LG Secret: The KF750 Review

LG Secret: The KF750 Review




LG Electronics may be one of the smaller and silent players in the mobile market but records showed it has made great success with a couple of earlier models. The LG Chocolate ranks as the 4th most popular phone of all time while the LG KU-250 became the first cheap 3G phone in the market. The new LG Secret will attempt to make a name for itself as well.

LG Mobile boasts of the Secret as the slimmest 5 megapixel slider phone so we’ll look into that feature first. Indeed, at 11.8mm it’s as thin as you can get for a slider phone. Majority of slider phones coming out of Motorola and Nokia are 15mm and upwards. It’s even slimmer than what Samsung dubbed as world slimmest phone — the SGH-D900 at 12.9mm. (See our unboxing pics here.)

LG Secret

Next is the 5 MP camera — LED flash, autofocus, with max resolution of 2,592 x 1,944 pixels. Taking normal wide shots in broad daylight is quite good but it becomes blurry at low light levels despite the ISO800 settings. Shutter speed is also slow (between 2-3 seconds) so taking close-up and macro shots as well as moving shots is a little hard. Here are the best samples of shots I took.

lg secret picture lg photos lg kf750 picture

The lens is no Carl-Zeiss optics so the bump in megapixel didn’t really help much (compare this photo of the puppy with a similar shot using the N78’s 3.2MP Carl-Zeiss camera). The video recording on the other hand is smooth and of nice quality, attributed to the fast frame rates (VGA 30fps & QVGA 120fps). Audio quality is decent with high volume levels despite it not being in stereo.


 

lg haptic panel

The menu and navigation on the other hand is a hybrid of touch-sensitive navigation panel with haptics, limited touchscreen functions and physical button controls. The touch sensitive panels are lit by neon blue lights and reacts by blinking when tapped while the touchscreen functions can be enabled/disabled for selected functions such as playing music/videos, games, the FM radio or viewing photos and documents. It’s a good mix of navigational options although the touch panels can be a little quirky at times when you accidentally double-tap the metallic middle button with the bottom panel. Still, I learned to adapt and eventually liked the controls.

The LG KF750 runs on HSDPA 3.6MBps but missing on the connectivity is WiFi (the LG KF755 distributed in other regions doesn’t have HSDPA as well). There’s an FM radio tuner and a TV out so you can hook up the phone to your TV and play MPEG4/DivX movies up to 640×480. An accelerometer allows the phone to adjust display orientation.

LG Secret

The LG Secret’s design is also notable — touch screen is shielded with Tempered Glass, a metal/rubber/leatherette wrap-around casing and carbon fiber battery cover at the back. LG claims this is scratch-proof and I somewhat agree. I didn’t went all the way though by throwing the unit around. *heh*

LG Mobile has obviously packaged this phone for slider-lovers who look for slim, elegant designs. The 3rd in its Black Label Series (following the LG Chocolate and LG Shine), the LG Secret costs about Php24,800 in stores.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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33 Responses

  1. BrianB says:

    It’s not touchscreen, though it has touch sensitive buttons. Very hard to navigate. Form factor is its main selling point and that 5 MP 120fps video cam. I also like the leather accents. Now, why can’t iPhone have some leather on it?

  2. yuga says:

    @BrinB, trust me, it has limited touch screen. You need to enable it inside Multimedia -> Touch Media.

  3. BrianB says:

    Ok, the lady must have the touchscreen disabled when I tried it. I should get another look. But the touch buttons are too damn hard especially with that big raised metal one in the middle. You sure the camera’s not that hot? I was really looking forward to buying this. I need a video cam and don’t want to spend on a standalone one.

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  5. BrianB says:

    Herbal? You got to be kidding. You know it’s dangerous to promote these products. Paunahin mo muna mainstream media. Once it gets a mention in the Inquirer, pwede nang i-Blog. Bloggers have very little resources to safely review supplements. (This is a good idea for a blog post, no?)

  6. Kevin says:

    Yuga,
    Nareleased na yung Nokia 5320 dito sa SM Southmall… Don’t know the price but they told me they now sell those, the nokia website and some other websites isn’t yet updated about this new cellphone

  7. yuga says:

    @CC, I don’t think I’m the right person to review health products.

    @BrianB, actually, the camera is okay as long as you have enough ambient light. The video quality is much better though.

    @Kevin, yup saw these units at some mobile shops last week. They’re actually cheap, just forgot how much exactly.

  8. LiNTEK says:

    Nice phone for geeks!

  9. Bryan says:

    hello. Do you know the price difference between KF750 and KF755?
    I am here in china. Only the KF755 is available here. it has no 3g.

  10. yuga says:

    The LG KF755 is not available in the Philippines.

  11. mike says:

    i’m very satisfied with my lg secret!
    elegant! complete!
    love LG MOBILES!!!

  12. mike says:

    LOVE MY LG-SECRET!
    GO LG!!!

  13. bryan says:

    i really want to buy this phone…
    but its now available here in china.. huhu

  14. bryan says:

    i mean its NOT available here in china

  15. sayyeed says:

    lg-secret is the best !!!…
    followed by kf-510!!!

  16. haha says:

    mganda po ba tlaga ang lg secret?pls.reply

  17. ms.karen says:

    mganda ba tlaga ang LG secret?or is just a crap..?pls.i need help,im planning 2 buy this phone,and i really confuse,ders so much bad comment about this phone……….pls. response guys ASAP
    God bless..

  18. ralph says:

    this phone realy cool. i have 4gb micro sd card on it

  19. Trojan says:

    @ms.karen

    LG Secret is a great phone, if you are into a call and text, photo and video features, but if you are looking for a entertainment i-phone like, this is not the phone for you.

    by the way, i love its panoramic mode, capture-capture-capture = Panorama baby

    ^^,

  20. rose says:

    ok, i’m looking for simplicity with class and elegance. i’m not after the-thousands-of-features type (though i like iphone). tx-call-and-convenient-photo-click suits me enough. despite few negative feedbacks esp on battery life and not-so-user-friendly-keys (for a few), the positive highlights i have read so far should give enough justice for me to come and get secret. and i am, tomorrow! (unless somebody else dares to change my mind, anyone?)

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  22. zioyop says:

    Hi Yuga!You mentioned in your review that LG may be one of the smaller and silent players in the mobile market but recent reports showed that LG is the Top 3 mobile maker in the world only behind by nokia and samsung. They overtook SE and motorola….

  23. yuga says:

    @zioyop – yup, I was referring to the Philippine market. Yes, LG has overtaken SE and Motorola globally with their massive success with LG Chocolate.

  24. ado54 says:

    bakit may russian dito?

  25. Matthew says:

    bakit may russian dito?

    nawala cguro

  26. nic says:

    This is my second LG phone, the first being the KU-250. What I liked about the Secret was that I was able to transfer my entire phonebook from the KU-250 without any hassle. Another plus is the minimal learning curve to transition to the Secret. What I do not like is the slow response of the OS. Otherwise, it is a great phone with lots of features that makes it one of LG’s flagship models.

  27. alila says:

    lavet…can i take it for free??ahahahahaha.

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