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The three-megapixel snapper appears a reasonable effort at this price point. It's limited, though: it's fixed focus and there’s no flash. Pressing the camera button auto-flips the screen into landscape viewfinder mode. The touchscreen user interface offers a decent set of standard cameraphone pre- and post-shooting adjustment tools with icons flanking the viewfinder for calling up key features.

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The 3Mp camera kit is limited

Results are average - we’ve seen better in this class of handset. Snaps can be reasonably pleasant and colourful in good light conditions, but washed out and softer in more subdued lighting. Without a flash, its low-light shooting performance is poor.

There are better-than-average editing tools for captured video clips too – though the quality of footage isn’t particularly good. Capturing MPEG 4 video at 320 x 240 resolution and 12 f/s, video is grainy and a stuttery.

With 48MB of internal storage, you’ll not be stacking the phone with videos or your music collection unless you add a Micro SD card. None is supplied, but the phone supports cards of up to 8GB capacity, with an easy-access side slot for slipping them in and out.

A USB cable is supplied, so you can copy tracks over from your PC using LG's PC Suite software, sync with Windows Media Player, or drag and drop tracks over in mass-storage mode. The music player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA and RA files, and will automatically sift music files on a memory card into the tracks folder.

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A set of entry-level quality earphones are boxed with the Cookie. These plug into an LG multi-connector to the side of the phone, which is not the best position. There’s no 3.5mm headphone socket or adaptor, so audio quality is pretty ordinary. The earphones are toppy and can be a tad harsh when the volume’s raised, though overall it’s acceptable if you just want to listen to a few tunes and aren’t particularly worried about great sound. Alternatively, you could connect a pair of stereo Bluetooth headphones.

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