Product Type: LG Electronics Smartphone
Newest Review: ... for a relatively old handset and the first LG Android handset, the LG GW620 is a functional handset with enough features... more
Functional and inexpensive, but buggy and lacks newest Android features.
Member Name: talonkarrde09
Advantages: Free apps. Good keyboard.
Disadvantages: Crashes frequently. Old 1.5 Android.
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.
Summary: Good Android phone, lots of apps, some drawbacks, not perfect!