Oct 21, 2010

LG KP500 Cookie touchscreen equipped camera phone

The LG KP500 Cookie is a new device boasting to be the UK's cheapest touchscreen handset. With a large 3" screen and a 3 megapixel camera, the KP500 should be a tempting proposition to anyone that wants a more affordable alternative to the iPhone. We take a closer look to see if the Cookie crumbles...

Physical Aspects
The LG Cookie comes in the standard tablet style that many recent touchscreen handsets have adopted. This gives the device a simplistic look, with the 3" touch-sensitive display dominating the front. Measuring a respectable 106.5mm x 55.4mm x 11.9mm (4.2" x 2.2" x .5") and weighing a mere 89g (3.1oz), the Cookie easily slides into a pocket or handbag.

The display is capable of showing 256,000 colors and has a WQVGA resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It's also quite bright, allowing for decent legibility in sunny conditions. Below it are three square buttons with chrome edges. The buttons comprise the 'Call/Send' button, favorite/running apps button, and 'End' button. Around the display is a glossy black surround that houses the LG logo, with the rest of the front being clad in soft-touch plastic.

The rear shares this soft touch finish, and houses the lens for the 3.0 megapixel camera. The lower half of the rear cover slides off to reveal the battery and SIM card slot, and features an embossed LG logo. The front and rear of the device are separated by a metallic silver band that loops around all four edges of the handset. The top and bottom of the device are completely bare, aside from the microphone pinhole on the bottom edge.

The sides of the Cookie house the remaining few buttons, with the volume rocker on the left and the camera shutter and screen lock buttons on the right. I found the screen lock button to be too flush with the casing to allow easy operation. It usually took a few jabs at the side of the device before I managed to unlock the screen. There's also a covered microSD(INFO) slot on the right and the device's proprietary headset/data/charging multi-port on the left. Hidden in the bottom right corner of the device is the extendable stylus that, unusually, slides out of the device sideways. The stylus is quite short at 76mm, but the phone can be operated with a finger for most tasks, so it's rarely needed.

Overall, the LG Cookie is a decent-looking device, though is a little boring and lacks any real design flare. However, thanks to extensive use of soft-touch plastics, it does feel quite nice in the hand and stays fingerprint-free, aside from the screen.

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