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LG has been quite busy with its mobile phone launches of late. We’ve had the KC550 bringing 5-megapixels to pay as you go, the touch-control toting KF510, and who can forget the sometimes fully touchscreened Secret KF750?
Each of these handsets offers something different, and the KS360 I have in my hands right now is different again. It will be available initially on Orange and later on O2, on both contract and prepay. Final pricing wasn’t confirmed as I wrote this review, though.
The black and blue front fascia and disjointed D-Pad made up of five round buttons is different enough to be eye catching. Two more round buttons map to the softmeus. All of these buttons are quite small but their raised shaping meant I had no trouble using them.
Two raised pressure pads give you Call and End features, while two more provide a Cancel function and link to a dial pad. These are smaller again than the buttons, but their icons make them easy to find and hit accurately.
The dial pad is interesting. Once called up, the screen suddenly becomes touch sensitive complete with haptic feedback. It works really well, but the screen is only touch sensitive for this one application.
Nestled away inside the phone and ready to pop out of the right long edge when required is a keyboard with a full qwerty pad of keys.
Now, I am more than used to seeing keyboards which slide out like this, but they tend to come on higher end handsets sporting Windows Mobile and aimed at the professional or semi-professional user. The KS360 certainly isn’t in that camp being more of a handset for consumers looking for something mid-range.
The keyboard carries on the blue theme from the front fascia but where it was subtly used there, it is the main colour here for both keys and backplate. The embedded number pad keys sit against a grey background as does a diamond-shaped arrangement of embedded cursor keys. The OK and softmenu keys are grey, the Fn key golden, but the remainder of the keys are blue.
When you slide the keyboard out the screen flips into wide format and you are ready to type.