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:
- It’s cheap! 😛 I got a plan 800 and I only paid Php 1200 for it. Hehe.
- It’s got a MicroSD card slot so I could just buy a 1Gig or 2Gig one from CDR King or wherever.
- I have 3G! Video calls are fun 😉
- Bluetooth! 😀 😀
- The 1.3 megapixel camera is ok too.
- 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:
- No bundled earphones 🙁 So you really have to look for them…
- No bundled games. But that could easily be rectified by going to GetJar.com!
- No bundled MicroSD card. (Well, it’s a cheap phone… So I guess don’t expect much?)
- 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.
- 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 🙂 I’ve been browsing stuff and making video calls 😉 I’ve also been downloading games and transferring them to my phone via Bluetooth. I am quite satisfied with it. 🙂 But if you’ve got more cash to spare, maybe try a different phone or wait for prices of Ericsson phones to drop! 😉