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LG makes some amazingly inventive mobile phones. Just a couple of weeks ago I had my hands on the Prada KE850 with its innovative touchscreen, and before that I’d reviewed the fancy thin slider the Shine KE970 while late last year LG brought forth its rather strangely branded but again innovative Chocolate KG800.
The company doesn’t only do this kind of high end handset though. It also has a foothold at the less flashy end of the market, and the KP202 is an example. My review sample came from Orange where it is only a Pay As You Go handset and will cost you £49.99.
This is a Tri-band mobile with GPRS and is a small format flip phone with inner and outer screens. It feels rather nice in the hand thanks to its rounded shaping, and it should slot nicely into most pockets being just 87mm tall, 45mm wide and 19.8mm thick. When the flip is opened it extends to about 158mm tall and it feels quite comfortable to hold to the ear during voice calls.
LG has kept the weight down to 78g. That is pretty much down to the fact that this phone is made entirely of plastic. Its colour scheme is not unappealing with a mostly black front fascia with grey frame and some silver trimmings. The remainder of the handset – sides, back and insides – mixes two tones of grey. The black area on the front of the fascia is nicely shiny, though it does attract greasy fingerprints and I suspect it might be susceptible to scratching.
The front screen is rather basic in that it is a monochrome STN. Its 96 x 64 pixels make it pretty small by today’s standards. But it does manage to display plenty of information. The time is writ large, the date smaller. Your network is emblazoned there too (why – might you forget?), along with battery and signal strength indicators, and a symbol telling you what profile is in use.
Get a voice message and the symbol for that is popped onto the front screen too. The screen dims after a few seconds and goes off completely after a few more but can be called into action again if you press the volume rocker on the left edge of the handset.