Everyone that knows a little about the mobile phone designer and manufacturer LG knows of their reputation for cutting edge technologically advanced but somewhat expensive phone. If you are one of those people then you will undoubtedly expect a high end mobile to be released every year, but that is not always the case. LG have now decided to look at the lower end of the market to satisfy the technophobe and no frills sections of the population. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the LG KF310.
The LG KF310 is a minimalists dream. The dynamic slider features sleek, clean cut lines and a stylish black frame around the screen. However, the keypad underneath and back of the phone is a gorgeous silvery white colour that gives the handset a touch of class in addition to the fashionable appearance. If you prefer plain black phones then there is such a version of the LG KF310 handset so the choice is yours. It is easy to handle as well, with dimensions of 94 x 47 x 17mm, and feels light in the hand at just 95g.
Surprisingly, the LG KF310 has none of the fiddly buttons and extra controls that other LG handsets have had in the future, and this is definitely a good thing if you want a basic phone that can do everything apart from confuse you. The control pad on the screen face is easy to use and incredibly responsive, with the buttons on the keypad being just as responsive but very well spaced. It is perfect for chunky fingers and is easy enough to use no matter what your prior experience with mobile phones.
Delving a little deeper, there are some lovely touches just below the surface of the minimalist LG KF310 handset. Although there are fewer features than you may expect from a handset these days, those that are a part of the phone are accessible and do their jobs well. There is a 2MP camera that takes crisp images, a music player that offers an ability to play most file formats and the connectivity is excellent. With bluetooth, a capable web browser, email client and 3G on board you have plenty of options.
There are some minor niggles with the LG KF310 handset though, although most will only bother those that are used to using high specification phones. For example, the 2MP camera does not have a built in auto focus and can be a little dark at night, although the secondary video calling camera function makes up for that. It can take a while to find out where pictures are stored as well because the menu is a little more difficult to navigate than you would expect given the simplicity of the phone. Finally, there appears to be no audio jack.
Having pointed out the slight niggles, it is important to point out that the LG KF310 is an entry level 3G phone and so should not be expected to jump through hoops. It does have a memory that is expandable with a microSD card and is perfect for someone that wants a no frills phone for the basics of calling, texting, taking pictures and listening to a few tunes. What more could you ask for?