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December 18, 2008

LG KP500 Cookie Review

LG Mobile is the first one to introduce an affordable, full touchscreen phone in the market. Banking on the popularity of touchscreen devices and marketing it to folks with a limited budget, LG is poised to grab a segment that might just bite the cookie.


Make and Construction

The LG Cookie is surprisingly thin and light, maybe because it’s made up of lightweight plastic all over (yet, doesn’t look cheap or ugly). It’s probably one of the lightest phone ever (comparable to the old generation Nokia 8210) for its size. Fits snugly in the palm of the hand.

lg cookie

The front side, just below the screen, has three equally-sized buttons with specific functions – one for the phone menu, the middle for the favorited and running applications and the right-most button for the home screen and power button.

On the right side, you have the microSD expansion slot, the dedicated camera button and a screen-lock button. The left side has the volume control and audio/power USB port.

Plain and Simple

The LG Cookie doesn’t pack enough features that would attract those who want good wireless connectivity on their phone. The absence of WiFi and 3G connectivity was a huge sacrifice and will turn-off people who expects them as a staple feature on high-end mobile phones.

lg cookie 

However, the LG Cookie is actually not a high-end phone but a mid-level one so you don’t line it up against the likes of the Omnia, iPhone or XPeria. It’s an entirely new model in a segment that has no counterpart with other brands. As such, we’ll look at the phone and focus on its main selling point – the touch screen interface.

The Flash UI

The biggest selling point of the LG Cookie, aside from the price-point, is the touch screen interface. It’s very responsive, without any noticeable delays, and applications launch quite fast .

LG did a good job with the user interface of the LG Cookie. The main panel displays widgets you can drag around the screen as well as hide or add new widgets. The widgets serve as a launching point to frequently-used functions – photogallery, contacts, music player, clock or calendar.

The phone comes with a small stylus tucked at the bottom part which you can use when needed. However, I didn’t find much need for it since you can easily navigate around using your fingers. The only time I used the stylus is when I use the keyboard horizontally and because the phone has haptic feedback, even the non-qwerty keyboard is much easier to use than expected.

 

The Quirks

There were several minor functions that I find a bit jarring at the least. One is the audio jack which I don’t really recognize – it shares the same port as the USB power but it’s not the usual microUSB either. I think it’s a proprietary port that’s exclusive to LG phones. That means you can’t hook up a regular 2.5mm or 3.5mm jack into it.

The 3.0MP camera takes grainy photos even with sufficient ambient light. Didn’t upload the pictures i took because they’re not that good at all.

Conclusion

Despite its shortcomings, I think the LG Cookie makes up for a good touch screen phone. It doesn’t have the best touch UI we’ve seen or used but it has great promise. Add that to the fact that it’s priced very affordably (SRP at Php11,900), people looking for an alternative touch screen phone will enjoy using the LG Cookie and offers great value at its price-point. LG should have more trust on their flash UI with the touch screen – I believe it is good enough for the user to ditch the stylus.

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171 Responses to “LG KP500 Cookie Review”

  1. Mark Ocampo says:

    I bought My own LG Cookie last january of this year,..And I can say that wala nman akong naging problem sa cp ko..d ko nman na experience yung mga bug thing 2lad nung mga cnasabi nila..I really enjoy using my phone..But I need to sell it now ksi I need some money pra may maibigay nman ako sa aking mother or some other personal reasons,kya kung interested kyo I will sell it for this prize Php 7,500 negotiable..Im from Angeles City, Pamp. complete package plus it has 8GB of memory pati yung accesories ko ibibigay ko na..You can reach me through this no.
    09055438586/09206687490
    or send me an email at my yahoo
    ehm_jhey87@yahoo.com

  2. stewiegriffin says:

    sa sm san lazaro may P6190 lang, hanapin niyo :)

  3. jcpineda says:

    isa’t kalahating taon na din ang cookie ko sa akin,,,
    napagtyagaan ko naman,,,
    nakapagpalit ako ng 5530
    ang mlking pagkakaiba nila eh pagdating sa sensitivity,,mas mabilis ang respond ng nokia,,
    ang problema naman dun sa bago ko,,kailangan ko pa ng software pr makapagedit ng pic,mkpagview ng excel,work,ppt,pdf….

  4. jcpineda says:

    me alam ba kayong mapagbibilhan ng housing nito,,ang mahal kasi pag nagtatanong ako sa mga shop…pareply naman sa thread dito,,salamat…
    maxado kasing malutong yung gray edition ko,,,kea me mga basag…
    maganda sana kung yung white hoising,,,
    full housing huh..
    salamat sa magrereply

  5. noning says:

    Hi I aquired my Kp5oo at Smart telecommunication. Much better if you buy this unit from them due to the assurance you’ll get.

  6. pau says:

    how much is a cookie now?
    :)
    really want one now

  7. owen says:

    guys what are trhe posiible applications that we can download to cookie?
    flash player 9.0?
    you tube reader?
    can you provide me the list?

  8. i’m selling out my LG KP500 for only Php 7500, complete package. i’ve only used it for two months.. i really needed money that’s why i’m selling it. i bought this for 11000 but since i needed the money very soon i deducted high. Contact me at 09164723880 thanx!

  9. khay says:

    which one is better samsung corby or lg cookie?

  10. angelica says:

    niregaluhan ako ng lg kp500 ng sister ko noong december 2009. she bought it from singapore and so far ok naman siya very handy and never ko pa naman naexperience biglang magreset yung phone.

    can anyone help me kung pde ba maginstall ng theme sa lg kp500? so far meron akong nakikita kaso once na may mali kang nagawa di na daw sya mag-on and for me complicated yung instructions and meron din naman nagclaim na di daw pde lagyan ng theme to. im confused. can anyone help me?

  11. Maki says:

    Kabibili ko lang noong isang linggo yung akin, ok naman siya. Pero kumpara nga sa Nokia at Samsung, less sensitive ito.

    Sa ngayon, di ko naman nae-experience yung pag-hang/restart niya. Palagay ko dahil lang ata sa memory na kinakain niya. Try niyo maglagay ng malaki-laking memory card (malaki yung inilagay ko).

  12. aaa_b.t. girl says:

    i just bought my cookie last year…my phone warranty is already done and sad thing about it…suddenly my touch screen panel crushed down..huhuhu…In one year of using my phone i haven’t encounter any defect or any malfunction..just recently!!!super badtrip…!!!!

  13. CtrlAltDel says:

    Madaming bug ang LG cookies, isa na dito ang ramdon restart, some apps causes the mobile stop working (specially the calendar). LG didn’t do anything to fix the bug, swerte mo na lang kung valid pa ang warranty mo papalitan nila ng bagong unit, at kung nawala mo ang warranty card mo, sorry goodbye sa 11K. hehehe yung LG cookie ko binalibag ko sa sobrang asar ko.

    kung gusto nyo ng QWERTY and touch screen phone, wag ito. madaming iba dyan.

  14. logan says:

    good review. i like my new cookie phone. easy to use, practical, it’s easy to manuever around and the web browser and email are great for playing around and helping me keep up on my business. great unlocked cell phones. my wife and son loves theirs for the facebook and games and the apps are graet too. it feels great in your pocket and the screen is really responsive. much better than our old unlocked htc phones. simple to use, love them. also the speaker phone is really loud and the apps are great for everything, business and pleasure. also got our htc unlock codes and cell phone unlocking for free! got our last couple cookies at unlockthatphone.com 2 thumbs way up

  15. cedie says:

    Baket gnun ayaw ayaw mwla ung message sending failed sa C.P kuh…bakit ganun plsss Help nyo n man aku kung panu mawa2la un…ka asar kc…..

  16. torque says:

    PLease help me, panu iset-up and internet connection sa LG KP500 cookie? ayaw kasi gumana sa smart ee. Panu ba to? please email me naman.. soon as possible. thanks! ^_^

  17. Daniel says:

    Bought this phone for my wife a few years back. great starter phone. But compared with the phones in today’s market, it is outdated.

  18. techihunt says:

    The battery is not durable and it is slow in browsing.. :(

  19. ROilan says:

    I am using LGKP500. Naka 3 years na LG kp500 ko. nagun lang nagloko nung nahulog sa tubig pero madaming beses na itong nalaglag sa taas na kulang kulang na 2 meters. Napakatibay talaga nito. I lang beses ko na din itong nerestore sa factory setting kasi navivirus pero ok pa din.Nagkaron lang ng deperensya ngaun ung flex connector kasi nabasa pero nagagamit ko pa din.
    MATIBAY TALAGA ITO. naitapon ko pa nga itong cp na ito pero ok pa din.

  20. Augustus says:

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post.

    They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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