What will you be typing? Well, this phone does support mobile email so you could tap out messages, but with tri-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE on hand but no 3G you could find this is not the ideal handset for that task. No, you are most likely to tap out SMS messages, use IM and do a spot of social networking.
My review sample was hardwired to Orange and the left softkey had links to, among other things, Orange Messenger for IM and to ‘social networks’. Choose the latter and you go online where there are links to bebo, Facebook and Myspace – you also get links to Flickr, YouTube and, er, Dating Direct.
There is a warning at the YouTube link about it being data intensive, which might help you avoid racking up a huge phone bill. Also likely to turn you off is the fact that over a non 3G connection videos come down slowly.
I found the keyboard a little fiddly to get used to. The keys are well spaced but they aren’t very well raised from the backplate. I never did get totally accurate when working with the pads of my thumbs. I was much more accurate using the nails on my thumbs as I could sight the keys I wanted rather than find them by touch. I never got up to very fast speeds though. In comparison with other phone keyboards this one doesn’t rate too highly on ergonomics.
The already mentioned screen is sharp and bright. It measures 2.4in across diagonal corners and its 240 x 320 pixels and 262,000 colours are up to the job. The overall size of this phone when the keyboard is put away makes the screen seem larger than it really is – which is no bad thing. For the record, then, the KS360 measures 101.5mm tall, 51mm wide and 16.8mm thick. I weighs it at 110g.
Music playback is catered for by on board software. This is fairly rudimentary. It can’t manage playlists or show album art, and there aren’t even controls for shuffle or repeat so you are left selecting tunes to listen to one at a time.
Tracks stored on a microSD card (the slot is on the right edge of the casing) have to be in a folder called Sounds if the software is to find them. You’ll probably need to use a card as there is just 15MB of memory built in. My review sample didn’t come with a headset so I couldn’t try this, but I can report that the connector is proprietary so you’ll need a converter for your own favourite earphones.
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