The handset comes with several themes. The Prada theme has black and white icons. Others include the one pictured, which is called Fish, and another called Butterfly which features animated icons on the front screen. They roam around at will, and are drawn to any spot you tap.
The camera shoots stills at resolutions up to two megapixels, and it has autofocus, a flash and a self portrait mirror. There are plenty of other settings, including presets for different lighting conditions, self timer, and burst mode on the lower resolutions. But for all these features I found it disappointing.
The coloured dish, which is my standard reference shot and was taken indoors with the camera on auto settings, is lacking in vibrancy. The flowers, which were shot outdoors on a sunny day are not as sharp as I would have liked.
Shutter lag is the real problem, though. If your subject is still and you can hold the phone steady you stand a chance of getting a reasonable photo. But the phone takes a while to focus before actually shoots at which point both you and your subject may have moved.
There are no cat photos with this review for precisely this reason. I took plenty of shots, but they came out as either the empty space where a cat had been, the blurred image of a cat moving, or shots of the back end of a cat when I had originally been focussing on something more, um, interesting.
I asked the Prada to play music non-stop and it did so for four hours nine minute. Then it refused to play anymore, but the battery kept the phone going for a total of 10 and a half hours. This isn’t anywhere near what the Shine achieved, but it is still pretty good. I suspect in the real world users might like to get more music for less battery life, though, and the ability to override the ‘music off’ state might be handy.
I want to say ‘eat your heart out Apple, this is one in the eye for the iPhone’. And indeed LG and Prada have come up with a touch screen interface for a mid-range phone that actually works quite well and is available today. But the silver plasticy parts are a disaster for a phone that wants to look cool, the camera is poor, and I’m sure the casing won’t be scratch free for long.
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