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LG KE970 Shine review

8.9/10 AVG.
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8.9/10
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The LG KE970 Shine currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


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MobileBurn

The LG Black Label series is highly indicative of LG's determination to establish the brand as not just that of an average manufacturer, but one that is of high fashion and advanced technology. The LG Shine KE970 is a great follow-up to the Chocolate series, and pretty much represents the company at...

- Samuel Chan, MobileBurn


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LG released the KE970 Shine on January 14, 2007.


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LG backs up the KE970 Shine with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The LG KE970 Shine's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
50 MB

Internal memory is 50 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. LG's performance ratings are 11.5 days standby time.

KE970 Shine Specs

Overview
Release date January 14, 2007
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 50 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.44 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 11.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black, Gold, Pink, Silver, Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.0 x 5.0 x 1.4 cm (3.9 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Black Label Shine

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MobileBurn

A great follow-up to the Chocolate series

from MobileBurn

The LG Black Label series is highly indicative of LG's determination to establish the brand as not just that of an average manufacturer, but one that is of high fashion and advanced technology. The LG Shine KE970 is a great follow-up to the Chocolate series, and pretty much represents the company at its best. Unfortunately, LG's best is still not on par with the efforts of Sony Ericsson or Nokia, and the outdated software hinders its promising hardware. As a flagship phone, the slow thumbnail loading speed and the lack of background music playback are both unacceptable. The potential of the Schneider-Kreuznach lens is hindered by the over-processing of images, long shutter lag, and the very average video recording capability. The low ringtone volume is also something that we would have never expected on an LG device...

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The LG Black Label series is highly indicative of LG's determination to establish the brand as not just that of an average manufacturer, but one that is of high fashion and advanced technology. The LG Shine KE970 is a great follow-up to the Chocolate series, and pretty much represents the company at its best. Unfortunately, LG's best is still not on par with the efforts of Sony Ericsson or Nokia, and the outdated software hinders its promising hardware. As a flagship phone, the slow thumbnail loading speed and the lack of background music playback are both unacceptable. The potential of the Schneider-Kreuznach lens is hindered by the over-processing of images, long shutter lag, and the very average video recording capability. The low ringtone volume is also something that we would have never expected on an LG device.

With all that, the LG KE970 Shine's stunning design may not be compelling enough to convince some people to pay the price for its mid-level performance. Despite this, the handset is a strong competitor in the fashion phone world, and there is no total deal breaker in the cons list. We look forward to the next Black Label Series, and we also hope LG fixes all these software glitches for it, but until then the Shine KE970 gets just a Recommended rating. Other handsets to consider would be Samsung U700 and Sony Ericsson S500.

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User Reviews


Yahoo

The LG shine is great!

from Yahoo
Pro: Many features, big mirror screen Con: small buttons This phone is great. 2 mega pixel camera, video recording and much more! And best of all, the mirror screen. I prefer this rather than the iphone (doesnt break down as much) I just wish the keys were a little bigger. But this is not as great...More
Pro: Many features, big mirror screen Con: small buttons This phone is great. 2 mega pixel camera, video recording and much more! And best of all, the mirror screen. I prefer this rather than the iphone (doesnt break down as much) I just wish the keys were a little bigger. But this is not as great as the lg shine cu720(has a joystick and more features im pretty sure) To make a long story short, i recommend this phone! Less
Yahoo

Great Mobile

from Yahoo
Pro: Original/Stylish, quickly got used to Con: nothing major honestly when used this phone, I was positively surprised. But it surely needs 'some', no major, enhancements which would have made this phone an ideal. - no playlist for the MP3 player from the SD-memory card [i only realized that after b...More
Pro: Original/Stylish, quickly got used to Con: nothing major honestly when used this phone, I was positively surprised. But it surely needs 'some', no major, enhancements which would have made this phone an ideal. - no playlist for the MP3 player from the SD-memory card [i only realized that after buying a 2GB] - better PC software [although the existing one did the job, but not user friendly] - ringtones are low [even on loudest] - users should be able to re-dial calls without opening the slide (very important to me) ;) - was not able send sms to multi contacts (empty slots for only 5 contacts at a time) - adding WiFi (not essential but nice to have) Less

Must buy phone - Love it

This phone is everything that you can ask for Pro: The thing i love most about this phone is the style and that it is scratch resistant on the back and on the front. The 2 Mega Pixel Camera is fantastic that can take clear crisp shots. i absolutely love it. The buttons arent too small either, and you...More
This phone is everything that you can ask for Pro: The thing i love most about this phone is the style and that it is scratch resistant on the back and on the front. The 2 Mega Pixel Camera is fantastic that can take clear crisp shots. i absolutely love it. The buttons arent too small either, and you wanna know what's so amazing about the keypad? The keypad is like a instrument!!! Each number plays a different sound, and not the typical sound like the ones you hear on a on a normal phone. This happens to be one of its many features. The blue lighting on the keypad is great and visible in the night clearly. The Browser is just like the ones we use on our home computer. This makes it much easier to use the internet. It is easy to download songs, pictures and video's onto the phone and apply them as ur wallpaper or ringtone. Did i also mention that the camera has a light too? The phone also has a Scroller in the front side of the phone which is a first. The scroller make it much easier to go explore in the phone. im glad they put that. Con: The only con that i have is the reception. Im comparing the reciption to my Nokia 6070. Even the signals in my house are pretty bad and weak, my Nokia 6070 is able to pick up some bars on my phone while my shine doesnt, but not a lot. I. Out on a typical day, the reception of the KE970 is excellent. Less

Highly Recommended Phone - It is a must have phone

This phone is everything that you can ask for Pro: The thing i love most about this phone is the style and that it is scratch resistant on the back and on the front. The 2 Mega Pixel Camera is fantastic that can take clear crisp shots. i absolutely love it. The buttons arent too small either, and you...More
This phone is everything that you can ask for Pro: The thing i love most about this phone is the style and that it is scratch resistant on the back and on the front. The 2 Mega Pixel Camera is fantastic that can take clear crisp shots. i absolutely love it. The buttons arent too small either, and you wanna know what's so amazing about the keypad? The keypad is like a instrument!!! Each number plays a different sound, and not the typical sound like the ones you hear on a on a normal phone. This happens to be one of its many features. The blue lighting on the keypad is great and visible in the night clearly. The Browser is just like the ones we use on our home computer. This makes it much easier to use the internet. It is easy to download songs, pictures and video's onto the phone and apply them as ur wallpaper or ringtone. Did i also mention that the camera has a light too? The phone also has a Scroller in the front side of the phone which is a first. The scroller make it much easier to go explore in the phone. im glad they put that. Con: The only con that i have is the reception. Im comparing the reciption to my Nokia 6070. Even the signals in my house are pretty bad and weak, my Nokia 6070 is able to pick up some bars on my phone while my shine doesnt, but not a lot. I. Out on a typical day, the reception of the KE970 is excellent. Less
Yahoo

Love It

from Yahoo
Pro: Battery Life Con: Memory Love the phone, I give it a 4 out of a possible 5.
Yahoo

GREAT PHONE

from Yahoo
Pro: Bright visable screen, loud ringtones, Love the Style!!!! Con: Buttons are a little small, hard to text This is a great phone to own. Good price for something this new.
Yahoo

I got this for 75$ new

from Yahoo
Pro: Everything about it... style, affordable, great features, 2mp camera, (doubles as digital camera), bluetooth, video, sturdy, made of steel/glass Con: none Get this @ AT
Yahoo

GREAT phone!

from Yahoo
Pro: Ease of use, screen and coloring, features, sound, the list goes on Con: The Pros of this phone are only overshadowed by the phone service...(AT I bought this phone to replace my Palm Treo 680 (which may I add is a hunk of junk). I was attracted to the sleek design and the brilliant coloring of th...More
Pro: Ease of use, screen and coloring, features, sound, the list goes on Con: The Pros of this phone are only overshadowed by the phone service...(AT I bought this phone to replace my Palm Treo 680 (which may I add is a hunk of junk). I was attracted to the sleek design and the brilliant coloring of the screen. The menu is very easy to use, and the naviational keys (on mine is a little joystick looking thing) is very easy to use. The keys are lit up very well with an ambiant blue that complements the steel casing very well. The sliding feature is much sturdier than that of the Chocolate. The call clearity is second to none and the bluetooth and speakerphone features are crystal clear. The camera has brilliant clearity as well, almost as impressiver as my digital camera. Texting and Messaging is very easy, and it comes equipped with a word predicting format, which is a great asset for those who text a lot. There is nothing that I have found that I can consider negitive about this phone, thus far...it is a sturdy, sleek, attractive phone...much better than any of the other slider phones I have tried out. Less
Yahoo

Love it!!

from Yahoo
Pro: ALL Con: A little PRICEY I have had all kinds of phones,this has been a great phone,no problems.I have had tons of people take a second look,and some ask what kind of phone I have..It not only looks great but works great as well..You can not go wrong with this phone and all it bells and whistles..
Pro: ALL Con: A little PRICEY I have had all kinds of phones,this has been a great phone,no problems.I have had tons of people take a second look,and some ask what kind of phone I have..It not only looks great but works great as well..You can not go wrong with this phone and all it bells and whistles.. Less
Yahoo

My opinion

from Yahoo
Pro: Love it Con: Love it In my opinion,this is the metal cellfone with professional camera, comfortable and easy to use...And it had miror screen....Brilliant,but the music is not very interesting...