LG Cookie Gig KM570 Review
Things used to be much easier in our line of business several years ago. The music-oriented models were pretty easy to pinpoint, because they featured 3.5mm headphone jack (unless made by Sony Ericsson), increased amount of memory and powerful loudspeakers. Today, devices with such specifications are a dime a dozen and we need to know the device name to properly recognize what segment of the market it's aimed at. Judging by the name LG Cookie Gig KM570 (in different countries it might have a different name, like LG Cookie Music KM570, for example), we're definitely talking about a handset targeted at melomaniacs. The handset is also in line with said requirements, i.e. it's equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4GB built-in memory and loudspeaker that is... well, we'll tell you about it later.
Let's first pay attention to the overall look of the handset. The LG Cookie Gig KM570 reminds us of the ARENA KM900, one of the high-end models of the company for 2009. The Gig is a member of the affordable Cookie series and the manufacturer has compromised with certain features to slash on costs. First, the body is made from plastic and not metal. The materials are not bad really, but the back of the device doesn't feature a rugged pattern and the KM570 can slip out of your hand easily. Other than that, it's quite light-weighted and we didn't even notice carrying it about in a shirt pocket.
The second sacrifice that has been made in order to keep the LG Cookie Gig KM570 affordable affects the screen. It measures 3 inches, which is good, but its resolution is WQVGA and not WVGA as in the case of the ARENA KM900. Still, the image quality is not bad and we can live with it. The display, however, utilizes resistive technology and this is a bitter pill to swallow, since it's just not as pleasing to use as proper capacitive ones.
The buttons below the screen are touch-sensitive and we didn't encounter any problems with any of them. Actually, all keys of the LG Cookie Gig KM570 are quite handy and feature proper travel. It's a cool thing there is a button that helps you to remove the battery cover. The handset is charged via standard microUSB port.
The LG Cookie Gig KM570 is quite appealing on the overall, although it's just not as spectacular as the models of the designer series of the manufacturer (the Pop GD510, Mini GD880, Crystal GD900, etc.)