LG Prada (KE850) mobile phone
LG's latest fashion phone boasts a partnership with leading Italian fashion label Prada
- Complete touch interface, fantastic display, attractive design, size and weight, excellent user interface
- Battery life, T9 messaging, not 3G, scrolling through lists is troublesome, price
It's far from perfect, but the Prada KE850 is a must have fashion accessory. Combined with its gorgeous touch screen display and excellent design makes it the most attractive phone on the market to date. If you're an avid SMS user though, you'll find the T9 system frustrating.
Price$ 799.00 (AUD)
It was only a matter of time before mobile phone companies attempted to out-do Apple and it hasn't taken very long. Announced before the release of the original Apple iPhone, LG's latest fashion phone boasts a partnership with leading Italian fashion label Prada and is the first completely touch interface phone to be released in Australia.
The Prada KE850 is best described as a stunning piece of design. It's without a doubt one of the best looking phones on the market; the chrome edging and gloss black exterior combines perfectly with a sleek casing that is just 12mm thick. At 85g its surprisingly lightweight and despite the gloss black surface being almost impossible to keep clean, the Prada responds surprisingly well to a bit of wear and tear - it's quite difficult to scratch.
The Prada's touch screen interface is superb. The large 3in touch screen is generally responsive, and you'll have no problem picking it up in just a day or two. The menu system layout is a highlight; four main menu icons align the right side of the main menu (phone, applications, organiser and settings). Conveniently, the home screen has a row of easily accessible icons - main menu, dialler, messaging and phonebook. Each menu item is clearly labelled and is large enough to tap effortlessly with your finger.
The two biggest issues with the touch screen operation are messaging and scrolling through lists. The general keyboard layout for SMS, MMS and e-mail messaging is excellent; the Prada uses a regular 1-9 keypad layout and offers T9 predictive text input. Pressing each key isn't an issue, but changing the word using T9 requires you to either repeatedly tap the word (an almost impossible task on smaller words), or use the small, semi-transparent up and down arrows. Both are a hit and miss affair, and tend to make messaging frustrating. Scrolling through lists is a little troublesome as well, especially using the phonebook. The scroll bar is difficult to quickly move, and the search by letter function takes a few taps to access.
In-call quality is quite good, though the ringtone volume isn't really loud enough at its highest setting. Conveniently, the screen turns off while you're on a call so you don't accidentally bump the touch screen with your face. Pressing the speaker button while in a call brings up the dialling display. Unfortunately, the Prada is a standard GSM phone - there is no 3G support.
Features wise, the Prada is certainly solid, but not overly generous. The highlight is a 2-megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, self-portrait mirror and flash - though the latter is terribly ineffective for night-time photography. The camera interface is well laid out and easy to use, but image quality isn't the best. Video recording is available, but it's grainy and generally of a poor quality.
The music player supports MP3, WAV, AAC and AAC+ files and utilises a simple, effective interface. Its functions are fairly basic, though the Prada conveniently acts as a mass storage device when connected to a PC via USB, and there is A2DP Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming. An FM radio is also present, and the included headphones act as the antenna for FM reception. Unfortunately, there is no standard 3.5mm headphone jack. A voice recorder, games and a selection of PIM features (alarm clock, calculator, world clock, unit converter, calendar and memo) round out the package.
Battery life is disappointing, rated at just three hours talk time and up to 12.5 days of standby time. We had to charge the unit every night or two, despite minimal to moderate use.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Google Daydream VR headset
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Xiaomi planning second version of its revolutionary Mi Mix ‘bezel-less’ phone
- Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4
- Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, charging up iPhone 8 rumor
- Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required
- Everything we think we know about the LG G6
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTTechnical Support RepresentativeNSW
- FTDatabase DeveloperACT
- TPProject ManagerOther
- TPProject Technical LeadQLD
- TPDeployment Specialist (DevOps)QLD
- TPInsights ManagerWA
- FTClient Delivery ManagerSA
- FTSupport and Operations Team LeadNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)VIC
- CCSenior Storage System Engineer - NetApp SpecialistNSW
- FTJunior Software Developer - SASACT
- FTIT Project Coordinator - Mascot/AlexandriaNSW
- TPInformation Management SpecialistVIC
- CCUser Experience Designer - Part time - Short contractACT
- TPSOE AdministratorQLD
- FTSenior Web DeveloperNSW
- FTLinux Systems EngineerQLD
- FTSalesforce Technical Consultant/Architect Global IT Company - SydneyNSW
- CCProject Specialist l Large Media Capital Investment ProgramNSW
- FTPMO Coordinator-Permanent Opportunity-Education/Government Background EssentialNSW
- TPSenior IT Business AnalystNSW
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- TPWinforms DevelopersWA
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- CCCA ITCM / ITCA Engineer with some hands-on knowledge of scripting.NSW