Folks of Engadget got hold of LG Ally and they have posted a nice review of this QWERTY Android handset. Here are a quick look at how LG Ally fares in the review:
The Ally is well-balanced in the hand and weighs about what you’d expect a phone of this size, complexity, and thickness to weigh. At nearly 15mm thick, you won’t mistake it for the svelte Nexus One or CLIQ XT in your pocket — but then again, the Ally’s got a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that the others lack, and it’s basically the same thickness as its similarly-equipped Verizon stablemate, the Motorola Devour.
Speaking of the QWERTY slide, the Ally’s keyboard is a mixed bag (noticing a trend here?). We actually really liked the feel of the keys — and the spring-loaded slide mechanism itself feels about as solid as you could reasonably expect — but the layout isn’t among the better ones we’ve seen.
We’ve no serious complaints about the Ally’s audio. In fact, the monaural loudspeaker located toward the bottom of the back is crazy loud — there aren’t many phones in existence where you feel compelled to back off a notch or two from max volume when using the speakerphone function, but the Ally proudly makes that short list.
As for the camera… well, if you’re looking for a point-and-shoot camera replacement, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
there’s no perceptible benefit to LG’s Android skin, and because it is skinned, Android updates stand a greater risk of being delayed significantly (if they come at all). It’s a bizarre and unfortunate move that the average Ally buyer isn’t going to appreciate — or even think about, for that matter — walking into the store.
Socialite serves no discernible purpose. It’s a social aggregator, but it only handles Twitter and Facebook — both of which now integrate deeply with Android through official (and free) products — and the app’s widget takes up the entire fricking screen.
Staying shy of the magical $100 price point is key for a device in the category, and it’s a challenge that the Ally passes — but we couldn’t help but feel like we should still be able to expect more. Cheap doesn’t have to mean low quality.