LG Electronics is having a minor success with their LG Ally Android phone. First released by Verizon Wireless in the US in May, the LG Ally’s cheap price and good specs has managed to win a lot of loyal customers. While it was first being promoted as an entry-level smartphone, owners of this device now count it one of the best Android phones released this year. In fact, LG Ally is one of the cheapest Android phone models of 2010 along with Huawei Ideos U8150-B (with Android OS 2.2. Froyo).
The LG Ally is LG’s only second Android phone released in the United States. Verizon Wireless is still offering it for $49.99 under a two year contract but people can also buy it online and at retail stores for as low as $329.99 unlocked. The LG Ally doesn’t compare with high-end Android phones like the Motorola Droid X or Samsung Galaxy S i9000. But it has tons of great features you won’t expect in a cheap android phone.
Unlike other entry-level models, the LG Ally already ships with Android OS 2.1 Eclair just like Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 (another cheap android phone you got to check out) and unlike the expensive Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (read our review via the link) that still runs the outdated Android OS 1.6. Up to now this is our frustration with our Xperia X10.
Here’s a complete list of the LG Ally’s specs. The list is very impressive in spite of the fact that this phone is only running on a 600 MHz processor. The other features make up for its underpowered hardware CPU.
Our LG Ally review is highly positive. For the price, this android phone is a good droid phone which can pretty much do most of the things budget-conscious consumers are looking for in an android phone. Just download free mobile phone apps and you’re set for work and entertainment with this nifty device. Fans of this phone actually love it because of the cheap price (primary reason) and superior performance as an Android smartphone. This is highly recommended if you can’t afford those expensive models mentioned above.
LG Ally Android Phone Specs
- Networks: 800/1900 MHz CDMA, EVDO Rev A
- CPU: MSM7627, 600MHz processor
- Memory: ROM 512MB, RAM 256MB
- Display: 3.2? Capacitive Touch Screen, 800 x 480 Pixels, 262K Color TFT
- Keyboard: Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard
- Camera: 3.2 Megapixel with Autofocus and Flash; Dedicated Camera/Video Key
- Platform: Android 2.1 OS; Google Experience Device
- LG Widgets including calendar widget, Weather+time, Socialite widget
- Integrated Google and Facebook Contacts in LG Socialite
- Push Gmail and Exchange, Google Calendar
- 4GB microSD pre-installed
- BLUETOOTH 2.1 + EDR
- S-GPS and aGPS Capable
- Speakerphone MP3 Ringtones (Embedded Ringtones, Vibrating Alerts, and Silent)
- Visual Voice Mail Capable
- Google Apps include Google Search;
- Google Maps with Navigation Beta, Transit, and Wikipedia Information;
- Google Talk with Presence; Gmail; YouTube; Google Latitude; Google Calendar
- 1000′s of Free Apps and 100s of Widgets Available in Android Market
- Android Webkit HTML5-based Browser
- Google Over the Air Updates
- 3.5mm Headset Jack
- Dimensions: 4.56 inches (H) x 2.22 inches (W) x 0.62 inch (D)
- Weight: 5.57 oz.
- Usage Time: Up to 450 mins or Standby Time: Up to 500 h
We’ll post some LG Ally tips and tricks after a day or two. Part of these tips and tricks will include how to save battery and terminate processes when they’re not needed.