mm set.

In addition to what has already been mentioned you get mobile email, calendar, memo maker, voice recorder, muvee studio for creating a slideshow with music, alarm, calculator, stopwatch, unit converter, world clock and browser.


The KC550's 5-megapixel camera sits at the top of its relatively average additional set of features, and the camera itself isn't quite as good as some which share the same raw megapixel rating. But then the LG KC550 isn't as expensive as those better featured alternatives, so if you don't mind its looks and chunkiness and want a reasonable cameraphone it's worth a look.

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August 15, 2008, 2:26 pm

It's a shame (but not surprising) that us Pay as you Go customers always have to settle for sloppy seconds when it comes to decent phones.

I like the look of LG phones, you mention the Secret in this review, but I believe they're only on Contract. Can anyone in the TR team suggest a decent PAYG phone?

Paul Kenny

September 22, 2008, 9:49 pm

I Like the phone and expected it to work as purchased but a WARNING on the picture and Video side of the phone.I have a 4gig SDHC card fitted because of its inability to film without voice sync problems with a slower SD card.Secondly if you take several pictures on its highest setting the phone crashes-Screen Freeze.The battery removal and re-placement solves the freezing problem but not the problem.A update is needed.


October 15, 2008, 3:22 pm

The box clearly says 720x480 video at 30 fps, which is totally false. LG KC550 is not even able to do 320x240 --or any resolution for that matter-- at 30 fps. It is deplorable that LG resorts to an unethical marketing campaign, claiming publicly at various advertisements of KC550's "DVD-quality video".


January 1, 2010, 1:56 am

LG KC550 Orsay is a true disappointment. First of all video freezes constant, for the photos one must have steady hand or better to engage tripod. Second, if you are doing multiple delete of the messages in inbox you are facing constant freeze and blockage after which you have to remove your battery and replace it and start again.

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