There is a good array of applications on board. In addition to those alluded to already we’ve got a Web browser, calendar, memo maker, alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, unit converter, world clock, voice recorder, and FM radio. When using the memo application the InteractPad lets you enter information via handwriting recognition.
Irritatingly you have to use the supplied hands-free headset as the KF600 uses a proprietary connector at the phone end, but a 3.5mm jack is present on the mic unit for plugging in your own headphones.
There is 40MB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot for more. Annoyingly you have to remove the battery to get to the card slot. Music playback was efficient and I got 8 hours 48 minutes of continuous tunes from a full battery charge.
The camera has an autofocus mode that you can turn on or off, plus there’s a burst mode, macro mode and image stabilisation among its features. There is a maximum stills resolution of 3-megapixels.
Shots were variable in quality. On its auto settings the handset fared worst indoors, perking up considerably outdoors where the ambient light is better. My photo of the coloured dish is a little grainy and the background should be pure white. The dish colours are reasonably vibrant, though.
The chair’s colour is reproduced very well indeed, and as you zoom in the detail is quite good. The white flower shows off the macro mode to good effect. I was about 10cm from the subject and you can see that only one of the flowers is fully in focus but that the image is quite sharp. The camera coped quite well with the brilliant white of the flower.
I was initially sceptical about the InteractPad but grew to like it. Menus that change depending on context are great when well thought through, and I thought they were well thought through here. I’m less excited about the screen’s propensity to attract greasy fingermarks, and given the choice I still prefer real buttons.
Whatever you think about the touchscreen, LG proves again that there is more than one way to approach the touchscreen concept. I hope the company keeps experimenting.