LG KG288 Review – Mini Sized Mobile Phone

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LG KG288 Review: Released in 2007, the LG KG288 was a break from the norm for LG as they targeted the top end of phones. Impressive handsets such as the LG Prada, LG Viewty and LG Shine were being released at this time. The KG-series of mobile phones bore little resemblance to this top-tier of phones. They were more of a competition for the cheaper end of phones, and competed mainly on price.

The KG series also was notable for being an exceptionally small handset. Many of these phones came in at under 70g inclusive of battery. This was an impressive performance, and they were contenders for the lightest mobile phones available at the time. Aside from this there were few features to speak of on these phones. The exception to this was the LG KG195 which featured a camera and also a microSD card slot.

The LG KG288 was an upgrade on the older LG KG275. The look was similar, but there were some minor improvements. The screen gained a little more size and a better resolution and the phone had a slightly higher capacity battery.

Full specifications here.

The KG series took a back seat as many other different types of phone could fulfil the need for being an entry level device. The LG GB102 was released in 2009 and featured a very similar look to the KG288, although still was a base-level mobile with few features.

 

LG KG288 Review Pros:

  • The size of the handset is perhaps the biggest draw to the phone. At 65g it feels almost imperceptibly light, a fraction of the weight of a feature phone.
  • The screen was upgraded and was now a 256K colour, 1.7 inch screen. Resolution got a slight increase to 128 x 160 pixels, although this was in line with most other budget phones.
  • The phone also gained a FM Radio, which was a useful feature on a low-end phone.
  • Battery life also got an upgrade and now had 400 hours of standby time.

LG KG288 Review Cons:

  • On a phone this size, the keypad was hard to use, with the keys being extremely close together.
  • The phone was not expandable in terms of programs and just 1MB of memory was on board for multimedia messages.
  • The price was also slightly above the base level Nokia phones, and there was not a distinctive enough selling point.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

Some of the LG handsets were quite memorable. The KG series of phones tends not to be, as they are unspectacular in appearance. Their sales also lagged behind other budget phones even during the time they were active. It should be expected that the cost of these phones is low. With the battery compatible across many other devices, it could be that the sum of components is worth more than the phone.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

LG KG288 Disassembly Instructions

If you would like to know how to take apart the LG KG288 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

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