Pros + Keypad is very nice
+ It's not as heavy as the Motorola Droid
+ Battery lasts for about 8 hours
+ The GPS rocks
Cons - There are some preexisting apps
Summary I've used the LG Ally, iPhone 4, iPhone 3, the Verizon Razzle, the Samsung Glyde and a bunch of other phones. I think LG Ally is the best one out of all of these.
1. There's a keypad! Unlike the iPhones.
2. The keypad is very nice in that there are gaps between keys, so, there's less of a chance you click on more than one key at a time, unlike the Motorola Droid, on which the keys are not separated.
3. It's not as heavy as the Motorola Droid, and has a pleasant shape, as opposed to the Droid which is boxish.
4. I dropped it while walking on the road a few times, it split open completely, the battery fell in one place, the cell phone base fell elsewhere. It worked without ANY problems for months after I dropped it. I still have mine, and it's still working beautifully.
5. The battery lasts for about 8 hours. It did decrease a little after about a year of use, but I guess that's natural.
6. The GPS rocks. When I take the wrong turn, it instantly recalculates it and comes up with a new route. I've used the iPhone 4 navigator with Verizon, and it's not nearly as fast.
7. It didn't cost a penny when I bought it - because I extended my Verizon contract. For something that was literally free, it worked AMAZINGLY well.
8. I'm not sure if this is a characteristic of all android phones, but, I love the way Google apps and features are integrated into the Ally. Gmail, Calendar, Maps, and so many other Google services are just in there, it's great, because I rely on Google services a lot.
I'm seriously contemplating switching back from my iPhone 4 to LG Ally. The only reason I wanted the iPhone is because it has an iPod, and I can connect it to my cassette adapter in the car, and listen to the music. I couldn't do that with my Ally, although, I'm sure there are other ways to listen to stuff on the Ally in the car (Bluetooth and whatnot). The cassette adapter thing is the only way I know how.
Stuff I don't like about the Ally:
1. There are some preexisting apps (which I never use), and I wish there was a way to uninstall them, but the Ally doesn't allow you to. The bad part is they automatically start running, even after killing the tasks using the application - Advanced Task Killer.
2. A few apps like Angry Birds which take up a lot of space and memory tend to have a lag. I had to uninstall it to stop it from slowing the entire phone down.
And that's pretty much it.
I'd probably switch back to the Ally if I had the option, but my aunt bought the new iPhone for me, and I don't want her to feel bad.
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"Amazing Phone"on by J_D_Rance
Pros Android OS, LG Theme/User Interface, Great slide out QWERTY, Vibrant screen, Google integration and APPS. 5 home screens can be customized with widgets and APPS. Calendaring, Navigation, messaging are all great! Great MS Office Substitute!!!
Cons Location of spacebar. E-mail client crashes frequently and is not playing nice with Godaddy e-mail. Email client does not update consistently. Socialite APP is great for twitter, not as robust for facebook. bluetooth voice activated dialing
Summary This is a great phone! I've read articles that classify it as an entry level smart phone. After spending two days with the phone, It is well beyond entry level. Each day I learn something new about the Ally.
The 5 home screens are more useful that I initially thought. They can be customized with Widgets and application shortcuts making it very easy to manage your lifestyle on your phone i.e. one home screen for productivity, one for social networking, another screen for multimedia etc.
The Google integration is a must have. Previously, I subscribed to a lightly used google calendar. After being wowed by this phone, I immediately added additional calendars to my account to manage work, home, business, etc. Now, I can work between my iMac's calendar and Ally without the need to sync.
Overall, this phone is great though not perfect. My major complaint is the e-mail client. Hotmail and Gmail were a snap to set up, but Godaddy's email is a monster to set-up. Establishing the incoming POP3 setup is fine, its the outgoing settings that are a miss. On top of that, the android email client frequently crashes. It will also crash during account set-up which can be a real pain. Once the account is established, inbox updates can be inconsistent even with the sync timer set at 5 minute intervals.
My last issue is bluetooth voice activated dialing. Out the box, it does not exist. However, there is a voice dial app that will allow users to initiate a voice dial. this seems to work just fine! Initially, I was a bit bothered by this, but now, I'm less likely to place an accidental call when my headset is in a pocket or bag, so it works for me.
Other than the email client issue, this phone is truly amazing! I love the Pandora and Youtube apps. Contact info is full of fields to collect information.
Minus a few weak spots, great job LG!
Pros If you are familiar to Android based phones it is easy to use. Nice screen. Physical keypad which I like much better than the one on my Moto Droid. Voice quality and reception is great. Size is great.
Cons To change from screen to screen appears little sluggish, however, read my comments and you will understand.
Summary I have the Moto Droid and the Droid Incredible. Ally is my wife's phone. Reason I say Ally is sluggish is because most things are compared to my Incredible. We both come from a long line of Blackberries and when I got both my Android based phones she was very opposed to getting one herself until she had problems with her trackball on her Tour. I talked her into the Ally because she prefers a physical keypad verses touchscreen and the Ally is much better than the one on the Moto Droid, which is pretty much useless. I also liked the fact that it was priced right. I actually like the Ally and was very surprised by it and it is great for what she does and I find her doing more with it which I tried to tell her would be the case with Android based phones. I AM GLAD SHE LIKES IT CAUSE IF NOT I WOULDN'T LIKE HER REACTION TO ME (little humor)!!! I actually would recommend the Ally very highly and as far as features I like it better in some ways than I do my Moto Droid, however, I love my Incredible and wouldn't take anything for it. If your looking for a very good Android based phone and want one for a good reasonable price then I would get the Ally.
"Awesome phone!!!"on by Jannie82
Pros Vibrant screen, availability of apps, pretty intuitive for a first-time "smart phone" user, easy to customize
Cons Touch keyboard is a little too sensitive and I kinda miss "speed dial", and the battery life is short compared to my EnV, but that's to be expected in a smart phone.
Summary I've had this phone for five days and I absolutely LOVE it! I can't stop playing with it and finding all the cool new things it does!
I'm a first-time smart phone user and to me the size is perfect, small enough to fit everywhere, but large enough to know if it's missing. I've seen other reviews that slam the design, but I find the simple design very appealing - after all it's a phone, not a sports car. I like the black on black as it shows less wear than other colors or something metallic.
I loved the fact that it was really simple for me to pair my bluetooth, change ringtones, download and use the available applications mostly without having to consult the user guide. I did need a little help with the contacts function, although I'm not sure whether that was the phone or the user.
The Ally has a fabulous qwerty keyboard for those of us who still desire a physical one. The buttons have a super tactile feel and are spaced nicely.
For me, the camera does just what I want it to - it takes pictures. No, it isn't going to take the place of my "real" camera, but I don't want it to. I only use my phone to capture the unexpected photo op - and this phone does that perfectly. II was tickled it had a flash! I'm still figuring out all the stuff you can do with your photos on it.
Over all I don't have any complaints. This is a nifty little phone that packs a lot of features into a super reasonable price point. If you're looking for a great phone with lots of features that won't break the bank - the Ally is for you!
Pros Great keyboard and touchscreen, Android OS, I like the layout of the keys on the front, excellent call quality - way better than my last phone. Web browsing is easy and the screen is beautiful. Easy to customize.
Cons Even though it's a google phone, Gmail is VERY slow, at least on mine. I have been sending test emails to/from various accounts and I find that using hotmail through the "email" program is much faster than using gmail.
Summary I was nervous because I preordered (wanted the physical keyboard + touchscreen so figured it was my best bet), but this phone has not disappointed. It's my first smartphone, so I'm not a power user, but I have played with this thing a LOT over the past 3 days and the only con is the gmail issue that I mentioned above, which probably has more to do with google than with the phone itself. An additional plus is that it is very easy to transfer music, files, and ringtones from your computer, and there is an app you can download to make your own ringtones from music files.
Love it and recommend it for anyone who is interested in an android phone with a good keyboard!!