LG Quantum Review
Packing the usual amount of heat with its 1GHz processor under the hood, the LG Quantum doesn't deviate from the Windows Phone 7 experience we've witnessed with other handsets. In fact, it doesn't miss a beat when navigating through the new platform as it's accompanied with a responsive and fluid performance that unanimously shows off its speed prowess. With the homescreen, you'll be able to rearrange the live tiles to your liking and even modify the color theme to add some personalization to the handset. As we mentioned in previous reviews, some of the tiles will aggregate a variety of content that include status updates and photos to give it that dynamic appearance over other competing platforms.
Now the only inconsistent item we find on the Quantum is the fact that not all aspects of the platform are optimized to be viewed in landscape. Naturally, relevant things like the Messaging or Internet Explorer apps will automatically adjust for a landscape view, but the homescreen and Zune experience stay stuck in portrait only. It's understandable to see a unified experience on all devices right now at the start, but hopefully future updates will take into account the landscape orientation that most keyboard packing devices employ.
If you don't happen to have a Hotmail or Windows Live account, you'll still be able to sync contacts from your Gmail and Facebook accounts. In addition to seeing the usual contacts information, like phone numbers and email addresses, you can check out their social networking statuses through the “People” hub.
Granted that it manages to offer the convenience of a physical keyboard, the messaging experience with its on-screen ones is still more than acceptable by any means. Space might become a factor with the portrait option, but it doesn't affect its overall responsiveness in typing quickly with few mistakes. However, the landscape option will remedy the space issue as it proves to be a worthy alternative to the physical one.
Email setup is a breeze with the LG Quantum since it will automatically get popular clients, like Gmail or Yahoo, onto the device by simply providing a user name and password. In some instances, it will require additional information, such as server addresses and ports, to correctly set up. Even though it lacks a universal inbox, you can pin specific accounts to the home screen for quick access.
Facebook and Windows Live integration is tight with the LG Quantum seeing that you can post status messages to both accounts through the “Me” Hub. Furthermore, the “People” Hub aggregates content in a centralized location and will also enable you to post replies to specific messages without running a dedicated app. Yeah, it's nice for right now, but it's lacking support for other social networking services like Twitter and MySpace.
Again, we see AT&T's presence on the LG Quantum with apps like AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T myWireless, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, and AT&T U-verse Mobile. Aside from that, the only app on the handset that's not customary to the platform is LG's very own “Play To” app – which is basically a DLNA service. However, taking a stroll into the Marketplace, you'll be subjected to an option for the LG apps store which dishes up apps that are exclusive to LG handsets.
1. Gjordus (unregistered)
The update to the Windows Phone 7 OS is supposed to happen tomorrow, and it is going to be a welcome and necessary series of fixes. No copy-paste, no multitasking, no instant messaging (besides MSN, as Microsoft still thinks that people actually use MSN), no homebrew support, a pittance of settings and options, no Flash support, and restriction to a single browser: IE. Facebook contact syncing and Gmail/Google Calendar/Google Contacts support have been a shining diamond of functionality in a miasma of terrible design decisions.
I strongly recommend that you actually use the WP7 OS in-store for a good half-hour before you buy a phone running it. Even if this update fixes a lot, the OS currently lacks the development community and basic configurability of either iOS or Android.
2. Sglossy (unregistered)
Just wondering? I purchased this LG quatum smartphone, can i use this in the philippines and put a different sim card. Is this cellphone unlock? Thanks.