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LG DoublePlay Review

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With a 1 GHz processor running the show behind the scenes, the LG Doubleplay's performance is remarkably smooth and responsive – even better than some dual-core devices that we've checked out recently. In fact, it doesn't even seem to strain that much when a live wallpaper is activated. Additionally, it's able to execute almost all basic functions with relative ease.

Just like all the other devices before, the handset features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Obviously, there is plenty of personalization found with it, much like most customized Android experiences, thanks to the wealthy set of useful widgets that are available – such as the weather and social networking ones. Clearly, it might not be the most favorable customized UI out there, but it's at least functional in providing a balanced experience.

The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review
The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread - LG DoublePlay Review

The LG Doubleplay features LG's Optimus skin, which is running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread



Functionality:

Strangely, we find using the on-screen keyboard a tiny bit better than using the physical one – since it's more responsive and we find ourselves moving at a faster rate. Furthermore, there are a couple of messaging oriented applications included with the handset. Specifically, these include Cloud Text that enables us to send/receive messages through a computer, and Group Text for sending messages to multiple recipients simultaneously.

On-screen keyboards - LG DoublePlay Review
On-screen keyboards - LG DoublePlay Review
Cloud Text - On-screen keyboards - LG DoublePlay Review
Group Text - On-screen keyboards - LG DoublePlay Review
  

Cloud Text

Group Text

On-screen keyboards

LG DoublePlay Review
LG DoublePlay Review

Aside from finding the typical Gmail experience, the secondary display allows us to preview emails – though, in order to view its contents entirely, it needs to be displayed on the main screen. With set up, it's naturally a breeze since it requires only our username and password for automatic set up.

Gmail - LG DoublePlay Review
Gmail - LG DoublePlay Review
Email on the secondary display - Gmail - LG DoublePlay Review
  

Email on the secondary display

Gmail


Do you happen to love bloatware? Well, the LG Doubleplay has plenty of it since it’s preloaded with apps like 411 & More, Bejewled 2, Blio, CMAS, DriveSmart, dT Sync, Lookout Security, Polaris Office, Richnote, Sim City Deluxe, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Zinio Reader, and Tetris.
 
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review

Preloaded apps on the LG Doubleplay



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posted on 01 Nov 2011, 08:23 1

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.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 10:43

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!

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 11:29 1

3. snowgator (Posts: 3276; 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...

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 12:58

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 13:43

5. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I guess we all know why LG, a big player in the cell biz, is loosing financially.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 13:48

6. lubba (Posts: 1311; 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 17:06

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5636; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 14:00 1

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.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 19:09

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.

posted on 31 May 2012, 15:41

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.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:00

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.

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LG Doubleplay

LG Doubleplay

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon, Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.52 x 0.63 inches
(121.9 x 64 x 16 mm)
6.77 oz  (192 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 3.3 hours talk time

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