Pros -Qwerty Keyboard
-Backrounds are ok
-Reception is great
Cons -Battery Life
-Gmail is sometimes slow
Summary When I finally decided to get an Android, I pictured something grand. I wanted the Droid Incredible. Then I had to downscale to this due to price issues. I LOVE this phone. It has a great touchscreen which I needed, plus it has a QWERTY keyboard. The backrounds are ok, but could be better. When I was calling home, I found it to be excellent, although the sound was tinny and not natural. The phone is also equipped with the newest Android 2.1, which I wanted. The camera is ok, and I really dont need high resolution pictures. I just need a phone that has a camera whenever I need it, and will produce a fairly good image.
Battery life is not too great, but I suppose I'll have to get used to it, seeing as its a smartphone. It survives till then end of the day so I guess its okay. One issue I have is that when I go to the gmail client, it sometimes can be REALLY slow. It took me almost 3 minutes to recieve emails. And sometimes the emails arent recent.
Apart from the two issues, those who are a first time smartphone buyers, or those who want do downscale to something Android, but not to flashy; look no further, the LG Ally will fullfill your wish.
Pros Great touch screen, awesome camera options (panoramic photos are amazing), perfect keyboard, great call quality
Cons When the battery gets low the apps try to "freeze up"
Summary This is my first Android phone - coming from the LG Voyager, then the Samsung Rogue. I mentioned "freezing up" in the cons - which is true when the battery gets to less than 10% remaining - but it still freezes up much less often than my Rogue. I will admit, there is quite a learning curve when migrating to the Android - but it is rather painless, and very worth the effort (and, none of that at all the fault of the phone itself). The call quality is excellent, the camera is much better than my Rogue, and the keyboard is just perfect. You do have to download the manual for the phone online - but that didn't bother me, since I download manuals about a month before I buy a product anyway.
The battery life is not a problem for me at all. With both the Rogue and the Voyager - I would use my phone all day, and charge it while I slept. Not a big deal, as I don't use it for an alarm, nor do I want it waking me up with a phone call - so the batter is just fine for me.
Overall, I would say it is a great phone - and you absolutely cannot beat the price! I have always had great luck with LG phones, though, so it is pretty much just as I expected. As I mentioned before - the ability for it to take the panoramic shots and find the corresponding angles to go with the shots are just amazing. I would definitely recommend this to family and friends looking to finally convert to an Android.
Pros Superior voice quality and reception for those who are hearing impaired, user friendly/easy to figure out, great qwerty, nice and fast touch screen, think-free office is a nice app. for on the go editing, android so can update any quirks nicely
Cons Battery life is shorter, but to be expected if you are an avid app user
Summary There is good and bad reviews on every product, so don't be swayed by the negative. One needs to make a decision that is based on your needs; what is best for you. Get out there and test your choice of droids before you buy ; ) I am hearing impaired so whatever phone I use needs to be equipped with a strong M/T rating. Out of all the droids on the market right now, the Ally outperformed and gives me crisp clear voice, without straining, discomfort, and whistling. Surprising, considering the degree of hearing loss I have. I also tested by pushing the limit, by popping my aids out then called my daughter. I was amazed how well I heard her and that w/o the use of my hearing aids. The amplification and reception was still crisp and clear. The cells on the market can have all the apps and swiftness, but if it lacks features to enable someone with a hearing impaired to hear clearly, then that phone is worthless. I found the apps to be fast, not so slow at all. Love the Think free office and can edit documents and presentations on-the-go. I haven't experienced any dropped calls or freezes. I found this smartphone easy to learn by exploring the many functions and utilities. I made the best choice for me ; ) And since this is android I know updates will be provided along the way keeping this phone at top functionality. LG did a great job and has addressed a segment of the population who have special needs. Thank you LGLG came through for us ; ) We are going to be receiving the 2.2 upgrade. Yeaaaaaaaaaaa
Updated on Aug 8, 2010
Pros Nicest keyboard of any phone I've ever owned, nice handheld size, good reception, the wifi is an added bonus.
Cons Very slow, laggy. Over heats if you run GPS and Pandora at the same time. More than a few apps slows it way down. Slow camera. Freezes and Power cycles too often. It doesn't seem to hand the apps and OS very well.
Summary If you're looking to use your phone for facebook and email and an app or two, this is a great phone. But if you're looking to use the GPS and take advantage of all the great apps, this phone doesn't cut it. You get what you pay for. I've had it for 6 weeks and I sold it today.
Pros Call quality, slide out keyboard, ease of use, touch screen
Cons The battery does not even last 8 hours.
Summary Unless you always work near an outlet, do not commute by mass transit and never travel, this phone is a problem. I let my interest in features override common sense. At its core a cell phone should make a call when needed. This one can't even be relied upon to stay charged until I get home from work. It dies during a single day of a business trip. If I'm ever in an emergency situation I'll have to borrow someone else's phone. I keep kicking myself for making this purchase.