Mobile Phone: LG Cookie KP500
The LG KP500 is nicknamed the Cookie. It's billed as an affordable touchscreen phone and in fact there are some amazing deals out there to tempt you.
This phone is a genuine touchscreen-driven phone (not just one with touch-sensitive buttons) that is controlled by pressing virtual buttons and icons with your finger or the stylus that's supplied. Pioneered by the iPhone (and others), touchscreen is the hottest trend in mobile phones in 2009, and it's hard to underestimate the amount of fun that you can have pressing virtual buttons on a screen. In the early days touchscreen phones were often tricky to use, but these days they're all pretty easy once you've got used to them. I don't think that the Cookie will pose any trouble, although some may find the stylus a nuisance. Anyway, great fun to use! The KP500 also has a built-in accelerometer, which simply means that it senses which way is up and automatically rotates the display. The virtual QWERTY keyboard slides into view when you turn the phone to landscape mode, which looks very cool. The accelerometer is also used when playing games, so you can tilt and turn the phone Wii-style to control movement. You can shake and flip the phone at other times to control various functions. It's all great fun, as long as you don't mind being stared at by passers-by.
The Cookie is more compact than most touchphones. It's about 20% smaller than the iPhone 3G and several millimetres thinner than its big brother, the LG Renoir. And weighing just 89g, it's probably the lightest touchscreen phone ever. But, and this bit is important, LG have cleverly made the phone smaller without reducing the size of the screen. At 3 inches across, it's a big display by any standards, and when it comes to touchscreen, size really does matter! A bigger screen makes it easier to use, and the Cookie is definitely an easy phone to use.
So, the ergonomics are good, and the screen is good. What else is good? Well, it has a media player that plays most popular digital music formats. It also has a stereo FM radio. It's got a good web browser. It supports email and has a document viewer installed. Connectivity includes USB and Bluetooth, and the operating frequency is quadband GSM, so you should be able to use the phone anywhere in the world.
Now let's take a look at what's missing.
The camera is not as good as the 5 or 8 megapixel cameras seen in LG's high-end phones. It's limited to 3.2 megapixels, and there's no autofocus but this is reasonable when you consider the price. The memory is also more limited at 48 MB, although you can add a microSD memory card to bring this up to 8GB. It's not 3G and there's no WiFi, so web browsing probably isn't a good option, despite the big screen, which is a shame.
Inevitably there are trade-offs between price and features. I feel that LG have got the balance just right with the Cookie. By removing the features that most people won't miss, and by installing an average camera, they've not only slashed the cost, but have also made the phone more compact and easier to use in many ways. As long as you won't miss high speed web browsing or the camera quality, you can have all the benefits of the latest touchscreen phones for a fraction of the cost.
64 of 66 people found this review helpful.
Cookie, it's the future!!
I have never owned any LG product before, let alone a mobile phone. So I was a tad apprehensive when I purchased the touch screen ‘Cookie’ KP500 mobile the other day. I shouldn’t have worried because it’s probably (so far!) the best mobile phone I’ve ever owned.
When I say ‘It’s the future’I am of course referring to its design, namely, keyless (well almost) large touch screen cell phone, as opposed to (what seems to me in a very short time), the more common, dare I say, obsolete? Standard 12 key phones which we have all owned at one time or another. I believe that quite soon all mobile phones will be of this touch screen ‘keyless’ design as they are so versatile.
Back to the actual phone, the KP500 is (for the money i.e., cheap) probably the most advanced mobile you can currently get at any price. There have been a few bad reviews on the LG Cookie concerning the sound cutting out mid-conversation but as yet I have not experienced that problem.
The menu system is like nothing like I’ve ever experienced before and I’m still not too sure how to do a few things, but being a touch screen phone its very intuitive and it didn’t take me long to get the mobile up and running and I’ve not really looked at the manual yet!.
To conclude, I cannot possibly comment on all its advanced features, as it would take ages, I’m just going to say this, if you are on the lookout for a new mobile and want something different, easy to use and looks like it cost a lot more than you paid for it, get the KP500. I got mine from the Car Phone Warehouse as it was the cheapest I could find. Go for the cheapest (pay as u go tariff) phone which at the time for me was on Orange, as most if not all CFW mobiles are supplied unlocked and unbranded but please don’t take my word for it, ask the staff to confirm before you buy. It takes a Micro SD card up to 8GB capacity, which is huge! Don’t buy the card at CFW as they are cheaper online.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
lg cookie kp500
The lg cookie is like a smaller similar version phone to that of the iphone.The Touch screen is responsive and works well.However usb Software does not work well with windows 7.
Specifications General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2008, September
Status Available. Released 2008, December
Size Dimensions 106.5 x 55.4 x 11.9 mm
Weight 89 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 400 pixels, 3.0 inches
- Flash UI
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Handwriting recognition
Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones, composer
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records 40 dialed, 40 received, 40 missed calls
Internal 48 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB (verified)
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
Video Yes, QVGA@12fps
Features Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games 4 + downloadable
Colors Black, Vandyke brown, Anodizing silver, Elegant gold, Delicious white, Pink
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
- MP3/WMA/AAC player
- MP4/H.263 video player
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Voice memo
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 900 mAh
Stand-by Up to 350 h
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Value for money with features of a cell double its mony
Very attractive looking phone with great user features. The camera & video is of very good quality with camera boasting a 3.1mp resolution. The gallery has an impressive scrolling feature, plus the built in auto position of photo's when viewed to which ever way the camera is held, horizontal or vertical.
The touch screen is a nifty little feature, although sometimes can be a little slow to process key actions. You can text by means of an array of different methods, standard mobile keypad, querty keyboard or handwriting recognition by means of the stylus.
Over all an excellent quality phone by LG, comparable in quality with i-phones
or similar at a fraction of the price.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
excellent phone for the money
as with other LG phones the touchscreen quality has got better and better
has the same technological basis of the more expensive renoir i recently bought as a present for my mother. i bought this for my younger brother and it has not failed to impress
again i would strongly recoment a good quality screen protector. the phone is excellently slim (just right with size) good camera for the odd pic when you go out or 'catch the moment'. stylus doesnt hang off so its nicely hiden at the bottom IF you need it but you dont really due to the excellent screen responce
only downside we felt was that it was obviously a budget phone missing some of the higher end features like wifi - which seems to be on most phones. not a major issue, just a useful feature if you have it as pay as you go sims dont have web allowance
all in all it is a fantastic phone, especially in the velvet black..has the soft touch feel but does attract dust lol
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.