You can expect to get all the bog-standard features on the GW300: calendar, alarm, calculator, notes, multimedia players, Java games, email etc. We had no qualms with most of these tools -- the only silly bit was the lack of customizable alarm time options for calendar events. Simple it may be, but the music player can deal with a handful of common formats including MP3, WMA, AAC and MP4 -- all can be set as your ringtone or system sounds within the player. Even a 320kbps track worked fine and the line-out audio sounded just as good as from an ordinary PMP (not from its bundled handsfree though -- our review unit didn't come with one). We just wish LG could tweak the player so that the lock key doesn't pause music before locking the screen. Yeah, really. As for the video player we had to stick to MP4 format and nothing larger than the screen's resolution -- the standard iPod video settings worked like a charm (we had 900kbps and 30fps encoded by Xvid).
One notable feature is the optional LiveSquare homescreen which can also be found on several other LG phones. It displays your familiar contacts in the form of animated humanoid avatars on a field (our favorite one is the piece of bread that blinks and jumps), giving you access to a quick summary of their text messages, phone calls and emails.
We eventually got to the Facebook Java app hidden inside the Applications folder -- apparently right-click on the D-pad should launch it but we had no luck with that. With the lack of WiFi and 3G connections plus the slow nature of this app, patience is your only friend until the app is done with initial loading. You get all the basic functions like viewing updates, updating your status, writing on walls, and browse pictures. Sadly, no photo or video uploading tool here -- but this app should be enough to keep Facebook addicts happy for short commutes. Non-Facebook users can of course entertain themselves with the simple browser, but note that it didn't handle big websites well -- we had error messages about insufficient memory, so you should stick to mobile sites.
There's plenty of potential in the LG GW300, especially for this sub-$130 price -- it covers all your basic needs with the addition of Facebooking on the go, and doesn't force you to proprietary headphone and power ports. We'd say it's perfect for texting addicts with a moderate budget who doesn't mind too much about web connection speeds and camera quality -- the main audience is probably the young teenagers here. All we ask for now is a softer, more spaced out keyboard and a better camera, then we've got a deal. Oh, and a Twitter app would be nice, too.