If you like some of the full-frontal touch-screened handsets that are doing the rounds but don’t have the dosh to afford the likes of Samsung’s Pixon, or LG’s Renoir then you can opt for LG’s Cookie, aka the KP500.
With this phone LG says it is ‘bringing an affordable touchscreen phone to the masses’. Well, OK, but LG’s understanding of the term ‘affordable’ and yours might not be the same. This is not really a handset for those looking to drastically pare their phone costs to the bone. Carphone Warehouse has it for £35 a month on Orange Dolphin, £40 a month on T-Mobile Combi and £45 a month on O2, all for 18 months.
For that kind of money, you have the right to expect something very serviceable. Up to a point, that’s what you get here. Weight and height are both acceptable. The phone weighs just 89g and measure 106.5mm tall, 55.4mm wide and 11.9mm thick.
And at first glance the Cookie looks rather like LG’s own Renoir. It shares that phone’s 3in screen and its 240 x 400 pixels, as well as having the same under-screen button design offering three small buttons – Call, End and a central button that whisks you off to your favourite apps as well as a switch-list of running apps.
The user interface on the two phones is similar, too, with LG’s rather clever main screen widgets available. These are shortcuts to on-phone services that you can drag onto and off from a slide-out ‘pinboard’. Rather neatly, you can either drag the widgets to the screen space you want them to occupy or drag randomly and then shake the phone to get them to automatically align on a grid pattern. The choice of widgets isn’t as large as that on LG’s Renoir, but it does include staples like a calendar, time, image viewer and music player link.
Another rather nice main screen feature is that if you swipe left to right, any widgets you have put on the screen disappear to be replaced by as many as eight speed dials complete with thumbnail photos. Whatever image you’ve chosen for the wallpaper remains intact.
Meanwhile, tapping the top of the main screen calls up a ‘status summary’ offering basic system info, a profile switcher and Bluetooth toggle.
There’s also an accelerometer that swivels the screen round between portrait and landscape formats as you move the phone in your hands, or play games that take advantage of this feature.