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LG GW520 review

It's more stylish Cookie than clever Arena, but the GW520 feels underpowered where it counts

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 40 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 4.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 400

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For

  • Excellent QWERTY keyboard
  • Livesquare

Against

  • Sluggish touchscreen
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Poor browser
  • Poor quality headphones

The LG GW520 is an odd beast, neither fish nor fowl. It has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, like a business phone, but there's no Wi-Fi, so you can't access broadband internet and there's no option to add apps like you can with a smartphone.

But it is a slim and sleek affair (at least by QWERTY keyboard standards) and includes LG's widget-based interface, push email, quad-band GSM, HSDPA 3G, a 3-megapixel camera and FM radio.

There's also a couple of nods to social networking with a Facebook app and LG's Livesquare, which offers a picturesque way of keeping track of your contacts.

LG is clearly aiming it at the middle of the market, but to keep down costs it has also dispensed with camera flash and autofocus as well as GPS and made do with very little onboard memory.

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It's less of a smartphone proper, and more of a QWERTY-packing Cookie – a low(ish) cost style phone with a little bit of extra attitude.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory40 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time4.50 Hour
Product ModelGW520
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)125.5 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height106.9 mm
Width53 mm
Depth15.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time500 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameGW520 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGW520
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationMobile Phone with 3 MP Camera, QWERTY Keyboard, and Social Networking
Let your fingers do the talking with the LG GW520, the phone that keeps you connected with your friends, family and music wherever you are.