Covering the Basics with the new LG GW550 QWERTY Smartphone

LG GW550People can’t be faulted if at first glance, the new LG smartphone looks like s Samsung Blackjack or a Nokia E71/72.    But LG can’t be faulted either for joining the QWERTY Blackberry look-alike bandwagon. The Korean mobile phone giant LG Electronics has just released its newest smartphone with the QWERTY form factor, the LG GW550, taking a stab in the QWERTY markets and packing its own unique set of features to that certainly will keep the competition on its toes.

No-frills Feature Set

While not the first QWERTY phone from LG, the LG GW550 clearly represents LG’s ambitions to take a slice of the business and corporate markets for Blackberrys.  Looking into its data sheet makes this quite apparent.  The new LG QWERTY smartphone is basically your PDA, internet and messaging smartphone with some competent imaging and entertainment functions on the side.

  • The GW550 is your typical quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS with 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA that enables high speed emailing, surfing and downloading over the internet.
  • You get a smallish  2.4“ QVGA TFT LCD screen with 65k color-depth support,  It comes with a capable 3.2 megapixel fixed focus camera and a front-facing VGA secondary camera for video calls in 3G.
  • Its got Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR for high speed wireless data transfers and USB 2.0
  • A rather modest internal memory is expandable with a microSD memory expansion slot.

It’s plain that the QWERTY LG handset is no stand-out where leading features are concerned.  It doesn’t have Wi-Fi, A2DP support for wireless stereo headphones and its imaging camera can be considered mediocre.  These scaled down feature set is meant to bring the phone to the budget-conscious markets needing only the bare essential features for a messaging business phone without trendy frills that are sure to price it beyond their many.  By the end of 2009, we expect to see this phone taking a good slice of its intended markets.


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