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LG Makes Affordable BlackBerry Clone

Almost everyone else has been down this route already, so why not LG...

The LG 'GW300' is the first handset I can remember coming from the South Korean mega-corp to directly go after the BlackBerry form factor - though admittedly it does it via a quick visit to pimp-my-phone-land.

The resultant handset - though a touch garish - is still a funky design and its basic specs should make it extremely affordable. Key amongst these are a 2.4in QVGA display, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, FM tuner, music and video playback and microSD slot compatible with cards up to 4GB. At 115.5 x 61 x 12.75mm it is pocket friendly too. On the other hand higher end features such as 3G, WiFi and GPS are nowhere to be seen and accessible native memory is just 10MB.

That said, LG is pushing the GW300 at the Facebook generation with a dedicated handset app and an integrated contacts list which can multitask to track social statuses and messaging in real time.

('Electric') Blue and ('vibrant') red versions of the LG GW300 will go on sale immediately, the former on O2 and the latter on Orange. Tariffs were not revealed, but don't expect to pay anything on even the lowest of monthly contracts.

Link:

LG Mobile UK

ThaDon

September 25, 2009, 5:19 pm

Hey, i got a new phone!


Really, what's it like?


It looks like a blackberry, but isn't as connected, and tries to do a few internet things even though it takes forever to do so..


Have you bought a capable phone or a frustrating look-alike?


mmmm....

Kaplan

September 25, 2009, 7:13 pm

I don't really understand why people go for phones like this when the Nokia E71 - with all those features - can be picked up so cheaply :-/

farki80

September 26, 2009, 2:53 am

Exactly. E71 is now the bargain QWERTY of the decade. Pick it up people!

ffrankmccaffery

September 27, 2009, 2:28 am

and speaking of which how do you owners of the e71 find the size of its keys? it is an exceptionally featured and beautifully styled handset albeit one with a slightly cramped keyboard. Maybe i should wait for the palm pre instead

Ohmz

September 27, 2009, 5:06 pm

@ ffrankmccaffery, for the love of God do not wait for the Pre! If it's the keyboard you're curious about, the one on the Pre is terrible! The keys are soo tiny it's amazing they released it like that. I mean what the hell were they thinking?





As for the E71, the keys are cramped, but it's a lot better than the Pre. With the shape the keys are, you could get used to it. The E72 is about to rear it's head http://u.nu/8hcc3, I'd wait for it, looks interesting.

farki80

September 27, 2009, 9:03 pm

The keys may be cramped, but I can type surprisingly quick on it (my fingers aren't that big though). The E72's keyboard is said to be based on the E63, which would make it an upgrade.





I used to be excited of the Palm Pre, but the closed nature of the OS and build quality issues has put me off somewhat. It is pretty outdated now anyway. 8GB storage with no form of expansion? No thank you. I will be getting the E72 next month and a 32GB card once it becomes available.

purephase

September 30, 2009, 10:13 pm

E72 next month you say? Dammit. I was planning to take my E71 onto a sim only tarrif as it's by far the best phone I've had, and the build quality is so good it still works like new at 18 months.





If Nokia manage to come up trumps again though I may be renewing my contract... Sigh.

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