The fashion phone returns: LG’s Prada reviewed

One of these is the storage thrown into the handset, and while 8GB is built in, we’re only seeing 4GB available to you. Premium handsets often include 16GB of storage, and we’re a little surprised LG didn’t view the Prada as premium enough for this storage size. Granted, LG has at least done the right thing, providing a microSD slot for expanding the memory, but we’re still a little surprised why LG didn’t go for more.

The battery isn’t very impressive, either. While it’s become par for the course to expect a day’s life out of a smartphone, you’re lucky to get that out of the Prada.

If you do a lot of talking, texting, and web browsing – and if you’re a socialite buying into a name brand like this, we’d expect this to be close to the mark – you won’t last the full day. We managed to hit just barely a day, provided we kept the talking to about 15 minutes in total and still texted, surfed the web, and did our usual gamut of social networking.

The monochrome Android interface is slick, but the moment you add any app that LG hasn't made an icon or widget for, it destroys the specific look the phone is sold with.

LG’s build quality of the handset also leaves something to be desired, offering a plastic backing that doesn’t feel as strong as you’d expect out of the “Prada” brand. With a glass covered front and plastic at every other part, the LG Prada is left feeling cheap, even if it does boast to the world that you’re using a Prada device when it’s raised to your ear.

This is a stark contrast to the leather-textured box that the phone comes in, the handset at that point offering what feels like a premium package for the more refined individual.

While there are some obvious problems with the Prada, it does manage to nail one design aspect that few handsets have managed to get right: the microUSB port.

Generally, phones don’t bother trying to protect the charge port, with some attempting it merely by including a bit of plastic that hangs off the side. Here in the latest iteration of LG’s Prada, the company has a sliding metal door that makes it very easy to protect the charge and data port from the elements.

The sliding door covering the microUSB port is one of those things we wish other phones had.


While LG’s Prada has managed to get a few things right, it feels more like Prada should have put the phone through quality control before it was released with the likeness of such a prestigious design house.

If your idea of a phone is something you can show off to your friends, you may have found your match, but people seeking a solid mobile experience have a lot more to choose from.

Value for money
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One of the few phones to be officially licensed by a major fashion brand; Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology included; Covered charge port;
Outdated version of Android (2.3); Only LG's icons match the monochromatic skin, making the Android overlay look unfinished; Could do with more internal storage space; Battery lucky to last a day;