LG eXpo (GW820) hands-on preview and videos


PhoneScoop posted their hand-on impression of the LG eXpo (iQ / Monaco / GW820) & the optional Pico projector. They found the device to be good but not great and where disappointed by a few things, like the presence of LG’s proprietary data/charging/headphones port and the resistive screen (they thought it would be capacitive).

The slider mechanism feels solid and good. Opening and closing the eXpo is easy-breezy. The QWERTY keyboard felt fantastic. The keys had a really nice shape to them, were well spaced, and had excellent travel and feedback. I was really impressed with the action on the keyboard.

The eXpo runs Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. For the most part, that’s what you see most of the time you interact with the device. However, if you wish, users can choose to open an menu system that was devised by LG for Windows Mobile. It’s a proprietary menu that sits on top of WinMo. It is not a user interface overlay. It’s simply a different way to interact with the menu. Rather than the off-set Windows Mobile pattern, it offers four neat rows of applications. Users can scroll sideways through each row to find more applications. It’s not immediately intuitive, but it makes sense it its own way.
In all, the hardware isn’t bad. It’s definitely a more usable phone that LG’s first Windows Mobile effort from last year, the Incite.

LG’s first Windows Mobile phone isn’t the Incite, it’s the KS20 released back in November 2007. Anyway, here’s what they thought about the Pico projector

The projector simply projects whatever is on the screen. You can choose to show things in landscape mode (default setting) or manually switch it to portrait mode. According to LG, the projector can project an image with a diameter of 40 inches a maximum distance of eight feet. That’s more than enough to share photos, video clips and, well, PowerPoint presentations.

It’s not exactly super bright, but even in a well lit Starbucks, I was able to make everything out when the screen was projected onto a dark brown wall. Shine it on a white wall in a dark room, and I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Finally here are two videos of the device in action:

The Pico Projector in action:

The Authentec fingerprint reader which can also be used a sensing directional trackpad:

Source: PhoneScoop via WMPoweruser