LG DoublePlay ReviewLG Doubleplay 5
Every now and then, we come upon a device that goes outside the mold to separate itself dramatically from everything else. Well, the LG Doubleplay is one of those smartphones that attempts to provide a practical experience in typing messages with its split-style QWERTY keyboard. Naturally, it comes off as a tangible distraction from the usual litter we're normally accustomed to seeing, but will it actually enhance or improve the experience?
- LG Doubleplay
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Start Guide
- Product Safety and Warranty Information
Besides its incorporation of a split-style keyboard and a secondary touchscreen, there is absolutely nothing pretty about this chubby one. By today standards, it tips the scale in overall sheer size, weight, and thickness – making it a constant distraction in our pockets. Indeed, it's far from being premium feeling due to its plastic shell, which strangely retains smudges. And much like other recent LG smartphones, the metal strip in the rear serves no other purpose than being there for aesthetics.
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When so many other mid-range devices feature WVGA resolution, it's really a bummer to find LG Doubleplay packing a 3.5" HVGA (320x480 pixels) display. Of course, its limitation is blatantly exposed with fine text, as we have some difficulty viewing them in the web browser. Thankfully though, we really like the display's deep and luscious color production, which isn't something we normally find with a typical LCD panel. However, it's low brightness output and poor viewing angles make it nearly impossible to see in outdoor settings.
split-style keyboard would improve the typing experience, but in actually using it, we find it considerably more challenging. First of all, the tiny sized plastic buttons aren't that defined, which makes it difficult to feel out - plus, it doesn't help when the response is rather stiff to the touch as well. Moreover, our thumbs are easily cramped due to the tight spacing they're covering.
The Doubleplay packs a secondary 2" touchscreen that separates its keyboard. Even though it has some practical uses with multi-tasking, such as being given access to text messages, music player, group texting, picture gallery, email, calendar, browser, and social+ app, it doesn't necessarily enhance or refine the overall experience. In all honesty, we do like the multitasking aspects it offers, but doesn't dramatically go beyond that.
As usual, we find the typical set of Android capacitive buttons beneath the main display, which are placed far away from the edges to reduce accidental presses. Meanwhile, the only thing above the display is the earpiece – albeit, we’re shocked to find this 4G enabled smartphone lacking a front facing camera.
Around the sides of the phone, we find its microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, volume rocker, and dedicated power button – with the latter two exhibiting springy responses when pressed.
the rear is home to the handset's 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and two notches for the handset's speakerphone. Yanking off the plastic rear cover, we're provided access to its 1,500 mAh battery, SIM card slot, and microSD slot that's preloaded with a 2GB card.
1. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Funny how this keyboard went all the way to the production line. I think a 10 year old might think the same thing we all are thinking: Why do you need a split keypad with a chunky touch screen in the middle, wish a touch screen just above.
2. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
LOL? The Sidekick4g? Please that POS freezes like no other, it has so many bugs and cinks that have yet to be fixed. Its a great UI but the phone is laggy as hell and picture quality is horrible this is way better!
3. snowgator (Posts: 3547; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Hey look- it is the next phone to suffer from the Echo Effect- install a gimmick, see if someone buys it...
4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1229; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
So basically they're saying that they have no idea why anyone would buy this phone. I have to agree.
5. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I guess we all know why LG, a big player in the cell biz, is loosing financially.
6. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
...and of course this is something Tmo would love to invest in. After the failed new sidekck, they want another failure. Could invest hrc titan or samsung focus which probably sell better no matter price. Just like amaze and gs2.
7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i was legitly interested in this phone. the secondary display seems pretty practical to me but the phone's limitations kind of hamper the innovation here.
8. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I was actually surprised when playing with the phone. I thought it looked cheap and that the frame would reflect that, but when actually holding in your hand it feels durable and sturdy. I also like the concept of a second screen. How many times a day do you have to stop whatever it is you're doing to reply to a text, it'd be nice having a separate screen that you can text from so you don't have to stop what you are doing.
10. trishgil01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
actually, i have this phone and love it! the split screen can be confusing at times when im not looking and i go to touch a key and its the screen but i LOVE this phone. ive had other carriers before tmobile including having PIECE OF s**t iphone that dies every 25 minutes.. i wouldnt trade this phone whatsoever.
11. blueangel981 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2012)
Let me just say that this is probably the worst phone i have ever used in my life!! Its glitches like no other, restarts itself daily, and constantly stops recieving messages! At first i thought the double display screen was a great idea, but the sh*t i have to put up with daily just use this phone is rediculous! ive had this for about 2 months now and its already gone to sh*t. Please.. PLEASEEE if you are considering getting this phone, just dont. You'll pretty much regret it everyday.
12. reddobey (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
I have this phone and i love it! everything works like its supposed to, its fast, and really good screen. the keyboard is really good compared to my last phone that kept changing letters from a to something else! it was a pain in the butt to type before, but now its just like a keyboard. My fingers are skinny and small so it works really good for me (i guess if you have fat fingers it might suck, but the letters pop out so you can feel them pretty good). Im glad I upgraded my phone to this one on t-mobile, the best feature is the gps navigation! no more getting lost! lol, smart phones rock, and if you like to type allot of text messages i recommend this phone.