i’ve finally got the time together to write a proper review of the prada lg so here goes…
phone design: the phone does (as it says on the tin) look good. very good in fact. sleek, black and much thinner in the flesh than i was expecting. without a doubt the nicest phone design on the market – until i see the iphone up close. the only flaw for me is a weird little side flap that you have to pull open to get the headphone jack in which is a bit shonky and feels likely to break at any moment (although i think it is actually quite sturdy) once the headphones are in this also fits together quite poorly.
interface design: the main theme, which i am using, matches the phone perfectly and is a very chic white on black design. no complaints – i love it – everything is easily recognisable and asy to find as well as stylish.
interface functionality: unless you’ve been burried under a rock you will know that the big deal about the prada lg is that it is the first properly touchscreen phone to hit the uk and i must say i’ve been plesantly surprised by how well it works. there is no lag and even the scroll bars function very well. that said i have pretty small fingers and i have heard complaints about it being tricky for the less manualy dexterous to use..
camera: a pretty standard 2 megapixels – but that along with the amazing full screen landscape/portrait function and many incamera functions such as white balance and aftereffects mean it has made my, admitedly shitty, digital camera a bit redundant.
browser: this is where the gaping chasm between the prada and the iphone really shows. the best that can be said about it’s web facilities are that it is average. moblie sites only and no touchscreen in this section of the phone.
mp3 player: the mp3 player was a really pleasant surprise for me. the interface is similar to that of an ipod mini or nano but with touchscreen functionality allowing you to drag through the item you are listening to. brilliant for podcasts and audiobooks. it does have one weird bug (i assume it is a bug) where it creats ‘thumbnail files for all your audio files which can’t be played – weird and a bit frustrating. sadly not compatable with itunes either. i’ve stopped using my shuffle for it but if you have a nano or mini you may not feel the urge.
texting, contacts and calling: i just love the interface and functionality of these sections. i’ve always had an uneasy relationship with mobiles but within a week on this phone i was using predictive text and had all my contacts sorted out and in groups and speed dials. intuative and slick. you can also take & make calls with headphones on which is very handy indeed.
other specs: there is a very good video player which allows you to watch it full screen in landscape and the volume without earphones is really decent. also on the phone is an alarm clock, very nifty calendar, notepad and games. it has to be said though that if, like me, you use a lot of the other bits and bobs – especially the mp3 player – the battery life isn’t great. plenty for one day or one longish journey but realistically you are looking at re-charging at least every second night, but quite possibly each night as i do.
acsessories: comes in a very sexy black box with usb cable, charger, headphones, headphone jack cable with very useful mp3 remote control, leather case and an adorable little black shammy in a tiny black prada envelope. special thumbs up has to be given to the case which is chic, slim and very sturdy. thumbs down to the headphones which are, frankly, a bit shit. they might say prada on them but they look, feel and sound for all the world like the ones you get in corner shops for £3.99
overall: the best phone i’ve owned. without a doubt the best looking phone on the market and a very obvious user-friendly interface. when you get down to the nub of it the specs are pretty average – there are far smarter phones around – but it sure is pretty, and (until the iphone) it does everything i need.