The screen is vibrant and sharp, its 240 x 320 pixels delivering plenty of detail in the 2.4-inches of display area available to them.
There is a big gap between the bottom of the screen and the Call, End and Cancel buttons that hug the bottom of the front fascia. In that gap there is just one button. A wide, lozenge-shaped, silver select button.
It appears to be surrounded by a sea of black, but that is not the case at all. Activate the phone and you are treated to six touch controls. Two of these are softkeys; the other four are for directional movement. They are all backlit with a cool blue colour and get a pulsing frame made of ever larger circles when one is activated. And you get a teeny vibrating response and a beep too.
These controls responded fairly well to presses though I often found it easier and quicker to open the slide and use the number pad instead, praising LG for including key number mapping on its menu options. And it has to be said that the touch-buttons aren’t nearly as exciting as the ever-changing set used in LG’s KF600.
It was irritating that, to use the slide, I inevitably found myself pressing on the area beneath the screen and in doing so pressing a touch-button. To make a selection I didn’t want just because I was opening the slide to get to the keyboard soon gets very annoying and is something LG needs to rethink.
There is a touch element to the screen too. But only when you are in what LG calls its Touch Media mode. You get here by using a side button and then have access to photos, music, documents, the FM radio and six games. In music mode you can use the main screen to pause, play, change volume and so on. To be honest it felt a bit gimmicky rather than a true integrated touchscreen.
The games incorporate motion control. For example, a maze game has you moving the phone to guide a ball through ever more complex mazes, while a fishing game lets you use motion control to decide where to cast, and a darts game lets you tilt the phone to aim at the board. Motion control also kicks in at some other times. View a photo, for example and you can rotate the phone to zip between portrait or landscape orientation.