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LG Renoir KC910

Accessories include a multi-language User Guide (Chinese, Malay and English), power charger, USB cable, earphones with remote, phone casing, a phone strap and a software CD containing Divx converter, LG PC Suite and USB drivers.

On closer inspection, the phone strap reveals a small extendable stylus for users who prefer to tap the touchscreen rather than using their fingers. We would have preferred a slot in the phone to accomodate the stylus rather than carry it as a phone strap accessory.

The KC910’s user interface is easy to use, thanks to the well-organised menu. It is quite responsive when we clicked on our selection with some feedback. However, scrolling up and down wasn’t as smooth compared to point and select.

You can easily access your call history, contacts, messaging, playback music and videos, access camera and video camera modes, web browser, connectivity as well as configure the phone settings.

Messaging can be performed in portrait and landscape mode. In portrait mode, the alphabet keys are arranged to the number pad of the typical phone layout. But if you want the QWERTY keyboard, simply rotate the phone to landscape mode. Text messaging can be slightly tedious especially if you have large fingers, and we find ourselves relying on our fingernails more. Of course, the KC910 also supports hand writing recognition if you prefer this method of input.

Good news for the music lovers. According to the manufacturer, the Renoir KC910 incorporates Dolby Mobile, an integrated suite of audio processing technologies from Dolby Laboratories which gives a superior listening experience to your MP3 songs with depth, richness and powerful bass. There is a discernable difference in the audio quality if you enable and disable the Dolby Mobile during playback.

Video playback is also pretty good, thanks to the sharp 3-inch display. However, the popular WMV file format was not recognised. Fast forwarding can be tedious as you have to touch and hold the video play bar. There is a fast forward button beside the Play/Pause key, though it skipped to the end of the video immediately after we pressed it.

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