With just 4MB of internal memory and no way to expand on this via flash memory cards as well as no Bluetooth or wired PC connectivity, you’d be stuck with downloading music over the air if playback were a viable option.
With that in mind I chose to measure battery life by seeing how long the KP202 lasted on standby rather than using the continuous music playback system I would normally go for. There is good news here, as the phone lasted for more than nine days which included some use for voice calls.
I’ve already mentioned the camera in passing. It is pretty basic, shooting stills at two resolutions – 320 x 240 and 640 x 480. The lens is on the front fascia so that when you flip the phone open it faces away from you.
There are a couple of camera extras – a few filters, some settings for different lighting conditions and a three shot burst mode, for example, but it is all pretty basic stuff.
I got images off the KP202 by sending them as picture messages to another handset and it is those images you can see on the last page of this review. Some images can’t be got off the handset in this way due to the 100k limit on files inserted into MMS message, though.
The coloured dish which is my standard reference shot is OK but no more than that. The flower shows a lot of data compression. On the handset itself the image looked clearer, but it was the same colour as you see here. The flower is a striking crimson in the real world, and has been rendered in the photo as rather more pink.
The LG KP202 is not for those who want mobile music, Web browsing or Bluetooth, but it is ergonomic to use, small and light to carry around and unpretentious.
If you need a simple phone that has to last a few days between charges and you can live with a pay as you go tariff, then this might be worth a look. Ultimately though, you don’t have to look far to find a better featured handset these days.