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Camera:

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

Multimedia:

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.



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