LG Ke970 Shine Review - Let it Shine

By: Darren Evans

Though so-called 'Fashion-Phones' are notorious for eschewing value for money and capabilities in favour of looks and design there have been attempts at bucking this trend. LG's KE970 Shine is a model going all out to impress from the outset.

Considering the weight of the LG Shine (119 grams) you would expect the build-quality to be solid all-round and while this does apply to the majority of the phone there are some concerns. Whilst the sliding action feels as solid as the rest of the phones body, the navigation wheel located underneath the screen is a cause for concern.

The main gripe is how uncomfortable it feels, as each side of the wheel contains a key allowing for movement either left or right and is clearly afterthought. Both of these side keys are unresponsive and stiff, but the wheel is different altogether; the wheel itself is very inconsistent in its responses. For example one movement can move you up by one icon, whereas on another occasion it can move you by 2 or 3. At times it also felt slack and fragile which seems strange considering the build-quality seen in the rest of the phone.

Located further up are the usual left & right soft keys, which work as well as you would expect. Once the phone is slid up, the standard alphanumeric keypad is revealed, unfortunately this isn't up to the required standard either. The keys are far too flat and not responsive enough, making typing errors far too easy too make.

The main attraction of the Shine KE970 is undoubtedly the mirror-like finish on the display which will gain a lot of attention. It is certainly deserving of the plaudits, as the legibility is much better than is to be rightfully expected considering the finish employed on the screen. The problem with this is that using such a display means fingerprint marks are an inevitable and unavoidable part of living with this phone.

The technical features employed by the Shine, when compared to the looks, mean that you'll probably be disappointed, as what is employed is nothing more than adequate. The standard connection options of GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth & USB are present, but these are the minimum requirements to be reasonably expected in a mid-range mobile handset.

The camera is only 2MP, but comes with both flash & autofocus which go some way to making it just above-average when compared with its competitors, which seems to be a common denominator when it comes to the LG Shine.

The LG Shine KE970 is sure to win many admirers based on its looks, but as is usually the case, this doesn't tell the whole story. The KE970 is by no means a bad phone; it just lets itself down in a couple of key areas. The tricky navigation wheel and the fussy keypad immediately spring to mind, as does the susceptibility to fingerprints. If the appearance of your phone matters to you, then the Shine will be worth checking out though be warned - that this is a phone sure to please and infuriate in equal measure.

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