LG Electronics is apparently giving another Android phone to Verizon. The Vortex phone model was spotted in the wild this week with Verizon’s logo. This is another phone that should be sold cheap because it lacks many features that should earn it a top spot in the Android mobile category.
The LG Vortex is another entry-level Android OS 2.2 handset that’s set to compete with Huawei Ideos U8150 aka T-Mobile Comet. This phone may see its official debut on the first week of November so if you’re a budget-conscious shopper, you might want to wait for its official release date.
The first thing noticeable about the LG Vortex is that it has Microsoft Bing as the default search engine. It also comes with Bing Maps instead of Google Maps. This is weird knowing that this is an Android phone!
Rumor has it that it was Verizon’s decision to dump Google and Google Maps for the LG Vortex Android phone. This new policy stemmed from a deal with Microsoft that was signed last year compelling the carrier to use only Microsoft Bing for Verizon’s entry-level smartphones and Windows Phone 7 handsets.
Android purists will definitely feel that Verizon has poisoned their beloved Google operating system with Microsoft products so I’m not very optimistic about the commercial success of the LG Vortex.
If you don’t mind having Bing on a cheap Android phone, the LG Vortex has decent specs. It’s got a 3.2-inch capacitive display that has multi-touch support. The resolution is also sharp enough at 320 x 480 pixels.
The candybar design is pocket-friendly, only measuring 4.47 x2.32 x0.52 inches and is a lightweight at only 129 grams. The LG Vortex has a 600MHz ARM processor and it’s good enough to run Android OS 2.2 comfortably.
Will you buy this phone or you’d rather go for LG Optimus T or the more pricey LG Optimus Q android phones? A tipster said Verizon may give the LG Vortex free if you sign up for a new 2-year service contract. If this won’t happen, we’re expecting that the price tag won’t be as high as a Samsung Galaxy S Android phone. Damn! These phones are really expensive.
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