LG KU970 Shine Review: A Vodafone Touch

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The LG Shine fashion handset was released in two distinct versions. Not long ago we reviewed the KE970 Shine. This time we turn our attention to the LG KU970 – the 3G version which is to be exclusively srecent by Vodafone. They share the same metallic bodies, the same 2 megapixel cameras and the same QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) TFT display. Other than that software-wise the two Shine handsets are as different as they can be. Be our guest on this tour with the exciting LG KU970 Shine.






LG KU970 Shine

Key Features:

  • All metal design with mirror finish display

  • HSDPA 3.6Mbits support

  • 2 megapixel capturing camera with auto focus

  • Shoots video in QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution (QCIF in KE970)

  • Secondary video capturing camera for video calls

  • Scroller navigation

  • 512Mega Bytes (MB) of integrated memory

  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo support

Main Disadvantages:

  • Sometimes problematic scroller response

  • No memory card slot (present in KE970)

  • No office documents viewer (present in KE970)

If you have followed the LG product line as we do, you would surely create note of the LG Black label series which includes only highly-fashionable handsets. It all started with the LG Chocolate which still remains popular. And as it seems the Korean manufacturer doesn’t have intentions on loosing the speed gained in this market class.

The LG Shine is a perfect continuation of the already not so black “Black label” series. For now the KU970 Shine is a Vodafone exclusive handset which means that guys from Vodafone have left their personal touch making it a unique product in the LG product line.






LG KE970 & KU970 Shine side by side

The retail box of the LG KU970 Shine looks the same as the one of the LG Chocolate, the only incompatibility being the color combination of the box. The standard kit included is pretty much the same too – a nice and lovely LG headset and a data cable. There is no memory card included of course as the KU970 doesn’t have a memory card slot.





LG KE970 Shine and the retail box contents

Sliding along

The LG KU970 has exactly the same dimensions of 99.8 x 50.6 x 13.8 mm as the KE970 but comes a gram heavier of 120 g. Honestly, the handset doesn’t feel heavy at all and the weight in fact adds for a feel of solidness that is rarely seen in modern mobile phones. Design wise, it’s hard to determine whether it might appeal more to men or women. Truth be told, that due to the mirror finish of the front panel, the most men that saw it commented that it’s probably a handset more suitable for women than for men. Our personal thought is that the device has a unisex design that should find a wide fan base regardless of the sex.

The LG KU970 has a much more tense spring than the KE970 and it closes with a loud snap. It is possible though that the spring condition is that way becautilize the test KE970 we received has seen a lot of utilize and abutilize before it got to our lab. The device won’t win the slimmest phone prize but yet visually it leaves an impression of a really slim device.






The LG KU970 Shine sliding out

The only functional element in the upper part of the front panel is the integrated loudspeaker which is also used as an in-call speaker. Next to it there is a video capturing camera lens used for video calls. Sliding the upper panel reveals the entirely even keypad. As it seems it’s made by a whole metal sheet with the individual keys slit into it.





Real-life reflection of the display • speaker and video capturing camera • keypad

The central design piece of the KU970 is without a doubt the navigation scroller and the soft keys. There is more to the LG navigation than what the eye reveals. There are two more keys integrated into each side of the scroller but they are far from obvious. These keys expand the capabilities of the scroller since they allow for side movement in the user interface. The other two soft keys which are positioned further away are contextual keys – they again are entirely made of metal.



LG Shine navigation solution

As you may have already read in our recent review, the LG KE970 scroller managed to disappoint us from the very beginning. The scrolling navigation was not as responsive as you’d expect it to be – sometimes a scroll didn’t create any movement in the user interface, sometimes it did more than one. More than often it reacted slower that one would like. The LG KU970 scroller worked much better though so as it seems the functionality is a subject to factory tweaking. Yet. we would have liked it even more responsive.

The LG Shine fashion handset was released in two distinct versions. Not long ago we reviewed the KE970 Shine. This time we turn our attention to the LG KU970 – the 3G version which is to be exclusively srecent by Vodafone. They share the same metallic bodies, the same 2 megapixel cameras and the same QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) TFT display.

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