There new LG Ally Android-based handset is about to hit store shelves, so we wanted to bring to your attention the review Android Community have just posted over there on their site. There's plenty of text there, breaking down the main features of the new Android 2.1 handset, but they also made sure to include plenty of pictures of the device, too. But, does the LG Ally make the wait worthwhile? Or has LG missed the mark with the device?
First and foremost, it doesn't look like the Ally is going to be winning any beauty contests. LG definitely took an industrial approach to the new Android 2.1 handset, much like in the vain of the Motorola Droid, perhaps, but they do get one thing right: the keyboard. It's not nearly as bad as Motorola's physical QWERTY keyboard, even if it isn't the best on the market. And while we're not necessarily fans of plastic-feeling touchscreens, it seems that the Ally's is responsive enough, so we may be able to forgive that.
As for features, you're looking at a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, with WVGA resolution (which, AC mentions may be too much), and two capacitive touch buttons underneath. Below them, there's four hardware keys: Answer, Home, Menu, and End Call/Sleep. The distinction is something that's frowned upon, especially considering that Back, and Search are the two capacitive touch buttons and are inexplicably removed from the standard row of keys. You also get WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and a MicroSD card slot. As we mentioned above, it's running Android 2.1, and LG was nice enough to include a Theme, to break apart the "boring" stock Android homescreens. You can pre-order the LG Ally right now from plenty of different locations, and you'll be able to buy it on May 20th. It will run you $99.99 after a mail-in rebate (from Verizon stores), and you'll have to sign a new, two-year agreement, too.
[via Android Community]