Android Phones

LG’s KS360 will be an Android handset, but should we be excited?

February 26, 2009 | by Robert Nelson

Android Phones, LG

LG’s KS360 will be an Android handset, but should we be excited?

Last week, we mentioned that LG was planning to release three Android based phones this year, and in passing we also mentioned that the first one to be released would the KS360. Honestly, I had not given the phone much thought, other than some initial excitement to see some more Android phones being announced. But should we, as Android geeks really be all that excited about it?

I am thinking that can be answered with both a yes and a no.

To begin with, as far as the yes side, it sounds like it will be good news to see a wide variety of Android phones. That ultimately means a phone for everyone, both smartphones and regular phones.

As far as the no, that is pretty simply put. As an Android geek, the KS360 is not going to be a phone that I would really consider purchasing and that is because it is more of a basic phone. Sure, it has a keyboard, but it is not what would be considered smart.

As for the KS360, it is a pretty standard phone that is not all that special. Sure it will be running Android, but that is where the excitement may stop for some. Feature wise, the KS360 offers a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2-megapixel camera, microSD card slot and a 240 x 320 display. A few things that are missing is 3G support, Wi-Fi and GPS. Basically, I have seen this model listed as a mid-range slider, which sounds about right.

So, what do you think? Will these slightly less smartphones running Android be a key to the success or end up just being another phone on the market?

I guess it will depend on who you ask. I suppose there are plenty of people who buy a G1 for what it can do and not because it is running Android. I guess because I am an Android fan, more than a G1 fan I have a different outlook.