LG KC550 5-megapixel cameraphone
Looks like a fish, moves like a fish...steers like a cow
Review And at first glance, the KC550 looks like a chip off the old Chocolate block, but with proper buttons rather than the touch-sensitive surfaces of LG's confectionery-monikered hero line.
There's a large 2.4in screen surrounded by shiny black plastic and a chrome rim. On the back the 5-megapixel camera lens is hidden behind an extended cover which stretches for almost three quarters of the length of the handset – which has the dual effect of marking out the camera for attention and also makes it easy to find when you're fiddling to get a quick snap.
The screen is bright enough to be seen in sunlight
But pick it up and the effect is spoiled somewhat by the cheap-feeling plastic. The slide feels rattly and not terribly secure, as well as being rather prone to slipping open in the pocket. The two-tone (colour, not sound) keypad too feels spongy and unresponsive, with keys blending together a little too well for easy definition when you're searching with your thumb.
The screen itself however is much classier, with 262,000 colours, sharp definition and bright enough to be seen in sunlight. The square D-pad below it is a return to that cheap feeling, but the onscreen menus are a delight – good-looking icons but with a numeric equivalent for each choice – much quicker than scrolling through lists.
The 5-megapixel camera is pretty much the Acme of cameraphone at the moment. Some are better than others of course, but they tend to be reserved for high-end handsets. LG says this is the cheapest handset to pack a 5-megapixel camera, and sure enough, its pay-as-you-go price seems to be set at around £180.
No, but it has one that when you press it a sign pops up saying "Please do not press this button again!".
the lil domed mirror next to the camera lens so you can align your self portrait shots looks a little bit well err duff! did someone read silver and paint it?
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Ah, that would be that elusive DED, the Darkness Emitting Diode, right?
microSD / microSDHC
In theory, if the phone supports 4GB cards, it should support larger ones too. Micro SD cards of 4GB and above are necessarily SDHC cards so the hardware required to read them is there, it's just a question of O/S support, and if a manufacturer starts doing devices in this day and age that only have O/S support for cards up to 4GB, they need their heads looking at.
Interestingly enough, the official blurb about Nokia's N95-1 (the original N95, not the newer N95-2 with 8GB of flash memory on the mainboard and no memory card slot) also says that it'll support cards of up to 4GB. I've had an 8GB card in mine for several months now and it works fine even when almost full, so O/S support *IS* there in this case. Early indications are that the N95-1 will also work with 12GB and 16GB cards when they become available.
So, did anyone at El Reg try the new LG handset with an 8GB card or did you all take the specs on face value?
I hated this phone. Went right back to my K800. And I could not get bluetooth A2DP working, despite trying three types of headphones.