Cebu City, Philippines (PressExposure) August 14, 2009 -- The dawn of touchscreen technology in mobile phones was revolutionized when Apple Inc.'s iPhone first hit the market. It offered touchscreen technology like never before. It upgraded its capabilities, by adding more features to it, while maintaining its petite mobile phone size. Because of this innovative technology, several brands of mobile have soon followed its steps. One of which is when LG Electronics released their cheaper version of the iPhone called the LG Cookie or LG KP500. Another version is that of Samsung's in which they called Samsung Tocco Lite.
LG Cookie (KP500) The LG KP500, or popularly known as the LG Cookie, was introduced and launched in December of 2008, over a year after iPhone was introduced into the market. Yet many found that LG Cookie is much more affordable than the iPhone. LG targeted the entry-level touchscreen market keeping the cost of the KP500 as low as possible (compared to iPhone that is). This is done by the brand, omitting some of the features found on high-end products, such as GPS, 3G or Wi-Fi.
Because of the brand's obviously low price that easily accommodated every market, the LG Cookie quickly grew in popularity as well as the demand. The LG KP500 has recorded over two million cellular phones for sale worldwide in the five months since its launch in December 2008. It has sold 1.2 million units in Europe, 600,000 units in Asia and emerging markets, and 100,000 in Korea in which LG claimed that they will hit the most popular cellular phones for sale by March of 2009.
Technical issues Although popular, many users have reported experiencing different defects with their phones. Majority of reports stated its slow functioning touch as well as its rotating (portrait to landscape and vice versa) screen mechanism. Another issue is that the phone turning itself off whenever going into the Gallery or while trying to view images as well as while viewing the calendar through the calendar widget. One major issue is the BSOD or Blue Screen of Death.
Samsung Tocco Lite The Samsung Tocco Lite, also known as Samsung S5230, was announced on March 2009 and released on May 2009 by Samsung in which it quickly became a popular Cellular phones for sale. It is Samsung's competitor of the famous LG KP500 Cookie low cost touch-screen mobile phone. It is available in black, white and pink colors and has a large 3.0â LCD with 262K Color WQVGA. It uses a WAP 2.0 browser and makes use of MIDP 2.0 as its Java support platform.
Samsung Tocco Lite and LG Cookie are much similar in looks as well as its 3 distinct buttons. Other similarities include its 3.0â LCD, its 3.2 megapixel camera and video recorder, as well as its use of MIDP 2.0 as its Java support platform. The phone also has an inbuilt accelerometer for motion gaming and other uses. To compete with LG Cookie's price, Samsung Tocco Lite also removed its 3G connectivity as a way to lower its price.