LG GW520 review

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

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The 3-megapixel camera is okay rather than great. It launches with a press of the shutter button in around four seconds, so it's not bad for quick snaps.

There's no autofocus so you'll need to be a bit careful with your composition but then again, it takes its shots with only about a second delay.


There's no flash and not much in the way of other extras, just a multi-shot option (three, six or nine pics), night mode and a timer (three, five and ten seconds).

Picture quality isn't bad considering its limitations. It will take pics at up to a maximum of 2048x1536 pixels and if you're careful with your light and don't try anything too fancy you can get some reasonably sharp snaps which you can upload direct to your blog via the Blogger app.


QUALITY: The camera fails to focus properly and colours look washed out

There's an editing suite on board which allows you to add drawings, text or icons to your pics, as well as adjusting brightness, colour and contrast. There's also a range of effects filters which as well as offering the usual monochrome and sepia, also has oil painting, mosaic blur and sketch


LIGHT: In soft light, the camera does ok...


...but in dark conditions performance drops massively

For video recording quality drops a considerable notch since it records in QVGA resolution at just 12fps, which is pretty paltry even by camphone standards. You can add audio or text and there are different effects to merge one video or image into another such as a dissolve or an uncovering effect.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
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.