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LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review


Posted: , by Nanko R.


What can be said about the appearance of the Prada phone is “style and sheer style”. This is not the smallest phone, but it is slim and is conveniently handled and conveniently carried in the pocket. When you hold it in your hand, when you use it or talk on it, you stand out in the crowd immediately. It is different from anything else that is currently on the market. The only thing that does not appeal to us is the battery lid. The small play, although typical for most phones, is illogical for this one.
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
In hand - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
In hand - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
In hand - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
In hand - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

In hand

LG PRADA compared to Cingular 8525 (HTC TyTN) - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA compared to Cingular 8525 (HTC TyTN) - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA compared to Cingular 8525 (HTC TyTN) - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

LG PRADA compared to Cingular 8525 (HTC TyTN)


Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)


3.9" x 2.1" x 0.47"

99 x 54 x 12



Apple iPhone

4.5" x 2.4" x 0.5"

115 x 61 x 11.6



Samsung SGH-F700

4.1" x 2.0" x 0.6"

104 x 50 x 16.4



Motorola RAZR V3

3.9" x 2.08" x 0.5"

98 x 53 x 13.9



Made entirely of plastic, this phone is much lighter than the iPhone, as well as smaller in volume. Samsung’s F700 is much bigger, but it makes up with its QWERTY keyboard and its 5-megapixel camera. The Prada phone is so small, it’s even smaller than the original RAZR when closed!

LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
As was already mentioned, the main feature of the Prada phone is its display, representing its face and used to control the device. It is 2.95 inches and its resolution is 240х400 pixels. The resolution is different form the standard 240х320 resolution, because the phone is higher (or broader, if you turn it round) and therefore the ratio between its sides is changed: it is close to 16:9. It is touch-sensitive, so that it allows you to control the phone and to do all necessary operations, but it is only sensitive when touched by hand. Just like LG Chocolate’s touch-sensitive control buttons, it is activated by the electricity running on your skin and it does not react when touched with something else (whether a pen, pointer, etc.). Naturally, the whole software is adjusted so that it is conveniently pressed with your finger. It is sensitive and it reacts quickly, which is a good improvement, compared to the keyboards using that technology (the above-mentioned Chocolate), where pressing with your fingers does not always do the job. After you’ve used this display for a few days, you get accustomed to it and you can write on it (using the screen keyboard) just as fast as if you were using a normal keyboard. However, the inconvenience is that there is no tactile response here: you press on the smooth glass, which does not move at all. Samsung uses vibration instead of the tactile feedback for their keyboards, which is a clever solution.

What is strange is that it is sensitive even when touched through a light fabric or even through the case from the kit! This means that you could easily activate it when you carry it in your pocket and therefore you should always carry the phone ‘locked’.

The display’s resolution is big enough for its physical size with small pixels, resulting in detailed images. The colors are saturated and realistic, the contrast is good. Our only criticism concerns the brightness, which, even when it is at 100%, is still mediocre, compared to most high-end contemporary phones. If you choose the black-and-white Prada theme, you’ll have difficulties reading the display in direct light. The black color turns into a mirror and you do not see anything. You’ll be more successful with the colorful themes, but even then you can't tell that the screen is too bright.

There are three buttons under the display: answer/reject and Clear. The first two are necessary, because, during conversation the display is not sensitive (otherwise it would reacted by the touch of your face) and therefore, you should be able to end the call without having to ‘unlock’ the phone, which is done by an especially dedicated side button. However, we do not see any point in the Clear button, which in all cases dubs the software button. Maybe the idea is to ensure more convenient use, but for us this does not make sense.
the Keyboard - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
the Keyboard - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
the Keyboard - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
the Keyboard - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

the Keyboard

Volume keys - Left side - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
Profile shortcut - Left side - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
charger/sub slot - Left side - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

Volume keys

Profile shortcut

charger/sub slot

Left side

Lock button - Right side - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
MP3/Camera shortcut - Right side - LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

Lock button

MP3/Camera shortcut

Right side

On the left-hand side are the volume rocker and the profile shortcut, as well as the slot for the charger/sub cable, covered with a protective cover. To the right are the button, locking the display and the mp3/camera shortcut. The two sides, the upper and the lower part and the three front buttons are made in metallic glassy color, very contrasting on the black surface. The side buttons are felt weakly and are easily pressed. Of all the keys, only the answer/reject keys are backlit in red.

LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

You will find the camera module on the back panel, with the same contrasting silvery finish. We find this to be the only ugly feature of the Prada phone! It looks like a patch on the left-hand side (not even in the center, to make it more symmetrical). There is also a small ‘mirror’ here, the camera lens and the LED flash. Underneath it says that this is a 2.0 megapixels camera, using Schenider Kreuznach lens.

LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

In the lower part the LG logo is positioned, but is not as visible as the PRADA logo, located in the upper part of the front panel. The phone is advertised as a „PRADA Phone”, rather than as “LG PRADA”.

The fact that the microSD cards slot is located under the battery lid, next to the sim cards slot, is not very pleasing. You have to remove the battery itself, in order to reach it, which makes replacing the memory cards inconvenient.
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review
LG PRADA KE850 Phone Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. GIGGI (unregistered)


posted on 23 May 2007, 14:03

2. David (unregistered)

It is not coming in the US

posted on 24 May 2007, 01:49

3. Jimmy (unregistered)

Yes it is coming to the US. How do I know? My friend works for Prada and we're in Hawaii. Last time I checked Hawaii is still part of the US buddy. Get the facts straight first before posting.

posted on 30 May 2007, 14:30

4. David Adler (unregistered)

no us carrier is going to pick up the LG prada phone, actually. but you can still use it on the networks if you use them unlocked. they may go for sale unlocked in us stores, however no carrier will have them.

posted on 31 May 2007, 10:06

5. (unregistered)

Looks hoT!

posted on 06 Jun 2007, 18:09 1

6. Duckie (unregistered)

T-mobile is GSM. so in effect would it work for me?

posted on 07 Jun 2007, 03:14

7. mojojojo (unregistered)

Yes you can use it with T-Mobile, but only in areas with 1900 Mhz coverage

posted on 09 Jun 2007, 17:56

8. Vic (unregistered)

have this phone and its amazing.. every idiot will have the iphone

posted on 28 Jun 2007, 19:02

9. sbjldjafl;ihd (unregistered)

yeah i heard the Iphone sucked but so if i get this phone, im on Tmobile, then it will work well in the US correct? but the whole 1900 Mhz coverage thing, i dont get. ://.

posted on 23 Jul 2007, 14:56

10. Helle (unregistered)

How's the battery life? Anyone know? I've heard it sucked. Read on gsmarena.com, that it has to be charged almost every day.

posted on 04 Sep 2007, 16:28

11. jay (unregistered)

the phone is coming to the us. its gonna be with verizon and its coming september 15th said a verizon representative

posted on 22 Sep 2007, 10:05

12. seth (unregistered)

It's GSM, buddy, it's not coming to Verizon (since there's not even an FCC approved CDMA version). Maybe next September 15, because that's how long it will take for Verizon to get the agreement, LG to engineer it, the FCC to approve it, and Verizon to test it.

posted on 28 Dec 2007, 14:48

13. Twee (unregistered)

The prada phone is coming to the US via CDMA. A rep at vzw confirmed that it will be released in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

posted on 28 Dec 2007, 14:48

14. Twee (unregistered)

The prada phone is coming to the US via CDMA. A rep at vzw confirmed that it will be released in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

posted on 12 Feb 2008, 09:47

15. Paul (unregistered)

I'm hearing the same thing from Verizon employees. They're saying late Summer 2008 the LG PRADA(CDMA version) will be on Verizon and i'm not talking about unlocked overseas Prada phones either.

posted on 01 Mar 2008, 18:03

16. Yunita (unregistered)

I know that the look of prada phone is just awesome and it carries prada's brand name. My husband bought that phone for me in December 2007 and it works great and I actually crazy about it. I became a cool person because I have prada phone and noone has it yet. Unfortunately, within 3 weeks that phone went dead on me, the screen went black and even the dealer don't know what was happening with the phone. So, I don't understand why we have to have prada phone. I sent $400 for nothing!!!!!! I would give that money to some one who really need it. Anyway, unless your parents are freaking rich so it doesn't matter to spend $400 for prada phone that will break in about 1 month. I still regret it and I'm going to for a whole life. I have never spent that much on a stupid phone before.

posted on 01 Mar 2008, 18:08

17. yunita (unregistered)

On top of that, I called LG customer service and they told me to called France because USA actually doesn't carry that phone. So, How fucked up is that?????? Ladies, just because we are prada lovers, please don't fall for this one. Anybody who doesn't agree with me, too bad! you have my email address and I will dare you to fix my fucking prada phone. Or Any LG official who wants to dare me?????? go ahead, my email adress is yunita_sadeli@yahoo.com

posted on 18 Mar 2008, 13:55

18. LAZZAY (unregistered)


posted on 13 Apr 2008, 19:14

19. Annessa Campian (unregistered)

First of all, if i have a verizon wireless plan will i be able to switch it over to the phone? I'm considering buying a new one on Ebay that comes with a US warranty.

posted on 23 Apr 2008, 18:54 1

20. sk8rnurse (unregistered)

I'll never understand how a person who's phone (fortunately) worked well,could be stupid enough to think that every phone of that type then,must work well,and talk sh*# to people who have bad experience!!How freakin narrow minded!!I have ALWAYS treatedmy phonz well and had TONS of problems with some of them.Be glad urs worked well and don't dismiss other ppls hassels w them.

posted on 10 May 2012, 18:03 3

21. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)

Greetings from the future!!!!!

posted on 29 Jun 2015, 16:32

22. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)

This LG G Prada looked amazign on its time :)

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.88 x 2.12 x 0.47 inches
(99 x 54 x 12 mm)
2.99 oz  (85 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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