LG KC780 review: LG KC780

Typical Price: £250.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Large keypad.

The Bad Camera could be better; lack of HSDPA; lack of Wi-Fi.

The Bottom Line We wanted to love the LG KC780 but it simply didn't deliver the experience we expected. Considering its size, LG could have packed in plenty of features. If the point was to create an inexpensive camera phone, then the camera has to perform a lot better. This phone simply lacks pizzazz, although we're sure LG will come up with the goods this year

6.5 Overall

Sneaked in by the South Korean company after the LG Renoir , the LG KC780 is another 8-megapixel phone, but comes in a slider format and has a slimmer profile.

Available SIM-free for around £250, and free on certain contracts, we took the KC780 out on the road to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Design
For a phone that LG describes as 'slim', you'll probably be surprised at how thick it is. A relatively large screen is surrounded by sizeable navigation keys, and a big keypad hides under the sliding mechanism. The advantage of everything being so large is that it's all easy to press, making dialling and texting straightforward.

The KC780 has a simple layout and, while it's not sexy, it is very functional. It's the kind of phone someone who complains about small keypads would love.

The supposed star of the show is the 8-megapixel camera on the back, but we can't say we were blown away. The camera looks rather basic, and there's no lens cover and no xenon flash, which is disappointing considering how badly LED photo lights perform.

A silver border adds little to what is a basic-looking phone.

Features
Some phones look basic and turn out to be very complex inside. Unfortunately, the KC780 isn't one of them. Start using it and you quickly realise that, aside from the camera, the KC780 isn't a high-end phone. If you're looking for a smart phone, you'll be disappointed.

The 8-megapixel camera allows you to take still photos and video. Face detection and smile detection work as advertised, with smile detection capturing a smile automatically. We were disappointed by the picture quality, however. Pictures taken with the KC780 just didn't look as sharp or crisp as we expected and, in low light, even though you can turn the ISO up to 1,600, the pictures simply weren't that great. Besides the disappointing camera, we also found the lack of 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS frustrating.

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