LG P940 Prada 3.0 smartphone review
LG launches its third smartphone with Prada branding for users keen to make a fashion statement along with their phone calls. Julian Prokaza finds out if this designer-label Android device has the substance to match its style.
Selling a smartphone under the auspices of a fashion label might seem like a superficial way to attract choosy buyers, but it seems to be working for LG. The P940 is LG’s third Prada smartphone in five years, but the first to run Android — the earlier KE850 and KF900 both used a proprietary operating system.
In addition to the discreet silver logos front and back, the most apparent implication of the P940’s Prada branding is the label’s trademark Saffiano textured finish on the back panel.
Sadly, this is mere moulded plastic rather than leather, but the cover does snap snugly to the case and feels very solid. Prising it off again to access the battery and microSD card slot risks breaking a fingernail though, which is something that well-manicured Prada connoisseurs may not appreciate.
Prada connection aside, the P940 is still a stylishly understated smartphone and the slab-like design with sharp corners is a refreshing change from the current trend towards organic curves. It feels substantial in the hand too, despite being just 8.5mm thick and weighing 138g.
A dark metal band runs around the perimeter of the case, with two buttons on the left for volume control and two on the top for power and the camera shutter.
The placement of the latter is very odd, since it means pressing the bottom left side of the case to take a photo with the phone held in landscape orientation. This is so awkward as to make the button more or less useless, but the Android camera app does at least have a large on-screen alternative.
Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Processor: TI OMAP4430 dual-core (1GHz)
Storage: 1GB RAM; 4GB user plus microSDHC slot
Screen: 4.3" (480 x 800) capacitive multi-touch
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP & EDR, DLNA, microUSB; 3.5mm headphone socket
Other: Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, AGPS, FM tuner, NFC
Bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900Mhz; HSPA+ 900/1900/2100MHz
Camera: 8MP rear with autofocus and LED flash; 1.3MP front
Battery: 1540mAh (5h talk-time, 330h standby)
Size: 127.5 x 69 x 8.5mm
Quadrant Standard: 2723
Video playback: 5h 30m