LG Shine Slide (KE970)

LG has put the original Shine in the dryer by mistake, shrinking its size, specs and price tag to make an affordable version of the popular handset.


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Design
Did you ever put an empty chip bag in the oven when you were a kid, to shrink the bag into a perfect miniature version of itself? LG's new Shine Slide works on a similar premise; take a popular fashion phone — LG's Shine in this case — shrink not only the handset but the spec sheet and price tag and voila! — a prepaid hit in the making.

The Shine Slide is one of the most impressive handsets we've come across in this price range. Made from 100 percent stainless steel, the Shine Slide shares the same mirror-like surface of its parent phone, under which a 2.2-inch QVGA (320x240) display resides. Unlike many of the plastic handsets in the sub AU$300 category, the Shine Slide feels as sturdy as a phone twice its price.

The sliding mechanism, that gives this phone its name, feels solid. The top half locks into place at both ends and doesn't feel loose on the rails like other sliders we've tested. Under the slider you find a flat numeric keypad, with the keys separated by indented lines. Ordinarily we'd prefer the keys to be raised for definition and ease-of-use, however, the keys here are large enough to use comfortably.

Menu navigation is performed via a rotating toggle under the screen. The toggle is uni-directional — it only spins up and down — but it's very fast, and with a bit of practice we found it to be quite a useful input tool.

The standard selection of buttons on the side of the phone (volume and camera keys) are supplemented with a dedicated MP3 button for accessing the music player. It's a shame that the Shine Slide only has a proprietary LG handset input port, rather than a 3.5mm port for using standard headphones.

Features
Compared to the original Shine, the Shine Slide is relatively feature-poor, but for AU$249 we didn't expect much more on the spec sheet. It's a tri-band 2G handset, and while it has a WAP browser, it's certainly not made for Web browsing. It features reasonably good multimedia playback options including MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG4 and H264 audio and video file recognition.

For those who have eBayed their digital cameras, the Shine Slide features a 2-megapixel shooter with components certified by Schneider-Kreuznach — similar to LG's Viewty. The camera features auto-focus and an LED photo light to help when taking pics in nightclubs.

Without the glare of high-end bells and whistles to distract us, we managed to discover a few nifty applications buried in the menu on the Shine Slide. One of these is "Lost Mobile Tracker", an application which sends discrete text messages from the phone to a designated number after a thief has replaced the SIM card in the phone. With these messages the original owner can track this person's number and location.

When we opened the box after receiving the Shine Slide we noticed there were a couple of standard accessories missing. LG has decided that the budget price point doesn't cover the extra expense of including a USB cable and a CD with necessary applications in the retail bundle, forcing you to pay extra for the cable and spend the time downloading the software. This is bound to leave many photo-bloggers with a sour taste in their mouths, as it did for us.

Performance
With simple phones it's the simple tests that carry the most weight, and during our calling and messaging tests we found the Shine Slide excels. Call quality is excellent with the internal speaker being sharp and audible, and reception was constantly strong. Sending messages is a breeze with the well-defined keys, and the T9 predictive software working similarly to many other popular brands.

The camera works reasonably well, but suffers a few of the pitfalls we saw with the Viewty. The auto-focus works well for the most part, though it sometimes struggled with close-up shots and is quite slow to settle. Colour reproduction was passable, but the images we took outdoors on a clear day turned out looking cold, tinged with a blue hue. These are the optimal conditions for camera phones and shows that LG's camera modules still need a bit of work.

As expected with a 2G handset, battery life isn't a concern, with each battery cycle lasting between four and six days, depending on usage.

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bec
8
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bec posted a review   

The Good:sturdy, easy to use, classy appearance

The Bad:has frozen on me a couple of times

This phone has lasted me years now, and I'm not gentle with it. It's not super exciting with message / ringtones or anything but I find it to be a good all-rounder with clear calls and great reception. Also great design with rotating toggle - unique.
The camera however, can be difficult to use at first.
Considering the hell I've put this phone through, it still looks new.
It's durable, solid and I love this phone, it's served me really well!

 

lg shine owner posted a comment   

The Good:Mirror, easy to use

The Bad:message tones, sometimes freezes

this is not a bad phone, it is easy to use BUT it freezes and scratches easily. i like this phone but would not normally recommend this phone to an often user. :)

 

Jon posted a comment   

Great phone, very easy to navigate and the OS is very fast!! I purchased mine at Pashacell.com and got it in three days, very happy with my purchase, I would definitely recommend them.

LG shine sucks-im cool
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LG shine sucks-im cool posted a review   

The Good:not much

The Bad:the screen cracks easliy

I have had this phone for 3 years and at the start i was pretty happy with it, untill early this year it just turned off by its self and wouldn't turn back on. Also when you drop it you'll be sure to have a crack on it, and it can't hold that much mermory.
Thankyou!!!!!!

Jess
6
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Jess posted a review   

The Good:Mirror, texting,stylish

The Bad:Ringtones, freezing, connectivity

I have had this phone for almost 2 years and it is still going

Bad:
Freezes so much, doesnt connect fast , Not very nice ringtones to choose and hardly any, TOO SHINY (your fingerprints show), tiny flat buttons very hard to use

Good:
Stylish and cool, it has a mirror, the texting is quite good

Seedies
7
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Seedies posted a review   

The Good:mirror, memory card slot, computer cable cord, security codes

The Bad:not much memory, not many message tone selections

It's a fairly good phone, looks pretty, although I don't drop it that much and the screen and back have small cracks and scratches. The camera goes a bit blurry and the scroller sometimes stuffs up what I'm trying to do. I've had worse though.

 

TwiCh posted a comment   

The Good:Simple to use, Mirror Lol

The Bad:Pretty much everything else.

I had the LG Shine for about 2 years, and have had non- stop problems. DONT BUY ONE! Honestly, i could sh*t a better phone ! Lol

 

shokja posted a comment   

The Good:ok

The Bad:...

anywaymine broke two days ago. ive had it for a yr and a bit. it was good, but after a while its not really that special. the screen broke internally(dunno how that happened)overall its good when u first have it but after a while it is boring

A pig of a phone
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A pig of a phone posted a review   

The Good:Has mirror

The Bad:Everything else

I bought this phone because it is pretty. As far as I can figure out, its only 'extra feature' would perhaps be that its heavy steel design could be used to beat someone to death in a self defense situation. Apart from that, this is the WORST phone I have ever had. Camera - impossible to use and no way to exit the funtion other than mashing the power button. Can't change SMS notification tone - what? Why?! Impossible to slide open without covering screen with fingerprints. Screen scratches easily, which makes display IMPOSSIBLE to read. Buttons are tiny and flat, so it's impossible to use unless you have long fingernails. I hope LG paid CNet well for this completely biased review

phone obssesed
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phone obssesed posted a review   

The Good:nothing just the mirror

The Bad:scratches slow charging issues, screen problems, shuts off randomly

worst phone in the world!!!!!!!! get a better phone
xenon is so much better or lg vu or impression


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User Reviews / Comments  LG Shine Slide (KE970)

  • bec

    bec

    Rating8

    "This phone has lasted me years now, and I'm not gentle with it. It's not super exciting with message / ringtones or anything but I find it to be a good all-rounder with clear calls and great recept..."

  • lg shine owner

    lg shine owner

    "this is not a bad phone, it is easy to use BUT it freezes and scratches easily. i like this phone but would not normally recommend this phone to an often user. :)"

  • Jon

    Jon

    "Great phone, very easy to navigate and the OS is very fast!! I purchased mine at Pashacell.com and got it in three days, very happy with my purchase, I would definitely recommend them."

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