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LG KP202 review: LG KP202

LG doesn't just make posh fashion phones for multi-millionaires, it also deigns to make budget handsets for the great unwashed. Take this bargain-basement clamshell phone, for example -- the KP202 may have a cut-down features set, but it boasts a rock-bottom price tag

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LG doesn't just make posh fashion phones for multi-millionaires, it also deigns to make budget handsets for the great unwashed. Take this bargain-basement clamshell phone, for example -- the KP202 may have a cut-down features set, but it boasts a rock-bottom price tag of just £35 if you buy it on pay as you go from Orange.

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6.5

LG KP202

The Good

Low price; easy to use; good call quality; decent battery life.

The Bad

Texting could be better; useless camera; low-resolution screen.

The Bottom Line

The KP202 has a pleasing design and boasts good call quality as well as decent battery life. It lacks headline features, but you can't really expect flash extras for such a low price. On the whole it's a good performer for the money, but heavy texters might be better off checking out budget models from Nokia or Sony Ericsson instead

Strengths
For such a cheap handset, the KP202 feels surprisingly well built. The screen closes with a satisfying clunk and the buttons feel very solid. It's not a bad looker either. The sober grey and black colour scheme looks more stylish than you have any right to expect at this price and its slim frame only adds to the appeal. When closed it's just 20mm thick and as it tips the scales at a mere 80g you hardly notice it when you drop it in your pocket.

Call quality is good with both outgoing and incoming calls sounding crisp and clear, and the speakerphone mode also works very well. In the box you'll find a wired mono headset that you can use for handsfree calling if the speakerphone isn't to your taste. The KP202 is none too shabby when it comes to battery life, either. We got around four days of relatively heavy use out of it before it needed to be topped up with juice.

The menu system is clearly laid out and easy to navigate using the four-way direction pad. If you've used a recent handset from the likes of Nokia you certainly won't have any problems adjusting to the LG's menus.

Negatives
The KP202's keypad is a touch on the small side and needs a good click to register key presses, so it's not ideal for speed texters. The texting features are not quite as straightforward as those on budget models from the likes of Nokia and Sony Ericsson. For example, selecting alternative words in the dictionary can be tricky.

Although the handset has dual screens, neither are much to write home about. The external one is monochrome only, while the main screen is definitely on the pokey side and its low 128x160-pixel resolution makes it feels quite cramped.

The phone's camera is only marginally more advanced than a box brownie. In fact, as it's limited to 640x480 VGA snaps you'd probably get better results from a box brownie. Its shots are not only fuzzy but also devoid of anything you might think of as natural-looking colour. And don't even think about using the 4x zoom, unless you're a Hoxton conceptual artist looking for some abstract inspiration.

Conclusion
The KP202 is built to a price and as such its lack of features can be forgiven. That said, it does cover the most important bases thanks to its good call quality and decent battery life. If you really love the flip format and are on a limited budget then it's a decent enough option. Heavy texters, however, would be better off with a budget model from Nokia or Sony Ericsson.

Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Nick Hide