LG KC870 cut-price 8Mp cameraphone
Big camera, low price
The phone's audio performance is reasonably good through its average earphones. There’s no 3.5mm headphone socket or adaptor – it uses a slightly awkward side-mounted multi-connector – but stereo Bluetooth headphones are supported, however.
Bluetooth can also be used to add tracks, though it’s quicker copying them over a cable. Tracks can be transfered using LG's PC Suite software or by putting the phone in mass-storage mode. With the earphones plugged in, you can also enjoy the serviceable FM radio. There's a loudspeaker, but its sound quality is typically harsh and tinny.
Available in black or silver
Browsing and downloading multimedia content is limited by pedestrian 2.5G data speeds. The WAP browser does a reasonable job of accessing mobile sites, but isn’t going to convert you to surfing by phone.
Stock organiser functionality is included, along with routine world clock, calculator, convertor, stopwatch and voice recorder apps. A handy document viewer enables you to open and look at files such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDFs sent as email attachments, or copied onto the phone or a memory card.
The KC780 handles voice calling well. Considering that it’s not a 3G phone, LG’s quoted battery life figures aren’t particularly impressive: up to 250 hours of standby time or three hours of talktime, which is less than the touchscreen-equipped Renoir. But without the likes of GPS and Wi-Fi to sap the battery, the runtime can be eked out, and we typically managed around three days between charges.
The KC780 has no 3G and none of the high-end gadgetry you get on other eight-megapixel mobiles. All it really has to offer is that 8Mp camera and a low cost. Thankfully, it’s able to take fine, detailed shots, and if camera snapping is your thing, but you don't need smartphone functionality or touchscreen glamour, the LG's not a bad option. ®
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