Feeds
70%

LG KC550 5-megapixel cameraphone

Looks like a fish, moves like a fish...steers like a cow

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The music player is decent enough if again unexceptional. You can copy tunes by dragging and dropping from your PC or send them via Bluetooth, file them in the usual way and set up playlists. There's also a shuffle option and a graphic equaliser with 10 presets, none of which seem to have much effect, and an FM radio.

The sound through the supplied headphones is a little better than we'd expected, especially since the headphones feel even cheaper than the casing. There's a decent level of bass though the high end and midrange feel a bit constrained – good for rocking out or getting your groove on in other words, but less well suited to jazz, folk or country tuneage. Unfortunately the headphones plug into LG's power slot rather than a 3.5mm jack plug, so you won't be able to swap the them for your favourite in-ear brain melters.

LG KC550

The main use for the accelerometer is in motion-sensitive games

The main use for the accelerometer seems to be in a series of motion-sensitive games called M-Toy. Take your pick from darts, fishing, baseball (no cricket?), hammer throw or maze. It's not particularly sensitive and seems to be based more on luck than skill but there's a good five minutes' of fun to be had before you give up and go back to your Wii.

The upside of this being a moderately specced phone is that the battery held up well over three days, with very limited use of the web browser (we couldn't bear it) but quite extended use of the camera. The paltry 25MB of onboard memory won't take you very far, though you can add up to 4MB with a microSD card (not supplied).

Verdict

LG says the KC550 is its cheapest 5-megapixel cameraphone and even if it doesn't quite look it, it certainly feels it. But with corners cut on the build quality and functionality, with no 3G or Wi-Fi, no decent web browser and underpowered memory, it still covers most of the basics and also has a pretty good camera at a decent price.

The essential guide to IT transformation

70%

LG KC550 5-megapixel cameraphone

It looks slick but feels cheap, there's no 3G and the web browser's nothing to shout about. Good camera though
Price: Pay as you go: £180 RRP

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist
By the way, I have a really nice bridge you might like...
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.