Review of Verizon Wireless LG Ally


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Today for review I’ve got another phone for you, this time one for the Verizon network, it’s the LG Ally, an Android based phone that they’re calling a superphone. The Ally is running the newer version of Android, and for the most part it seems similar to other versions, but it does seem much snappier and quicker, but it could be the hardware in the phone that helps that along. I’ve enjoyed my time with this phone, it has a nice sized full QWERTY keyboard, yes it’s slider, but the buttons are nice to type on for whatever you’re doing be texting or sending an email. I’m surprised with the battery life, it’s very good, my experience with Android based phones and battery life hasn’t been a good one, but the LG Ally can last a couple days without recharging it. The Ally also features a decent 3.2Mp camera that even has a macro mode, so read on to learn more about a fairly decent phone from Verizon and LG…


We’ll start off with the unboxing video:

So now that the video is out of the way, in the box you’ll find a USB charger, USB cable, documentation and the phone itself.

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The Ally has a nice large screen, it’s colorful and clear even in bright light, expect direct sunlight of course. Below the screen you’ll find two soft touch buttons and below those you’ll find four hardware buttons for call, home, menu and end call.

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The back is fairly plain except for logos and the camera along with it’s flash:

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On the top you’ll find an audio port, left side you’ll find volume and USB, on the right side you’ll see microSD slot and camera button.

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The LG Ally is a slider and it opens to reveal a nice sized QWERTY keyboard that has full number line and directional pad.

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Specifications:

LG Ally

Full Retail Price: $369.99
Price with 2yr contract: $199.99
Online Discount: – 100.00
Your Price : $99.99

Be ready for anything with LG Ally by your side. Talking or texting, touching or typing, uploading or downloading, this multi–talented superphone does it all—and does it with style. What you’ll see up front is an ergonomic silver–and–black case, tempered glass touchscreen, microSDslot, and touchscreen–qwerty keyboard combo; underneath, the Ally gives you the ability to customize home screens, and switch from surfing the web and emailing to text messaging and updating your social status. Plus turn–by–turn directions from Google Maps gets you to the action, fast and the 3.2mp camera/video captures your heroic or ordinary moments. And with 30,000 apps in the Android Market you’ll be ready for any adventure today—and a new one tomorrow.

DESIGN:
* 3.2″ Touch Screen, 800 x 480 Pixels, 262K Color TFT
* Slide–Out QWERTY Keyboard

CAMERA/VIDEO:
* 3.2 Megapixel camera with Autofocus and Flash
* Dedicated Camera /Video Key

GENERAL:
* Android™ 2.1 OS; Google Experience Device
* Integrated Google and Facebook Contacts in LG Socialite
* Push Gmail and Exchange, Google Calendar
* 4GB microSD pre–installed
* Wi-Fi Capable
* Bilingual Interface: English/Espanol
* S-GPS and aGPSCapable
* Speakerphone
* MP3 Ringtones
* Embedded Ringtones, Vibrating Alerts, and Silent
* Phone Book Contact Capacity Dependent upon Optional Removable Memory
* Device insurance available
* TTY compatible
* Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4/T3

SPECIFICATIONS:
* All Digital, 800/1900 MHz CDMA, EVDO Rev A
* Chipset: MSM7627, 600MHz
* Memory: ROM 512MB, RAM 256MB
* Dimensions: 4.56″ (H) x 2.22″ (W) x 0.62″ (D)
* Weight: 5.57 ounces
* Usage Time: Up 450 minutes OR
* Standby Time: Up to 500 hours
* SAR: Head: 1.36 W/kg; Body: 0.74 W/Kg


It might be a new version of Android on the LG Ally, but it still looks pretty much the same:

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The main menu is a 3D looking interface where when you scroll it goes off in the distance at the top of the screen sort of like the opening of Star Wars does, or at least that’s what it reminds me of..

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On the menu you’ll find plenty of things to see, most of it is real and not trial ware like some other companies stick on their phones. A few of the games you’ll see in the pictures above are ones that I added because I was checking out the hardware in gaming. One the games is the shortcut titled R. Thunder Lite, it’s racing game and it looks beautiful and plays smoothly on the LG Ally. I’m impressed with the capabilities for gaming on this phone, the hardware can handle it with ease.

One of the things you’ll find on the LG Ally is ThinkFree Office:

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As far as online is concerned you can access YouTube through the shortcut and of course regular browsing and then you have basic things like email access The browser is quick and web pages render perfectly fine.

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The LG Ally has a decent music player, but the built-in speaker is a bit lacking so I would suggest using headphones for a better experience. The speaker though is very loud so it’s great for speakerphone style calls, but just not for music.

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The phone dialer is nice and big, taking up most of the screen. Phone calls are fine on the Verizon network, no problems there and the calls were nice and clear with no interference or dropping.

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The battery life of the LG Ally is very good, the best I’ve seen for a smartphone running Android so far. I got two days without doing much of anything except for calls and email, but about a day and half with fairly heavy usage like browsing the web, bluetooth and gaming. As with any phone though, battery life will depend on how you use it and what you do with it.

Under settings you’ll find the usual stuff, no surprises here. You can also change the themes, only two come with the phone though.. the LG Home theme is interesting but not something I would want to use all of the time, I much prefer the basic Android theme really. It’s essentially all just all re-worked a bit with some tweaks from LG, and not for the better truly, I’d skip it and stick with the Android theme.

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The Camera on the LG Ally, isn’t too bad, it’s one of the best I’ve seen and used, especially indoors where others don’t perform well. It does have a Macro mode, which is missing on many phone cameras, and it does have a flash.

When using the camera toolbars appear on the right and left sides of  the screen, they do disappear after a few seconds though so you get a clear view.

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From the bar on the left side you can access things like flash, zoom, brightness, and macro or auto focus.

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Under settings you’ve got plenty of options like size, scene mode, ISO, white balance and effects:

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Here’s some sample pictures taken outside, these were taken at my kids school while I was waiting for them:

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The next few were taken indoors in bright light with auto focus:

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Here’s zoomed in from the same distance:

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Then here is close up with Macro mode:

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Macro mode works very well as you can see. The second picture looks a bit grainy but that is actually the cover of the DVD picture. The pictures aren’t very bad really, a lot better than I expected them to be, but still not great. The close up ones though are surprisingly good. The camera is fast, it’s quick to focus and take the picture, in a matter of seconds you’re ready to take the next one. Overall the pictures are decent, but it’s not going to replace a point-and shoot camera, and it’s nothing like the HTC Incredible. Still though in a pinch you can take some good pictures with practice with this phone.


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Conclusion:

The LG Ally is not a bad choice is you’re looking for a mid-level Android based phone, the hardware is sufficient to keep the lag down to a minimum to none at most times and you won’t have any issues with video or gaming usually. The Ally has a nice large, high resolution screen on it, something that you’ll see on higher end phones, and it’s a welcome addition to this phone really.

When using the Ally it might fell and look like a high end phone, but you’ll find that it isn’t in that there are time where it will slow down, especially at odd times like just swiping back and forth. The processor is only  a 600Mhz one, but it amazes me that gaming and video can be so smooth but yet something so simple as sliding back and forth can slow everything down.

The keyboard on the Ally is one of the nicest I’ve used and the screen is just beautiful truly.

The phone is big, and rather heavy, but I like that in a phone, some of you won’t though I’m sure.

n>All in all though the LG Ally is a welcome, low-priced addition to the Verizon and Android line of phones.

Pros:
+Well made phone
+Good battery life
+Decent camera with macro mode
+Decent hardware in the phone itself for gaming etc
+Wonderful keyboard
+Good call quality

Cons:
-Built in speaker not that good
-Slows down at the oddest of times
-Big and rather heavy

Grades:
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10

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  • kittietkatkat

    Thanks for the review…awesome! Quick read and you really seem to know what your doing…yahoooo!

  • funkycamper

    I’ve had my Ally for about 2 weeks now and I’m loving it. The keyboard is great. It’s no problem creating or editing longer documents. The on-screen keypad works well but I only use it for very short entries. I’ve not noticed any lagging but I don’t do gaming so I might not be using programs that need the same kind of speed. The phone works great. Calls are clear and crisp. I do wish the camera was a tad bit better but it works great for most snapshots and I really appreciate the flash for indoor photos. I don’t think most Android phones have a flash. I don’t notice any problems with the size or weight. While a tad bigger and heavier than my previous phone (Palm Centro), it only took a day or so to get used to it. It fits well in a small, rather tight pocket. I kinda like the weight because I don’t fear the phone will fall out when I bend over like the Centro did a few times. It feels very nice in the hand whether using it in portrait or landscape mode. And the keyboard is very comfortable to use as well. I’m just loving my Ally!

  • http://www.afhit.com Phil

    Thanks for a great article I have been reading about Android and was interested to read an article on this.

  • Morgan

    I am getting a new phone tomorrow, I am having a tough time choosing between the LG Ally and the Motorola Devour. Opinions?

  • http://www.sff.net/people/keltora Laura J. Underwood

    I just got mine yesterday (seriously) and am already in love. Never had a smart phone before. Sure it has a few warts, but as a first time buyer of a smart phone, I find them easy to work around. The best part for me was the keyboard and the screen. And the fact that I can put my own art on as wallpaper, and use the space on the sd to store stuff.

    I also love the ease with which it gives me access to the Internet, which was one of my main reasons for getting it.

  • Anna

    Thank you so much for your review! i recently had the env2 so the switch to the ally was different, but got used to it easily.
    but what i found different from what you said in your review was that my battery life was short. i’m not sure if it’s just mine, but still… anyways, that was the only thing i would different about the review. i’ve had this phone for a month and it works great!

  • Lori

    We ordered this phone as an upgrade. Never owned smart phone before. We have been traveling an the navigation system A+, Internet access A+, love the keyboard is much easier then a touch screen phone, All though I still us the touch screen on this phone when needed, As for the camera much better then the Dare that I had also the flash would not give it up in a million years. That’s one of the main reason I decided on the phone just for the picture flash. Yep I know funny reason right. But I look at it as a picture is a thousand words :O) So over all this phone is amazing!

  • Denise

    Just got the phone last Sunday! Really have been enjoying it. First smart phone, and everyday I am learning something new and different. At first didn’t think I needed access to the internet, but today I think differently. Its been fun and easy to learn, and believe me when I say easy. I am no techy, and this is the first time I’ve really ever texted so much. I like the record keeping on the text as per person I am communicating with. So far so good, and I think its a keeper. My battery doesn’t last two days either, but that’s okay, since the internet takes up a lot of the battery. Good Job!

  • http://www.sherryprindle.com Sheryl

    I am not as excited about my new Ally. I had a Blackberry and switched to experience the joy of having apps. It not only slows down at strange times, but past e-mail messages and call log entries load slowly and not in order. It makes beep sounds constantly because every feature allows alert settings, and I haven’t figured out which individual ones I have to go in and shut off. My virtual keyboard does not have an alphabet on it, so when I have to dial words to log in, I am lost. Emails don’t seem to update automatically, I constantly have to refresh. I have 5 text messages and it says full despite a decent-sized SD card. Maybe I just need to get used to it. Thank you for the review.

  • http://yahoo hannah

    this phone is awsome it perfict cayse it so easy to have the web at your finger tips

  • lynda

    I absolutely hate this phone. I had two of them through Verizon. I talked to 30 people including two offices and the executive office of Verizon about the problems I was having with this phone. It has a lot of bugs and issues. I picked the LG because LG has always been dependable for me in the past. The Apps offered are awful. Also, with IPhone you have your charges for Apps going through your ITunes account. With this, you have no idea if you are giving your credit card information to the Russian mob or what, seriously. They have to work through a lot to get this dependable. I switched carriers after having this.

  • allison

    i was wondering if anyone is having an issue with their ally freezing up? this is the 2nd ally i have gotten and both freeze at the drop of a hat and then you have to remove and reinstall the battery to get them back up and running. any thoughts?

  • http://www.technogog.com/review/review-of-verizon-wireless-lg-ally/ Sue

    I am on my FIFTH on! In just ONE month! I like the phone, but it freezes up for absolutely no reason. I do not have apps running to cause this. But after it freezes, it shuts itself off and reboots. This is very aggravating. I thought the store where it was purchased just had a bad batch, but I went to a different store and yep, it still does it. Hopefully someone will figure a way to make it STOP!

  • http://www.natereport.blogspot.com Nate

    The LG Ally was is my first smart phone. I am experiencing one major issue that I have not read about anywhere. The touch screen does not work when the phone is oriented the vertically. The touch screen functionality wakes up when I slide it open and flip it horizontally. I can’t wake it up, dial numbers or scroll through contacts with out sliding the keyboard tray open first. Just wondering if anyone else had this happen. I went into settings, sound and display, and orientation. I tried both options and that didn’t effect anything. The orientation never changes with turning the phone. I have to slide the key board out to change orientation. I like the phone alot, maybe I got a bad apple?

  • http://www.lovingheartmommy.com Kristinia

    Your review is very helpful! I love that I can actually read great reviews like this! We are actually planning on getting this phone!

  • Jessica

    I actually read this review on my new Ally! Haha. I agree with essentially everything you pointed out.

  • Dreamin

    I love my LG Ally, but why oh why couldn’t they include a reset button? Or a combination of keys to reboot it? It has a tendency to freeze up now and then when I play mp3s on it. When that happens, I need to either wait 10 or 15 minutes for it to reboot itself or take the battery out which is itself a pain in the ()*&.

    Whyyyyyyyyy?

  • jon

    I have a lg ally this is my 4th one and the only 2 things it has going for itself is the great screen and keypad but every one I have had freezes and power cycels witch happens many times a day and I have missed important calls I say nice try but needs to be better and any one how test one needs to do so for more than a week

  • Marshall

    I was thrilled about the Ally’s feature although I feel that it could have been a little lighter for it’s size, but I was overall satisfied with the device. However, yesterday (two months after getting the phone) the battery stopped taking the charge and when I tried removing the battery last night I realized that it would not come out from the phone. Never seen that before. I’m wondering if anyone else had issues with the phone not charging of with removing the battery?

  • Jude1954

    I hate my LG Ally. I received my third one today and each one has the same problem — FREEZE and RESTART all on its own. The people at Verizon are no help. They say there is nothing they can do.

  • brittain

    I’m enjoying my ally. Sure it doesn’t compete with the performance of the newer droids but I feel like I totally got my monies worth. The keypad is why I chose it initially because I came to dislike the touch sceen keypad

  • Heidi

    By far the LG Ally is the worst phone Verizon has ever offered. I am now waiting for my 3rd phone to arrive. We have 3 Allys on the account, 2 of which have Major issues of freezing and restarting, screen time out not working as programmed, and no signal in places I have been using service for over 4 years. You would think after having it replaced for the second time Verizon would offer another kind of phone all together. My first replacement Froze and restarted withing 10 minutes of activation. This phone is creating a real bad name for Verizon and LG.

  • Cassie

    I’m having issues with my LG Ally. My messaging and searching touch screen keypad works fine, however I tried creating a .docx document today and I wasn’t able to type anything. Then when I tried typing with the slide keyboard, my caps button and alt buttons would not work. I tried restarting my phone more than once and nothing has changed. I’m very frustrated, so if anyone can help, please do! Once again, this is only with the ThinkFree Office, not messaging or searching through Google, YouTube, etc. And touch screen typing on all my other apps work, so I’m really not sure what to do.

  • Jeff

    I’m now also on my second LG Ally, after the first one continously froze-up on me several times a day; usually when texting or editing contacts. My new phone is apparently no better and also freezes up regularly…multiple times every DAY! Can’t handle it any longer, plan on switching phones entirely. Too bad too, since other than it’s aggravating propensity to constantly restart and freeze-up (and there is no reset button any damn where), I enjoy everything else about this phone.

    DAMN Verizon/LG…just fix the problem and I’d love your phone!!

  • Sandy

    I hate the Ally. I was so excited about gettin it and it freezes up and you have to take the battery out to reset it, has constant alerts for no apparent reason, and the touch pad doesn’t always work. Today I went to use the camera and it said SD card is not ready and no matter how many times I put the card in and reload it ,it still won’t work. This phone sucks,do not waste your money!!!

    • Whiner

      Sounds like you just need to get it exchanged and quit bitching about it.

  • Msotosky

    I own the new LG Ally phone for 6 weeks now. It is hands down the absolute worst cell phone I have ever owned. It drops calls constantly. The txt menu does not allow a cut and paste option. The internet is dowwn more than it is up. The basic funtctions are not intuitive. There is to my knowledge no call waiting or confernfernce calling. It is back to the consistent, dependable, intuitive Blackberry.

  • Ms Pretty1228

    I am currently on my 3rd ally phone from verizon withn 3 mo. I’m not happy with this phone the 1st time verzion kept telling me to just take the battery out to keep resetting it. But it got to the point i kept taking it out so much the battery started to crack apart. Until one day they replaced it and then it kept doing the same were it kept freezing or when some one calls the screen stays black and even if i push the slider up up nothing appears on the screen. So by this point i’m on my 3rd phone in just 3mo of service. I hate that i purchased this phone.

  • mallory

    So I got my new LG ally yesterday, its my first smart phone and im really enjoying it. I have not had any problems with it being slow, or freezing up like most are saying, hopefully, its stays that way. One thing i dont understand is the storage and memory card. The phone came with the memory card but i had already had one from my last phone, the envtouch. When you take picutres fromt the ally camera, it does not move the saved pictures to my memory card, it creates its own file. I WANT ALL MY PICTURES IN ONE SPOT. anyone know how to change that? also… i use phonezoo to get ringtones and pictures, but i cant get it to work for the ally… help?

  • Whiner

    Wow what a bunch of bitchers. Upgrade to Android 2.2 now and quit crying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JamesKotoro Brandon Wagner

    I have had my phone for 2 years,  The ally is by far a very mediocre phone and has way to many issues.  The phone from day one would lock up randomly or the screen would go black and nothing.  Had to do the battery reset. now after having the phone so long the touch screen function when you slide the phone open no longer works to top it off the touch screen function when it is closed is touch and go now managed to get it to work after the video cut out on it and i got fed up with.  I took the phone apart…turns out the data cable that connects the screen to the main chip that the keyboard is a part of gets pinched in a certain spot and has sense damaged that cable causing consistant screen problems now.   Dont waste your money on this phone…thats saying if they still sell it..

  • yahoo

    i have had my ally for two weeks and I must say it is the most sorry smart phone verizon have made. it lose it signal and some times it close out and starts back then to have it tells me no services and seraching for services. can not get on the web,,text or serch for different things with it it closing out.. took it back to the store and the guy worked on it for two hours trying to get it started ,which it did for about a hour and then back to the same ___. can someone help.

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