As you would expect from a Prada-designed phone, the LG Prada KE850 is a great-looking handset. It's slim, black and shiny and the lack of a keypad makes for a futuristic-looking device.
The touch-screen on the LG Prada KE850 offers an alternative to a traditional keypad. EDGE internet speed, Bluetooth connectivity, an MP3 music player and a two-megapixel camera are stuffed into the sleek chassis.
LG Prada KE850's touch-screen may be good for some, but we suspect the majority of new users will find it fiddly and confusing. It's easy to get the wrong option, and the constant screen locking is a bind.
The LG Prada KE850's screen works well for viewing pictures and video footage, giving a clear, bright picture. Again, though, the touch-screen dominates its performance, and could hold you up.
The LG Prada KE850 may be a stunning looking handset, but unfortunately, 180 minutes' talktime is nothing to write home about.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:16 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
The design is incredibly attractive.
Typing texts takes a little longer with the touch-screen.
The similarity between the LG Prada KE850 and the Apple iPhone is uncanny, especially the touch-screen design and user interface. LG is very happy for comparisons to be drawn with Apple's handset. And who wouldn't be? It's enjoyed the press coverage of an Oscar ceremony. The Prada matches it for looks and, more importantly, beats it to market.
LG has teamed up with Italian fashion house Prada to construct the KE850, Prada taking the design lead and LG taking care of technology.In true Prada style, black is the recurring theme of the LG KE850, with its black designer presentation box, black phone holder, shiny black phone casing and striking black-and-white menu display (you can choose other background menu colours, but black is by far the coolest). There's even a black polishing cloth for removing smudgy fingerprints.
The LG Prada KE850 is similar in length and width to the Samsung D900, at just 12mm thick and 85g. There is no keypad. Instead, LG has opted for a touch-screen, which covers three quarters of the phone's area, and three hard keys: call accept, call reject and return to the previous menu option. The fingertip-operated touch-screen is likely to entertain and niggle users in equal measures. Dialling numbers and choosing saved contacts is straightforward but sending text messages is a little fiddly; the touch-screen is less responsive than a phone keypad.
There are one or two usability issues with the LG Prada KE850. The screen has a habit of locking. , While it makes sense to have an automatic screen lock, chaving to press the side-mounted unlock key after a few seconds of inactivity can become of a bit of a grind.You will also need to find your own method of touch-screen scrolling, and it will take some practice.A few problems with the touch-screen emerged when browsing the web on the Orange World portal. We found it easy to accidentally select the option directly below the one we wanted, which proved a tad frustrating.
The LG Prada KE850's two-megapixel camera relies on a combination of touch-screen and hard key functionality to take photos and record clips. Camera/camcorder settings like auto-focus, zoom auto timer and multiple images are all controlled with the touch-screen menu, while photos are taken using the dedicated camera key.
Although it can't offer 3G speeds, the EDGE-enabled LG Prada KE850 is still a great phone for accessing the internet. Pages download fairly quickly and look great on the large display. For some reason, Orange's web portal was branded as Orange Worl, missing the 'd'. However, the rest of the site displayed very well and you will really appreciate the colour quality.Also impressive is the quality of the LG Prada KE850's display when you watch a video clip. A short clip of a train hurtling through a train station was stored on our review model and the quality was excellent. You can render the clip to view it vertically or horizontally.
We could go into more detail about the LG Prada KE850's gaming prowess and strengths as a music player. However, what really sets this phone apart is its design and finger-operated user interface. Sure, the phone will require a regular polish, and a regular mobile keypad is much more responsive for entering texts and phone numbers. But this phone has the wow factor of the LG Chocolate KG810 and should appeal to those who like their fashion accessories to carry a label with kudos.