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LG KF700 review: LG KF700

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The Good Responsive touchscreen. Finger-friendly menu. Excellent Web browser and HSDPA. Good battery life.

The Bad Average camera. No stylus holding slot. Display could be wider.

The Bottom Line LG has slipped many high-end features into the KF700, but priced it as a mid-range handset. The touchscreen is great, and Web browsing is fantastic.

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7.1 Overall

If "I" and "phone" are two syllables that you never want to hear connected in conversation ever again, then you've come to the right place. The KF700 is yet another touchscreen, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep just about everyone happy, namely what LG calls "touch, tap and spin".

Design
It may be completely redundant to say, but people love touchscreens. Phones with touch-sensitive menus have captured the imagination of the ever-growing mobile buying market, even though it's often agreed that touchscreens are less than ideal for text input, which is an important and necessary element of a mobile phone. To circumvent this issue, LG has included three methods of input in the KF700; touch via the touchscreen, tap via the numeric keypad, and spin, referring to the spinning toggle on the underside of the handset.

If you're unfamiliar with the KF700, it's quite easy to get a basic idea of what it looks like and how it feels to hold. Picture LG's popular touchscreen Viewty, shrink its width a few millimetres then add to its girth and you've pretty much got the attractive KF700 in mind. With measurements of 102x51x14.5mm, the KF700 is about an average size for a slider phone handset, though smaller than most touchscreen handsets we've come across lately.

Features
Even though the KF700 lives below LG's flagship models, the Secret and Viewty, it still comes with a raft of useful features. It's a tri-band GSM (900/1,800/1,900MHz) handset that is HSDPA capable on the 2,100MHz UMTS frequency. It also features the same touchscreen optimised Web browser we saw (and loved) in the Viewty, taking advantage of the fast HSDPA downloads.

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