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VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 - Features I
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 27.11.07 - 00:18:17 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 23652x
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In this video view I'm showing you some of the feature highlights of the Vodafone LG KS20. First of all the Today screen shortcuts - LG's way to make the thumb-use of the KS20 more convenient. And indeed it's a nice and useful implementation, with the the grouped applications. However, I have one major concern: You cannot customize the sub-menus. Therefore you cannot add any additionally installed applications to the sub-menus but you have to use the Programs folder instead. Interesting is the fact, that LG uses a Broadcom Bluetooth stack instead of the - for Windows Mobile 6 devices - typical Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack.

The inbuilt FM radio works with a connected stereo headset only, which acts as an antenna. This is quite typical for mobile devices. Untypical is the fact that you cannot use the inbuilt loudspeaker instead of the headset but you can listen radio through the stereo headset only.

Last but not least the touchscreen. While the KS20 screen is designed to be used with thumbs also, unlike traditional touchscreens which are better used with styli, the Plexiglas is somewhat squashier. With squashier I mean you that can easily hit the LCD screen - compared to a HTC Touch device. Sure, you have to press harder than on normal touchscreens but less hard than on HTC Touch devices:

More to come soon - stay tuned.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by MTM on 27.11.07 - 02:12:32

Now I see what you mean with 'squashier' smile

Is it annoying in normal use or does it only show when you on purpose push harder?

Also about the screen, how is it behaving in sun light (e.g. compared to the Touch models from HTC)?

The Broadcomm Bluetooth stack is equal to the typical Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack, I guess? Earlier I know it was considered better, but now they are pretty equal, so it's not a big deal?

Too bad about the lack of easy finger scrolling, but luckily it can be taken care of with third party applications smile

Hope you can keep up with the questions, it's really great to have a Windows Mobile expert like you to answer them wink

Posted by Ted on 27.11.07 - 14:44:33

Hi Arne,

Thank you for the great video review. Great pointers on the FM radio functionality, broadcomm bluetooth stack, non-touch-flo & screen issue. Keep up the great work! smile

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.11.07 - 15:17:40

MTM wrote:

Now I see what you mean with 'squashier' smile
Is it annoying in normal use or does it only show when you on purpose push harder?

Sometimes a photo says more than 1000 words and a video says more than 1000 photos! ;-)
Anyway as you might guess - it's definitely not annoying and you definitely have to press the screen harder. But it's there and I wanted to mention it.

Also about the screen, how is it behaving in sun light (e.g. compared to the Touch models from HTC)?

You can ask questions :-) - no idea since I haven't seen the sun for 2 weeks now. Hope I can catch it this week... But I will let you know. Nevertheless, I would say it's pretty equal to the HTC displays and Korea is definitely known for some of the best display makers.

The Broadcomm Bluetooth stack is equal to the typical Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack, I guess? Earlier I know it was considered better, but now they are pretty equal, so it's not a big deal?

It's absolutely equal and not a drawback at all. In this case it's just a personal flavor. While I always enjoyed the lighter Microsoft Bluetooth stack implementation I know many Windows Mobile users which prefer the Broadcom Bluetooth stack. And one point which speaks for Broadcom is the wider support of Bluetooth profiles. With Broadcom you get the Bluetooth dial-up profile back which was left by Microsoft; so yes - there are even some advantages.

Too bad about the lack of easy finger scrolling, but luckily it can be taken care of with third party applications smile

Definitely and this makes the device kind of "half finished" but as you say, third parties can help here and the openness is one of the overall benefits of Windows Mobile anyway.

Hope you can keep up with the questions, it's really great to have a Windows Mobile expert like you to answer them wink

Thanks a lot! roll Hope I've answered you the questions... If not, the next video is coming soon which either gives you more ansers or more questions! ;-)

Ted wrote:

Thank you for the great video review. Great pointers on the FM radio functionality, broadcomm bluetooth stack, non-touch-flo & screen issue. Keep up the great work! smile

Ted, thanks a lot! More to come soon! :-)

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