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LG KU970 Shine Review

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Vertical list

Grid


Since the phone we are using is branded with the Vodafone logo, its software is personalized.

The main menu may be visualized in two ways: as a vertical list or a grid of 3x4 (12) icons. The first method is better, using the scroll, but what we don’t like is that it is quite insensitive. During our short-time use of Shine KE970 we noticed just the opposite: it was very fast and we often even missed the option we wanted. Another drawback is that although each option has a key shortcut (from 1 to 0 and *, #), it cannot be seen unless you have selected that option. You wonder which option to which button is or you have to learn them by heart. With the 2G version which is not personalized for Vodafone, each field contains an indication of its button.

When you scroll in grid mode you will not encounter the above problem since each button corresponds to the relevant grid field but navigation will be more difficult because the use of ‘left’ and ‘right’ is clumsy and inconvenient.

LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
Regardless of which option you choose for the main menu, the submenus will always be visualized as a vertical list. Here each option has a digital indication of its keyboard shortcut. Using ‘left’ or ‘right’ you can pass onto the neighboring submenu without returning to the main one. This is indicated in very small and almost invisible tabs in the upper part.

There are no themes or color schemes, but there is an interesting personalization – a possibility for changing the system Font. Unfortunately, there are only 2 options: the standard one and Fun Style.




LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
Phonebook:

The names in the phone book are visualized as a list and there is an option of showing a picture, if any, by holding on a name. You can search by directly inputting symbols, and we are happy that the phone can find by the second word of the name, too, and not by the first one only.

You can add up to 5 numbers to each contact (choosing separately the type of each one) and 2 e-mail addresses. Apart from the possibility of adding a personal picture or a melody, you have up to 3 groups, home, business and Internet address and a Memo filed. An interesting option for the personal picture is Avatar whereby you can compose a small animated manikin.

Dialing a number is with a very ugly interface. A white screen with digits on it is visualized. You can select the size and color of the digits from the Settings menu, but they cannot be animated.


Organizer:

The organizer contains a number of options. We like it that it has 5 alarms each of which can be personalized with a ringing melody and repeating options. Apart from the standard calendar with appointments options you have Tasks and Memo menus, too. The calculator (whose interface is unfortunately not very convenient), the Converter of various units and the World Clock helping you check the time in remote laces, are convenient tools.
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review

LG KU970 Shine Review
LG KU970 Shine Review


By the Voice Recorder you can make short recordings with maximum duration of 1 minute only. You have 3 compression/sound quality options.
Unlike KE970 Shine, KU970 does not have a memory extension slot and you are limited by the available inbuilt one only. It is 512MB or half a gigabyte, which is not little at all, and can store up to approx. 120 songs.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.92 x 1.99 x 0.53 inches
(100 x 50.6 x 13.7 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery800 mAh, 2.4 hours talk time

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