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LG DoublePlay Review

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Camera:

Far from being pretty looking, the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera of LG Doubleplay manages to take some alright looking photos. Specifically, details are average looking with color production on the cooler side. However, colors are a bit more bland in tone when shot indoors under artificial lighting – albeit, the LED flash is strong enough to illuminate the scenery. But when it comes to extreme low lighting conditions, images are filled with a lot of graininess, which tends to soften its overall quality.

Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review
Camera interface - LG DoublePlay Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review
Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay - LG DoublePlay Review

Outdoor samples made with the LG Doubleplay


Strong - Indoor samples - LG DoublePlay Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG DoublePlay Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG DoublePlay Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Indoor samples - LG DoublePlay Review
5ft - Indoor samples - LG DoublePlay Review
7ft - Indoor samples - LG DoublePlay Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Indoor samples


Again, it's more the same when it comes to 720p video recording with the handset, as it's able to shoot some acceptable recordings. Well, the only distraction we find is its faint and weak looking fine details. Fortunately, it features continuous auto-focus, a smooth capture rate of 30 frames per second, and retains a neutral color production. However, audio recording is a little bit on the scratchy side – but they're still audible.

LG Doubleplay Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Providing us with the stock Android music player, there's nothing really too extravagant with its presentation, but it's more than functional. Volume output with its speaker is rather moderate at best, but it exhibits some sharpness with its tone that makes it irritating at the loudest setting. Fine-tuning things a bit, we're presented with some equalizer settings that enhances the quality to better adapt to specific genres of music.

Music player - LG DoublePlay Review
Music player - LG DoublePlay Review
In the notifications - Music player - LG DoublePlay Review
On the lock screen - Music player - LG DoublePlay Review
  

In the notifications

On the lock screen

Music player


Continuing to show off its processing power, it's able to play our test video flawlessly, which is encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution – however, there's no support for 1080p videos. Nevertheless, we're still satisfied by the smooth playback that it exhibits.

Preloaded with a 2GB microSD card, it's obviously rather paltry in size, but you can still swap it out with cards up to 32GB in capacity. Still, were given a little bit over 860 MB of system memory that's allocated specifically for apps.


Internet and Connectivity:

Being packed with mostly mid-range specs, the overall web browsing experience is decent. Sure it might not be the most responsive with its navigational controls, which is evident by the choppiness its exhibits when Flash content is present, but it's tolerable enough for us to except wholeheartedly.

Web browsing - LG DoublePlay Review
Web browsing - LG DoublePlay Review
Web browsing - LG DoublePlay Review
Web browsing - LG DoublePlay Review

Web browsing


Naturally, you can place voice phone calls anywhere around the world with this GSM smartphone, but it's only able to get 3G speeds domestically while surfing on T-Mobile's AWS band. Like other handsets out there, it features other connectivity items such as aGPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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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: 3188; 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: 1046; 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: 1310; 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: 1310; 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: 5540; 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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