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Today I am going to review the LG Ally for Verizon. I have been using this phone for almost a year. I am still on the original new one that I got and have not had to file a claim for a refurbished or new on yet.
The Price: I paid $99 for my upgrade, however the price has come down lately to about $49 from my knowledge.
The Good: The phone itself is built pretty well. Keys are places where they should be for easy functioning. The keyboard definitely is one of the better ones on the market, the keys are spaced far enough apart to where you aren't stumbling for letters like the droid. The screen is nice and bright and it comes with a lot of programs and of course the Android market. Battery life is average however you are not going to want to put advanced task killer on it if you have Android 2.2. I have dropped the phone serveral times with the rubber case on it and so far it has been solid and still working. However this is really where all the great features stop...
The Bad: The internal memory runs out all the time, once you start to put programs on it, be prepared for reboots because it will run out of memory. The SD Card is small only 4GB vs. the Droids 16GB, however that never really caused an issue for me. The camera can be very slow at times, but pictures are average. The processor on this phone is pretty slow at times, there is definitely a difference from the Droid. Reception is average at best and the screen isn't the most sensative.
Conclusion: Overall this phone is decent for the price, however it is pretty much a over priced texting phone with the slide out keyboard. If all you plan on doing is light internet use, text messaging, and calling this phone will do the trick. Once you get into using programs that are demanding on processing power this phone will not be able to keep up. Save the money and put it into a better phone, you will out grow this phone quickly.
This phone was a replacement for my Samsung Omnia Windows Mobile Phone. I was looking for a device that was more stable and had a keyboard.
While it maybe a little slower then other Andriod phones, navigation between menus and screens are very easy. Ease of adding on widgets and short cuts are very nice. Since I had an account with Google and a Windows phone designed to sync information with the account, all I had to do is type in my username and password into my Android phone and all my contacts and calendar events were up and running in seconds. I also was able to find Widgets that matched the Today screen on my old Windows phone. The widgets are a lot easier to navigate without bumping the wrong thing on the screen. ThinkFree Office comes standard with the LG Ally, which was another selling point. It is a very stable Word & Excel viewer and editor.
A couple things are minor dislikes. Built in memory is only about 100mb. However that can be resolved with a MicroSD card. Some of the navigation keys are a little too close on the slider keyboard, so it is easy to exit from what you were doing. Also, it seems certain phone setting are not available, for example, lock settings, or different sound profiles. I'm sure there is an app out there to fix that issue. The processor is only 600mhz, so if your looking for multimedia performance, then you might be disappointed. For me, it works GREAT for a work phone. There are a lot of organizing apps out there to match most the features I expect from a PDA/Smart Phone.
I will never go back to a Windows phone again. LG makes a well rounded Android phone, and I hope they continue!
This is a great little Android phone that has all the essentials in it. To keep the battery last all day long, I turn off the GPS, WiFi (turn them on only when needed) and installed advance task killer. Also, I've moved programs to the SD card that allows me to.
The Navigator is excellent - when you get out of the prescribed route, it does not need to recalculate, it automatically re-route its directions.
The MP player sounds excellent too. One thing - maintain your files/data regularly to avoid running out of internal space as it is a bit limited. The glass is quite durable - I did not replace the original screen protector when it came out; it is still scratch free, I do have a leather case for it where it always stays when not in use. The sliding keyboard - the best one!!!! So easy to use, the keys are spaced properly and the phone also has the Android keyboard and it has the voice to text capability!!!! Nice to have when you have to send and prefer not to type it. The camera is a bit slow but it allows you to attach photos to your messages/emails or even upload it to FaceBook (including videos!)You Tube too!
Overall, this is a great little Android phone - It is not a heavy duty use phone but for a light user, it is a very capable phone. Thanks to LG for making superior cell/smart phones - this is my 3rd LG phone. My next one will be the LG Revolution,
My wife and I both got this phone. After about 6 mos, they started loosing signal sensitivity. Yes, we upgraded and do the tower search etc, but we can no longer surf the web or use the phone in our basement. The Verizon store salesperson said 90% of their problems are LG phones. I will never get another LG. Other friends with verizon phones have no problem in our basement (as we used to). I also hate the bloatware that you cannot get rid of and saps the memory. I mean aps like: city id (that you have to pay for if you want to use), backup assistant, amazon mp3, latitude, myspace, skype and talk keep turning themselves on constantly. I don't use any of them. I have a task killer ap but I has to be used in crazy mode to work. I'm considering rooting it but why should I have to? I pop the battery daily now. I can't wait until i can get a iphone at the end of my contract.
My wife wanted a slide-out keyboard. I would have liked a slightly smaller form-factor...but she keeps it in her purse, not pocket...so it isn't a big deal. Barely larger than her ENV3 it replaced.
It DID run a little slow until I flashed Velocity 1.1 on it. Google it, it isn't that bad.
-Rooted with super one click
-Installed Clockwork Rom Manager
-Put Velocity 1.1 on micro sd card (zip file)
-Rebooted into recovery, cleared all user data + delvik cache
-Flashed Velocity 1.1
...this thing runs like a dream and the wifi seems to drain my battery way slower than my OG Droid. I did use the Velocity Toolkit to overclock a little (825mHz, from 600ish stock).
Only con, can't seem to get Flash working on it. Still trying...has to do with the processor type (limitations), it seems. No huge deal, though.
Well, the fact that I went through 4 in less than a year sums it all up nicely. The phone has many hardware problems, and can't hold more than a few apps on the phone on the same time and still run fast enough to function. I replaced 2 because of faulty microphones, 1 for a faulty earpiece, and another for just plain being slow, even after a factory reset.
The Ally has android features, but not the power to use them.
On the bright side, connectivity and signal were great, even in the rural area in which I live. Also, managing and uploading pictures was seamless. The camera was the one plus for me. I am a photographer, and regularly use my phone to 'sketch' ideas. The Ally had decent contrast and excellent white balance.
An Android Froyo 2.2 phone that doesn't play flash because its processor is too weak. Bummer, because its one of Android's selling points. The phone feels solid, and a bit on the heavy side for today's phone, but by no means not uncomfortable. Keyboard is excellent. Reception is good, call quality is good, and 3G work good. Very simple and easy to use design and interfaced. Battery doesn't last too long though, half a day with average use. Its a bit slow. Taking awhile to open up apps. The phone is made of a soft plastic, and can easily be dented. Overall, a nice entry Android phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. For the same price, I should had gotten a Motorola Droid.
ally is a great droid operating system!fast system and preisnstalled memory card.. great camera..battery only last a day but it is same as a laptop./
I originally got this phone for me, but I ended up giving it to my daughter for a birthday present. It was like one she'd had before except way better. The physical keyboard is a plus and the keys have good spacing between. Another plus is the physical end call button on the bottom row. The screen is a good size and it has wonderful lighting and all the apps. One feature my daughter and I both loved is the voice text. It's great and pretty accurate unless you don't speak clearly, then it just types New York for whatever it didn't understand. That could be really handy if you're driving and it's fun too. It had us laughing in stitches. The slide out keyboard is sturdy and locks in place secure. Overall this is a great phone. We need more phones with physical keyboards only bigger keyboards. This is a great product. LG, ya can't beat em :D
I have had this phone for just over a month and so far, I've enjoyed using it. I like the combination of a touch screen with a physical keyboard. The features of the phone are easy to use. Only two negatives: 1) The battery life is a little short. 2) The screen is hard to read in sunshine.
Be sure that the phone you purchase is new. I did have one that I suspect was used or reburbished; it didn't function well and I ended up returning it. The new phone I have now is fine.