Excerpt: The Qwerty keyboard is designed to have you social networking your socks off, although there’s few other things about the GW520 that might put you off. What we like There’s an excellent keyboard on the GW520 - the keys are nicely spread apart, and large enough so that you don’t find yourself mistyping.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a new pay as you go device and are big on messaging it may be worth adding this to your Christmas list. I will email Father Christmas the review so he knows how nice the phone is!
Pros: Comfortable to hold, not bulky, grip feels great, reasonable weight, Well designed, nicely laid out full sliding QWERTY keyboard, microSD slot accessible from the outside rather than inside like some LG phones in the past, Reasonable price range
Cons: Some may find the look / colours less attractive, Small screen for comfortable multimedia purposes, Lack of WiFi, Limited onboard factory applications preloaded (though Java apps are relatively easy to find), Has Google applications but no Google maps, Camera does not have flash or autofocus
Conclusion: As a whole, the LG GW520 is a good cell phone that boasts fast internet connectivity, really comfy QWERTY keyboard and won´t give you a headache, no matter what you use it for. Frankly, there aren´t many cell phones in this price category that come with both touch sensitive screen and full QWERTY keyboard. If you are willing to give up on the former and for a few bucks less, you can get the Nokia E63 that is a Wi-Fi capable smartphone.
Pros: Really comfy keyboard, The screen is very sensitive, Good build quality, Decent in-call quality, Good Facebook app
Cons: Mediocre camera, Browser without intuitive, finger-based controls, Unappealing design
Conclusion: It almost feels like quite a few Cookie users get the sneaky thought they should've waited for this one. We'd go ahead and tell them they don't need to feel cheated. The Cookie did a great job (and still does) of making touchscreen so sweetly affordable, spirited and fun. The GW520 keeps up the momentum and even takes it further. It doesn't doom the Cookie to oblivion though. There will still be demand for basic touch phones that make sense and are so full of character.
Pros: 2.8" 256K-color TFT touchscreen (240 x 400 pixels), Friendly four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G (with HSDPA) support, 3 megapixel fixed focus camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, 40MB internal memory, Hot-swappable microSD card slot (supporting card with capacity of up to 16GB), Standard microUSB port and Mass Storage mode, Accelerometer for auto screen rotate, FM radio with RDS, Pepped-up Widget interface with Live Square, Push email and F...
Cons: No Wi-Fi, Video recording no good at QVGA@12fps, Camera has no auto focus or flash, No DivX/Xvid video support, No standard 3.5mm audio jack, Facebook is the only social networking app and it lacks Push
Summary: Overall the LG GW520 is a nice feature phone. I’m not sure how many people would get this on a contract but as a PAYG phone its a real bargain if you ask me. The keyboard is not as good as on the high end smartphones but its still good.
Summary: A phone with a keyboard that slips out of the side. It of course does everything else a phone does nowadays such as email, messages, Internet, camera, ironing and washing up, well maybe not the last two but they well could soon.
Conclusion: The LG GW520 really is a mobile phone of two halves. One the one side you have the nice design, solid keyboard, good daytime camera, relatively cheap price and multitasking capabilities, and on the other hand you have the poor touchscreen, lack of camera features and an accelerometer that is horribly underused.
Conclusion: We were disappointed by the GW520 because we were expecting more: more freedom and more sophistication. The keyboard is the stand-out feature here, but the phone doesn't elevate itself much further than being a QWERTY messenger phone. It doesn’t deliver the new wave of connected social networking functions that you might be looking for.
Pros: Great keyboard, good battery life
Cons: Poor browser, limited connectivity, outdated user interface, can't be controlled from the keyboard alone