LG's design team has taken the cookie-cutter it created after conceiving the KF700 and used it as the template for the KF600, with both handsets sharing almost identical dimensions — the KF600 is ever-so-slightly smaller in its width, length and thickness.
The KF600 is a slider phone handset that incorporates one of 2008's favourite phone trends, the adaptive touch panel. While the KF700 features a full touch-sensitive display, the KF600 only dedicates one-third of the screen space to navigation buttons, similar to the LG Secret, and Samsung's U900.
The touch panel is a cool idea, but it did take us a few days to get used to, and even now we often avoid using the directional navigation by deferring to keypad shortcuts for menu options — it's faster and much more accurate. The dual-screen does give the KF600 a sprinkling of glitzy wow-factor which certainly doesn't hurt a phone in the sub AU$300 category.
Aside from the nifty touch panel, the KF600 has a few extra nice features, though for AU$299 don't expect the world. On the back of the KF600 you'll find a 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED photolight. The associated camera software is stuffed full of settings including image presets, a "portrait enhancement" setting, and digital image stabilisation.