Practical Design and Engineering With the LG Kf700

By: Mark Hirst

LG's new KF700 feels good in your hands. It may feel bulky at first but the smooth lines as well as the slick sliding function to reveal an alphanumeric keypad will make you fall in love with this device immediately. LG has decided to invest into a hybrid phone: touchscreen with a functional keypad. Although Samsung has done the same before, LG tries to be practical about it and instead of incorporating a full QWERTY keyboard, they settled for a normal keypad and it turned out a Sheer beauty.

The LG KF700 is interface-intensive, that means the designers at LG decide to make better use of the idea on making the interface simple, friendly and functional. New widgets are added into this mobile phone. They can be accessed easily from the right pane by simple sliding. Using haptic technology, moving around the many functions is very easy. You can use very gentle presses and the phone will respond with a soft vibration to confirm your choice.

A shortcut key at the back helps the user scroll down the different menu options. The only downside to this is its inability to choose the menu icon. You still have to click the OK button on the front of the phone. They have also decided to integrate faster download times with an HSDPA speed of up to 7.2 mbps. WAP and HTML browser can be used completely with tabbed browsing.? Unfortunately, this phone lacks WiFi capability. But with connectivity options of both Bluetooth and USB 2.0, who needs unreliable WiFi?

Sound is excellent when it comes to the LG KF700's music player and a loudspeaker option is also available. It also has a trusty FM radio but without RDS feeds. You can, however, store at least 20 stations manually. The camera is pretty standard at 3 megapixels but its autofocus and image stabilizer helps the user get constant beautiful pictures. The touchscreen can have you show the pictures in landscape or panoramic views. The best thing about the large 3-inch screen display is the widescreen option that you can choose to play or watch videos with.

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