LG appears to be going great guns at the moment with its mobile phones. The quirky KS360 might not have achieved top-notch scores but its consumer focussed sliding keyboard proves the company is prepared to innovate, while the 5-megapixel camera toting KC550 was designed to bring high quality photography to the masses.
Now we have the KT520 which as I write is exclusive to O2 and costs £90 on Pay and Go. The phone is tri-band GSM with 3G. It isn’t designed to rock anybody’s world with its fancy and innovative features. Instead it is meant to be a foil to handsets like LG’s Secret, and to be a solidly mid-range mobile.
It certainly has a mid-range ambiance to it. I’m not too delighted with the chunky feel of this mobile in the hand. Even given that this is a slider I’m not happy about its 15mm or so of thickness. It is also a bit tall for my hands at just under 102mm when closed, growing to just over 135mm when opened. Width is OK at pretty much 50mm and it is a mere 97g in weight which is welcome.
The light weight can be put down in large part to the plastic body. LG has gone for a traditional black and sliver livery that works well enough, but even with the rounded corners the feel is just a little on the cost-cutting side. The slide mechanism is smooth, though.
The screen measures 2.2 inches diagonally and delivers a standard 240 x 320 pixels. I’ve no real complaints about it except to say that LG could probably have squeezed something a little larger into the casing – albeit with a concomitant price hike.
Beneath the screen you’ll find a button bank. Call and End keys are very close to the bottom of the handset, which, as they are likely to be the most frequently used keys on this mobile, is a bit of an awkward position for them. I’d have liked them further up. The softmenu keys are a long way below the softmenus to which they correspond. To be fair this won’t make a difference in everyday use, but it does look a little strange.