Excerpt: In today’s cell phone marketplace, there hasn’t been a lot of room for Windows Mobile. Here in the United States, it’s almost a forgotten mobile Operating System. That’s no fault of Microsoft’s, as in the popular world it would seem that they’ve been systematically flanked by apples, androids, and...
Excerpt: The LG Fathom on Verizon is one of the few devices on the market right now with Windows Mobile 6.5.3. This upgraded version of the OS brings a higher level of finger-friendliness thanks to buttons that are placed on the bottom bar and not the top.
Conclusion: The Fathom isn’t a bad phone at all, but with Window 7 phones right around the corner I’ve got to wonder why companies are not waiting and releasing these WinMo phones now. From what I read also this phone won’t be able to be upgraded either… The phone works well, it’s fast and doesn’t get bogged...
Pros: Fast phone overall, Takes decent pictures, Solid, well-built phone, Great call quality
Cons: Keyboard is cramped, Phone is rather large and heavy, some might not like that, No flash
Summary: At $149 after a $100 rebate, the LG Fathom is a hard sell. There are a number of Verizon Wireless phones that are better in terms of design, feature set, and price. The Motorola Droid's keyboard is relatively lackluster, but it runs many more apps and has a bigger screen and better browser.
Conclusion: If the stars are in perfect alignment and you need a Verizon world phone, love plain old Windows Mobile and need a hardware keyboard, then the LG Fathom could be for you. It's fast and stable, the build is sturdy and the display is sharp, though small.
Pros: 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, GSM world roaming., Pro: World roaming, first phone with the .3 release of Windows Mobile 6.5, solid build, decent keyboard, GSM overseas capability, good speed.
Cons: Vanilla Windows Mobile is dated, dull and not terribly finger-friendly., Con: Boring, dated and stylus-centric UI. Clunky looking, lacks the exciting new operating systems or custom UIs of other smartphones on Verizon.