LG Ks20 Preview - Pretty Smart

By: Darren Evans

In recent years the smartphone market has been booming, with an ever-increasing number of models being released with more and more features built-in. It has come to the point where you wonder, "Where does it go from here?". One of the main complaints that observers have had over the years about smartphones in general is that these devices usually sacrifice form for function. Considering the requirements of a smartphone, this is understandable, but it would help if they didn't look so unappealing.

LG's forthcoming offering the KS20 looks like a step in the right direction, as the looks are based on the alluring yet technically unimpressive Prada KE850. That is where the similarities between the two end though, as in terms of features the KS20 is in a different league. The KS20's OS is based on Windows Mobile 6 and will also boast a touchscreen interface similar to the Prada or the more recent KU990 Viewty.

More innovation is seen in the design of the control options available. You can either use the enclosed stylus, fingers on the touchscreen, or the small jog-dial type control located directly underneath the large 2." screen. With regards to the stylus, early reports appear to show that this will be employed in the same way as the Viewty (dangling from an eyelet on the top left corner) which is slightly concerning how user-unfriendly this method was.

The sheer number of varying connection options also further confirms the long-held belief that this is aimed clearly at the smartphone market. There's the usual Bluetooth, but with the implementation of 3G, Wi-Fi and EDGE, the KS20 is definitely lined up with the smartphone giant's such as HTC.

A look at the technical specifications included on the KS20 do paint a very favourable picture, and only the lack of HSDPA keeps it away from competing with the top-tier of smartphones. As long as all the bases are covered and the touchscreen is of the same-quality we saw in the Viewty, then this may truly be the first genuine smartphone which doesn't look like it's been beaten with several ugly sticks.

You should first expect the to appear on , possibly as an exclusive. Later on we expect it to become available on .

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