LG Debuts GW300 Blackberry Clone Smartphone

Korean phone manufacturer LG has announced the release of the LG GW300 which looks a lot like a RIM Blackberry candybar smartphone but with a snazzier, less conservative look and with more buttons.

Keyboards are back with a vengeance this year it seems as the GW300 comes with a full QWERTY keyboard à la E71/E63; blame Facebook and Twitter for that as traditional touchscreen simply cant' keep up.

Speaking of Facebook, there's a dedicated application for the world's most popular social networking website and a feature called LiveSquare that shows the users favourite contacts as avatars on the home screen.

There's also a 2.4-inch (240x320) landscape display, a five-way navigational pad, a 3.5-mm earphone plug, FM radio, a two megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a 900mAh battery and a microSD slot that takes cards up to 4GB.

We like the two adjacent "curved-in" buttons that should allow the user to access features easily. The GW300 will be available in the UK in red via Orange and in blue at O2.

No details regarding SIM Free pricing, availability and contract tariffs. The phone doesn't come with WiFi and is a tri-band GSM model which means that it doesn't come with 3G as well.

Our Comments

A cheap and cheerful model, one we assume will be particularly suited for the young and hippier audience, the one who wants to look cool without breaking the bank. Hopefully, LG will now switch from the likes of LG Gookie format to something more professional.

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