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 even blackberries.
Excerpt: Introduction Windows Phone 7 is right around the corner, but that’s not stopping manufacturers from releasing Windows Mobile 6.5-equipped devices. Equipped with Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the LG Fathom hits Verizon just in time for the busy summer shopping season. The device joins Verizon’s packed lineup of smartphones, and given the price point ($149.99 after mail-in rebate), it could be a tough sell. Should you pick up a Fathom when you could get a Palm Pre Plus,...
Summary: Though I think Windows Mobile is a bit antiquated when looking at webOS, iPhone OS, and Android, the LG Fathom is a decent mid-range smartphone that should make a lot of people happy. It has a great QWERTY keyboard, world roaming capabilities thanks to a SIM card slot under the battery, and decent battery life.
Pros: Well-built device with a good QWERTY keyboard and decent battery life.
Cons: Windows Mobile makes the device a bit sluggish; resistive touchscreen isn't the greatest in the accuracy department.
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. The Fathom competes with the Touch Pro2, also on Verizon, since it sports a slide out keyboard and a high resolution resistive touchscreen. Read on for our full review of this Windows Phone!
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 down when you’re multi-tasking making it a great phone for business use. The keyboard, for the most part is nice, but it’s just a bit too cramped really.
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. The HTC Droid Incredible has the same CPU, a brighter AMOLED screen, the powerful Android OS, and Exchange support. Need a world phone?
Pros: Snappy 1-GHz processor, Comfortable keyboard, Works overseas, Loud speaker,
Cons: Struggles with multiple programs open, Need stylus in certain apps, Relatively small occasionally unresponsive screen, No multitouch support,
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. But the Fathom is no looker and there's no special feature or features that set it apart from Verizon's already strong smartphone lineup.
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.