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LG KS20 Review

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Messaging - LG KS20 Review
Messaging - LG KS20 Review
Messaging:


Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. Entering text is done by one of the following touch display methods of the virtual keyboard:

  1. Block Recognizer
  2. Keyboard
  3. Letter Recognizer
  4. Transcriber

We think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy! Combined with the T9 predictive system, entering text with the phone is really quick. Still, it must be done with the stylus, as the keys are very small in order to press them with fingers.

Just a few steps away are the options to add your e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP) and to use it on your mobile phone. Very nice extra is that the phone can try to get the email settings automatically from the internet, and so we configured our Gmail Account by entering only the username and password. Windows Mobile 6 already supports HTML formatted e-mails. The client is very similar to the Outlook on a computer, you can filter your inbox to see just some results, reply to message or forward it to other person.

The support for attachments allows you to download or send one, in addition to the text body. The phone can be set to synchronize with your company Exchange Server.

As standard, Windows Mobile comes preloaded with the mobile version of Live! Messenger (MSN). Windows Live account will be added in Messaging when you add your e-mail account. You can add third party application for other popular instant messengers like AIM, Yahoo! Chat and ICQ.


Connectivity:

LG KS20 Review
LG KS20 is a tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz) and a single-band (2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA cell phone, and it can be used in the European and Asian 3G networks. Unfortunately the device can not be used everywhere in the US, because it doesn’t support the 850 MHz GSM band. On the other hand the appearance of a US version LG MS20/MS25 is expected, but there is no information on the release date.


Standard for a smartphone, WiFi and Bluetooth are available. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). Cable connection can also be used, via the charger port.

Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, organizer) with Outlook.

With WiFi you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering you, use it as an Internet source and view the shared documents (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared).


Internet:

The mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing; loading standard pages in full size is not a problem, because of the relatively high resolution (320x240 pixels) of such devices but you have to scroll horizontally as well as vertically almost all the time. If you want to read a text, it is almost sure you will not be able to fit the whole row in those 240 (or 320 if you put the phone in landscape mode) pixels. Full-screen usage is almost mandatory when the page has loaded.

Internet Explorer - LG KS20 Review
Internet Explorer - LG KS20 Review
Internet Explorer - LG KS20 Review
Internet Explorer - LG KS20 Review

There is also One Column View option which eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling but increases the need for vertical scrolling. The page is narrowed and thus it changes its initial look.

As it is a Pocket PC, you can always use third party software to replace the original one. We prefer using Microsoft Deepfish browser instead of Internet Explorer but unfortunately it is still in beta mode.

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LG KS20

LG KS20

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
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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