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LG GW520 review

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

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As a messaging phone it's not bad at all, and that QWERTY keyboard is one of the better, as well as one of the most discreet, we've seen. The social networking side of it has been overplayed by LG though, with only Livesquare and Facebook ticking the social boxes

We liked:

The LG GW520 is a neat little package, certainly compared to the bricklike dimensions of many QWERTY keyboard phones and manages to retain the compact good looks of the Cookie while adding extra functionality.

The keyboard is a joy to use and much better than we expected for a handset at this price with neatly spaced, tactile keys.

The Livesquare app is fun and useful – nice to see a new approach to arranging your contacts and Facebook was easy to set up and use, though we'd have liked to have had our updates pushed to us instead of having to check them at intervals.

The push email system worked well though

We disliked:

The touchscreen looked good but could be unresponsive, especially when browsing. The widgets interface impresses to tease since there's only a limited number of widgets available – why not make all the menu options available as widgets?

The browser is clumsy and slow and the biggest disappointment about this handset and we really missed Wi-Fi access despite the presence of HSDPA 3G network connection. The camera is distinctly so-so and nothing to get excited about either.

Verdict:

And with the speed of change involved in online networking, we'd have liked other apps besides Facebook to have been available. As a low(ish) cost introduction to touchscreen phones it offers a lukewarm welcome but the clunky browser, unresponsive touchscreen and lack of Wi-Fi left us with a distinct chill.

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.