Thursday, 6 September 2007

LG version of iPhone

It seems the South Korean electronic giant LG Electronics Inc. wants to mimic the earthquake created by the Apple iPhone in the highly volatile mobile-crust. In an order to catch the thunder, LG electronic launched its second iPhone-like handset with many features that the iPhone doesn't have: 3G and high-speed cellular data networking.

Coming in the model of KS20, it bears a strong resemblance to the iPhone of its shiny front-face that is devoid of almost all buttons.

LG KS20 is compatible with 3G WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) networks, the 3G standard being deployed by most operators around the world. That means the product would cater to the demand of iPhone in those countries where it doesn’t support the service provider like Japan and South Korea.

Another feature that LGKS20 is counted higher than the iPhone comes in the faster data networking. WCDMA supports speeds of around 384k bps (bits per second) in its basic version and the LG phone will also work on networks that have been upgraded with HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) data networking at speeds up to 3.6M bps. That's significantly faster than the EDGE (enhanced data rates for GSM evolution) data network on which the iPhone operates.

It is not that in every front the LG handset surpasses the iPhone. It is missing one feature that some customers will consider of utmost importance: Apple's OS X operating system. The LG handset runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 which is often criticized for being harder to use and clunkier than the Apple operating system.

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