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Manufacturer: LG / Type: Smartphone / LG Android OS / Touchscreen / QWERTY Keyboard

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      18.10.2011 11:24
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      Good Android phone, lots of apps, some drawbacks, not perfect!

      I've had the GW620 InTouch Max for about 18 months now. I got it on a £20 a month tariff on T-mobile with unlimited texts and internet access which was a good deal, and I rarely go over my £20 fee.

      When I first got this phone, I was really impressed with all the features and apps that were available on the Android market. One of the main advantages of this phone over the iPhone other than its cheaper tariff, is that the majority off the apps available for download off the market place are free.

      However as time went on and new, interesting apps popped up on the market place, I became frustrated that I was unable to download and use the new apps on my phone. Due to the GW620 having the old 1.5 firmware, and as far as I am aware there is no legal possibility of upgrading to newer firmwares in the UK, the apps would not run on the phone.

      If I was offered the phone now, and I knew that its Android functionality was limited to the 1.5 firmware, I would think twice about choosing it as the newest firmware seems to have a considerable amount of functions and apps that the GW620 is not capable of running. These are often the apps that are advertised on TV and in stores, and may disappoint some users who bought the phone specifically for these apps.

      One of the best features of the phone is the keyboard. Personally, if I were to get a new phone I'd like another one with a keyboard as i find it so much easier and faster to use than the touch screen keyboards on other Android handsets and the iPhone, but I guess that is just a personal preference.

      The main problem I find with my phone is that it tends to crash and freeze quite often. Some apps will not even load at all now, such as the Gallery app, which means I can't look at photos on my phone!
      I realise that this might be a problem with the development of the apps, but some of the apps that come ready installed on the phone crash quite a lot, and these can not be removed.

      The phone also freezes quite regularly, sometimes twice a day, which requires me to take the battery out and put it back in. This can be quite irritating but isn't a huge problem.

      I know this isn't a single problem with my handset as my sister has the same phone and has had to send it off for a repair a couple of times.

      The camera and flash is quite good, but I find it quite hard to take a perfect non-blurred photo, whereas on an iPhone it seems almost effortless to take a decent photo.

      The battery life lasts for about a day if you are using regularly, e.g. browsing the internet, Facebook. If you use your phone for the odd text or call, then I reckon the battery could last for 2 or 3 days, especially if you have few apps, and turn off WiFi and Bluetooth.

      Overall, for a relatively old handset and the first LG Android handset, the LG GW620 is a functional handset with enough features to keep the majority of people interested. However, for a technology enthusiast the GW620 might come up short with its buggy apps, frequent crashes and lack of new firmware.

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      26.08.2011 18:07

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      Good phone, cheap and cheerful.

      For the student on the go; the need for stylish smart phones with iPhone capacity without the extreme price can be one of the driving factors in deciding which phone is the one for you. The LG GW620 offers a cheap solution to the problem of combining quality and price.

      The phone itself is light-weight with both the iPhone style touch screen, and the Blackberry style physical keyboard. The Android Market offers Apps that can rival the Apple empire, with many of the essentials such as notepads, timers, games and daily tools being free. The phone is easy to use (for both myself, a student, and my mother who is not the most technologically savvy of women) and offers very little to differentiate itself from the hoards of smart phones being released. The touch screen is a little unresponsive at time, and the phone is prone to freezing (a simple turn on/off fixes it) but in general, it is a good phone and does exactly what it offers.

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      21.07.2011 16:03

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      reasonable starter smartphone

      i got the lg gw620 about a year ago and its been a great little phone. the features on it are excelent i love the android OS and its very easy to use. the amount of free apps available on the android market is great. so far its pretty reliable apart from a few minor hiccups.
      a few of the problems i have experienced are that it crashes and freezes quite regularly (about once a week).
      this is annoying at best most of the time i just pull out the battery and it will reset and work fine but when you are in the middle of something this can be quite a drag. also the touchscreen can be unresponsive and sluggish this i guess is why it was so cheap. It also runs on a older version of the android OS so some of the more recent apps appear to be unavailable. other than these niggles it is a good phone and anyone looking for a cheap smart phone this is a good place to start.

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      04.01.2011 22:54
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      try it before you get it¬

      The LG GW620 ( also known as in lg in touch max) is one of the first android phones from LG.
      The phone is small which is good but that means the keyboard is small to, if you have big fingers its not so good for typing ( i.e if you have gloves on either)
      Ive had this phone for about 6months and ive encountered a couple of problems which seem to be just through not thinking bout simple placement of the buttons.
      At the bottom of the phone is a small round lock buttom next to it are two touch sensitive buttons( one home button and one back button) which are a bit to sensitive when you open the phone up to hold and use it naturaly your hand rests on the side parts but if you do that your press the buttons ( which i seem to do far too much)
      also when you want to use the camera you have to flip the phone up and the button to shoot in just behind these two buttons,it makes it very hard to take a photo without pressing the home button i found i have to turn my phone upside-down to take a photo to prevent the buttons bein pressed. Ive looked on google and found that a few people have had the same problem.
      If i knew this before i got the phone i would maybe re-think geting it,its not terrible but sometimes makes life that little bit harder.
      If you can have a play on this phone in the shop before you get it id say try it out ,try to take a photo and use the touch screen without pressing the annoying buttons!

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        21.06.2010 13:41
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        A great phone, with a good tariff and looks great too.

        Background

        This is one of LG's newest phones. The LG GW620, otherwise known as the LG InTouch Max is proving to be a popular buy for many phone customers across the United Kingdom. This is partly to do with it's easy to navigate Android Interface, but also because of the T-Mobile tariff that it is currently available on.

        After recently having problems with the phone company '3,' my girlfriend decided that it was time to change her phone and the company that she was with. Despite a long arduous phone call with '3' that lasted almost one hour she finally managed to get a quote on a termination of contract fee. As I have been with T-mobile for the last two years and also have relatives who are T-Mobile customers, who haven't had any problems with them, I recommended that she joined up with T-Mobile.

        When we entered our local T-Mobile shop in Canterbury, she was asked what she wanted in a phone and roughly how much she wanted to pay. Being a student it was imperative that whilst the phone had the latest gadgets and gizmos, it had to be at a relatively cheap price. So she was shown the LG InTouch Max (LG GW620).

        The T-Mobile Tariff entitles the customer to 300 minutes, unlimited text messages and unlimited Internet access for just £15 per month. This seems like a very good deal as it is cheap and as my girlfriend is more of a texter than a phone caller, this definitely suited her.

        Appearance

        This phone suited her perfectly, partly due to its appearance. Although it is a little chunky and slightly heavier than many of the new phones that are created today (most notably the HTC and Blackberry phones), it looked as though it had certainly been designed for the girls, perhaps due to the curved edges, perhaps not but it definitely feels like more of a girly phone.

        The keyboard slides out very easily whether the phone is being held vertically or horizontally and then as you turn the phone to use the keyboard, the interface of the phone also turns to suit your needs. The keyboard itself is also set out in the typical qwerty keyboard manner which makes it easy to use and due to the medium to large size of the phone, the keys on the keyboard are also of a decent size to ensure that typing can be carried out quickly and easily.

        The back of the phone is plain in nature but that is identical to most phones, all you can see is the 5 Megapixel camera lens, the camera flash and the LG Logo neatly displayed towards the bottom middle.

        Specifications

        As I said earlier the phone is perhaps a little on the large size, however it is still by no means what customers would call a 'brick,' sizing at; 109 x 55 x 16 (mm)

        It's 5 megapixel camera also allows for clear, cut photographs that do not come out blurred and show great detail and accuracy. This also comes with a camera zoom and a flash and a video camera setting. This is always something that I have wanted in a phone but often had trouble finding. However I have noticed that HTC phones also have decent cameras now.

        This phone also comes with it's own mobile broadband but you can also connect to your own wireless router (if you have one). This allows the user to go on to the Android market and download an endless amount of applications, from barcode scanners, to games, to books and many more. Many of these are free but some do require a charge.

        This phone also comes with it's own built in satellite navigation whereby it can be used as a much cheaper verion of the otherwise expensive Sat-nav products such as the Garmin.

        The phone also comes with a built in Bluetooth system so that users can send pictures and other items to their friends and family and can even be synchronised with the PC to enable you to store pictures, videos and messages in an alternative format.

        The LG InTouch Max also allows for up to 8 hours 40 mins of talk time. With a Standby time of up to 500 hours yet charging only takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

        One downside that my girlfriend has noticed about her phone is the lack of battery power. Although the battery is meant to last for a long time, as she was told at the shop, she often finds that she needs to charge it at least once every other day. This to me is definitely a large downside to a phone as battery life is something that I feel is quite important.

        For entertainment, the phone comes with a built-in FM Radio player and it's very own audio player so that the user has simple methods of listening to music and watching videos.

        It has youtube built in to allow for simple access to the worlds biggest video watching site. The internet browser is also simple to use and is set out much like that of the Internet Explorer browser, you can even open new tabs and zoom in on information to find what you want.

        Conclusion

        Overall my girlfriend is very pleased with her phone. Despite the rare grumble of its short battery life, it has everything that she wants in a phone and for a cheap price. With an easy to navigate interface and a seemingly everalsting amount of free applications to play around with, it would seem almost impossible to get bored with the LG InTouch Max.

        Although I give this four stars, it is a five star phone however the short battery life is something that I feel it should be downgraded for.

        This review can also be found on Ciao under the same username.

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          18.02.2010 18:26
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          Alot of features for a relatively cheap-ish phone, designed for the online social community.

          A relative has just recently upgraded to this phone after my recommendation based on the specifications and the contract it came with. After a good play with the phone, I was impressed with some of the features although there are few niggling problems which could become an issue after prolonged use.

          This phone was the first time I experienced an android based system, and the first place i went to was the app store (which easily blows away Nokia Ovi store on my Nokia N97). Apparently there are about 20,000 apps on here so for first time users, it can be quite daunting looking through the categories. Thank fully, scrolling through the apps is easy and quick with relatively little lag. A lot of the apps are free too so there should be something fun for everyone to mess about with.

          The phone itself has a slide out full qwerty keyboard and Lg have done a good job in spacing of the keys as well as adding number keys and arrow keys. You can feel the button presses and should have no problem in typing messages at a quick pace, at however at times there can be some lag between seeing the word you have typed out. The keyboard is defiantly one of the best which is impressive compared to other pricier handsets. The slide out screen seem a little flimsy and doesnt seem much focus has been given on this area (bearing in mind that I am used to the N97 slide out).

          The screen itself is nice and bright but seems to switch off very quickly, this can be changed however although the default is 30 seconds (there's no way is stays on for the time). The screen is resistive touch screen which means there are times you wont touch exactly where you want when using your finger, but this has not been too much of an issue as I have only used these types of screen.

          The you tube application is particularly impressive with video automatically switching to full screen and the quality is second to none. This is probably something to do with the fact google owns youtube so obviously the application work well.

          One thing I didnt know about android based phones is that you cannot bluetooth files from one phone to another. There is an app to do this but will not work on this phone. although people could live without this feature, like me I see this as a standard feature on all phones and was disappointed to realise otherwise. Maybe in the future an app will be made for this phone. Connecting the phone to a laptop/pc is again a pain, firstly you may have to find drivers as there is no cd in the box, then once connected, you have to go into settings on the phone and change the memory to mass storage, you would think nowadays, that option would instantly appear once you connect the usb cable. I have also found it difficult to close applications and program properly and have had to download a different app to do this. These problems seem very basic to solve and with smart phones becoming the norm, these problems should no longer exist. Also the return and home buttons on the phone are very touch sensitive and you will find yourself exiting from programs because of the area beneath your thumb, which can be annoying.

          Overall, I cant argue with the contract price from virgin with this phone and the handset comes free. £22 a month with 250 mins, unlimited texts and internet. make this phone a good buy despite it draw backs. Also with the app store, there is plenty of features to make this a solid purchase. I havent even mentioned that it has a 5m camera too!

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