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The LG KP501 Cookie is, in fact, the LG KP500 by another name. It is one of the cheapest mobile phones with a touchscreen and aims to give the iPhone a run for its money. Orange named its silver version: the LG KP501, while most other networks and call it the LG KP500.

So, the KP501 in dramatic black is a touchscreen phone for those on a budget and, as a result, some higher-end features are omitted. Compact but with a large (3-inch) touchscreen display that is easy and fun to use. Moreover, it is touchscreen-driven phone (not just one with touch-sensitive buttons) controlled by pressing virtual buttons and icons with your finger or the stylus comes with it. All good for displaying the results of the 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom and the video camera.

This is a quad-band phone for global roaming and EDGE for fast internet connection (2.5G, in effect), though 3G would have been nice for easier browsing. There are SMS, MMS and email messaging options and short-range wireless via Bluetooth  (but no Wi-fi).

The KP500 is thin (only 12 mm), light (89g) and also has a built-in accelerometer: it senses which way is up and automatically rotates the display. The virtual QWERTY keyboard slides into view when you turn the phone to landscape mode and the accelerometer is also used when playing games - you can tilt and turn the phone Wii-style to control movement. You can shake and flip the phone at other times to control various functions, though can attract attention on a crowded train.

The music player supports all the popular formats and there is an FM radio. Office-type functions include a 1,000-name capacity phone book  and there is a vibration alert and speakerphone.

Internal memory is limited to 48 Mbytes, but you can add a microSD card to bring it up to 8GB. Battery life is rated at 3.5 hours’ talk time and 350 hours on standby from a full charge.
 


Specifications

Weight: 89g
Battery time: 0 mAh
Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Email
Memory expandable via MicroSD card
MP3 Player
Quadband