With exquisite design and extraordinary features, BlackBerry phones have always been the No.1 option for any mobile user who wasn’t on a budget. But things started to change when photos of a new LG Viewty leaked the internet a few months ago. And now, South Korean mobile phone maker LG Electronics officially announced the GW300, a budget Qwerty smartphone set to take on the budget BlackBerrys.
The new LG GW300 measures 115.5x61x12.75mm, includes a Li-Polymer 900mAh battery and it seems to be aimed mainly at social networkers, as it comes with enhanced features in this area, as well as with a five-way navigational pad to make the browsing activity easier for any user. The LG GW300 comes with a Facebook app installed as standard, which lets you view updates from the phone’s home screen and a 2.4 inch display with 320 x 240 pixels display resolution is able enough to cater the browsing needs of the users.
Jeremey Newing, head of Marketing for LG UK and Ireland said the phone was targeted towards customers who use social networking sites on the move. “It didn’t come as a surprise last week that Facebook announced its user number now totals 300 million, as the mobile industry is continuing to experience consumer demand for social networking focused devices. The new LG GW300 maintains LG’s dedication to bringing innovative social networking handsets to the market as they increasingly become the central communication point for avid social network users” says Jeremy Newing in a statement.
The QWERTY device also comes with LiveSquare, which displays contacts on the homescreen as avatars, as well as with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth connectivity, FM radio, 10MB memory and microSD memory card slot with support for up to 4GB of additional storage space. Moreover, this GSM device comes with GPRS/EDGE compatibility (GPRS 900/1800/1900 frequencies) but it lacks 3G compatibility with HSDPA and WCDMA. The specification list of the phone also includes WAP 2.0 / HTML browser, a 2.0-megapixel photo snapper, Java 2.0, music player with support for MP3, AAC+, WMA, AMR, Midi file formats, video player, Flash UI, USB 2.0 connectivity, and PC syncing functionality.
Offering an alternative to the Blackberry, the phone is available for £99.99 on pre-pay, meaning that it should be free on even the most humble of contracts. This so-called “LGBerry” can be purchased via UK wireless carrier O2 in electric blue or via Orange in vibrant red, the phone maker added. Plus, it is apparently already available in French telecom stores, reports gsmhelpdesk.