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The LG KS360's main selling feature is the full QWERTY keyboard, which is very convenient for texting/emailing. However, users report numerous technical faults, particularly random shut downs.

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      25.06.2015 23:06
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      • "qwerty keypad"
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      A blast from the past... i've got a draw full of those ...

      http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/mobile-phone/lg-ks360/#/tab/opi

      This one is well out of date and is as much a smart phone as Katie Price is leading figure at Mensa. But for some reason I never got rid of this one, saving it in the draw where all the other retired phones are.
      This one has a 2.4 inch screen which is pretty clear and shows all you need to see in order to do what you have to do. Under the screen there are a few hard keys, with this phone not being touch-screen. These buttons are call answer, call call, scroll through and more
      The keyboard is QWERTY, once you slide the top side, the screen side, across the lower side. When you slide it you reveal the qwerty keyboard which is designed to use in the landscape position. The keypad number buttons are on the Qwerty board, with all the other options for texting, writing notes and more, all there, at the touch of a few buttons.
      It has a 2MP camera on the rear, none on the front, so no good for selfies then.
      You can fit up to 1000 names in the phone book, which is a lot really, no matter how many people you have on facebook.
      The internal memory is a pitiful 64MB, although at the time that was quite good.
      It offers MP3 ringtones, as well as polyphonic too and a music player built in, with a choice of two listening options, loud speaker or headphones.
      It was great when it came to talk time, 5 hours, and standby, over 400 minutes between charges. These days you're lucky to get a day out of smart-phones.
      You can take still images and even video footage too, which made this a nice versatile phone in its day.
      The call quality was great, although a lot of that depends on the network, but I recall never really having any issues with this when I was using it.

      This one is so far behind the phones of today it's frightening, although the bits and bobs this offered is possibly like the Samsung phones of today. Sort of.

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      14.09.2013 12:30

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      A bit out of fashion.

      I had this phone a few years ago, although I don't use it often it still works and I have kept it. I would say its more aimed at younger users/teens. The qwerty keypad that slides out is great because there's no predictive texting and it means you can quickly write something. The screen flips when you open the keypad and when its shut you can navigate the phone using the small keypad under the screen, for quick calling etc.

      Now for the good and bad points:

      The good points are the slide out keypad which is a handy design, it also looks really stylish. The backgrounds on the phone are moving and I thought they were a really good addition. The other good feature is you can call people really quickly by using the "touch calling". The phone isn't touch unless you are calling someone and then you can touch the numbers that come up on the screen, that makes it really easy to call someone in a hurry.

      The bad points are the fact its so bulky, when you slide the underneath back in its not a slim phone at all, which is understandable because of the keypad. Its also a bit difficult to hold whilst texting because the keypad is quite large you have to stretch your fingers. I also think it would be better if the whole thing was touch screen. Lastly the internet is terrible, this phone isn't really hi-tech is more something that looks great but doesn't have any of the apps or features of the newest phones.

      I don't think they make this phone anymore but you can pick it up second hand, I would say its best to get a new phone because there are ones similar to these that work a lot more smoothly. Back in 2003 this was a good phone but now It's a bit past its sell by date!

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      07.01.2013 10:56
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      A solid basic mobile phone with a few niggles

      When it comes to mobile phones I never buy the latest models. My current phone is the LG KS360 which although was now bought over 3 years ago wasn't top of the range back then but I really wanted a full keyboard without having to opt for a Blackberry. When I read the reviews back then a lot of them seemed to comment on slow reaction times, it automatically switching itself off and a couple on battery life but for the first 6 or so months I really couldn't fault the phone. Priced around £70 from Tesco it also wasn't that expensive compared to other PAYG phones.

      I love the size of the phone as it's not that big even or thick even with the slide out keyboard underneath. If I'm using the touch screen (which can only be used for calls rather than SMS) I don't feel as though it's going to fall out my hand even though this takes up 3/4 of the front. The buttons are a little low down especially when trying to end a call or press cancel but if the keyboard is out the screen flips from portrait to landscape and they don't become a problem because it's generally held with both hands then.

      I don't need anything fancy from my phone as I generally just use it for texting, the occasional phone call, taking pictures (if I've forgotten my camera) and if I'm really desperate, accessing Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo mail. I find the keyboard easy to use as each key is separate but if my nails are too long then it can slow me down a bit. I find that if I ever type the letter K in a text it will move one character to the left so the K ends up at the end of the text and I don't put number lock on so always end up having to press the Fn button for each digit entered into a SMS whereas I would have preferred just to hold Fn down. I like that it stores SMS by person rather than individual messages as it's then easy enough to remind yourself of the conversation but it can become very tedious to scroll through previous messages - especially if working your way back down because it has to go through each line of text.

      When using the phone to make phone calls I've never had a problem with the quality of the sound and I'm rarely asked to repeat what I've said but a lot of that can be down to having a good signal too. I prefer to slide the keyboard out rather than use the touch screen for a call though as sometimes I end up pressing the wrong digits but more often than not, holding the phone to my ear while on touch screen will end up pressing numbers too which isn't helpful if I'm trying to top up my phone. The speakerphone can be activated during a call too which I prefer to use at home if I know I have to navigate through O2s menu as they're always quick to say "That didn't work".

      The camera on the phone is only 2 mega pixels so really not great quality. I hate the fact that if I take a picture, I can save it but then if I want to send it in an MMS it has to resize it when then overrides the original saved picture and it becomes a small picture when transferred to computer. Outside in good light it actually doesn't take that bad a photo but it's not good indoors or in low light. It will record short videos too which don't look too great on the small screen but it will pick up sound well. If I don't have my camera with me I will use the camera/video options on my phone if really wanted. Files are stored neatly in the My Stuff folder each separated into images, sounds, videos, documents (never used!) and others. I've only ever transferred one song to my phone for the MP3 player as I've never bought an external memory card and it plays back well - even have it as my text tone but I just wouldn't use my phone as an MP3 player because the headset is even more uncomfortable than the basic set you get from Apple. Annoyingly the headset has to be attached if planning on using the FM radio which I would have been more likely to use.

      The phone uses Java and came with 3 games pre-loaded. Sudoku Café was a game I also had on an MP4 player and I can't get anywhere near matching my times from that on my phone because it lacks the ability to use the touch screen so you have to scroll through each square. Extreme skateboard is one I've never managed to get the hang of - I'm lucky if I can last 30 seconds on that and the third game is the Shrek the Third Demo which has limited play (but seems to give more) but really just isn't playable on this phone as you have to use keyboard and it's just too fiddly. Apps can be downloaded but the only one I've downloaded is Facebook. It claims to be faster than using the website but I can't say I notice a huge difference. On that note, Facebook, Yahoo Mail and Twitter are usable but I much prefer using my laptop for those. My Twitter account got hacked while I was on holiday though so I'm always very wary about visiting sites on my phone. The speed in my area is incredibly slow but I notice a huge difference if I go to a large city like Glasgow or Edinburgh.

      Now onto those problems I'd read about. Over time I've found that when sliding open or closing the keyboard the phone will just switch itself off. There doesn't really seem to be any specific reason as it will do it even when not opening/closing it violently. Thankfully these are few and far between but it always has me worried it will stop working and the last time meant my phone was off all day as I'd not noticed it had switched off. The reaction time can also be related to the slide as there can be a few seconds delay between opening it and the screen rotating to landscape. This can become worse at some points to where it won't cancel back to the home screen or it takes its time catching up with the buttons pressed. Again this doesn't happen too often but more often than I'm happy with. The only other problem I've had is my text tone, which should only last 10 seconds; actually play a lot more of the song than it should. Not a big issue but thankfully it's only happened in the house than in public.

      Bad battery life is actually not something my phone has suffered from. Even with the original battery I can keep the charge in my phone for at least a week - even when it's on 24/7 and sending texts/checking for messages or the phone continually reminding me I have a text. It does decrease quite rapidly when using the internet which if using for a few hours can reduce the battery to 1-2 days.

      The phone is easy to customise with tones, pictures and comes pre-loaded with some quite nice graphics. One of the things that did annoy me early on with the phone was the quick key to O2 active as it would waste my credit when accidently pressing it. The phone keypad will lock when not in use but this will unlock when the keyboard opens. It has the very handy tools of reliable alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, world clock and unit convertor, calendar and memo, Bluetooth and USB connections - I only ever use USB to transfer photos and videos which is easy to do.

      If I were to have known about all these little problems with the phone 3 years ago I probably would still have bought it and it's a phone I expect to be using for a quite a while yet. I wouldn't recommend buying a second hand one though as the problems with reaction and switching itself off only seem to develop over time so although it is coming more frequent with my phone I'm hoping it doesn't die quite yet. It doesn't really bother me that the camera isn't that good quality or that that browsing isn't ideal because I usually have my laptop and digital camera with me and it's just not that user friendly for games. As a phone though it sends texts and makes calls just fine. I bought mine in blue and I'm actually quite surprised none of the colour has come off the keyboard over time. The screen does have a couple of scratches and the back is a bit scuffed but it has worn well.

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        30.09.2012 16:06
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        Good phone for messaging.

        The LG KS360 is the phone i previously had before i invested in my Samsung Galaxy smartphone still have it now as a work phone, very nice phone and writing texts is really fast with the qwerty key pad. Bought mine from tesco admittedly its not got the best features and not in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy but for less than half the price its a great phone for the texters.

        The phone its self is nice and small but the big down side is only a 2mp camera and no flash. Another big problem is there's no 3G or wifi but if you are a messenger then thats not a big problem.

        Also the browser could do with a big upgrade so downloading another browser such as skyfire or opera would be a advisable upgrade to browse the Internet.

        But to just summarize if you want a phone to text and send messages or do the occasional browsing its a good choice.

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        12.06.2012 20:32
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        Great phone to have for all ages.

        I had this phone a couple of years ago and I had it on contract for 2 years. I really liked the look of this phone and I liked that it had a QWERTY keyboard as it was easier and quicker to text with than other phones where one button has 3 letters. It is fairly small so you can fit it in your clothes pockets easily which also means it is light so easy to carry around with you at all times. This phone comes in three different colours, blue, silver and pink. The camera is good (2.0 mp) and at the side of the phone there is a button with a little picture of a camera on, if you press it takes you straight to the camera. This button was very helpful to have. The memory storage is also good, however when I had this phone I had a memory card which I do recommend. This phone can connect to the internet and has an average connection rate which is reasonably good. Having this phone for 2 years, I can safely say I had no major problems or faults with this phone, although their was just one minor thing that happened a few times, it tended to freeze but it only rarely happened. Even when I dropped it hundreds of times it still worked fine and was still as reliable as it had been before but it did have a few scratches.

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        04.10.2011 16:01

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        good phone but wouldnt recommend.

        I've had this phone almost a year now, i orginally had it on contract but then changed to orange pay as you go. I am currently stilll using it however not by choice even thou i do love how incredibly light it is thats probely one of its only good qualitys. The first thing that attracted me to this phone was the computer like keyboard and the overall look and style of the phone :) i have it in silver however you can get them in blue and pink. Even though the phone looks nice, i only wish it worked as well as it looked.

        Admittably i will say it does have some postives, i mean you can go on facebook, its easy and simple to text on, the sliding feature is nice, the phone looks good and i would say just about anyone could use it. However there are also fair few negatives about the phone to, you get what you pay for cheap price= a cheap and basic phone , the phone itself also has a habit of switching itself alot which becomes incredibly annoying over time when trying to send texts etc, the phone also doesnt come with a memory card so have to buy one seperately for it and the camera quality on the phone is pretty poor as its only 2 megapixels.

        When i initally purchased this phone i was really happy with it as id wanted it for ages. However as i did start to use it i soon relised that i was taken in more by the look of the phone rather than how it worked. I quickly found myself becoming very bored and irritated by the fact that the battery ran out so fast i find myself having to charge it atleast twice a day and within about half hour of putting it on charge it says "Battery full" which clearly it isnt cause the you take it of charge and within half a hr its running out again.. bit ridiculous if you ask me. I would say this phone is good for some one who maybe hadnt had a phone before but as far as anything else i wouldnt recommend it. Pay a bit extra and get a better phone is my advice .

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        10.09.2011 23:47

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        A well designed phone let down by slow software.

        The phone is a compact (at only 1.6cm thickness), lightweight alternative to a tablet phone with an attached QWERTY keyboard. The idea of having a keyboard come out from under the phone is very useful. However, I found the KS360 to be entirely unreliable. When texting, having pressed a key it will often take several seconds for the letter to appear. If this is ignored and the user continues to type or text at their normal speed, the phone tends to freeze as it fails to compute the input. Other actions such as opening texts or drawing out the QWERTY keyboard (which should change the screen orientation to landscape) also take several seconds to compute and can result in freezing. Some great features like the touchscreen were just not explored enough (the touchscreen is only available to type in a name or number on the main screen, then becomes bizarrely redundant, despite both the user and the phone knowing that the necessary technology is right there!)

        The camera is a basic 2 megapixel affair, with no flash. The music player works well. The web browser included is slow and confusing, but an option to download Opera helps open the phone up to the web. However, speeds are still slow as the phone does not have 3G or access to WiFi networks.

        Essentially, this is a phone that is all about texting, rather than a cheap alternative to a smartphone, packed with features. Despite great potential and well considered design, the software lets this model down considerably.

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        09.08.2011 17:51
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        not worth it

        When i had this phone last year it was working fine and great. The camera is good (2.0 mp) and the keyboard is very helpfull and saves a lot of time typing. It can connect to the internet, it has an average connection rate. They come in three different colours (blue, pink and silver) It has a good memory but a memory card is most likely needed. However, about 3 months after purchasing my phone it started freezing a lot and then it froze but didn't go back to normall again so i took it back to the phone shop and i got it swapped for a new one. Again it was working fine and then started doing the same thing and freezing so i then got it swapped again. The third one lasted a lot longer. It did still freeze but it only lasted a little while. About 6 months after that, it died again and i gave up on them then so personnaly i wouldn't recormend it as it wasn't very reliable at all.

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        02.08.2011 15:16

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        ideal for a first phone

        I purchased this phone on the orange contract for £15.00 a month for 24 months. It comes in a variety of colours such as pink, blue and black. I purchased the phone in pink. It comes with camera, video camera, qwerty keyboard and partially touch screen. The phone comes with a few games and the phone is very compact and small which fits easily away. The phone is really goood for people who want a basic fun phone. Its nothing special just good for texting and calling. The phone does have a tendencey to freeze alot whihc is very annoying. It doesnt come with any apps so if your interested in keeping up todate with things its not really suitable for that. I recommend this a first phone just to get used to one. The touch screen i think is very pointless as you can only call using touch screen and the phone has to be closed. Its an ok phone nothing fancy.

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        28.07.2011 00:14

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        A good phone for young teenagers or someone who wants a simple phone.

        This phone has very good basic capability: calling, texting, camera, a simple music player. It is particularly good for young teenagers who want a phone with a QWERTY keyboard (one of the best features of the phone), but can't afford/don't need a high end phone. It was made for texting, which is quick and easy, and calling is more awkward, either having to use the touch screen ability or the slide out keyboard, neither of which feels natural in my opinion. The camera isn't bad for a cheap phone, although don't expect good quality pictures.

        The main issue I had with the phone was freezing: over the two years that I used it, it froze quite often and was often slow and unresponsive. I know other people who had the phone had similar issues, evening needing the phone to be sent away to be repaired. I managed to work around the freezing however, as it tended to be easy to solve.

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        22.07.2011 00:49

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        Do not buy this phone.

        When I first receieved my LG KS360 I thought it was the coolest thing going. After only having it for one short month I noticed a ridiculous amount of flaws::

        - Phone turning off when more than 1 message was received at a time
        - Phone turning off when slid closed too quickly
        - The memory card just randomly popping out for no reason
        - The phone not returning to normal view when closed and turned upright again
        - Keys not working when going to write a message
        - When using the touch screen the numbers/letter being at least 2/3 seconds slower to appear than the actual touch

        I'm now back using this phone though its a newer one (long story) and though some of these problems have been fixed I have now noticed that the 'alarm' on the phone is very faulty. It basically has a mind of it's own and it is definitely not to be trusted for important meetings etc.

        One thing I absolutely loved and still love about this phone is the qwerty keypad. I find it so much easier to use than a normal keypad on a brick etc. The phone is small enough to hold neatly in both hands with both thumbs operating the buttons and I found this phone to be the one phone that I can text without looking.

        Over all I found both this phone and most other LG phones to have more than one fault in them and for this reason will be steering clear from LG made phones in the future and I recommend you do the same! With faults like these, if stuck in an emergency you're better off with a brick.

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        12.06.2011 15:28

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        Great Phone

        I had this mobile because I liked the look of it, and was not dissapointed in it.
        The mobile phone its self is pretty small and can fit inside your top pocket which is always handy, the slim design is also pretty neat, the redeeming featue is that you can slide the keyboard out sideways to do different things on it.

        Its a bit of a pain if you have big fingers because sometimes you end up pressing more than one button, which can be annoying.

        The phone has pretty good features, LG tend to do some pretty nice designs as far as mobile phones go, well the same as their other products really. They also do not lack in value for money in their products either.

        I would reccomend this product to anyone who is looking for a small phone without touch screen technology, which is a bonus to some.

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        09.06.2011 17:43
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        cheap, basic phone

        I brought this phone in september 2009 for £69.99 from Virgin Mobiles, The phone is quiet light and the dimensions are approximately 11cm Height, 5 width and 1.5 depth. so not too big. with a 2mp camera.

        Whilst I loved the idea and novelty of having the qwerty keyboard, the rest of the phone disapointed me. One of the first things I wanted to try out when I got it was the touch screen feature, after much trying I discovered the only real touch screen thing you could do was enter your pin or dial a number, but you still needed to press an acual button to ring that number.

        Games were lacking, the camera had no flash, I felt like I have been going around in circles. Every time the phone runs out of battery it resets its self, and if the slideing feature is shut too fast it will often turn out so now I need to be super slow when doing that. It is described as a messager phone but the internet is super slow, so that is a bit bizare to have that description.

        The best thing about this is the keyboard, I love that not many phones have it. and it was easy to use especially for texting, the only thing is if you are not a great speller you do not have the predictive text option to fall back on. Also the batery does last a good few days, so you don't need to consider the charger on a short break away.

        Although the phone was cheap I would have opted for something different now, it just does not have the technology it needs to back up the features it pocesses.

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          19.03.2011 23:56
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          It's a good phone, that works very well and has nice features.

          First off I have to say how much I LOVE the QWERTY keypad - not only easy to use, but so cute! When using the phone, I've found the features easy to get around, features such as the internet browsing, windows messenger and the music player have all been so useful, fun and simple to use. However I would say that having to purchase an SD card, which was then used transfer media to the phone from my computer was a little tedious at first, but eventually it became easy. Having had this phone over a year, I can safely say there have been no serious faults in the product, although perhaps a minor one may be that sometimes I have had found that the phone restarts itself when trying to download some files from the internet. However this has to be the only negative thing I have found in the phone, which is other than that amazing! In particular, I liked the set of earphones that came with the phone, which had surprisingly good quality. Well worth the price I paid!

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            28.02.2011 08:45

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            I would recommend this phone to anyone out there shopping for an easy, and incredible phone.

            The LGS360 is an overall great purchase. Starting off, the internet is an easy and care-free way to search up your favorite websites, not all phones give you that worry-free feelings, but this phone does. The internet is fast, no blur, and does not freeze up in the middle of your search. Leading off with texting, the keypad is marvelous, and makes texting a load of fun. You have a very full space to write out your text, and then send it to your friends in an incredible speed. Texting messages are also recieved at a high speed rate. Sound quality is just another thing that makes this cellular device a magnificent thing to own, whether you're recording a tune, listeng to a song, or picking up your favorte ringtone, it's as if you are not using a phone speaker to listen to it. Ending off wth the camera, which snaps your pictures fast and easy, don't have to worry about it being blurry, and it has got customizable settings to adjust your picture to your desire.

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