The status icons sit in a row along the top of the screen. They are small, but you can tap anywhere along the top screen area to open a ‘status summary’ screen that shows you battery level and connection speed and lets you change profile, go into flight mode, flick to the music player and turn Bluetooth on and off (there is no Wi-Fi here).
There is a slide out panel whose touch icon is on the right of the screen. Hit this and you can see the date, analogue and digital clocks, and what looks like a blank yellow Post-It note. Tap the note and you can write a memo, tap the calendar and you can view appointments, tap the clocks to change city and set alarms.
The main menu arranges icons in four groups with phone and messaging in one group, multimedia stuff in another, personal organisation and Internet stuff in the third and settings in the fourth. Four icons ranged down the right hand side of the screen let you switch between the groups.
There is a screen lock button on the right edge – and you will need to use it if you want to avoid things happening accidentally while you are carrying this phone around.
The other two input methods are rather less exciting. One is the bog standard keypad that is revealed when you slide the screen upwards. The keypad is flat and the keys large. We were fine with it. The Call, End and Cancel keys are also here, though you can initiate voice and video calls from the touchscreen too.
The other input method is the novel one and LG calls it the Shortcut Dial. On the back of the phone is a sliver wheel which stands out against the rest of the casing’s black plastic. It is positioned to fall under your left thumb.
You press a side button sitting immediately beneath it on the left edge of the phone and a carousel pops up on screen with five options you can scroll though using the wheel. You select what you want by pressing the side button or tapping the screen. There is a sixth option that lets you change the presets to suit your preferences. When you activate the carousel, the screen you were previously on fades into the background but does not disappear. It is OK as a feature, but not a deal-maker.
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