T-Mobile Sidekick 4G vs LG DoublePlay – heavy texters, recognize
11 January 2012
Conclusion: Both of these phones are great for typing, but frankly, the older Sidekick 4G gives you a much better overall experience, although if you want Android Gingerbread and don’t mind the low resolution main display, the DoublePlay is not a bad choice, either.
LG DoublePlay vs Motorola Droid 3 – the specialized texting machine vs the universal phone
18 December 2011
Conclusion: Overall, both phones are pretty good, but for different purposes. The Droid 3 is slightly more expensive, but it’s a great universal smartphone that is reliable, durable and can be used for most tasks, including writing a lot of text. The DoublePlay is the best choice if you’re a heavy texter and want an affordable phone that can increase your productivity or give you more freedom when working or playing.
Two screens, two sets of keys, too little effort from LG
9 December 2011
Summary: When I look at the LG DoublePlay now, I see a great idea that went terribly wrong. There's plenty you can do with two screens, but this handset barely scratches the surface. More importantly, between conception and release the physical hardware morphed into one of the heaviest, bulkiest Android handsets out there. The phone's not completely terrible, though.
Pros: Decent single-core performance, Decent battery life, Decent camera
Summary: The LG DoublePlay definitely stands out from the Android crowd, but not for all the right reasons. The phone's second screen can save you time, but the split keyboard is awkward to use as a result. Our biggest beef with this handset is its low-resolution main display; 480 x 320 pixels is borderline laughable for a $99 device.
Summary: The LG Doubleplay has excellent features for a midrange Android smartphone, but its bizarre design is not for everyone.
Pros: The LG Doubleplay has a vibrant and sharp display, a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, DLNA support, Wi-Fi calling, mobile hot-spot support, full Webkit browser with Adobe Flash, support for T-Mobile's 4G/HSPA+ network, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, and great call quality.
Cons: The LG Doubleplay's quirky dual screen and split keyboard design is a little too strange for us. It's a hefty and bulky handset, and has poor battery life.
Conclusion: Kudos to LG for thinking outside the box when it comes to the design of the LG Doubleplay , but in all seriousness, it's simply not practical when it comes down to typing messages. Rather, we find the whole thing challenging as we resort to using the on-screen keyboard instead. In addition, we do like the multi-tasking aspects found with the secondary touchscreen, but it doesn't particularly deepen the experience – nor does it bring any innovative qualities.
Pros: Responsive performance
Cons: Uninspiring & chunky design, Awful calling quality, Difficult to use the keyboard, Limited functions with the secondary display
LG DoublePlay – the comeback of both separated QWERTY keyboards and dual displays
31 October 2011
Conclusion: The dual screen setup could prove to be an interesting experience, and the split QWERTY keyboard is worth the attention if you like to type fast and without mistakes, but in the end it will depend on the price – I wouldn’t pay more than $150-200 for this phone with a contract, for example, but if it’s lower than that, then it’ll be a great choice for any avid texter or multitasker.
Excerpt: Differentiating yourself from the pack means making something spectacular…or just different. With the LG DoublePlay, a few radical hardware changes translate to an unusual, and sometimes more productive, experience.