LG KF600 review: Twice the fun

GSMArena team, 07 March 2008.

Great browsing

The web browser on LG KF600 is really nice. It renders the pages very well and even the most complicated web sites cause no trouble. They look almost exactly like on a PC. and, if it wasn't for the irritating mouse pointer, we would've been in love with the browser.

Now don't get us wrong - we like mouse pointers. It's just that the one on LF KF600 jumps links following such an illogical pattern that you can rarely guess where its next stop will be. And this can really become annoying to use.

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The web browser renders pages great in both Desktop and Optimized modes

Otherwise the phone is doing great. There is an optimized rendering mode that makes even the most complicated sites fit the screen very well. Besides, you can disable images to save on traffic - and time - browsing with EDGE does require patience.

Organizer does the job

LG KF600 has a good number of organizing applications but some of them probably need improvement. Nonetheless, all the basics are covered and that is good enough for most people.

The calendar offers daily and monthly view and event setting. However, there are no different types of events so you will have to customize every entry by yourself. You can also set up an alarm to remind you of the event at a given time.

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The two calendar view modes and the available options for setting up an event

Other organizing features include text notes and an alarm clock. The latter is really nice allowing you to set up to 5 different alarms, each with its own name, ringtone and repeat interval. There is also a voice recorder that can come in handy for making voice memos.

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Up to 5 different alarms to set on LG KF600, each with its own settings

The calculator offers an enormous amount of options and functions. This however comes at the price of rather complicated navigation. You might need some training with the InteractPad before you are able to make full use of the calculator functionality.

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A wide range of functions available in the calculator

The World Clock application is a nice little helper that can tell you the current time in any time zone. In terms of layout and graphics, it's the best we've seen on a feature phone and it has quite a large database of cities for each time zone - the same World clock was used in LG Shine and LG Viewty. The only thing missing here is the search that can make finding your place easier but this is something we are willing to forgive.

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The World clock application has great graphics

Applications are limited in number

We can't really say that we are impressed with the number of the preinstalled applications (outside the organizer) on our LG KF600. However at the time this review was written the phone wasn't officially released, so this might not hold true for every region of the world.

All we found in addition to the document reader was a stopwatch application and a unit converter. The document reader handles all kinds of popular document formats - .xls, .doc .pdf. It also maintains a decent level of user-friendliness and functionality.

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The document reader handles all common types of documents

As far as the stopwatch and unit converter are concerned - they are both very nicely controlled with the InteractPad but the unit converter isn't as rich in conversion types as we've seen elsewhere. On the other hand, it has all the most commonly used ones (temperature, volume, velocity etc.), so most users probably won't even notice the difference.

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The Unit converter and the Stop watch applications

Games are very entertaining

We enjoyed the two preinstalled games on LG KF600. Both basically consist of a few mini-games each that as it seems were specially designed for the InteractPad. Although somewhat childish and oversimplified, we enjoyed them.

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The mini games on LG KF600 are quite amusing

A short demo of some of the games

Try before you buy

For the time of testing LG KF600 proved a great pleasure to use and we got to really like the user interface of the handset. It's fun to work with but we feel a fair warning is due. The interface is so different that you'd be better off testing it before forking out the cash.

The lack of 3G support, the wobbly sliding mechanism and the sometimes unreliable InteractPad response are also drawbacks that need be taken into consideration.

"...For the time of testing LG KF600 proved a great pleasure to use and we got to really like the user interface of the handset. It's fun to work with but we feel a fair warning is due. The interface is so different that you'd be better off testing it before forking out the cash..." <#AdRectangle#>

The LG KF600 is a recommended purchase for the young and all those who want to have a handset with unique features. After all, one thing you have to give LG KF600 - getting noticed is its line of business.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Nicholas

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