Dang nabbit, what's the matter with kids these days? In our
day, phones had proper buttons and switches, and handsets that you could really grab
on to. And a crank, maybe, if we were making a call from the trenches. But now we
can barely see what's on those flea-sized screens.
Thank the Lord for the LG KF300, with its large-print view and
big, back-lit buttons. We channelled our inner curmudgeon for a hands-on with
this accessible mobile phone.
Like a pair of sturdy old-person shoes, this clamshell
phone is no beauty, but it is practical. It's light at only 98g and thin
enough to slip in the pocket of your elasticated trousers at 16mm thick. It's mostly black plastic, with some
chrome trim around the sides and bottom and a disco-tastic blue prism-like
front panel, which also sports a secondary screen with a big, bold clock.
Flip it open and you'll find a bright, colour screen and a
speaker across the top that's much wider than average -- all the better to
hear you with, my dear.
As well as the usual buttons, which are large and easy to
press, there are also four feature buttons under the screen for the alarm,
calendar, photo gallery and a customisable list of favourites.
The default font size in the menus is enormous, and it's
also adjustable. Another feature worth mentioning is that every menu item has a keyboard shortcut key, which is something we'd like to see on more handsets.
The accessibility extends to the keypad tones, which are loud
enough to wake the dead... isn't that right, Grandma? Grandma? Sorry, she was only asleep.
The KF300 keeps it simple with basic specs: a 2-megapixel
camera, an achingly simple music player and a built-in FM radio.
Although it's not a handset to impress your peeps when you
whip it out at the bus stop, we thought it was great to see a manufacturer
producing handsets for people for whom a tiny phone is a struggle rather than a
You can pick up the KF300 for free on a two-year Orange
contract for £14 per month from the Orange Web site, so it's very affordable. If you're thinking of
getting sensible, click through for more photos.