The Prada Phone LG KE850

Even before Apple end 2007 in Germany brings the iPhone on the market, LG presses forward and presents a phone that is completely operated via finger pressure on the display. The KE850 has as first mobile a touchscreen piece of jewelry to make calls that the manufacturer in partnership with the fashion brand Prada developed.
The KE850 is not the first noble model from LG: chocolate UMTS also characterized by its special design. But a nifty device, which can be on the display operate at your fingertips, not necessarily is a good phone. As it is s the quality of the KE850, which clarifies test.

Chic, fairly robust, but little enduring
1.2 centimetres flat design star in stylish black and silver is pretty handy and on top of that robust with 5.4 cm width 9.9 cm height: In the test he was resistant to moisture, heat, and falls in the case of drum. But not so well coped with cold the unit: at minus 20 degrees Celsius responded the display heavily delayed on input. And the beautiful shell has little scratch-resistant. After all, LG provides a neat bag for protection.
The Prada is not just from its best side showed the endurance tests: times 18 hours the battery case of intensive use held out straight, only five hours were with non-stop music playback. Better s was ordered to the readiness to receive: depending on the network the phone between 190 and 216 hours remained ready for action.
Mediocre reception
Outside of cities and metropolitan areas with good network coverage the fairly weak transmission and reception performance resulted in occasionally conversation breaks or even crashes. In addition the device when receiving did not consider the GSM-fidelity standard.
New concept
The control at your fingertips worked quite well on the very large color display (6.5 x 4 cm). Menus opened promptly, as soon as they were touched briefly on the screen.
For entering numbers an over 12 square centimetre large keypad appears, for example, after pressing the receiver symbol (see photo below left). The single, 4 mm high digits are clearly separated this avoids incorrect inputs effectively.
SMS type phone but quite slow responded to inputs. Quickly typed texts, sometimes even individual passages were missing. With slower write speed s went much better.
Has LG but all on real keys but not waived: so there is a call answer button to end and reject calls, one a pusher for deleting text at the bottom of the front. Also keypad lock, camera and MP3 player can be activated by simply pressing a button (top photo, side view). A button s is also available for the choice of a profile about a mute.
Good facilities, but deficiencies in practice
With MP3 player, FM radio, 2-megapixel camera, video capability, email and Bluetooth has the Prada cell phone lots of extras on board. Especially since another 256 MB memory card (micro-SD), a USB data cable and stereo earphones are included.
The Laboratory revealed some weaknesses of the photo and music features: so the photos in the expression (10 x 13 cm) had a quite artificial, were also clearly visible artifacts. The MP3 player was songs unbalanced with too many heights. Also reached the storage space on the device and on the map only for just under 90 songs in good MP3 quality (128 kbps).
Practically, however,: Email Word -, Excel, and PDF files can be received and also consider directly on the display.
Conclusion
Visually the Prada cell phone is extremely attractive, and the operating concept (menu control at your fingertips) worked really well in the test. Less beautiful: the short battery life, the mediocre transmission and reception properties as well as the rather weak photo quality.

Test conclusion: what you should know

Visually the Prada cell phone is extremely attractive, and the operating concept (menu control at your fingertips) worked really well in the test. Less beautiful: the short battery life, the mediocre transmission and reception properties as well as the rather weak photo quality.