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Review: LG Ally

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LG has done a pretty decent job with its first Android handset for the U.S., though it could certainly use some improvements. The Ally is large, weighty, and should have a slightly bigger screen given the sheer volume it consumes. The solid construction, good keyboard, and nice hand feel make up for the size...a little bit.

The stock Android 2.1 user interface is snappy and presents no challenges to the user. I like that the Ally has five home screens to customize with content.

The media powers are mixed. The music experience is bare-bones all the way, with only the most rudimentary playback features enabled. The camera has great, advanced controls, but suffers from a bit of performance lag. It makes up for the performance lag, however, by taking really good pictures.

The browser breaks no new ground, and the extra features are few and far between.

In sum, the Ally is a solid phone, but not an exceptional one. There are tons of other tempting choices on Verizon's shelves. The Droid and Incredible offer better overall experiences, but have their own drawbacks. If the form factor of the Ally appeals to you, and you don't care about some of the media weaknesses, then perhaps the Ally is what you need.


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