6th July 2008
A step or two up from the LG
KP100 and the straight replacement for the KG130,
the LG KP130 is a very low cost handset with
a VGA resolution digital camera.
With a recommended retail price of €79
and a street price of just €52 or so, the KP130 is certainly
quite inexpensive. It looks a lot better than the hideous
But in many ways, the KP130 demonstrates
a problem that mobile phone designers have when it comes
to entry-level handsets. Whereas the very bottom end
of the market can concentrate on delivering either the
cheapest phones around or are squeezing in as many features
as they can into the sub-€40 price bracket, manufacturers
can often struggle to come up with something just a
little bit higher in the product range.
you get for your money here is a GPRS capable phone
with a 1.5" 128 x 128 pixel CSTN display, MIDI
polyphonic ringtones and a VGA resolution camera. The
KP130's GPRS goes hand-in-hand with a web browser, although
the small screen will prove to be somewhat limiting,
but still of some use.
The other feature over the cheaper KP100
is the VGA resolution camera. But exactly how useful
is this going to be? These old 0.3 megapixel cameras
were pretty useless in their heyday, and because the
KP130 lacks removable memory or a USB port then it is
hard to see how the pictures could be transferred off.
The KP130's screen is too small to fiddle around with
images, and even though the handset supports MMS, the
picture quality tends to be poor. And who actually uses
MMS messaging anyway?
There were phones like the KP130 around
five years ago - and if you can remember what phones
were like back in 2003 then you will probably remember
that they were pretty awful to use. Of course, the KP130
is much cheaper than a similar phone was 5 years ago,
but if you're on a budget then perhaps the cheaper KP100
is of more use.
The KP130 should be available in the
next few days on a variety of networks across Europe,
Vodafone and Debitel in Germany are already confirmed.
KP130 at a glance
900 / 1800
x 128 pixels, 65k colours
70 grams /
100 x 45 x 13mm
3 hours talk / 8 days standby