Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gear Review | LG Ally Smart Phone

Running my own small business requires me to be plugged in 24/7. I have missed client e-mails and calls while away from the home office. I have been caught in violent storms and traffic jams. I decided to enter the world of smart phones and be connected when away from the computer.

I purchased the LG Ally from Verizon. The phone is integrated with Google (picassa, blogger, Google documents, Google maps, Google checkout, Google calendar etc.) and met my criteria:

  • e-mail
  • internet
  • doppler radar and weather
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • touch screen
  • keyboard
  • camera
  • bar-code scanner

Images thanks to Best Buy

Here are some of the official specs: 

  • Android 2.1 with Google Experience 
  • 3.2 inch touch display
  • slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and flash
  • 512 B ROM, 256 MB RAM memory
  • 4 GB microSD
  • Qualcomm MSM7627 600MHz processor
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi, S-GPS, aGPS
    The only draw back so far is the battery life. I have to constantly re-charge the thing. There are ways to decrease battery usage via several applications. I encountered a strange error with words similar to 'voice calls cannot be made when in HDR mode.' I think the phone is too new and the help desk had not encountered this. They were unable to assist me. I drove over to the local store at Landmark and dodged the pedestrians. Its as if these people are training for a frogger reality tv show. Who crosses 4 lanes of traffic (in each direction) with a kid under their arm? Cross walks were invented for a reason. 

    Anyway, the employees played with the phone for a while and decided a hard reset was the only solution. They managed to save my contacts but all else was lost. I was not that bummed about loosing my Pee Wee Herman soundboard, but other apps and bookmarks had to be re-entered. 

    Overall I am quite pleased with this purchase and think it will be a great asset to my consulting business. I would recommend this product to others. 

    Lets hope I don't drop the phone in the drink.


    you can turn off the HDR by following the steps:
    Menu > Settings > Wireless and Networks > Mobile Network > Network mode > and select digital only hybrid. It resolve the problem :)

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