LG Intouch Max GW620 review

Can LG actually make a decent budget Android mobile?

The definitive LG Intouch Max GW620 review
The definitive LG Intouch Max GW620 review

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We're big fans of the internet on Android phones, and the Intouch Max GW620 is no exception - it's a WebKit-enabled browser that simply works well.

There are a few issues with the GW620's ability to handle the net however, and that's mainly down to the resistive screen - we're not big fans of it to start with, and the fact is that we constantly struggled to get the correct level of accuracy when using the phone in both portrait and landscape mode.

The smart-fit technology worked well, though, as double tapping to zoom in meant that the text was automatically re-sized in both portrait and landscape modes - this is something sadly lacking with the likes of the Motorola Milestone for instance.

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The visual bookmarks also worked a treat - having tabs to sort between your favourite and most viewed sites was pretty good, along with the history all in one simple-to-get-to place on the phone.

What was odd about the LG Intouch Max GW620 was the fact that initially you think that there's a distinct lack of ability to do simple things like reloading the page, or scooting forward or backwards through the pages you visited - well, that's until you realise that there's a little tab at the side that springs open to reveal a whole new transparent menu, as well as the standard list of functions opened by the normal menu key.

This transparent option allows you to do all the things we thought LG had forgotten to do - it's not blatantly obvious that this function is there though, as the tab is pretty small to hit. What's more annoying is that it also gets in the way of the text sometimes too - sometimes all you're trying to do is scroll down and the tab will pop open.

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Also, it's hard to shut the thing down - when you're in portrait mode it's fine, as there's a blank space to tap, but in landscape this wasn't possible, so it was either a physical button press or tapping around the icons trying not to hit one - not ideal.

As you can imagine on a phone of this calibre - there's no Flash video to play with, meaning that you can't watch YouTube or BBC iPlayer in its native format. That said, the rest of the experience is pretty snazzy, with a phone that seems light on specs fair whizzing around the pages we were calling up - no complaints about the performance there.

The Intouch Max GW620 might not be a phone that competes with the likes of the HTC Hero or the Nokia N900 in terms of internetability (new word copyrighted by TechRadar to describe how internetty a phone is), it's still a very passable effort that you'll have no qualms turning to in a day to day setting.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.