LG GW300 Review

Interface and Functionality:

You can only see three contacts at a time in the phone book of the LG GW300 and this is somewhat uncomfortable really, but easy to explain with the landscape orientation of the display. Fortunately, there is a search pane at the top that´s handy to use along with the QWERTY keyboard.

Calendar, alarms, notes... nothing coming out of left field about the functionality of the standard applications of the LG GW300. However, we need to take a closer look at its texting and social networking capabilities, because that´s what the phone is all about.

Creating an email account is a pretty standard procedure – you have support for POP and IMAP servers and automated setup with popular service providers like Gmail and Yahoo! Unfortunately and for some reason, we were unable to use the email function of our unit.

A built-in application for the most popular social network service, Facebook, comes preinstalled on the LG GW300. It´s JAVA-based, of course, but feels enjoyable to use on the overall. It does a great job if you feel up to going over profiles, writing to online buddies, updating your status... you can even browse picture galleries and surprisingly, everything is carried out at an acceptable speed through the EDGE connection. Congratulations to the developer team of Opentech!

There are no other preinstalled applications for social networking, but you have an HTML browser that is, frankly, nothing to write home about, but will do the job if you need to visit Twitter´s mobile page. All attempts to load heavier websites lead to messages about insufficient system memory.

The LG GW300 is equipped with 2-megapixel, unpretending camera. Snapshots sport average amount of details, but colors look incredibly thin. The handset captures videos at the far too low resolution of 176x144 pixels and their best application would be to send them in MMS messages or watch them directly on the cell phone.

The GW300 is a relatively decent music player, thanks to the 3.5mm jack it´s equipped with plus the audio playback quality through an ordinary set of headphones (we couldn’t test the boxed pair) proved to be quite good indeed. Sound packs enough punch, bass frequencies are proper and... well, we´re satisfied with the phone. Its only disadvantage in this respect is the lack of support for microSDHC cards.

If you feel like watching videos on the 2.4-inch screen, just keep in mind you need to convert them to MPEG-4 with resolution identical to that of the screen, i.e. 320x240 pixels.

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