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LG eXpo GW820 Review

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LG eXpo GW820 Review
Getting in touch with someone through a phone call on the LG eXpo came out with positive results. Callers said that our voice sounded clear without any static or background noise; it had a normal tone. On our end we were able to make out the conversation without any problems. When switching to the speaker phone, we still received decent calling quality, but it sounded just a tad low for us to clearly comprehend the conversation without our callers having to speak up heavily.

Pitting it with other AT&T phones, the LG eXpo was able to retain a solid connection to the network and didn’t drop calls during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome with any smartphone is its longevity with battery life. With the handset set to automatically adjust brightness levels, we were able to get almost a full working days use out of the LG eXpo before the indicators started telling us that battery was low. You’ll need to constantly charge this phone whenever you can if you plan on using it for the long haul of a full working day. LG has the phone rated for 4 hours of talk and 408 hours of standby time.


LG did a wonderful job in disassociating itself from the sour after taste that left us with the LG INCITE. They’ve clearly reworked their designs and managed to produce a worthy Windows Mobile smartphone that will aim to please a wide range of users with its impressive lists of features. Not only does the S-Class interface make its US debut on the eXpo, but it adds a lot of visual flare that we haven’t seen stateside to make it a refreshing option for users consistently seeing either TouchFLO 3D or TouchWiz dominating the scene. Finally, the implementation of the pico projector opens up a plethora of implications that can cater to a whole new list of needs. The X in eXpo marks the spot where LG clearly differentiates itself in being a prominent figure in the Windows Mobile landscape.

LG eXpo GW820 Video Review:


  • Smooth looking S-Class Interface
  • Great calling quality
  • Pocketable form factor
  • Tactile QWERTY keyboard


  • Bulky looking with pico projector
  • Poor battery life
PhoneArena rating:
8.5 Excellent
User rating:
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. JocularJester (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)

other than the lackluster 5mp camera, the speakerphone quality, the slight bluish tint to the whites when using the pico, and the missing 3.5mm outlet, PA really seems to have really liked this phone. personally i havent had a chance to play with it myself but it does seem like a great winmo phone that anyone could get good use out of. great review overall and i look forward to the next. keep up the great work.

posted on 24 Dec 2009, 22:26

2. g2tl (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Dec 2009)

how did the expo, with its 1500mah battery get a rating of "6" while the hd2, with a 1200mah battery, got "8.5"?

posted on 24 Dec 2009, 23:43

3. livingmild (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Dec 2009)

Can you use the projector to do powerpoint presentations and if so is there something available to advance the slides without having to pick up the phone.

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 11:20

4. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

It would seem that it projects everythig on your main screen of your phone, so yes it will do PPT, as far as advancing slides without touching the phone, I would get a Blueooth Keyboard or a BT controller of some sort. But seems like a decent enough phone. Samsung said they were going to make a BT projector for any WinMo phone. Has anyone heard anything about this?

posted on 26 Dec 2009, 01:26

5. livingmild (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Dec 2009)

That's very helpful. I didn't know you can attach a Bluetooth Keyboard to a smartphone. Thanks

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LG eXpo

LG eXpo

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display3.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (292 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.45 x 2.16 x 0.63 inches
(113 x 55 x 16 mm)
5.20 oz  (147 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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