The LG AKA: Cute? Creepy? I don't care, I want one

LG AKA

LG AKA

The eyes have it as we get our first look at LG's colorful Korean character phones

You learn a thing or three running Android Central. One is that you need to remember to have fun with phones from time to time. Another is that sometimes there are serious regional differences that you just have to roll with.

Those nuggets are what bring us to the LG AKA, an Android smartphone that until now I've really only seen as a phone with a pair of blinking eyes, held by happy people in Korean-language press releases. They look playful. They're having fun. The phones, that is. And so I almost didn't actually want to pick up the phone at LG's booth at Central Hall here at CES, lest the magic somehow be lost and the blinking eyes close forever.

But I dared. I picked up the little creature and found a phone in my hand, clad in a colorful case, with a bit of the display left uncovered for those peepers.

AKA actually comes as four characters, with a unique UI for each. Phones with personality. When was the last time you could say that about, well, just about anything here in the states. (That the AKA personalities are decidedly Korean and, therefore, very much foreign to me, wasn't lost on this father of two who very much would love for his young daughters to embrace this sort of care-free technology.)

LG AKA

The eyes are indeed the gateway to the AKA's soul. They blink when waking. Spin when shaking. You get different faces when charging or using headphones or when a call comes in or an alarm goes off.

But few minutes of cuddling does not a relationship make, even with the cutest of characters. And so I returned the AKA to the safety of its security cradle. Where it closed its eyes one final time.

(For those of you less concerned about about the eyes and more concerned about the specs, the AKA's got a 5-inch display and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It's running Android 4.4.2, has an 8MP rear camera (2.1MP out front. It's got a 2,610 mAh battery, 16GB of internal memory an 1.5GB of RAM. AKA comes in white, navy blue, yellow and pink.)

Phil Nickinson
28 Comments
  • Creepy.
  • It actually depends on the person using it. They'll be creepy if they feel so to me after I use 'em. Not because others are calling them creepy.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd say the line between cute and creepy depends on who's holding it. Anyone over 20 using one is creepy. Posted via the finally lag-free LG G3 on CM12
  • Anyone over 5 is creepy. Can't see that startup CEO toting one of these.
  • Adorable! I want one!
  • Been seeing these in a few Korean dramas I've been watching.
  • The geek side of me wants to get one. The grown man side of me isn't going to buy it though.
  • Put anime eyes on it, even better they turn red when its 4:20 lol
  • It comes work with a case?
  • It rubs the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again.
  • In your Stewie voice lol
  • Can't sleep...phones will eat me... Posted via the Android Central App
  • That is awesome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd feel ridiculous using these, but I think the navy AKA Soul is the best of the creepy bunch. Posted via AC App on HTC One
  • Nawp Posted via the Xperia Z3
  • Quick Kill it before they get loose!
  • Uhhh... No. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I so want one! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Honestly I have absolutely no desire to use one of these phones but I can imagine if LG marketed this towards the Teens and Tweens market it could be an amazing success. Bundle it with some kind of parental control software and you would have a homerun. Not to mention this would have the potential for LG to build brand loyalty into an emerging generation of consumers and steer them away from the fruit phones early.
  • Why does this have to be a separate phone? A case and an app would accomplish the same thing. Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • This could also be done with a case and an app to go with it. It would probably go over really well for the tween iphone market especially if you made the cases available for older models that are often either handed down when Mom or Dad gets a new one or bought for a penny on contract. I showed my 16 yo daughter and she loved it.
  • I would say only on AMOLED screen phones. Need a screen that can control separate parts of the display without having to power the whole thing.
  • Wait, LG actually announced a gadget with those specs at CES?!?!? Those creep me out more than the eyes! LOL
  • i think that is creative. i have a young daughter and (although I haven't given her a phone and don't plan too for a while), she would find that very appealing. I'm impressed. I could see this being an interesting kids phone. although Im shocked its a 5" screen and not a little smaller.
  • I SAW THESE IN HEALER! I WANT ONE!
  • I got one already but the problem is that I can't take a picture of the Art Toy using on AKA Space widget. It tells to download apps but it's already downloaded (not art toy but the app came from google play store app). I got really confused trying to figure out or fix it.
  • Where do you guys buy it? Can s.b tell me, I'd love to watch it.
  • Where do you guys buy it? Can s.b tell me, I'd love to have one.