The macro capability deserves a special mention. I’d not normally dream of taking the shot of the mushrooms in my garden with a cameraphone, but I was able to get very close to the subject in this case, and the shot is impressively detailed, though a tad out of focus.
There is an MP3 player here and while through the speaker music is decidedly tinny, the provided headset improves things greatly. It has inline controls, and while it uses a proprietary connector to the handset it has a 3.5mm jack off the inline control unit.
Neither the MP3 player nor the camera work without a miniSD card in the slot – probably just as well as there is only 8MB of built in memory. LG provides a reasonably sized 256MB card with the phone to get you started.
When it comes to the rest of what is on offer, things are pretty tame. There is a calendar but it is not up to much. Other extras include voice recorder, email support and an alarm clock. There is a unit converter which copes with a lot of standard stuff as well as shoes and clothes. Overall, though, the KG920 is at the lower end in terms of non-camera and music functions, and while you can use it in USB mode for file sharing with the provided cable, which could prove handy, you can’t synchronise calendar or any other data.
The KG920 is a chunky phone to carry around all the time. It measures 108mm tall x 50mm wide x 18mm thick and weighs 130g. As such it feels a bit clunky in the hand and pocket.
When it comes to battery life, continuous MP3 playback from a miniSD card lasted for five and a half hours. The screen goes off during playback and so this test is pretty close to what you’ll get in the real world, and it is decidedly average.
If you take an incoming call you have to start the MP3 player again manually as it doesn’t kick back in automatically. It doesn’t seem to remember where it is stopped either, so starts your playlist from the beginning again – very annoying.
The KG920 is definitely all about the camera and its features score reflects the quality of the images it shoots. As a handset it is chunky, and its non camera related phone features are something of a disappointment. Without the camera’s goodness it would have stuggled to score more than a six.
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