I’m going to let you in on a Secret, an LG Secret to be precise! – “Style that lasts”
The LG Secret designed to look great, including mobile phone features you’ve come to expect these days, but also some innovative new ones that make this handset really stand out, much like the LG Viewty did around six months ago, this is the LG Secret (KF750), the latest in LG’s Black Label Series of mobile phones.
Here’s what really struck me about this new LG mobile phone handset:
Tempered Glass Screen — this looks great and is one of the best screens I’ve ever used in terms of the feeling of quality — it’s already proven to me that it resists scratches very well indeed — after having used it for over a month of general day to day use, there are no scratches whatsoever — at one point it even got dropped onto the tarmac surface of a car park (by accident I might add). I was a little worried at that point, but when picked it up, I was relieved to see that the screen was still looking in perfect condition!
Carbon Fibre Back — whether it’s there just as a selling point or to make the reverse of the phone more resilient to scratches and generally getting bashed, it certainly makes the Secret feel solid, good to know that it’s one of the materials used to make Formula 1 cars and plus it’s just cool to look at in my opinion!
Are these features actually any good? Well, the carbon fibre back and screen certainly passed my fairly tough test with flying colours — the claim of ”Style That Lasts” sure looks like a fair one at this point. This was also further proved by the LG Marketing Director who tried hard to scratch it by hitting it with a coin with real force during his LG Secret presentation.
Motion Sensor Control — like those found in the iPhone and inside the Nintendo Wii controllers — these are then used in the LG Secret’s various features such as games and the interface orientation auto switching. This is the first handset that I’ve used to have this kind of technology, therefore it makes the games rather more impressive and playable to me, especially since I’m not the kind of person who normally bothers to play games on my mobile phone — but in this case, I like it!
I don’t really have a great deal to say about the motion sensors with regard to the general interface usage except, it seems well implemented, to the point where you soon forget about this novelty and take it for granted — I almost expect the screen orientation to change when using other mobile phones now…only to be disappointed!
One nifty little novelty feature I liked was being able to set up your home screen theme to have a magic eight ball which bounces about the screen when you shake the handset and then gives you it’s answer — a great thing to have to hand for those indecisive types or for a bit of fun down the pub deciding who’s round it is next!
Auto Luminance Control — changes the brightness of the screen depending upon whether you are indoors outdoors, night or day, which not only makes it better to look at and use, but also helps to conserve battery power.
Touch Screen controls — contextual button control delivered through a very stylish and pin-sharp screen fully integrated behind the main tempered glass front.
The Usual Features!
Games — the ones included on the LG Secret make full use of the motion sensors, which means you get a much more immersive gaming experience than with most mobiles — I’m proof of this, I don’t normally play games on mobile phones, but I actually enjoy playing on the LG Secret because of the motion control system they employ.
5 Megapixel Camera and Flash — it may be a more ‘run of the mill’ feature on mobiles, but the LG Secret comes with a variety of photography modes to cater to various situations such as Sports…. And even a continuous shot mode. The camera produces really good looking photos of up to 2592×1944 in resolution size and would rival many stand-alone digital cameras.
Video Capture — it takes high-quality videos with up to 120fps recording (for slow-motion playback). The videos are encoded in the Divx codec format which ensures optimal quality while minimising the physical size of the file and saving you space on your memory card.
Music — you can play your MP3s, AACs, WMAs and a variety of other audio formats as well as using the built-in FM radio.
Storage — It comes with a built 100MB of storage space along with the ability to add up to a further 4GB using the Micro SD slot.
The only issues I’ve had with the LG Secret was with the touchscreen buttons, sometimes find you’re pressing a button a couple of times to work or press the wrong one by mistake, however I’m sure that’s just a case of getting used to it, plus using the vibrating feedback option helps to minimise this issue.
The only other point I would mention would be that I found the battery display to be a little strange in that it would seem to drain completely a lot quicker once it had hit the half-way point than it seemed to take to get from full charge to half-way. Perhaps, that’s just an I quirk with the LG Secret I had that since it was a pre-launch version, but something to bear in mind and perhaps research some more, you could start by taking a look at Gaj-It.com’s review.
Overall, if you’re one of those people who is constantly dropping, knocking, bashing and generally giving your mobile phone a tough time of it, I’d say that this is the mobile handset for you. What with the length of network contracts increasing to 18 or even 24 months now, you want to be sure that your mobile phone will actually last that length of the contract, some may not, but I’m sure that the LG Secret (KF750) will and with its current advanced features, it shouldn’t be too far behind technologically in 2 years time neither!
Simon Barker is the founder and editor of Zath and has over 25 years worth of experience of using computers and technology in general. He can normally be found researching or testing the latest in technology products.
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