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LG Shine KE970 review

 Review: February 2007  
 

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: Following on from the success of the Chocolate phone, LG's next release in its "Black Label" series is the Shine.

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Review

Like the Chocolate, the LG Shine is a slide-design phone, and is very much intended as a fashion statement. Whereas the Chocolate was dark and mysterious, with its hidden touch sensitive keypad, the Shine positively sparkles with light and has a more conventional keypad. The reason for the name "Shine" is that the phone is highly reflective, having a shiny stainless steel body and a large LCD display that turns into a mirror when not in use. It's definitely a cool-looking phone and one that will attract attention. The photo here doesn't do it justice. Be aware though that the metal casing does have a tendency to pick up fingerprints and scratches.

When in use the display lights up, dimming after a few seconds of inactivity. Leave the phone for a little while longer and it miraculously turns into a mirror - an effect that will have you watching with anticipation for at least the first week of ownership! Just be aware that the mirror screen isn't that easy to see in sunlight. Below the screen is a roller with two buttons. These let you navigate around the icons on screen when the phone is closed. It has to be said that the roller isn't the easiest user input method ever invented. LG should have learned their lesson after the problems with the touch-sensitive buttons on the Chocolate! Also on the side of the phone is the MP3 button, which lets you use the phone as a music payer when closed. It's a neat and effective design. Open up the slide and you find a fairly conventional metal keypad. It's not touch-sensitive thankfully, but is almost flat. In practice the keypad poses no difficulties and is similar to the keypad found on Motorola's RAZR series of ultraslim phones. It lights up blue when in use.

In terms of features, the Shine is not lacking. The camera has 2 megapixels and uses a Schneider-Kreuznach lens. Now that 3 or 5 megapixel cameras are available in phones, it's the quality of the optics that dictate picture quality, and the Shine does produce good quality pictures for a phone. The camera is equipped with autofocus, and has an LED light for night-time photography. It also has a video camera. The display is of high quality, being a TFT screen with 262,00 colours and 240 x 320 pixels - virtually the industry standard for high-end phones nowadays. As already mentioned, there's an MP3 player that supports a wide range of file formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+ and AAC++. A stereo headset is supplied, and an optional stereo Bluetooth headset is also available. The LG Shine supports MicroSD memory cards with capacity of up to 2 Gbytes, so there's plenty of storage for music. You could realistically use a phone like this as an iPod replacement. Other features worth noting are Java games, a fast EDGE connection for downloading data, and Flight Mode for using the multimedia functions when not connected to a network. The battery life of the Shine is probably a couple of days in normal use, although the battery indicator doesn't seem to be very reliable.

We like the LG Shine, but it has more than its fair share of issues. It creates a very good first impression, with its metal and mirror looks, and when handling the phone, we get an impression of quality and durability. The stainless steel casing adds to the weight, but the phone is very slim and feels nice in the hand. All of the features that you'd expect from a high-end 2.5G phone are here. However, there are downsides to having a shiny metal phone: it scratches and gets covered in fingerprints, and the mirror screen is difficult to see in sunlight. The roller is simply unnecessary and annoying. The ringtone volume is too low and the reception seems to be worse than average. There have been reports of the Shine shutting down and then refusing to switch back on, but these are quite rare. If this happens to you, try removing the battery and trying again. If this fails, it will have to go back to the shop for a replacement. The Shine looks good, but just like the Chocolate, it's not the most user friendly phone that you can buy. Alternatives worth considering are the LG Chocolate, LG KF510, and Samsung G600.


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Reviewed by edwin onyiego miranyi from kenya on 5th Mar 2012
LG shine just makes me happy when i use it.it's so romantic
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Reviewed by sicksick from england on 2nd May 2007
ammmmmmmmzing phone
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Reviewed by boyband from u.k on 2nd May 2007
this phone is sick dont read any other reviews
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Reviewed by elaine from england on 1st May 2007
got this phone very quiet very shiney ,,,but y is is tht u cant change the text alerts on this phone i find it very very quiet and do u answer these questions u ask for reviews but can u answer all these questions?? how can u make a phone this nice but cannot change text alerts on this phone and cange the alerts ???????????<<
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Reviewed by james from england on 1st May 2007
u get good phone then u have to but another memory card y??wen u pay this much for phone then u wack out another £40 quid for exsternal card thas so unfair y dont they do these with the phone ?????????????????????/
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Reviewed by a from england on 1st May 2007
rubbish phone, cant sync files with the pc at all. cant see the screen when your in the sun alot of things have annoyed me so i sold it on ebay
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Reviewed by J from UK on 1st May 2007
Returned this phone within 48 hours of getting it - as a keen texter the rotate button was hard to use and well the phone became un-usable outside, as like the name states all did was shine! the screen was imposable 2 see! i also had the problem where i couldnt reply straight off a recived message - i had to go all the way back to the main menu and start a fresh message!
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Reviewed by Didi from England on 26th Apr 2007
The phone is a pile of junk. I have a huge problem with the battery. The software fails on me all the time and there is no way to easly sync with my pc. The screen is really annoying as you can't read it in sunlight. A no buyer
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Reviewed by Conrad from Sweden on 24th Apr 2007
I'm surprised when I read the other reviews that no one mentions the incomplete MP3 set-up. Doesn't anyone use an external memory to be able to have more then 10 songs on the phone? The MP3-player is in my view useless without the external memory. Anyway here is my problem. The MP3 player can't access the external memory card. To be able to play songs from the external memory you have to go through "my things" (I have a Swedish set-up so I don't know the English name) which is much more complicated AND even though you can play the songs this way the other features doesn't work. No play lists or equalizer it doesn't even automatically play the next song. It just stops after it has played the one you first selected. If you thing about using the phone as an serious MPS-player think again.
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Reviewed by waqas from azam on 23rd Apr 2007
tutti fone. not reali recomended as it scratches. get tha prada. dis fne is ok but the prada is more stylish. but it. this fne is tutti cuta .
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Reviewed by Chlor from walsall on 22nd Apr 2007
i think phone its ok but it leaves fingerprints all over it! within 2 slides its covered in fingerprints that bad you can't even see the screem!
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Reviewed by Nat from England on 21st Apr 2007
This phone is great. I've had it for about half a week. I haven't had any problems. I'm thinking that the bad reviewers must have a different phone to me.
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Reviewed by Nicola Peacock from England on 21st Apr 2007
the phone certainly looks stylish but its not exceptionaly sophisticated in its features. It will only hold 20 texts messages which in todays day and age just isnt enough. Also when the outbox is full (20 messages), on the 21st delivered message, they are all automatically deleted! It doesnt give the option of folders either. When a text is sent you are directed back to the main screen of the phone so you have to re navigate back to the message section. the sound isnt very loud,even on its highest setting. the roller bar doesnt do anything that cant not be performed by presing the keypad - it just seems to get in the way. when using the phone, due to the position of the camera lens on the back, your fingers end up covering the lens - this surely will put prints on the lens? if you recevie a text when the phone is closed and you view it with out sliding the phone open,the message that tells you you have receved a text doesnt dissaper. you have to press cancell for it to dissaper - all these little things combined made me find the phone inpractible. it is also very sensitive to scratches and doesnt have a very stong signal in doors. the batterery drains with in 24 hours even if not used heavily. the phone itself,cosmetically is outstanding however in terms of use it lets it's self down.
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Reviewed by Gabriel from NL on 19th Apr 2007
Well i love it. battery is working for me fine aswel. it looks flasy. damages fast but insured it (very well) ofcourse. my opinion; Its not the most easyst phone out there to handle. so far now problems
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Reviewed by Kev from Uk on 18th Apr 2007
Recently purchased a LG Shine , i noticed a reluctance to power up after a few weeks , well it turned itself off before i had chance to place it on charge and now it wont turn on !Something to beware of ,also if you put the phone in your pocket put it on vibrate because it must be one of the quietist phones on the market ,like the name "looks good" not immpressed
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Reviewed by dutty rock from hackney on 18th Apr 2007
ayree, dis fone is da dogs, it let me see me dredds on da fone, now dats some cool stuff blood!! i can even do ma joint...its dee bizzness.so all ya blood cluts out dere dising da fone, shud shut your bambaklut mouth. ya git me yaaa raaas. pon da river.
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Reviewed by BRIAN WORDEN from G.B. on 17th Apr 2007
I FIND THE LG SHINE EXELLENT THROUGHOUT MY ONLY FAULT IS FINDING SOMETHING TO PROTECT THE SCREEN FROM THE PHONE SHOPS UP TO NOW NOTHING
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Reviewed by tom from mauritius on 17th Apr 2007
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Reviewed by Will from UK on 16th Apr 2007
I got this phone 10 days ago and it is rubbish. Cant hear it, cant see it in day light, the camera cant take a clear picture, it keeps turning off when i make or recieve a phone call, rubbish signal, rubbish battery life,rubbish PHONE. Do not get this phone.
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Reviewed by Harry McEnaney from England on 16th Apr 2007
Ne wohone is great. Works really well aswell as looks good.
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Reviewed by asder from kenya on 16th Apr 2007
its sik!!!
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Reviewed by Helen from Scotland on 15th Apr 2007
Rubbish rubbish rubbish. Well it's good if you want a phone that looks nice but if you want one that actually works then DON'T BUY THE SHINE. Had mine for 4 weeks and I as much as a loved the style of the phone I had to finally conceed that it was c**p and swapped it for a nokia 6300. The reception on the shine was BAD - everyone else could get signal and the shine couldn't. The service is no good if you actually want to use the phone to communicate. Do I need to mention that the nokia gets 3 bars reception where the shine got none!!!!
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Reviewed by chris from cyprus on 15th Apr 2007
i love my mobile
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Reviewed by nelin from u.k on 13th Apr 2007
omg. dis phone has disapointed me baaaaaad!!! first i had the lg chocolate and that was a failure so i upgraded to the shine expecting something excelent and it turned out to be a pile of ****!!! the batterys rubbish 2. just dont get this phone, trudt me youll regret it. baaaaaaaaaaaaaad.
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Reviewed by Tony Hill from UK on 13th Apr 2007
Looks can be decieving.. The phone is absolutely useless in bright light or sunSHINE… Plus the battery life sucks too.
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Reviewed by Lauren from England on 12th Apr 2007
I had this fone 4 10 days and sent it bk, for a few reasons the alarm was soo quiet, could never get signal, sometimes the ring tone wouldnt ring. howeva i did like the mirror thats the reason y i got it but it does get mucky. one bad thing is you cant see anything when ur out and the sun is shining
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Reviewed by JUSTINE WILSON from UK on 11th Apr 2007
YAAAAAAA MAN!!! IN IT!! I CANNY GET ENUFF OF IT MAN. KNOW WAT A MEAN!! GOTTA GET IT MAAANNNNNN!! YIPPEEE DE DOOOO DAAAAAA. HO HE HOOO. I LIKE IT BETTA THAN VINDALOOOO AND TODD ME DOGGA MAN. KNOW WAT A MEAN DOODS. IN IT, IN IT MAN.
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Reviewed by Asif Khan from Derby on 10th Apr 2007
Well the only thing i will say that ...dont buy this phone ... although it looks good but dont be attracted to this. Only looks are not enough .... LG have flop phones.
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Reviewed by GERTY from UK on 10th Apr 2007
I LAV IT - ITS THA BEST PHONE IN THA WORLD SHABBA!!
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Reviewed by alev from uk on 9th Apr 2007
I have been using this phone for 2 months now and I have been having this "once turned off impossible to turn it on again" problem, other than that bluetooth works great, the camera is perfect, I've had the best pics taken with a phone and there aren't any scrathes on it, but if you want to buy it I would recommend you to think twice since it looks great but it seems as if it will fall apart if you don't use it kindly. I would recommend Samsung.
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Reviewed by jimmy from uk on 9th Apr 2007
a outstanding mobile the best i have used i love all the features on it.
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Reviewed by shell from scotland on 9th Apr 2007
WORST PHONE IV'E EVER HAD, in the first week the phone would not charge, i had been using the alarm for 3 days no problems then on the 4th day i try to set the alarm when i pressed set the phone froze. I had to keep taking the battery out and putting it back in but the alarm would still freeze when trying to set it. Also you cant save txt messages on the phone at all there is no lock function to do this.you can also hardly hear the phone when it rings and thats it on the loudest setting. I took the phone back and got a samsung D840 what a phone compaired to the shine i would'nt touch an lg phone again, apart from the looks lg have nothing more to offer in my opinion, they wil lhave to get bk to the drawing board before they can seriously compete with other phones on the market. I would not recomend this phone at all.
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Reviewed by Unknown from Unknown on 7th Apr 2007
i hate it i really do..i expected something else but this phone is the worst phone ever..LG really disapointed me =(
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Reviewed by rowan beetham from australia on 6th Apr 2007
omg its great and it looks fantastic!! lol
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Reviewed by alex from ireland on 4th Apr 2007
GET DIS PHONE ITS DA BEST! AND 4 ALL OF YOUS PEOPLE SAYIN IT HAS TERRIBLE SIGNAL CAN SHUT UP AND BLAME UR AREA SEEING AS U PROBABLY LIVE IN A COUNSIL ESTATE! AND U ONLY HATE IT BECAUSE ITS GOT A MIRROR AND U DONT WANNA SEE UR FACE IN IT! DATS PROBABLY WHY ITS GETTING SCRATCHED ASWELL! AND FOR GODS SAKE IT ONLY A PHONE SO CALM DOWN! IF YOU LIKE IT THEN YOU LIKE IT AND IF YOU DONT YOU DONT!
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Reviewed by Elsie from France on 4th Apr 2007
I hate this phone, as many people said, the switch on off problem, the first one i got it was not working at all. After i changed the 2nd one , i tried many times for the switch on off, it seems work, but after 5 days it started to make me mad. I have returned the 2nd one to the shop, they will send it to LG, already one month, I have not any news from them. This LG Shine gave me so many troubles, what "LOVELY SHINE" And I am dreaming LG will give me back the money I spent for this, (329 euros) Please , don't know buy this phone, please
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Reviewed by Ron from Malaysia on 4th Apr 2007
"There have been reports of the Shine shutting down and then refusing to switch back on, but these are quite rare. If this happens to you, try removing the battery and trying again. If this fails, it will have to go back to the shop for a replacement." Yeah! It happens to me, but I figure out that if one turns on the mp3, camera, or bluetooth, leaving it idle for awhile, the phone could potentially switch off. Turning back the phone will not help and you will have to remove the battery. Luckily, this is a firmware problem. LG must fix the problem asap. If one is using a bluetooth handset to listen to music. I don't think the function will work. It can only be used to answer and receive calls. I've tried that.
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Reviewed by me!!! from England on 3rd Apr 2007
cant say its the best phone i have had as it scratches rally easy, takes ages to turn back on after switching off and the memory is rubbish. i prefere my old phone the LG chocolate to this one although i am loving the mirror on it!!!
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Reviewed by james from telford england on 3rd Apr 2007
well this phone was the biggest pile of toss i've ever had. yes it might be apeelin to the eye but that is about it the thing is so quite i missed 9 out of 10 calls, the scroll wheel was so sensitive you had to use one hand to scroll and the other to select, i had mine for one week and the thing gets so scratched it looked about 9 monthe old. oh yeah and the thing never turned back on after it had been switched off.I have now changed to a nokia n73 and what a phone it is it's supperb its easy to use its that loud it turns heads in the streets when it rings and the camara and vidio is out of this world. N 73 ALL THE WAY.LG should stick to makin TV's and microwaves and there not the best.i give the shine 1 star for looks and thats an over statement.
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Reviewed by sully from england on 3rd Apr 2007
this phone isnt good, i bought it on the first day it came out and then it started freezing and then it tuned off automatically and the camera is so i think this not good
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Reviewed by josh from united kingdom on 2nd Apr 2007
worst ever fone ive had. i dropped it out my pocket and then it turned it self of as soon as it hit ground(carpet if u askin wat floor) it turned off and now it wont turn back on and it had problems wid sound like a month before the little drop. worst most rubbish fone ever!good wen it works but that for like a few days then sound goes and it turns crud. my aunt had same fone and the speakers on hers stopped workin aswell in the first week of gettin it [didnt drop it, hardly used it yet it still broke] ...............so if u finkin of gettin this fone fink again! Thats all im sayin.
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Reviewed by poopy from uk on 2nd Apr 2007
Having never owned a phone with any extra functions i chose the LG Shine to initiate myself in having a phone as an object of desire. The phone itself is as the packet says shiney shiney, which instantly appeals to magpies like me. It has a nice satisfying weight and size, lovely stainless steel back and keypad, big tactile keypad.. and of course the magic morror screen. there's odd bit of cheapo silver plastic i think but i'm nitpicking. However I'm not attracted much by the figety little roller dial, it's unsightly as well as being not that effective to use and when you press it (it can also be used as three buttons) it isnt very tactile. the first handset i was given had a faulty roller which only moved in one direction on the screen (its meant to go up and down), so i'm also wary of how robust it is. Also with the first handset i had i taken off the plastic from the mirror and it was scratching within one week of use. My other peave with the design is that the camera lense is in an awkward postion and i keep putting my finger over it (maybe this is because i'm not used to camera phones) AND you have to use tiny buttons or the fidgety roller button to take the picture. The controls on the phone in general are not very obvious compared to nokias and a bit long winded and i can't be bothered to work them out sometimes. i can't seem to find predictive text function either. It's a pretty phone (as mobile phones go) but i wouldn't buy one if it wasn't included in my contract.. there are more pretty or more useable phones on the market that probably cost the same.
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Reviewed by vinodbarot from india on 2nd Apr 2007
i like this phones this is the best phones
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Reviewed by NICK from UK on 1st Apr 2007
If you are unsure about this phone then DONT GET IT. Mine is 2 months old and already in the shop for repair with a list of problems (1)If you turn the phone off you need to remove the battery before you can turn it back on (2)the phone has turned off twice during phone calls (3)the signal strenth is really poor, and if you put your hand in the wrong place the signal goes completley (4) the roll wheel is faulty (5) the camera is slow to take a pic so you end up with a blur photo (6) the buttons are not made for texting (7) the bluetooth stopped working. I am really displeased with this phone and wont be keeping it.
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Reviewed by Chloe from England on 30th Mar 2007
I have just got this phone on an upgrade after having the nokia pink 6111 and so far i am really impressed. The quality of the handset is far better than my previous one. I have found it easy to use and i have have noticed people complaining about the mirror looking scratched and covered in finger prints. I don't know about anyone else but mine came with a soft pad you can attach with a strap so you can clean the screen whenever it gets a bit messy!! So far so good, fingers crossed it remains reliable.
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Reviewed by liam from uk on 27th Mar 2007
its an amzin phone all the camera etc work with mine and if you got a prob wid fingerprints you can get a cover for about 3.99 for two hardly expensive the only thing i have to fault is the wheel its a good idea but now and ahen you acedently push it gets annoyin but ya get used to it
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Reviewed by Just Me from UK on 26th Mar 2007
i dont see the problems you people have in your reviews, i got this phone last week on an orange upgrade and i dont tend to have any problems with this phone. first of all what do you turn your phone off for anyway, most of the people i know have no need to turn their phone off because it has a perfectly good silent profile. secondly i dont have any scratches or fingerprints, because i upgraded from the nokia 6270 (yeh i no) i could never put my finger on the front of it to slide it upwards i put it on the side, and because all of my phones have been slides i tend to do this with all phones and the imaginary scratches you people are going on about, ive never understood how you can put scratches on a phone whst do you do put them in your poket with your keys, well if you do it your own fault. i do like this phone it may have some needless features that i have no possible need for. but going from an old nokia to a fantastic luxourous phone like this
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Reviewed by D from UK on 26th Mar 2007
This has to be the worst phone I have ever had. I hated it after 2 days and quickly returned it. Its heavy, easily marked, the camera is poor, takes ages to capture a picture - no good for someone with shaky hands. Texting is awkward, it kept knocking me completely out of the text menu in the middle of a message which was very frustrating. The battery life is pathetic. I found the battery lasted around 14 hours, and that was with a couple of phone calls, sending a few texts and playing one of the games for about half an hour. The scroll wheel was annoying, skipped all over the place. Horrible boring black background on screen with grey text, I couldnt find anyway to change this, when out in daylight, I found the screen really difficult to see. Poor selection of ring and text tones. Froze a couple of times, I had to take the battery out and replace it again for phone to work. All in all, this is the worst phone that I have ever had, couldnt wait to get rid of it. There was nothing I liked about it at all.
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Reviewed by ?????????? from england on 25th Mar 2007
I hv jst gt ths fone n i fink ths is the best fone ev@!!! although is a lil heavy. n wil ppl plz stp sayin it scratches easily! is not the fones fault is it? is jus tht ur not carin it!!!
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 25th Mar 2007
I've had a few problems with this phone like switching off and not turning back on again, but one problem is the alarm feature, it worked to start with but not when I try to set the alarm or disable it, as soon as I hit the SET button the whole phone seizes up. I have to take the battery out to re-set it. now when the alarm time is due it swithches the phone off. anyone else had this problem? apart from this I do think its a cool phone
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Reviewed by Sarah from England on 24th Mar 2007
Just got my shine through, was checking out all the features and do really like it, but after a while the screen suddenly became really faint, and now I cant see what im doing on it all. Guess its going back. Can't comment on how good he features are seeing as I didnt get a chance to use them!!
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Reviewed by ken from england on 24th Mar 2007
broken after 2 days poor design. wouldnt buy it rubbish!!
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Reviewed by sexy from england on 23rd Mar 2007
i think this phone is rate stupid because it scrataches really easyily and the video is always crashing on mine overall i think it is rubbish and sometimes it doesnt turn back on after its been turned off big shout out to adam!!!!! yhhhhh
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Reviewed by Mo from USA on 23rd Mar 2007
I have had the exact same problem as Steph, Adam, and Jellyandcream 27 with the phone not turning back after switching it off. This has happened to me twice now. So far, taking the battery out and putting it back in has helped, but I'm worried this trick will eventually stop working. I'm from the States, and I bought this phone on a recent trip to Europe, so I don't exactly have the luxury of replacing this phone, which sucks! Is LG aware of this issue?
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Reviewed by ------------------------- from -------------------------- on 22nd Mar 2007
This fone is gr8 i got it last week and all the features work and the camera is gr8.
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Reviewed by Josh from Philippines on 20th Mar 2007
It contains all the fingerprints of everyone I know.
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 16th Mar 2007
I have had this phone just over a month and I love it. I agree with some of the issues below i.e. it doesnt like being turned off and on again but hey who turns their phones off these days anyway? As for the scroll wheel I had the problem of it skipping for the first 2 weeks but its awesome now, I think it just take time, like anything, to bed in. In my personal opinion it is the best built phone out there and doest feel at all plastic or cheap like all the nokia's and samsung's about. If you want a classy well built phone that your prepared to give a bit of time getting used to then this is the phone for you.
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Reviewed by Paul from United Kingdom on 15th Mar 2007
Good looking phone with a nice weighty feel which gives it a feel of quality. Does everything I expect from a mobile phone. Anything more, I'd be looking at a PDA/Phone combo like this one: www.seehtc.com as an all in one unit. Reading some the reviews, I personally don't understand why people are complaining about sending a text - handy tip, if you press the scroll wheel four times you get to open up a new text quickly. So it is about,oh, two more key presses than some phones. Predictive text is good but if you are one of those people who can't spell or can't be bothered to spell and have to use abbreviations then it's not the phone that is slow is it? It's not a phone for people who like to text as the etched keys are not suitable for it. If those people think sending texts is bad on this phone, don't even consider the forthcoming LG Prada or Apple iPhone with touchscreen input let alone worry about fingerprints. Haven't tried the email function but then a cheap U3 memory stick with portable Thunderbird is a better option. Bluetooth: excellent as it can send and receive files to/from my PDA (a Tapwave Zodiac), my laptop and to my main computer using a cheap usb dongle from ebay. MP3: good but if you want to have it more organised then buy an idiotPod (ha, then discover the delights of DRM). Enjoy the randomness of shuffle. It has a microSD slot so you can have extra storage but awkwardly, you have to remove the back cover to access it. Text tones: only 4 but that's four too many in my book so I'm not complaining. Off and vibrate work for me as I really don't care about being notified about receiving text messages. Ring tones: well traditionally, all built-in ones are ok but you can use your own MP3, WAV, or MIDI file as the ring tone. Still, if you want Crazy Frog you have the choice. Battery life: If you want to have a slim phone with colour screen you have to expect to charge it more otherwise I've found it quite good. You can change the brightness to save a bit more on battery. Discount certain reviewers who have said battery life is awful after two days. Rechargeable batteries need a few cycles to be conditioned. User interface: ignore what certain people have been saying. It is excellent and reminds me of the old Nokia 6110 and how easy it was to navigate. Once you learn how to control the scroll wheel. The option to use the keypad is also handy when using the phone one handed. Only one theme available - white text on black which works well though the option of other themes would have been a nice touch. The flash lite capability is an interesting addition. Camera: It's ok, a bit slow but then I have a 5MP digital camera and the phone camera is never going to match it. Video: Probably the poorest function but as it's really a novelty item there is no point in talking about it. Downsides: the power connector is propriety and the cover will in all likelihood break off. The camera lens, I would prefer it to be in a horizontal plane, as my finger tends to cover it leading to a slightly greasy lens. I would like to have seen a USB charging cable included. I did have ONE problem with start-up but that was it and I reckon it was down to a Vodafone SIM in an O2 branded phone. With the O2 SIM it has been perfect in operation so reading some of the reviews, it may be down to certain network firmware. Reception is good - living in a coastal region - there is no difference between Vodafone and O2 (in my opinion) as all networks are variable in quality here. Overall, this is a fashion phone with enough useable features to make (almost)everyone happy. One final tip, I've kept my plastic covering on the phone to stop it from scratching. Might look "uncool" but it protects well enough and no fingerprint problems!
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Reviewed by Steph from UK on 16th Mar 2007
I love everything about this phone, but its so fragile, scratches easy and ive been through 3 in the past 2 weeks! Im glad to read in somebody elses review the same that happened to me. When i switched it off it wouldn't switch back on again.....wouldn't charge or anything. Ive had my last phone for 2 and a half years so its not me! ol' faithfull sony ericssson xx
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Reviewed by Donna from UK on 13th Mar 2007
Just got this phone yesterday after ugrading from Samsung (nothing new on the market), fell in love the phone immediately. It may be a little heavy compared to my other phone and the scroll can be a bit annoying but apart from that it a sexy phone for all the sexy girls out there!!!(sorry and boys x)
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Reviewed by Adam from England on 13th Mar 2007
I completly agree with Jellyandcream27. I have had 2 of these phones, both with identical problems, after turning it off it will refuse to turn back on!!! I have had the phone replaced twice, and its becomming a joke. I have now decided to switch to a Nokia N73...hope thats better!!
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Reviewed by Lianne from UK on 12th Mar 2007
I had this phone for a week to decide wheather i wanted it, after 2 days i was bored! Features were seriously rubish! Battery life was awful. The slide button looks cool, but you have to be soo gentle it selects everything but what you want if you're rough. Didn't like the ringtones/message tones. The camera was ok, but took ages to capture. It may look gorgeous but it's heavy and ! Im sticking to Samsungs from now on!
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Reviewed by Alan from Scotland on 12th Mar 2007
Got this phone onm upgrade and decided after 30mins it was the wrong choice, scratches very eady and is so easy to cover in finger prints. Also didn't feel very strong. Went back to my old Samsung and still trying to decide what to get now.
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Reviewed by Jellyandcream27 from England on 12th Mar 2007
STAY AWAY FROM THIS PHONE!! This is the worst phone I have ever had in my life. I have had to have my phone replaced twice in the last 3 weeks! The first one appeared to be ok, but then would not charge (it had charged ok before) It was as dead as a Dodo! I tried everything - several different plug sockets, taking the battery in and out - nothing would get it to work! I was without a phone for three days (until I could get in the shop to change it). I got my new phone and again everything was ok for a week... then the problems started again. I turned it off whilst at work and it completely refused to turn beack on again (i knew it was fully charged!) I tried everything again and finally it came pon after removing the battery about 10 times! By this time I was really fed up but put it down to one of those things. BUT NO... it jas done it AGAIN! I have just tried to charge my phone and again it would not do anything at all. I kept unplugging the lead, removing the ba ttery, trying every plug socket in the house. Now I am really fed up and I am more than sure that it is not just me who is unlucky with this phone! There must be some sort of problem with it..and I am interested to know if anyone has had a similar experience. Aside from these troubles, in essence the phone seems ok. It looks cool, feels sturdy and is definitely cool. However, the little roller thing is a little sensitive and tends to 'jump' a little when you press it to select something. This in itself does not put me off though..it is just a little annoying! As for everything else I would say that the external speaker sounds a little 'tinny' but the sound is good when used with earphones. The pre loaded songs are a bit rubbish as is the tones for messages etc. I personally think that it looks good, but as a phone is rather basic!
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Reviewed by dean from uk on 11th Mar 2007
it's a great looking phone but the scoll is a pain and needs better bottons the blurtooth is a nightmare
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Reviewed by sabryna from England on 10th Mar 2007
Whats the point in having a mirror when it will just get scratched then its no a MIRROR. I think they thought about these things BADLY. do not buy this phone!!!
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Reviewed by michael from uk on 10th Mar 2007
cool phone, its a sexy phone 4 boys and girls
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Reviewed by shane from uk on 10th Mar 2007
a load of junk i got this phone today and the picture is rubbishT i cant get to the video because it keeps on crashing i will perfer the old phones like the v3xi witch it better
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Reviewed by cameron from Scotland on 9th Mar 2007
This phone is the best phone that ive ever had its better than the samsung d600 by far
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Reviewed by Jay from London on 8th Mar 2007
Excellent fone! i dont understand y ppl are saying its a load of junk! everyones got there own taste? everyones got there own likes? so if u dont like it, dont think no one else does! my last fone was a XDA Exec, now, ppl who like small fones may say its junk as it was on the slightly chunky side, but then again has ur fone got WIRELESS INTERNET capabilities??? get the point? love the shine...sturdy, well organised, and no reception problems (those of u that are saying its got low reception, blame ur area! not the fone!- fones are not made for diff areas signal strenghts - all are made standard wave lengths!!! the scroll bar is FAB! for the ppl saying that its over scrolls - dont spin the damn thing soo fast!!! or too slow!! its just a matter of gettin used to it, its the same as having a normal nutton fone for 5 years and then changing to a touch screen fone.. takes time to get used to!! the one and ONLY slight let down is choosing ur own text alert and one alarm, but then again most ppl have alarm clocks!!!! 9/10
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Reviewed by Scotty from Brentwood on 7th Mar 2007
On my third one from Orange ...rubbish going to take it back and get a D840
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Reviewed by obiri samuel from Ghana on 6th Mar 2007
have seen this phone,got it,used it, nd i really like its outstanding functions.....u know i got this as my 20th birthday gift since then i havent liked any other phone.....
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Reviewed by sonia from bath on 5th Mar 2007
had this for 4 days and really hated the shine, it was a pain when you was scrolling you would then press the scroll to ok, and it would go on to the next one up or down. it drove me mad. and as for the miror sceen well forget it, with all the finger prints on it you cant see anything. and i found that when pushing it up to open, it was very stiff. and also on most phones you can keep your finger on the numbers and it will give your contacts.... but oww no ont this one. waste of money and time!!!!!
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Reviewed by ravish from india on 5th Mar 2007
this phone is good,sexy looking. this phone has one fault no fm there fore igive him 3 star
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Reviewed by dean from london on 4th Mar 2007
it's a great phone looks fab... big problems though hard to connect to laptops and bluetooth and this has to be the best looking phone around but small memory and that's it and great looking box it comes in reminds me of the nokia 8800.. but much better though wink wink wink....
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Reviewed by Lana from Cardiff on 3rd Mar 2007
very good, stylish, classic, sophisticated phone. recommended to all.
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Reviewed by joe from england on 3rd Mar 2007
The only real issue i had was that when you insert a new sd card, the phone wont allow you to play songs constantly, therfore making you have to change manualy. Witch sucks really. Apart from that glitch, the phones the dogs you know whats.
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Reviewed by paul from uk on 3rd Mar 2007
I have a Sony Ericcson D750i, which is one of the best phones i've ever used (and I've had a few)! Last week, i decided that i was going to buy a Nokia N73, as i wanted more features, but stumbeled across the LG Shine. Amazing looks and feel, so decided to give it a try. The phone is brilliant, but my one and main gripe is the scroll button. This will take some getting used to as it constantly selects another option if you're not extremely careful, as it's way too sensitive. This makes using the two smaller buttons on either side of it more tedious. Apart from that, it's a solid phone, nice metal care, excellent display, good features and decent sound quality. The camera does the trick, with clear pictures and a long video record time. Hours of fun!
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Reviewed by Helen from UK on 2nd Mar 2007
Hi I was the first one to review this phone on here and i'm just updating my review for the benefit of any people who are thinking of buying this phone. I did keep it for about a week and after that am afraid I had to take it back. I swapped it for the much more plain looking but much much more amazing Sony Ericsson W810i. The reviews for that are stunning! Reasons: Well obviously not its looks, it's still gorgeous and I still look at it and admire its picture on this website. For me though, as much as i'd like to be a fashion phone gal, i'm just not. I try wearing heels and always go back to flats the same way I try using posh looking phones like this one and always go back to durable sporty phones like the Ericsson. I just love practicality too much I guess. The phone was slow, heavy and the worst gripe of all was the reception. I got NONE. Where I live isn't the best for signal but it's not the worst, the LG Shine refused to pick up any signal there unless I effectively stood on my window sill. The ericsson in comparison has 3 bars which is even better than my old Nokia and i'm a happy bunny! Texting is slow on the Shine, scrolling is a pain although the scrollbar is a gloriously decadent little thing. The camera lags but that wasn't a major problem for me. I turned this phone off once and it wouldn't turn back on again... Had to take the battery out and put it back in again.... the other problem I had was trying to make calls and not being able to hear anything.... that stopped after a couple of days though. Overall gorgeous, if you're that kind of girl, a few problems can be expected with these high spec phones, but if you can't walk in heels don't wear them, and if you don't feel comfortable carrying an ornament phone around then don't buy one. Hope this was helpful.
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Reviewed by Cally from London on 1st Mar 2007
This fone is a fashion fone, looks good, works well. The camera is very good, the auto focus is a great trick and being a motorola v3x the shines cam is much better. the only thing is the scroll key is alittle too eager at times, and this means that texting, etc takes really long compared to the motorola, however: the predictive txt on the shine is fab! use it!!! the battery life is v good, ive dropped mine loads: its super durable! all in all a good fone! Pity it not 3G
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Reviewed by Roz from UK on 28th Feb 2007
I got this phone on an upgrade so it didnt cost me anything, which i am glad about! Im on my second one which was delivered this morning. The first one i had kept switching itself off whether in stand by mode, on a call, whatever. And because of the mirror function i never knew when it had turned off! The second one hasnt switched itself off yet but its early days and im not hopeful. The phone is very quiet and i miss almst every call, even with the vibration alert on!! The sounds are pretty muffled too! Its a good looking phone but nothing else special about it im afraid. Still not sure whether i am going to keep it or swap it for something i can rely on!
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Reviewed by Duncan from U.K Edinburgh on 27th Feb 2007
I've had this phone for only the past few days, although I was planning to get the D900 I felt the looks in comparison to the dull looking D900 sold it for me! But so far it is looking good. The scoll feature can get in the way when opening and closing the slide but you just need to get used to sliding away from the central scroll button. The slide allows easy access shortcuts to the main menus like text and phonebook which is great and a bit of practice with getting used to the scrolls sensativity, depending on how fast you scroll, your safe. I'd suggest not using the scroll bar as a selection button as you end up scrolling and not selecting! - instead use the left and right buttons. Although the titanium frame is a great solid finish in comparison to a plasic finish it does add weight to the phone and fingerprint marks can get annoying! I haven't really tested the cameras full potential but i'd suggest if you choose looks before a top mega pixel camera phone it won't matter . The phone is overall a very masculine phone in comparison to the chocolate i'd say but no doubt the shine will be a big seller in the coming months. As I said the looks sell it. If you want to get noticed - this is the perfect mobile for you!
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Reviewed by Dan Shwinn from Shropshire on 27th Feb 2007
Hi Had this shiney phone for 2 weeks now I had a problem when i first had it as i got no reception at all but i think was a network problem not the phone, re the mp3 i took me a hour of trying to load wma onto the mp3 with no sucess until i realised that only mp3 format works ,( ican be a bit slow at times ) but apart from that it seems a great phone and suspect it will get scratched over time , i think this phone is much more stylish than the Nolia 8800 steeley slider which is very overpriced still for what it can do. My one main gripe about this phone is the fact that there is no voice recon so when its paired to a bluetooth headset you still need to handle the phone unlike my old moto pebl , but to honest i feel like a borg talking with that thing in any way so overall i'd reconmend it .
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Reviewed by claire from derby on 26th Feb 2007
Beautiful looking phone in fact i dont think there is a nicer looking phone on the market, but i was let down with the features, but i am a little anal, i like unique message tones with the shine you can only have the standard 4 on the phone, and the alarm feature does not work when the phone is switched to silent (also again you can only have standard alarm tones), battery life is not that great but a very good phone which will and did turn heads! Very very easy to use and fits in the hand nicely would defo recommend
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Reviewed by MaTTy from bradford on 26th Feb 2007
people i advise u all do not buy this phone because you will regret it 100% i had the phone for one day and then i took it back because it had 4 faults with it, the camera is not really that good and the phone scratches easily all you have to do is have it in your pocket and it scratches, lg is RUBBISH make people plase do not buy it, i have now got the sony erisson w850i and it is the best phone that have ever had i strongly advise people to go for that phone.....peace out!
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Reviewed by paul glasgow from glasgow on 26th Feb 2007
amazing 1 out of 10 beats them all the now looks amazing u get some attention when u pull it out lol and its easy to use great sound quality and pic as ell easy to use nice blue keypayd and the fone lights up blue at night which is smart and the mirror aw its amazing top fone get one asa £240 sim free from the carphonewarehouse so not to expensive amazing fone !!!
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Reviewed by barry from UK on 25th Feb 2007
Moved up from a V3i, and took 2 weeks to fall in love with it. I found a case for it, the Chocolate pouch fits it perfectly so quite discreet. Although the blurb says it has a GB of memory, the memory manager only shows half a gig so not sure. But still enough onboard compared to others (the original V3 only has 5mb). I agree with the comment on music filing, one long list can be very irritating, as can the shutter lag on the camera but you can forgive this for the quality of the shots. But overall an excellent all round phone at a not too bad price.
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Reviewed by cat from England on 24th Feb 2007
I think this phone is excellent
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Reviewed by Paul from England on 23rd Feb 2007
Had this phone for not even a week. Spent some time in shop seeing what the phone could do, and thought it was good (never buy a phone when hungover!). Got it home, couldn't get the Bluetooth to pair with other phone or laptop, software almost crashed my pc twice. Overall not very impressed, but still can't fault the looks of it, very nice indeed, just not up there with Sony Ericsson
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Reviewed by Katie from West Yorks on 22nd Feb 2007
I just had this hone delivered about two hours ago and its official...i'm in love. Head over heels 100% in love with the Shine. By far the best looking phone for a long long time. Having previously only owned Nokias and Motorolas (i upgraded from the Krzr) i was dubious about the LG range. But it's so easy to use! The camera is amazing, the sound quality is fantastic and the overall appearance of the phone is superb. I can't find any faults...and i'm a total phone freak! Go out and buy this phone immediately, you're a fool to pick anything else! xx
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Reviewed by Allison from Manchester on 22nd Feb 2007
Received this phone 2 days ago, thought i would love it after having a play in the shop.The functions have improved alot since the Lg chocolate, however this phone is still way behind the rest that are on the market.The slide is very stiff as is the keys,which makes it hard to open/close without activating the scroll.I found that when i transferred my saved pictures to this phone,the quality was very poor.The messaging tones and ringtones are bad beyond belief. The front doubles as a mirror when the phone is closed...but seems to grab fingerprints, so be prepared to buff this phone everytime you pick it up.The scroll can take alot to get used to, either over or under scrolling, resulting in clicking on something you didnt want to.I found the most annoying thing is that i had no signal whatsoever, whereas with my old phone i had full signal, this is a common fault with the lg shine. All in all a nice phone to look at, so get one if you want an expensive mirror that sometimes acts as a phone! ive sent mine back now....im going to stick to sony ericcson.
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Reviewed by francesca from england on 22nd Feb 2007
its a good phone but not enough memory, too quiet and my headset has broken.
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Reviewed by nikki from uk on 22nd Feb 2007
Hi, i'v had this phone 4just over a week now in the uk, i was ruled by samsungs b4 but nothing is new there right now. the lg is generaly good, liking the whole metal effect, and defintley the whole mirror idea- 4 the girls. few negative 4 those of you who are thinking of gettin it 1) metal scratches so easily! and as i said only had it a week and its scratched so much already n i do take care of my phones. dread to think wat it will be like at 18months 2) only 1 alarm to be set (so no back ups for accidently turning them off):S with 10 very very annoying tunes2choose from (which u realy dont want to wake u up with - an annoyin start to the day ;))- u cant change from these 10 or have mp3's etc. 3)same with message tones. only 4 to chose from, no option of using your own. 4)the stupid backlight on the phone wont randomly stop flashin all the time, i have tried everything to stop it - from turning of the backlight (but thn u cant text or use it in the dark) to changin brightness etc, but still it does this whole random flashin of the backlight - pretty annoyin when u r tryin to sleep! help if ne1 knows how to stop it! or is this why it is called the shine? 5) not the loudest phone either especially with 4example - texts etc as you dont have any options of how often they alert you. its just the once it beeps. 6) camera quality is pretty good but has an automatic focus on it - so when you are tryin to catch something moving - u have no chance of takin it with out it bein blurred! but i think you can turn this off, still its a standard setting. 7) only option with menu colour is black with white writing. u cant change it. a bit boring really! and a few postives 4u - the scroll middle button is cool when you get used to it, really easy for using predictive text with it too. it does have an expandable memory,thank god! n a gud extra is u can view documents like powerpoint and word documents on it. :) enjoy it i think its quite classy! also yes facing problem where you need to pull out the battery and put it back in again, to start up the phone once its been turned off!!! and you also cant change any of the pre-set menu buttons and you cant just press1 button to open a new text up! you still have to go through 3or so menu's.
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Reviewed by Pricilla from England on 22nd Feb 2007
I have just got this phone, it is very good. I find that it can be a little uncomfortable sometimes, however when you get used to it you can work it quite well. As i had the chocolate phone before, the LG shine is much easier to use as the keypads are not touch. It is easy to use and when you drop it scratches don't tend to build up that much.
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Reviewed by Steve from Wales on 20th Feb 2007
Just bought the phone and it is quite nice although there are a few niggles, only 4 text alerts, can´t switch camera off if it´s switched on while the phone is closed, and the most annoying is that as i have side burns, the phone seems to pluck my hairs while i make a call, painful. I think i will send it back.
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Reviewed by Neil from UK on 20th Feb 2007
Having switched from a Motorola V3i to this phone I fell in love with the shine! Short lived sadly. The ring tone volume is sadly lacking compared to the V3i. To the point when I tried to use tried and trusted ring tones I have downloaded, I struggled to hear it. It's even worse if you put the handset face down (so speaker is down too).... then you'll really struggle. What it will be like when somebody makes a case for it, I don't know! If you have large fingers like mine.... the keys are approaching the small side. Sadly it went back today.... Motorola V6 MAXX seems much better!
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Reviewed by Katei from England on 20th Feb 2007
I have had a lot of trouble with this phone!
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Reviewed by Harry from England on 20th Feb 2007
As said, it is probably one of the best looking phones out there! and as Helen said, it does have a very expensive feel to it. The main annoying thing with the camera is the shutter lag, its about 1-2 seconds, and can be very annoying! The music player is very unorganised, just one big list. and music files have to be put in the MP3 folder is you wish to listen to them from the memory card, and for them to be able be used in the MP3 list, they need to be MP3 format, and the phone wont find the files if they are in files in the MP3 folder, so you have to store them as one big list. The display, when in mirror mode is very handy, so i can get my phone out in classes, without getting it confiscated (sp?) I bought this phone on the 13/02/07, and i must say very impressive, as for reception quality, mine is about average.
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Reviewed by jason-sam from england on 19th Feb 2007
got this phone about 2 weeks ago now and i can honestly say it is a really good phone. i used to have the nokia n73 and it is the worst phone you could ever have, when it decides to work that is. slow, unreliable and to be frank its rubbish!! the lg shine however, is much faster than the n73. the scroll bar can be a little tricky to use and sometimes lands on different options but it is fine once you get use to it and no more trouble than your average joystick which i might add, has a tendency to stop working (K800i) overall i think this phone is a good investment and definitely up to standards. great camera, music quality and stunning looks. it also has the best reception! and whilst the battery meter is a little deceptive and lies its only ytue downside is that is perhaps a bit too stylish for this generation where mobile thefts are on the up and most people feel the need to discreetly look at their phones. perfect phone for teenage girls and women in particular although the blokes will enjoy it as well!!!
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Reviewed by dee from uk on 19th Feb 2007
got this phone two days ago. i think this phone is brilliant. been searching for new phone for months and soon as i see this one i was very impressed and i wanted it. the camera is as good or if not better than some 3.2 mp i've seen. the 'flash' screensavers are very clever. the only downside i've found is that i keep polishing finger prints off of it. it's easy to set up and use, believe me if i can anyone can!
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