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LG Shine KE970 review



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LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970
  • LG Shine KE970


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LG’s new Tri-band slider phone is called the Shine KE970, but I’m going to call it the Shine from here on in. The first thing I noted about the Shine was that it was well named. Its brushed stainless steel casing is very eye-catching. The main screen on the front of the handset at first glance looks like a mirror, which is actually a little disconcerting. When the phone’s screen isn’t active and you hold the handset up you can see yourself clearly.

I find that smooth reflective materials aren’t the best idea for handsets as they tend to gather grease from fingertips and ears. The Shine is no exception and I found myself constantly trying to keep it clean. There’s no ridge to grab hold of when sliding the Shine open and closed, so I was left with putting my thumb on the mirrored front – leaving greasy prints behind. I’m also not convinced that the screen area will remain scratch fee.

The 2.3in display provides 240 x 320 pixels of viewing area with 262,000 colours. It looks great indoors, but is quite difficult to see in bright sunshine. The Shine is large for a slider, measuring 99.8mm tall and 50mm wide. It is thin though at 13.7mm and light at 119g. When you extend it to full height it grows to 135mm revealing a flat number pad.

The side buttons are all on the right edge and comprise volume controls and shortcuts to the built-in music player and camera as well as a covered connector for headphones, PC link cable and power. There is a microSD card slot on the left edge and you need to remove the battery cover to get to it. Memory is reserved for 300 SMSs, 1,000 contacts, 100 calendar entries and 100 memos. 45MB of other memory can be filled as you wish.

I normally don’t care for flat keys, but in this case I found that they were easy to use due to being large and visually well separated. What I found most difficult to get on with was the navigation key system on the front of the casing. There are five controls in all, in a bank beneath the screen. The two soft keys are fine to use, while the two outer buttons are press-only. The middle one includes a vertical scrolling function. Pressing one of the three takes you to Contacts, the device menu and a list of nine favourites. The outer buttons cater for horizontal scrolling, while the central section’s function changes depending on the application you are in. It shoots images or changes volume when music is playing, for example.

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Jayme T

September 21, 2008, 12:27 pm

is it a good phone and what are the best phones to get for 200-300 dollers or 100-250 pounds


June 12, 2009, 8:32 pm

Horrible design - although it looks nice, the looks certainly get in the way of its functionality, which is actually a terrible way to design things! It interferes rendering the phone useless. Plus the internal design mapping is nonsensical and inflexible.

I regret purchasing this phone. My screen craked (or had a 'bleeding lcd crystal') without any pressure or knock to the phone. In under a year it had 2 batteries. If there is sunshine outdoors - don't even try to use your phone. Because you can't. You honestly CAN'T SEE THE SCREEN! All you see is the mirror!

I've complained to the company directly and to the retailer and they have been nothing but rude and uncaring (and denying there is anything wrong with it, when all they have to do is take it outside if there's any sun). Rubbish phone, rubbish company. This was my 2nd - and final - chance with an LG product and I was upset with both items. STAY AWAY FROM LG OR YOU'LL REGRET WASTING YOUR MONEY!


October 22, 2009, 1:25 pm

I also had similar problems with this phone. After only about a week of using it, the screen has what looks like a stone chip in it, though it is on the inside of the screen. I took it back to the shop that I bought it from and they told me that I must have done it myself as it was a result of pressure, even though I know this could not have been possible.

Also, when trying to send an SMS, the keypad sometimes freezes up and does not allow me to enter the letter that I want which is extremely irratating.

This is the first time and last time I will ever purchase an LG product, I am really unimpressed with the quality, or lack of it.

Davey 1

January 16, 2011, 4:53 am

The micro USB cable is an annoyance as I'd standardised on mini USB. The phone also needs a sticker saying "SLIDE" as I almost broke mine trying to open it like a flip phone! Its too small and I can't be bothered with it so I put it away and bought a Motorola V3 instead (I had a V3 some years ago but the pikeys stole it from my car whilst I was having a nap in a lay-by, great country isn't it?). By the way if you want a camera, Morrisons were selling General Electric 10 Megapixel 3x optical zoom, face detection cameras for £29 recently which rather puts the Shine in the shade. Main reason for buying the Shine was its low price of £30 in a sale and the fact that it would hopefully not redial or surf from my pocket (I have wasted pounds and pounds with candy bar phones doing this but thankfully being on PayG I did notice what was happening. I spent years trying to get a flip/slide phone at the right price but it was a LONG search as phones like the £5 Alcatel clamshell used to sell out in 24 hours or less!) Technically the Shine phone is more advanced than the Raz (but not quad band like the Raz) but I just want a phone that phones and texts and can occasionally be used as an alarm clock. The Moto can do all that and more.

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