Reviews and Problems with LG Ally VS740 / Aloha / Optimus Q
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I Am Iron Meh: LG Ally Review
10 December 2010
Summary: For better or worse, my final thoughts on the LG Ally are much like the phone itself: boring. In a time where a new Android ‘superphone’ seems to be announced every other week, it’s hard to get worked up over a mid-range handset.
Excerpt: With the growing demand of smartphones in the mobile phone market, affordable devices have been slowly coming to the public. One of the latest lower-priced smartphones is the LG Ally , with a price tag of 49.99 on a two-year contract with Verizon.
Conclusion: If you’re stripped for cash and feel like having a smartphone is simply a fashion statement (not that anyone will go “Ohhhh” when they see the Ally’s plastic body) than the Ally is good enough to make phone calls, or make a check-in on Foursquare (or use the official Twitter app, which shows no...
Pros: Android 2.1 for a budget slider, Snappy and great camera, Decent QWERTY slide-out
Cons: Design is uninspired, Is bulky, and heavy, Completely made out of plastic, Battery life can be short
Conclusion: The LG Ally is not a bad choice is you’re looking for a mid-level Android based phone, the hardware is sufficient to keep the lag down to a minimum to none at most times and you won’t have any issues with video or gaming usually.
Pros: Well made phone, Good battery life, Decent camera with macro mode, Decent hardware in the phone itself for gaming etc, Wonderful keyboard, Good call quality
Cons: Built in speaker not that good, Slows down at the oddest of times, Big and rather heavy
Excerpt: Our good friend Kristofer over at Test Freaks just posted a review that I thought some of you might want to have a look at. If you are a Verizon Customer looking for a Android device then the Ally might be on your list to check out and Kristofer puts it to the test:
Summary: For $99.99, the Ally is a good Motorola Droid alternative for those more concerned with typing comfort than screen size. Not only is the Ally's keyboard much better, but the phone is far more ergonomic.
Conclusion: When all is said and done, the LG Ally VS740 is a nice smartphone for those individuals who have been cautious about taking the Android plunge. It is simple enough to use and lacks some of the bells-and-whistles (such as MOTOBLUR and Sense UI) that may cause the average user to stay away.
Pros: Android 2.1 OS with two themes, Well designed QWERTY keyboard, Call quality is high
Cons: Buttons only stay illuminated for 5 seconds, Homescreen lag, Still lacks Bluetooth voice commands
Conclusion: It's hard to find fault with LG's first Android phone in the US. It's fast, it's stable and the feature set is great for the price. We have a feeling it will trounce the Devour given the Ally's higher resolution display, more compact and attractive design and better camera.
Pros: Latest Android OS, pleasant LG customizations and high res touchsceen.