Two days with the LG KU 250

I got a Smart postpaid line just the other night and I ended up getting the LG KU 250 because they still didn’t have the Nokia 6151 in stock. In any case, I already fiddled around with it.

Here are some things I liked about it:

  1. It’s cheap! πŸ˜› I got a plan 800 and I only paid Php 1200 for it. Hehe.
  2. It’s got a MicroSD card slot so I could just buy a 1Gig or 2Gig one from CDR King or wherever.
  3. I have 3G! Video calls are fun πŸ˜‰
  4. Bluetooth! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
  5. The 1.3 megapixel camera is ok too.
  6. If I am in a particular menu (like “Games and Applications”), I could just press left or right (directional keys) and I will go on to the menu before or after the menu I am looking at.

Things I didn’t like about it:

  1. No bundled earphones πŸ™ So you really have to look for them…
  2. No bundled games. But that could easily be rectified by going to GetJar.com!
  3. No bundled MicroSD card. (Well, it’s a cheap phone… So I guess don’t expect much?)
  4. Can’t change the controls. The left and right control pads/keys seem to be permanently set to “My stuff” and “Smart”‘s browser. Being able to change that is what I like about Nokia phones.
  5. Bad keypad. It feels too flat for me. I have to look while texting.

All in all, I feel ok about the purchase. Maybe it would make 3G more accessible to people and it won’t feel as if 3G is only for the upper classes, as it was apparent. But my worry right now is that I might not have much sources of batteries, cables and headsets for the phone so it might end up becoming quite expensive too. Between this and the Sony Ericsson K608i’s which were quite common last year, I’d pick the Ericsson for practicality’s sake. More parts, etc. And it has 3G too and a better overall user interface (shutter for the camera, button too, as well as other UI goodness) but the only drawback of that Ericsson model is that it doesn’t have an expandable memory.

I have yet to test if this LG phone is tough too. It feels really light in my hands so I hope that it will survive in case I drop it on the floor by accident.

If you want a cheap 3G phone, this phone works but you’d have to get used to the way that you use a phone. The options are placed quite differently but aside from that, it works fine πŸ™‚ I’ve been browsing stuff and making video calls πŸ˜‰ I’ve also been downloading games and transferring them to my phone via Bluetooth. I am quite satisfied with it. πŸ™‚ But if you’ve got more cash to spare, maybe try a different phone or wait for prices of Ericsson phones to drop! πŸ˜‰

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  • I thought that phone is the cheapest 3G? I got SE-K608i free for Plan 800 on Smart. You should not have paid 1200 for it.

  • You get it for free if you’re on the credit card ADA plan. Else, you have to pay for something. Same thing goes for all the other plans.

  • Gian

    anyone knows where to buy earphones for this phone?

  • I think the SE K608i was at a special price since Smart introduced it when 3G was new.

  • I am not on ADA plan. So Miguel might be right. It was indeed the introductory 3G phone by Smart.

  • Gian: I am not sure where to buy earphones but will definitely blog about it when I do know πŸ™‚

  • darksoul

    i think you’ve been scammed… this phone is free under smart’s plan 800…

  • great no-nonsense phone! i am yet to try playing games with it.

  • @darksoul: Not really. I think it’s a matter of timing. It is admittedly free under Plan 800, but if you’re under the ADA program. If ever it is free even for those who are enrolling it under the ADA program, then I guess I should have waited so that I would have gotten a free phone.
    @paolo: M-Sudoku definitely works just fine here πŸ™‚ As well as a version of Tetris and Biniax πŸ™‚

  • Eli loves ME so much-Ruthie

    It’s only Php 6,250 at Globe and Php 5,990 at Smart.

  • reigning_still

    this LG KU 250… makes me happy… with his micro sd slot i can save lots of songs here in my ku250… its to bad because theres no earphones attach in the package but i easily buy a bluethoot headset to be paired in this ku250… i really enjoy this phone… makes me fashionable

  • reigning_still

    this lg ku250 is one of the cheapest phone 3G… i didnt expect that i had been use this phone because its a frendly user like NOKIA….

  • reigning_still

    this phone makes me browse easer that other phone… its a modem type… i can use this phone when i want to use my laptop for internet.. yet its so faster browsing for me…. also more faster that WLAN asses…. hhmm i really enjoy this phone…. GOOD JOB to LG COMPANY

  • Headset is not included,and the PC Suite is not compatible with XP..

  • maningning

    did u experience any problems everytime someone calls you.i had a problem with it..seems like my voice is distorted or something, they can hear me properly. i got my phone for free at Globe for plan 800.it is also complete with headset and usb connector.

  • trailblazer

    I also ahve a distorted audio problem. Maybe the phone is not good in hand over in between cell sites. Thats what I’ve observed. so far the phone is fine but does not have in-flight mode. i has a good player but yo cant use it in plane.

  • Re: Audio problems
    Hmm, I haven’t encountered any audio problems so far. I must be lucky? πŸ™‚

    Re: headset

    I also read on Cellphone9 that they now have it bundled with a headset. Haaay. How I wish I didn’t buy it early. Oh and someone commented there that Greenhills has earphones for it!

    Then again, it would’ve been nicer a strategy if they bundled earphones from the start. I still like it πŸ™‚ I converted some songs in Winamp. AAC files are smaller! Even though the quality isn’t as great as when they’re on my computer, it will do. πŸ™‚ Bitrate I used for conversion is 12.

  • dimples

    hi! can you please help me? i’ve had my LG KU250 for 2 months already. and i could not use the PC suite. The phone and my PC can connect initially (using the connection wizard). However, when i try to sync or even to just go to the “contents” or “contacts” folders, i would get a “failed connection” warning. Is there a way to initialize connection? please advise. thanks in advance! πŸ™‚

  • Paul In Spain

    Please help me!I have bought the LG KU 250 and the instructions are in Spanish.Can anyone advise me as to where I can get them in English.I can’t even find the phone on LG website and have tried many other sites but with no luck.Thanks.

  • kumanderbobot

    I think you forgot one more feature or one more thing about an LG KU-250, I dropped mine from our second floor while it was playin music and it did’nt even stopped playin. It only got scratches on the screen shield. The second time I dropped it on purpose from the same height, the case oppened up a bit but I pushed it back in place and still works fine. I still havent subjected it to water testing thoug. I am thinking of modifying the headset cause the standard has limitted frequency response

  • Good. But problem me, can anyone tell me where to bring it for open line?
    I got it through smartbro’s promo so it’s lock to smart…
    I wish to bring this unit abroad so I can use it as a modem for internet….
    I had asked cell shops already(here in cebu, Phils, even the authorized LG shop)no one knows yet.
    Can anyone pls. help….
    Oh why LG, not same as Nokia, can be opened anywhere….