LG GW620 Review
The latest Android cell phones come with pretty decent cameras really. The LG GW620, however, knocks them down to size with the stunning number of available options. The manufacturer has equipped the interface with virtually all functions that we are used to when using top cameraphones, including macro mode, exposure control, white balance, various shooting modes (consecutive shots, panorama, flaw removal), ISO sensitivity, a number of presets, manual and auto focus, face and smile detection etc. Unfortunately, the camera is not exactly lighting fast and needs about 2 seconds to start up, another 2 to focus on objects and 4-5 seconds to save an image.
The quality of the snapshots (without tampering with the settings) is satisfactory. Similarly to other models of the manufacturer (LG Viewty Smart, Crystal), their colors are not saturated enough, but have proper details. The flash is relatively weak and doesn’t help much in case you decide to take a picture in poor lighting conditions.
The LG GW620 captures videos at QVGA resolution and 30 frames per second. Said resolution equates to clips that are only suitable for being watched on handset displays, which is rather disappointing and frankly, renders the video capture virtually pointless.
LG GW620 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
The LG GW620 comes with personalized image gallery that provides access to both your images and videos. You can filter and tag content or just let the phone detect the faces in your snapshots all by itself. If you go for the latter option, you are allowed to nickname the person or link them to a phone contact, so you can dial the person directly from the picture. Frankly, we just don´t see how the option could make your life easier, but some people may find it useful.
The multimedia player is personalized as well. The problem with video files is they are accessible from one place, so finding the one you´re searching for in case you´ve got plenty can be time consuming. Fortunately, there is an alternative application, available at Android Market. The handset plays DivX and Xvid files with resolution of 480x360 pixels. When watching clips with this resolution we noticed some lag with action-packed scenes, so we would recommend you use videos with 400 pixels width. The image quality is pleasing indeed and we would use the LG GW620 for watching movies and clips any day. Unfortunately, the limitation means you will have to convert your files and that renders the DivX/Xvid support nearly pointless. Compare this to the much more acceptable performance of the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 – the playback of files with resolution of 720x480 pixels is affected by some stuttering issues, but 640x480 content plays smoothly and without a hitch.
The multimedia player is the default application for listening to music as well, but you need to press the menu button in order to switch it over to audio mode (no need to thank us for the tip). The personalized audio player features interface that is definitely more spectacular to look at than the standard, but fails to offer more options and tends to lag a bit, so you might want to avoid using it. Fortunately, the loudspeaker offers sound that is loud and clear and, in case you plug in a headset of proper quality, you will truly be able to relish your favourite music. We didn’t have the chance to test the boxed earphones, but the sound quality through one of our sets was amazing.
The default music player
The personalized audio player has a more spectacular interface than the standard one
2. Harish Shah (unregistered)
I just bought this phone from mnvcollections.com and I totally love it!
A lot of people said the LG GW620's battery has some issues. But I figured that if you have the right software for the battery then you are good to go.
And I have even used the LG GW620 as a Torch recently and it works like a breeze.
So if you like Android-based phones then you should buy the LG GW620.
3. drshetty (unregistered)
pathetic phone. donot buy it. got it repaired 5 times in 10 months.
4. kaizad (unregistered)
don't buy this phone. s**ttiest phone ever. my phone's touch screen stopped working just after 3 months. the touch-sensitive keys are pain in the a$$. i had to use the key board all the time. i 'm writing this so that u don't suffer like me.
5. MELA (unregistered)
Hi would you please help me to use this phone b/c the phone Network was blocked