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LG KS20 Review

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Home Screen - LG KS20 Review
Main Menu - LG KS20 Review

Home Screen

Main Menu

Interface:

LG KS20 is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device and as a whole, its software and possibilities are almost entirely identical to the other phones using the same operating system. Nothing will surprise you if you have previously used the OS. Therefore you should bear in mind that certain problems and positive features of theirs are valid not only for the phone or make’s models, but for the models using this operating system (WM6 Professional), too.

The people from LG have modified the interface by adding a toolbar with four shortcut buttons (Menu, Dialer, Messaging menu and in our case a Vodafone menu) in the bottom of the Home Screen, like in the PRADA and the Viewty. Their purpose is to provide fast access to Menu, Dialer, Messaging menu and in this case, Vodafone menu, thus considerately facilitating work with the device. The Menu is divided in five groups –: 1)Phone functions, 2)Vodafone menu, 3)Multimedia menu, 4)Organizer, 5)Settings. There are shortcuts to the most frequently used functions in each of them, but unfortunately adding other icons in these menus is not possible.


Phonebook - LG KS20 Review

Phonebook

Phonebook:


The KS20’s phonebook is not any different than those of other WM6 based phones. It has no restriction on the amount of contact that can be added. When you open the phonebook all contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number of the contact, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of the number is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there is one attached to the contact.

LG KS20 Review
LG KS20 Review
The line displayed at the top of the screen is a search field, which starts searching through the names and numbers on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it’s quite useful! This one searches all names entered for the contact, but if you want to find by other field like “company” for example, you have to use the “Search” application. There are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three) just below it. This way you can arrange the contacts so that only the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very quick.

Too bad that’s not the case when adding a new name to the phonebook; the device offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but there’s only one for mobile –something quite inconvenient as that’s exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to. The numerous addresses, e-mail and other address fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted in some way. We would choose this to be done with the Name, Picture, Mobile number and e-mail fields and thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list.

Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there’s no restriction on the size of the pictures but they are visualized in very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless. You can also add a note to each contact.


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Dialer:


You can dial a number not included in your contacts by inputting its numbers. The phone doesn’t have a numeric keyboard and a virtual one is visualized when the Answer button is pressed. Here you can input the desired number. Information on the last dialed/received numbers will be displayed and you can call them by pressing the green receiver again.

Pressing the buttons you will start imputing the digits of a possible number, but at the same time you will search the phone book as if imputing a text by a predictive text input system. So, to call John you can press 5-6-4-6 and the matching contacts will be visualized in the list.


Organizer:

Alarms - LG KS20 Review
LG KS20 Review

Alarms

 
Alarms can be directly accessed through the home screen, by tapping on the clock. They are three, and they all can be configured to be active for certain days of the week, and you can also assign names and different sounds to each of them. All alarms can be active simultaneously, and overall they are easy to use and do what they are supposed to. We are rather disappointed that their number is limited to three.

The next tab in this menu is the clock; there is a field called Visiting next to it which can be used as a World Clock – select another location and the phone starts using its local time. The clock has an option to be displayed on the title bar of all the menus, which is handy.

In the Start menu you can find your electronic calendar where you can save your appointments. They have fields for subject, starting/ending time/all day event, location, notes. You can use options like: reminder (PRIOR NOTICE 1/5/10/15/30/45 minutes, 1/2/3/4/5/6 hour/day/week), recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-and-month) for every year, sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). You can also add attendees (required or optional) from your contacts where e-mail addresses have been added and where meeting requests will be sent.

Calendar - LG KS20 Review
Calendar - LG KS20 Review
Calendar - LG KS20 Review
Calendar - LG KS20 Review

Calendar



Examining the calendar can be done by day/week/month/year and you can choose starting day for the week and the week duration (5-6-7-day week). The appointments for the day are clearly shown in their time limits, so you can see your free time at a glance.

Tasks - LG KS20 Review
Calculator - LG KS20 Review

Tasks

Calculator

You have Tasks menu, where you can add to-do items. For a given Task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, high), start/due date, reminder (to be notified if it’s due), category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and note. The Task can have recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-date-and-month) for every year and sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). Examining the tasks in a list you can easily see which of them are finished and which are not. The tasks options can be: sort by (status, priority, subject, start date, due date) or filter (all, recent, no categories, active, completed).

The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed with your fingers. Features like scientific calculator and unit converter are missing.

Notes - LG KS20 Review
Search - LG KS20 Review
File Explorer - LG KS20 Review

Notes

Search

File Explorer

‘Notes’ are simple notes in which you can input text by the keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook. There also is a voice notice record option, but the quality of the sound is bad with a lot of background noises.

Search is an application searching in all files in the phone. You can specify certain types of files (calendar / contacts / excel / messaging / notes / etc), but the best option is All Data which will rummage everything in your phone.

File Explorer is the mobile alternative of Explorer in Windows environment with computers. We use it to view the phone memory, including the system folders of the device which feels like working on a PC.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


great phone can wait to have it ;-)

posted on 25 Sep 2008, 00:38

10. (unregistered)


I have it...it's crap...DON'T GET IT! Full of problems!

posted on 02 Feb 2008, 09:05

2. gaara (unregistered)


test anybody?

posted on 04 Feb 2008, 06:22

3. bart (unregistered)


Why Skype can only be used for chatting?

posted on 08 Feb 2008, 04:51

4. Massimo (unregistered)


I'm sorry but I can't believe the KS20 (utms) loads web pages slower that the X600 (gprs)...

posted on 10 Feb 2008, 15:08

5. Mikael Holmberg (unregistered)


Are you sure voice calling with skype failed because of poor ram availibility? Couldnt it have been poor network coverage? Do you know the upload speed capacity of the device?

posted on 05 Mar 2008, 05:15

6. Q (unregistered)


Is it true that phone mic is muting when switching between 2g and 3g and it can't be used? and what about gapi support (I have heard most of games are not working at all)?

posted on 18 Apr 2008, 13:57

7. odiakos (unregistered)


is it possible to download a program on this device to enable tv viewing or should i opt for the LG vu if i want that capability?

posted on 01 Jun 2008, 21:46

8. Nokia user (unregistered)


is the phone reliable? i planed to buy one smart phone,anyone can help.If compare with BB 8320 which one is more worth it?tks everyone.

posted on 02 Jul 2008, 18:28

9. meisder (unregistered)


The phone is absolute terrible. I own one since 3 month. The menu is damm slow, and if you are lucky, the standby will be 16-18hours But if you want also to use it as phone, you have to recharge it after latest 8hours. What a terrible phone. The homepage from Lg is also only pure horror. Never ending redirects, links to non existing pages, absolut no support page for this phone (just a short tech spec page). Damm, I wish I had never bought this terrible phone Meisder

posted on 21 Oct 2008, 17:03

11. (unregistered)


Why not: 1- A data backup available directly to the memory card? 2- A direct definition of saving data and media directly to the memory card? All this was highly useful in case of reinitialization...

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 18:06

12. JohnnyBoy (unregistered)


I hate this phone! I smashed it into a million pieces. It's only use is a stress toy. It sucks ballz!

posted on 03 Dec 2010, 04:27

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LG KS20

LG KS20

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.91 x 2.28 x 0.49 inches
(99.5 x 58 x 12.5 mm)
3.35 oz  (95 g)
Battery1050 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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