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LG Prada (KE850) Mobile Phone (Page 1)

Lars checks out the LG Prada (KE850) mobile phone which offers some fancy features, but is it worth the high price?
By Lars Göran Nilsson on Jun 27, 2007 11:00 pm CDT
Rating: 70%Manufacturer: LG

Not too long ago we took a look at the LG Shine and this time we are going to the next level with LG's most elaborate fashion phone, the KE850 or as it's better known, the Prada. To be fair to LG, the Prada phone arrived ahead of the Apple iPhone and it features a touch interface, although, it is not quite multi-touch. The phone itself is tiny for a touch screen device, as it measures just 99x54x12mm (HxWxD) and weighs a mere 85 grams.

This in itself makes the Prada phone quite attractive, although that depends if you don't mind being without a physical keypad or not. The Prada does have a few buttons, although only three of them are located at the front fascia. What you'll find here is the make and end call buttons and a back button. The end call button also takes you back to the standby screen and powers on and off the phone.

The remaining buttons are located on the left and right sides of the handset. Starting with the right hand side, you'll find two buttons, one is the keylock button, or in this case it's more like a screen lock button. The phone will automatically lock the screen and the keys after a few seconds on the standby screen to prevent accidental presses and you have to press the keylock button to re-enable the keys and the touch screen.

The second button has dual functions, press is quickly and it launches the MP3 player application, press and hold it and it launches the camera application. There's also a small loop hole here for a carrying strap or a neck strap, although I belong to the generation that wouldn't be seen dead carrying my mobile around my neck.

Moving on to the left hand side we find a further two buttons and a hidden connector. The first button enables the speaker phone, although this is only possible once a call has been initiated, which is slightly annoying. The second button is a volume rocker switch that simply turns the volume up or down.

The connector is of the multipurpose type and you connect the charger, USB cable and headset into it. We have some issues with the design of this connector and the cover, as the first time you take the cover off, it feels like it's going to snap off. Attaching the charger or any of the accessories is easy enough, but removing them again makes you feel like you'll snap the thin internal connector.

Although it's unlikely that you'll snap the connector, the cover is most likely going to fall off at least some of these phones. While we're on the subject, the whole handset is made of plastic and it doesn't feel as solid as the Shine, although this is partly what keeps the weight down, but it also scratches and smudges extremely easily, it's good that LG supplies a polishing cloth with the Prada, as you'll need it, that's for sure!

Look around the back and we find the battery compartment and another 2Mega pixel camera, although this one is actually meant to have a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, unlike that Shine that is just certified. It also has a small LED flash and it seemed to work ok at close range, but won't have much effect in a dark room. One interesting feature here is that it has a very tiny mirror which reflects your face, which we guess, is handy if you like taking photos of yourself, as it is only good for use at close ranges.

Pop the lid off the battery compartment and you'll find a battery rated at 800mAh, a SIM card slot and nestled below it a micro SD card slot, which is rather hard to get to. You actually will have to remove the SIM card to be able to fit a memory card here and getting the memory card out requires some kind of object to press it with.

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