LG KG920 Review
The software used in the phone is similar to that of other LG phones and it is definitely not our favorite; however, it grows on you after time. The standard system information is visualized on the Home screen and it’s up to you to decide whether the operator’s name shall appear on it and to type in an additional text on the additionally provided line. The two soft buttons open the Menu and Contacts respectively and the D-pad’s four directions are shortcuts to other menus. The Wallpaper takes up the whole screen and the text and the icons are visualized on it, framed and in contrasting colors, so that they are easily read. The phone comes preloaded with 6 color wallpapers for personalization, but there are no options for color schemes or themes.
main menu is made up of 12 (3x4) animated icons, which can be zoomed up and moved when pointed at. Each of them has its own shortcut on the digital keyboard and it says so next to its picture. Although we do not like the icons animations, we do not find the silvery-grey and pink color scheme appropriate, because the latter color does not go well with the phone. Orange would have been much more logical. The sub-menus are listed, again with shortcuts from the keyboard. On the upper part the name of the menu you’re currently in is visualized and under it is the tab-index, allowing you to go to the other sub-menus without going back to the main one.
An interesting, though not so enjoyable feature is the automatic lock of the keyboard, which happens just a few seconds after the display light goes off, provided that the phone is in the home screen. If you are in some of the menus, the light goes off, but the keyboard does not lock. The keyboard is unlocked by pressing any key or double-pressing the Volume down button. What is most annoying, actually, is that this function is not optional, so that you cannot switch it off.
The phonebook would not offer you a host of opportunities, but it would nevertheless provide you with the main things. Its capacity is 1000 contacts, each with 3 phones, email and fax, but you cannot enter a few mobile phones or a few emails, for example. For each number the phones asks about a group and there is a character, which you can fill in. However, the issue is if you want to add a picture. You are not allowed to use pictures from your phone’s memory as caller id images. You can only use pictures that you have taken at the moment of entering the information by an improvised interface, not availing even of autofocus! You are also not allowed to assign a specific ring tone to a contact, you can only do that for a group of contacts.
The procedure of adding contacts is rather clumsy and far from enjoyable. After you have entered the name and the phone number and you want to finish entering the contact and press Save, the phone will nevertheless refer you to the Group and Character fields, which you will have to skip manually each time. This is the procedure also for editing contacts.
When viewing the names, you can choose whether only the names will be visualized, whether the contact details or even the photos or pictures will be shown. The latter opportunity appealed to us most of all, because the otherwise empty screen was able to show all this information without being overcrowded. Looking up contacts in the list is done by direct typing of characters, but it concerns only the contact’s first name, which is hugely inconvenient.
Unlike LG’s fashion phones, there is only one dialing interface and you cannot personalize the fonts. In the Call Register you can trace the history of calls. For us, the most convenient option was "all calls", which is also accessible through the green headphone on the home screen.
Like other models of this manufacturer, the organizer is divided into two menus: Organizer and Tools, which we believe should have been one. Some simple Memos, limited to 80 symbols and the calendar, which you can view only for one day or for one month, are in the Organizer. It is easy to add notes, but the comments are restricted to the ridiculous 20 symbols, which would hardly be enough to describe a certain Event.
Tools menu you will find 5 alarms, which can be set for different times with different melodies. For repeated alarms you can choose from the following options: "Once", "Mon ~ Fri", "Mon ~ Sat", "Everyday", which would do the job in most cases. There are no preloaded tones which we find appropriate for the alarm.
Here you will find also the calculator, featuring also "scientific options", World Clock with an inconvenient interface of the world map (not allowing you to search by cities’ names, only to shift around) and the units converter. The latter is very convenient, with rare options like Shoes and Clothes (size) tables.
The Voice Recorder is in the multimedia menu and only allows the recording of 20-seconds clips, which is useless.
LG KG920 is equipped only with 8MB inbuilt memory, which is fairly absurd, provided that the phone has a 5-megapixels camera, taking pictures with an average size of 1.8MB. As a comparison, Nokia N95 has about 20 times more inbuilt memory! Furtunately, there is the miniSD cards slot, by which you can add more than 2 gigabites memory.