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Review: LG DoublePlay for T-Mobile

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Browser

The browser's integration into the small display is limited at best. Obviously, browsing real web sites on such a small screen is a ridiculous idea, and LG knows that. Instead, the browser function in the small display serves as a bookmarking tool. Open it, and you're taken to a vertical carousel of visual bookmarks. You can customize these as you wish. You scroll through the carousel to find the web site you want to load, touch it, and the main display jumps to that page. That's all it does.

The stock Android browser performs acceptably on the DoublePlay. I thought speeds were average for a T-Mobile device, which is to say somewhat zippy. I didn't have any hang-ups with the browser's performance, and the Android browser software itself continues to work well.

 

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Customize

The LG DoublePlay offers the standard laundry list of Android customization features. As far as the secondary display is concerned, all you can do is rearrange the order of the eight shortcuts. The number of apps that are compatible with the small display is limited to about 10 (why not voice mail, or settings?), so there's little flexibility.

The rest of the phone includes the categorized main menu, and the ability to create and manage those categories. I also like the slightly different take LG uses for setting up home screen widgets, apps, and shortcuts. The tool slides up from the bottom of the screen and give you a small selection of widgets, etc., in grid form to choose from. I get it, it makes sense. You can easily parse between widgets, apps, shortcuts, and folders using this tool thanks to some sorting buttons at the bottom.

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