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LG KE970 Shine review | Features

Published on: Wednesday, May 9th 2007                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

LG Shine - MP3 player

LG Shine - MP3 player

LG KE970 - MP3 player

LG have placed a button on the outside of the LG Shine for activating the MP3 player. It saves you going into the menu and search for the activation mode. The MP3 player is easy to use and operation of it is straightforward. Pressing the MP3 player button immediately shows a list of all the songs that are on the phone. The selected song can be played by pressing the scroll dial. LG deliver a headset with the LG KE970. The cable is divided in two which is very convenient. The first part functions also as an adapter which enables connecting a normal headset.

LG Shine - Battery

LG Shine - Battery

LG KE970 - Battery

The battery used for the LG Shine is a 3.7 Volt, 800mAh Lithium Ion battery that performs really well. I have left the telephone alone for eleven days after which it had to be recharged again. That comes down to approximately 260 hours which is close to the 280 hours LG claim. Also the talk time is quite accurate. I have made phone calls for about 1 hour 55 minutes before having to recharge the battery again. The calls themselves were rather short but I also made a lot of use of all the functions the telephone offers at the same time. So the three hours the manufacturer claims seems to be the correct estimation.

 

LG Shine - Monitor

LG Shine - Monitor

LG KE970 Shine - Monitor

When extending the telephone in order to open it, the mirror-like surface of the monitor of the LG Shine changes. That needs getting used to when using the phone for the first time. In the beginning you don't see the menu but only the reflection of yourself. After a while you will see through that and it won't bother you anymore. Rendering on the screen is fine, very clear and the colours are bright. Unfortunately, in sunny weather it is almost impossible to see anything on the monitor. You will have to go through a lot of trouble to get some shade on the monitor to be able to see what you are doing.

LG Shine - Numerical buttons

LG Shine - Numerical buttons

LG KE970 Shine - Numerical buttons

The numerical buttons of the LG Shine are hidden underneath the slide. Their size is fine and they feel great. Even those people among us with broader fingers won't encounter any problems operating them. Below the screen the true innovation of this apparatus is placed: the scroll dial. This multi-functional scroll dial makes operating the LG KE970 extremely easy and quick. When you turn the scroll dial up, the menu function goes up, when you turn it down, the menu function goes down. As you can see; a very intuitive and easy operation. During writing short text messages (using T9) you can even choose the words by turning the scroll dial, very clever!

 
 
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