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.
Summary: The LG Fathom is a well-built Windows Mobile phone with plenty of features, but its occasional lapse in performance can be annoying.
Pros: The LG Fathom is solidly constructed with a bright display and a roomy QWERTY keyboard. It comes with Windows Mobile 6.5.3, and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It supports CDMA and GSM networks for use worldwide.
Cons: The LG Fathom's resistive touch-screen display is not as intuitive as we would like. We also noticed slight sluggishness with its accelerometer and image refresh rate. The LG Fathom's bulky exterior might not be for everyone.
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
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.