T-Mobile Sidekick 4G vs LG DoublePlay – heavy texters, recognize
11 January 2012
Excerpt: There are quite a few smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard on the market right now, but most of them are nothing special, with the notable exception of the new Droid 3 and Droid 4, which have a wonderful keyboard, and the slightly older T-Mobile G2, which also has a very nice keyboard. All three of them (and most other models, like the Captivate Glide) are general purpose smartphones, and aren’t really intended for writing long texts and emails, even though they’re very...
Summary: The DoublePlay features a daring and innovative form factor that is surrounded by rather uninspiring hardware, software, and overall performance. Don't get me wrong, this device will get you through the day and perform all tasks satisfactorily. But given the radical dual-display technology that is obviously the stand-out feature, I would expect much more out of the rest of the device.
LG DoublePlay vs Motorola Droid 3 – the specialized texting machine vs the universal phone
18 December 2011
Excerpt: Of all the phones with a QWERTY keyboard (and there are quite a lot of them on the market at the moment), the Motorola Droid 3 and LG DoublePlay stand out the most. The first one is the successor to the venerable Droid and Droid 2, and has a pretty damn good landscape keyboard, while the second uses an unusual setup – a split landscape QWERTY keyboard and a small secondary display to achieve the best typing experience AND productivity at the same time.
Summary: While this may be a unique device added to T-Mobile's Android lineup, it isn't one worth buying. The LG DoublePlay is recommended for people who absolutely want two touchscreens on one device and do...
Pros: Dual-Touchscreen, Nice QWERTY Keyboard, Very Responsive
Cons: Thick & Heavy, Screen Quality Terrible, No Front Facing 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.
Pros: Secondary display can save time, Long battery life, Solid call quality
Cons: Bulky design, Low-res main screen, Inconsistent 4G speeds