Why I love the LG KS20

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I’m actually very surprised to say this but I am totally in love with the LG KS20!! (And I’m not just saying that because this is an advertorial.) I’m pleasantly surprised because I’ve been a Nokia fan since forever and never thought I’d like phones of other brands. Haha.

[I love my LG KS20!]

Ok this photo is damn weird, makes my face look long.

But never mind that since this blog is about the phone and not about how my face looks. Oh, yeah, I’d better post an official picture of the phone because my photos can never do justice to the KS20 since I’m so fond of taking photos in bad lighting.

So, professional photo!

[The LG KS20]

Sleek and shiny and slim! Doesn’t it look good? It looks as designer-ish as the LG Prada but is cheaper and better. In my opinion, the LG KS20 is the prettiest smartphone available in the market right now, so I don’t see what’s not to like about it.

[The LG KS20]

Okay, but that’s just me. I know I can’t fool all the rest of you non-bimbo types who could care less about looks.

So, let’s talk about other aspects of the phone.

I must be partial because my credibility is very important to me. So let me say this first: The KS20 isn’t perfect.

OMG I’ve said it.

*Waits to be smote by lightning*

*Nothing*

Okay, see? Being honest is safe.

[The LG KS20]

So.

I’m going to make it very easy for you. I’ll do a pros and cons list instead of try to sound like some expert thesis writer using big words and convoluted syntax to trick people into thinking that I know more than I actually do.

Okay, list.

What’s Great About the LG KS20

  • It’s sooooo beautiful. (I know. Starting my list with that declaration probably just shot my credibility as a reviewer to pieces but, really, it’s sooooo beautiful.)
  • The phone has a piano black finish! I mean, that sounds so classy and elegant, does it not! It makes me feel classy and elegant using it, even if everyone will claim that there are six degrees of separation between “classy and elegant” and Sheylara.

    [Me and the LG KS20]
    Pretending to be classy and elegant but not succeeding because of the cute flowers on the shoulder and the act-cute pose.

  • It’s fully touchscreen. That means you’ll look really cool sitting in the MRT poking all over your phone with either your finger or the stylus. You could even do it one-handed with your SMS-trained nimble thumb.
  • Best of all, the touchscreen doesn’t do dodgy things like launch applications by itself just because your face is touching it when you answer phone calls! In phone-call mode, the KS20 will automatically retard the touchscreen function so you don’t start launching stupid applications accidentally.
  • It runs on Windows Mobile 6 Pro like most smartphones worth any salt, so it’s very easy to get used to the interface if you’re a Windows PC user.

    [The UI!]

  • It supports GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and HSDPA (3.6Mbps). The last one is VERY IMPORTANT because it gives you the fastest mobile Internet connection.
  • It’s the smallest and slimmest Windows Mobile 6 smartphone you can find out there right now (weighs 92.5g and measures 100mm x 58mm x 12.8mm).

    [Sleek and slim]

  • You can do e-mails on outlook. (So make sure you don’t let your boss know that you own this phone.)

    [E-mailing]

  • You can choose between using the Qwerty keypad, which you can poke at with the stylus (or your fingers if you have baby-sized fingers), and using the handwriting feature.
  • It has two camera lenses so you can camwhore effectively by switching the lens to the screen side to see yourself when snapping the picture! (Well, that’s not really unique but it’s cool all the same!)

    [Camwhoring made easy]

  • You can flip the screen to landscape mode to minimise left-right scrolling of web pages.

    [Landscape mode]

  • The Geekfather tells me that the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM7200 400 MHz processor with 256MB ROM and 128MB of RAM, which all sounds like gibberish to me, but it means that I can open like eight applications on the phone before it starts lagging, It’s REALLY AWESOME. Better than my ex-PC! Haha.
  • You can choose to navigate the phone using either the Windows UI or switch to mobile phone UI if you prefer your phone looking like a phone rather than acting like a PC.

    [Traditional phone UI]

  • For a brand new launch, it’s cheap at $888 for all the features it promises, I mean compared to the iPhone when it was first launched.

What’s Not So Great About the LG KS20

  • It’s a fingerprint magnet. But most beautiful elegant glossy sleek black phones are, so that’s just something we as vain human beings have to learn to live with.
  • The screen is pretty small for a smartphone (2.8″) but it’s big enough for me. I mean, if you want a small and sleek phone, you can’t expect the screen to get any bigger.
  • The USB port isn’t a regular USB port, so you have to lug around a special USB cable to use the USB on the go.

    [USB port]

  • The audio jack doesn’t support regular 3.5mm earphones, which means another cable to lug around.
  • The phone only supports up to a 2GB microSD card for additional storage. But what if I want to have my entire MP3 collection in my phone so I can look really well-connected and trendy? Or if I want to film a three-hour party or something like that?
  • The handwriting recognition is a little slow. After you write something (whether a letter, a word, or a whole sentence), it will wait like two seconds before whatever you wrote gets input. That means, to get your money’s worth, you should always write whole sentences at once instead of a word at a time.
  • If you’re using the casing that comes with the phone, the stylus is quite hard to pluck out because the case gets in the way.
  • The camera is only 2 megapixels and the photo quality isn’t that great, so I still have to use my Lumix for photo-taking.

That’s it for my list. I may have missed out a few things but don’t get upset because nobody and nothing is perfect. ;)

But the KS20 works well for me because its faults are something I can live with and the pluses more than make up for the minuses.

In a nutshell, the LG KS20 is for you if you want something as pretty as the iPhone and as feature-rich as the latest PDA at a budget price!

But don’t just take my word for it. I welcome all smartphone fans and experts to agree or disagree with me.

Fire away!

Patapon: Cutest game in the world

At first, I thought that the Goonfather had lost all his marbles.

He sat at his desk, chanting to himself.

“Pata pata pata pon… pata pata pata pon… pata pata pata pon.”

“Stop it!” I told him, “You sound retarded!”

“Hey!” he objected. “It’s a PSP game. Looks cool. Maybe I should get it.”

Then he went on chanting while I rolled my eyes to let him know what I thought of his patapon.

A few days later, the Goonfather slumped into the bean bag with his PSP while I was working on my computer.

After a while, his PSP started chanting, “Pata pata pata pon…”

OMG, he got the damn game. I buried my face in my hands and wept silently while, in the background, “pata pata pata pon” droned on merrily.

Shortly after.

We were in bed one night performing our nightly ritual (the Goonfather on his PSP, me reading a book) when, once again, I heard that confounded “pata pata pata pon” squeaking off his tinny PSP speakers.

What could possess a grown man to suffer such hideously cute drummings in the ear? Curiosity rolled me over to his side of the bed to peer at his PSP screen.

What the hell. As I watched the game, I started laughing and couldn’t stop.

Patapon is the cutest game I’ve ever seen. When I first heard the chanting, I was irritated by the whole cheesiness of it. But seeing it is altogether different.

In the game, you control a tribe of little eyeball soldiers. YES, EYEBALLS. With tiny little arms holding tiny little weapons. Absolutely cute! It’s a rhythm game, so you beat out relevant rhythms on your PSP to command the little eyeballs (to march, attack, defend or retreat).

Each time after you beat out a rhythm, your little patapons will chant the rhythm while they perform your command, so you get an endless loop of chants that go, “Pata pata pata pon… pon pon pata pon.”

It’s a simple game with a simple premise but it’s hypnotically captivating. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I couldn’t wait to hear the next chant. I couldn’t stop delighting as I looked upon the cute little eyeball patapons. I couldn’t stop laughing at the funny things they were saying.

They’re talkative, the little patapons. Speech bubbles pop out continuously as they comment on the battle or on your playing (they’ll complain if you suck).

The Goonfather is known as Lord Goon in the game. Hahahahaha.

I haven’t actually played it myself. I don’t think it’s fun because it looks pretty monotonous, being a side-scrolling game with only one floor to march through in each mission. The Goonfather is addicted to it, but I only like looking at the patapons and hearing their cute chantings. I don’t actually want to play it.

You can go to the official Patapon website to hear the chant.

Or you can watch this YouTube trailer.

While you’re at it, check out this funny TV commercial showing cute Japanese girls playing the game. At least, I think it’s funny. I don’t know because I don’t understand Japanese.

Can someone tell me what they’re saying??

Yesterday, I was at McDonald’s when I suddenly heard a soft “Pata pata pata pon!” straining under the noisy Sunday chatter and radio music blaring in the restaurant.

I pricked my ears (sorta like a dog except I can’t actually move my ears) and there it was again.

“Pata pata pata pon!”

A little girl was saying it.

I finally traced the sound to this table where an Indian man sat with his three kids. The man and his son were both playing a PSP each.

The little girl was watching her daddy play while she chanted nonstop, “Pata pata pata pon,” in time with the music.

OMG.

If I were her daddy, I would strangle her.

It’s super irritating when you hear someone chant it. Actually, the music/chanting in the game is also super irritating if you’re only hearing it. You have to watch the gameplay at the same time in order to appreciate the cuteness.

The Goonfather hasn’t played it for a few days because he’s now addicted to Dynasty Warriors 6 on the PS3 and God of War on the PSP.

But he’s very easy to influence. He’ll probably feel the urge to play it again after reading this blog. Then I’ll get to see more cute patapons!

Sly, eh?

Welcome to Singapore. LOL

We are very amused.

Among Singaporeans at least, the tagline for Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End is undoubtedly “Welcome to Singapore”. I suppose it’s kind of nice because it puts Singapore yet again on the world map, but I fear this movie is only going to reinforce the misconception among some Westerners that Singapore is a republic of China.

Anyway, I don’t want to make the usual “OMG it’s such a wonderful show don’t miss it or you’re a goondu” kind of comments because everyone I know is already hyped up about it, anyway.

But I do have a few random other-thoughts.

  1. The first five minutes of the film made me cry because the soundtrack, cinematography and editing are that powerful. That alone is worth the price of Singapore’s exhorbitant movie tickets and popcorn. Moments like that make me want to make my own film because I want to affect audiences the same way.
  2. Everyone already knows part of the movie is set in early Singapore. When the film went there (you’ll know when you see red lanterns and Chinese junks), I was very disturbed. The film’s Singapore didn’t fit any image I ever had of Singapore. Perhaps because it appears too glamorous. I tried to remember my secondary school history lessons but still had a hard time reconciling the film with my vision of early Singapore. I thought it looked more like Hong Kong or China.

  3. Chow Yun Fat’s “Welcome to Singapore” was greeted with a small smattering of twitters and giggles and a few hearty laughs. Honestly, I kept hoping that he wouldn’t say it and that the trailers we’ve been watching were all fake. When he did say it, I rolled my eyes to myself in the dark.
  4. I hate to say this of one of the most respected veteran actors in all of history, but I think big brother Chow kind of overracted in this film. I mean, Pirates is a quite a fantastical film and most of the acting is over the top, but I think Zhou da ge went just a bit over and above the top, especially with the facial twitches.

    I say that because if anyone had done something like that in all the acting class I’ve attended over the past year, my teachers would have pounced on him mercilessly and asked him to stop acting (I mean not stop as in quit forever, but stop “acting” and be natural).

    But I have also learnt through personal experience that, most of the time, when you think an actor is bad, it’s not always his fault. Sometimes the director wants him to act a certain way. Just to let you know.

  5. There were so many twists and double-crossings in the three-hour film that my mind reeled. Didn’t help that I’ve forgotten most of what happened in part 1 and 2. But I still think the script is very, very clever and the dialogue is very, very witty. This is one of those movies that gets better with every sequel.
  6. Johnny Depp is god among all actors. He is so good that my awe-struck mind has yet to recover enough to provide me with apt words to describe just how good I think he is. I am totally, wretchedly, not worthy.
  7. Orlando Bloom sends my heart all aflutter.
  8. Four of the six people in my movie outing group fell asleep at various times during the film. What the fuck is wrong with them?!!
  9. I didn’t want the film to ever end. I hope there’s a fourth.

You know, I’ve never reviewed a movie in my blog. The reason being I hate doing it. I used to get paid for it so writing reviews is work. Well, this isn’t exactly a review, just random thoughts, so it’s a different. But, you know, I try not to talk about movies in my blog.

So I don’t know why I wrote this. I wasn’t planning to. I wasn’t even planning to blog because I have many pages of script to learn and a looming writing assignment deadline.

But here it is. You never know who’s controlling the mind and body you think you own.