LG GW520 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but without 3G.
The number of people using a mobile phone to access Facebook is growing with each passing day. It seems LG has finally got that right, because the company has introduced not just one, but two cell phones, both advertised for their Facebook and push email capabilities – the LG GT505 and LG GW520. Today we are going to talk about the latter. Just like the GT505, it sports a touch sensitive screen, but in addition comes equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard…
The LG GW520 is certainly not a device that will make you the centre of attention. Still, with its jazzy orange keyboard and sides it does comes with an offbeat, youthful design. All other elements of its body (save the buttons below the screen) sport a soft touch finish that makes the handset more appealing to touch.
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The 2.8-inch WQVGA display takes up the best part of the front side of the GW520. The screen has good sensitivity and delivers bright, vivid colors. It´s just too bad they get washed in direct sunlight, so reading becomes quite an uphill battle, no to mention its love for fingerprints doesn’t help either. The send and end keys and a button that takes you to your favorite applications and the phone task manager are below the display. We didn’t encounter any issues with any of the phone buttons, but we would have been much happier if those on either side of the handset were more protruding.
The full QWERTY keyboard is a key aspect of the LG GW520. You have four rows of jazzy orange buttons that feel really comfy to press. We got used to using them without making mistakes right away and their bright, white backlighting makes them easy to find even in utter darkness.
As a whole, we are pleasantly surprised at the good build quality of the handset. It feels solid and sturdy and its slider is not plagued by any wobbling or looseness issues.
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