The main menu system relies on a column of application groupings down the right hand side: Communicate, Entertainment, Utilities, Settings. Within each group are precisely eight options ranged on the touchscreen as large round icons. It is all very easy to get to grips with.
LG has also opted for a multi-layered main screen. The primary screen gives you a row of four shortcut buttons on the bottom edge for getting to number dialling, contacts, messaging and the main menu. Tap the status bar and more info and shortcuts appear, for example, to the music player, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Sweep left to right and you toggle through a shortcuts screen offering a maximum of nine user-defined shortcuts and a widget-based screen onto which you can drag seven elements like the phone’s calendar, radio and world clock. Hardly innovative, but useful. You can get to those app shortcuts via a side button on the phone too, by the way.
The phone supports finger-panning and has a surprisingly responsive iPhone-like pinch-to-zoom system for web browsing and image viewing.
The Prada II has just 60MB of internal memory and a slot for a microSD card on the right edge. LG provides a card but rather meanly, it is just a 1GB one. The phone is SDHC compatible and it had no trouble with my 16GB card even though LG’s specs state an 8GB limit.
If you are a music fan LG’s usual proprietary headset connector will be an annoying fact of life. Still, there is a fair bit of good news on the music front. The connector is on the top edge of the phone where it’s easy to get at and doesn’t cause problems in the pocket.
The provided headset is two-piece with a 3.5mm connector just past the mic section. The controls on this section are plentiful and include a hold button to lock them out. The Hold button doesn’t double for the phone’s main screen though, which has its own side-mounted lock button.
Even the phone’s equaliser is praiseworthy making a noticeable difference when you flick through its settings. I’d like the ability to make my own EQ settings, though, and the in-ear buds on the provided headset, as usual, failed to stay in my ears. The FM radio is welcome too.