LG GW520 review

It's more stylish Cookie than clever Arena, but the GW520 feels underpowered where it counts

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The GW520's interface is much the same as other touchscreen phones from LG, featuring the now familiar array of widgets with which you can populate the home screen. A settings icon near the bottom opens up the widgets tray, so you can choose which widgets you want on your home screen

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It's a nice system, but there aren't quite enough widgets available. You can choose from an analogue clock, message counter, web search, FM radio, music player, notes, picture slideshow, dual location world clock, calendar, weather, Facebook and push email.

We'd have liked a web widget that takes you straight to your preferred home page, or a movie player, but unfortunately you can't add new widgets from the main menu, which is quite a let-down, especially in comparison to Samsung's TouchWiz interface.

utilities

If the home screen starts to look cluttered however, you can shake the handset to make the widgets line up more neatly, so long as you have your widgets tray open.

At the bottom of the screen are four fixed shortcuts – keypad, contacts, messaging and menu. The menu is neatly laid out, with four groups of icons which you switch between via the selection bar on the right.

Incidentally, you can adjust the selection bar so it either flips between menu pages or scrolls through them, and the menus do that nice little iPhone-style bouncing thing when you scroll through them.

settings

As with other recent LG touchscreen phones, a press on an empty part of the home page will bring up a status page offering info on your network, connectivity, memory and data usage.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory40 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time4.50 Hour
Product ModelGW520
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)125.5 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height106.9 mm
Width53 mm
Depth15.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time500 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameGW520 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGW520
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationMobile Phone with 3 MP Camera, QWERTY Keyboard, and Social Networking
Let your fingers do the talking with the LG GW520, the phone that keeps you connected with your friends, family and music wherever you are.