Here is a very hand on review of this phone from what I've experienced.
I've had the phone since January 15, 2010 and there is a lot of love and hate on my part.
The phone is beautiful and will keep on surprising you, not always in the best of ways though.
Running on windows mobile 6.5 professional makes the phone a more "badass" feel but it also hinders it sometimes in performance. The fact that it is both a slider and candy bar phone sometimes makes the system sluggish when alternating between candy bar and slider. As in the picture has to rotate to fit the screen.
The phone is supposed to have a 256mb of ram and 512mb of rom but it does not perform like it at all. The phone is only reading 202.56mb of ram and even on "idle" status it uses 170+ of that. Being down 50mb of ram really affects performance when it comes to running programs on the phone.
Running a single program, or multiple basic programs, the phone performs well. Example: The texting "program" and my browser of choice, Opera 10. But if I wanted to run multiple programs or apps, it will start closing other programs, sometimes even the program I am using. I can barely run the windows media player and any other program together, example: Windows Live Messenger, or the Bing application, or once again, my browser.
The camera on the phone is great, in daylight. Although it has an auto focus feature, it is still very sensitive to movement of any sort. It is not a good "in the moment" camera as it still takes a good 2-4 seconds for the phone to actually snap the picture once you hit the button. The camera in the dark, even with a dual LED flash is of a subpar quality with its pictures coming out "grainy" or blurry at times. The video recording on it is of passable standards. It is not a 720 quality camera but it still takes decent higher quality VGA videos.
In regards to pictures, the photo album view is insanely retarded. It is VERY sluggish in loading thumbnail views and will sometimes, depending on how many pictures you have and quality, will freeze the system.
Internet browsing has its ups and downs as well. I am not sure if this is just Opera 10 doing this to me but there are times where it won't completely load a web page and reloading the web page only does very little. I refuse to use internet explorer on this phone since the few times I did, it kept crashing.
Windows Media Player on this device is a big bonus though. The phone comes with its own media player but it is a total bust. From what I have found out, there is no way to disable the accelerometer when using that player and as mentioned before, it can be sluggish when rotating the system from portrait to landscape, thus making the music skip a lot. Back to windows media player. It is really good with two key things that I did not like. 1, when adding audio and video to your library, it will add any unneeded files such as "sound files" from programs like AIM, or Windows Live Messenger or the phone's sound files as well as any video file you have that you may have recorded. Not a big deal but I hate having to go and delete those files in a library of 10,000+ songs. Oh yes the expandable 32gb SD slot is amazing for this. 2. When viewing a movie in windows media player, the full screen feature isn't always "full screen" I have uploaded various videos/movies from my computer and it will only use a small portion of the screen. I went and downloaded a mobile DIVX player for full screen movies but unfortunately it's a beta and only plays AVI files.
I sense this post is getting too long so I will answer questions as they come.
Arunavha Moholanobis, 29 Mar 2010HEADPHONE???? that is given with all phone this days... OR is that u r saying we need to buy a... moreIt comes with a headphones (headset) but the radio needs it to use as an antenna in order for you to use the radio function.
Sure it has a USB jack with a 3.5 mm ending, you can use as TV out or put the supplied 3.5mm earphones or put your own!
I myself didn't know that at first, LG GW820 is really very enigmatic with many features and tricks concealed in it.
jessica, 09 Mar 2010I had the same problem with mine. I thought it was a defect at first. But when searched the... morecould you tell me:how is the camera quality?does the picture look good?another thing,could it replay 720P video?
Hey，guys!who can tell me:
how is the camera quality?does the picture look good?
knight, 09 Mar 2010It has a radio. I've used it. Just needs a headset.HEADPHONE???? that is given with all phone this days... OR is that u r saying we need to buy a separate headphone ??
MANDY, 10 Feb 2010does this phone use mp3 ringtones for text alerts? yes y not
rahat, 07 Mar 2010LG GW820 eXpo phone is really great but don't have radio only It has a radio. I've used it. Just needs a headset.
blue_77, 09 Mar 2010My phone LG EXPO GW820's battery runs low too fast . Is this usual for LG EXPO GW820? or am i ... moreI had the same problem with mine.
I thought it was a defect at first. But when searched the FAQ about LG EXPO GW820, i found a way to solve this.
1. Start – Settings – System – Power – Advanced – Select ‘On Battery Power’
2. Start – Settings – System – Backlight – Select ‘On Battery Power’
then, change the backlight duration to the way you want :)
My phone LG EXPO GW820's battery runs low too fast . Is this usual for LG EXPO GW820? or am i the only one having this problem? PLZ HELP!
Question to everyone, if any of you know where to buy this model that has front camera and want to buy the projector too that no where to be found... :(
Tilo, 02 Dec 2009It should cost a fortune! .. Great phone, only is bad in the music side, because it doesn't ha... moreTrue it does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack but it's not a big deal since it comes with a converter in the box and its not clunky or anything! Awesome phone! i'm getting it later this week!
you Can Get it off line for around 500$ us Well worth it, With some tweaks to winmo 6.5 this is the best windows phone iv ever had
is the Lg expensive?? can someone please just tell me the price?? i really dnt knw.. tnx