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LG’s KG920 is a phone for people who like their handsets to have lots of buttons and, to not put too fine a point on it, a bit on the blingy side. As the UK’s first five megapixel cameraphone, it’s a phone for those who can’t see the point of carrying a digital camera with them all the time just in case they see something they’d like to photograph for keeps.
There. I’ve said it. This is a phone with a camera that’s actually worth having. Now don’t get me wrong here: if I bought this handset I would still want a separate digital camera, and there are things about the camera that I don’t like at all. But nonetheless, you can take photos with it that you would be prepared to share, keep and even get printed at A4.
The camera is though, the best thing about the KG920 and in a lot of other respects this handset disappoints.
At first glance the KG920 is all buttons, and flouts the conventions of mobile phone key layout. Under the screen the numberpad is pushed over to the left, with the right occupied by a navigation button. This latter is marked with tiny icons indicating that pressing each of its four points has specific functions.
Pressing the bottom of this button takes you to the handset address book. The left edge accesses profiles. The right edge takes you to a four way scrolling menu where you can choose to go to voicemail, messaging, calendar and the device alarm. The top edge drops you into a listing of nine favourites actions, which you can then invoke using the numberpad. Customisation, then, is not a problem.
Three softmenu buttons sit above the numberpad and navigation button. The left and right ones get most use, while the middle one occasionally has a role to play too. These buttons are not directly beneath the screen and it took me a while to be able to use them intuitively. The other button in this area is a large Cancel button underneath the navigation button.
To the left of the screen are two pairs of buttons. The bottom pair launches the calendar software and music player. When you are using the camera they let you toggle through settings for the timer and flash. The upper pair is used with the camera’s zoom feature. All these front buttons except the Call and End buttons have an orange backlight which pops up whenever you press anything. Call and End are green and red respectively, as you’d expect.
The left and right edges are pretty busy areas too. On the right are slots for a miniSD card, headphones and mains power and all are covered. On the left are volume buttons and the camera button as well as a slider for the mechanical lens cover.