Hands-on with the Verizon LG Ally VS740

Hands-on with the Verizon LG Ally VS740
When the Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS were released last year, most users flocked to the Motorola DROID because it had more features, including a sliding QWERTY keyboard...even though the keyboard felt a bit cramped. This was followed by the Motorola DEVOUR earlier this year, which came with MOTOBLUR and a better designed QWERTY keyboard. Then came the HTC Droid Incredible just two weeks ago, and with some high-end features, such as a 3.7" AMOLED display and 8MP camera, but it also came with a high-end price of $199 with a 2 year contract (the same as the Motorola DROID). So what's missing? A more budget friendly Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard. Enter the LG Ally VS740.

The LG Ally looks like it could be an "enV Touch 2", though it is a true smartphone running stock Android 2.1 and is almost identical to the Nexus One in that respect, as there are 5 Homescreens, 3D Scrolling App Menu, and the 3D Gallery (by cool iris). The Ally is constructed out of plastic and fits well in the hand, though it feels a bit thicker than the Motorola DROID. The 3.2" capacitive touchscreen is the same size as the display found on the HTC DROID ERIS, but instead has 800x480 WVGA resolution so images and text look better. At the bottom are touch-sensitive buttons for Back and Search, but there are physical buttons for Send, Home, Menu, and End/Lock/Power. There is a microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, and microSDHC memory card slot with a pre-installed 4GB card. On the back of the device there is a 3.2MP autofocus camera with LED flash, which is operated by the 2-stop camera shutter button on the side (similar to the Motorola DROID). The Included battery is 1500mAh.

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The sliding 4-row QWERTY keyboard is a pleasant surprise, as it is larger than the keyboard on the Motorola DROID. The individual keys are better sized and are raised from the surrounding plastic, but also have some space between them. After using the keyboard on the Ally for a few minutes, we became easily accustomed to it as it's more comfortable to use. We like the dedicated number keys at the top that do not share with the letters, and the d-pad on the side, but the space key at the bottom is smaller than we would of liked.

Overall, the LG Ally VS740 appears to be a nice entry-level Android smartphone and is intended for people who are on a budget, but still desire some nice features and a QWERTY keyboard. Because of its feature-set, we believe the LG Ally to be in more direct competition with the HTC DROID ERIS, Motorola DEVOUR and Microsoft KIN TWO; not so much with the Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible.

Check back for our Full Review of the LG Ally VS740!



1. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

A cool entry level smartphone. FTW!!!

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Since Iron Man owns one, then it must be cool.

11. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Yeah, that's funny, cause I don' remember seeing the phone in the movie. The one he uses in the court is a futuristic clear glass phone. Maybe Pepper Potts used it when shes in the boxing workout room. Either way the Ally looks pretty good for who it's targeted at.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I know, but I thought I was making a funny....

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

It looks okay but im not impressed with the specs.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats because its not supposed to be impressive, its supposed to be good yet affordable... lolz

5. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

touche remixfa.. its the perfect low budget android phone for someone who wants all the goodies at half the price.. all you l g haters out there .. go get it !

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

...i think everybody haz forgotten about the Devour. i think this thing is more head to head with it than the one one with no keyboard and the other mistake that's not even android. xD

9. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

lol@the devour...what a waste of space. that phone has made absolutely no noise since its release...and then VZW releases the Incredible over the top of that one. Just like the Omnia 2...a waste.

21. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well gosh excuse big red for not throwing another multi-million dollar marketing campaign for the phone that is simply meant to be a more user friendly version of the Droid to younger consumers (17 btw, you're being schooled on smart marketing by a 17 yr old) from the same manufacture and as for the Droid Incredible, it's an impressive hi-speced phone for it's class but it's irrelevant to stack it up to the Devour coz they each meet entirely different needs, if you'll just take the time to really handle phones before they've been dubbed a "waste of space" then you'll know there's a lot more to it than what's under the hood which to you is all probably just the fine print (1ghz snapdragon processor, amoled displays, etc.) take the phone in question for example the Devour is an overall much more pleasant experience as far as hardware usability is concerned and if you really pay attention then you'll know since the phone is fresh on the market as quiet as it is a 2.1 possible 2.2 update will light across your screen and vola! you have yourself a mighty fine device with toe-to-toe functionality with the Droid and Droid Incredible if you insist on comparison w/ a revamped MOTOBLUR interface brought back from complaints from you whiny bitches that don't have room in our pockets for a phone that doesn't have all the keys that you like to be touching or a screen that doesn't have enough colors for ya so put that in your pipe and smoke it HOE then call me in the morning.

7. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

I don't get it. You're going to sign up for a phone for which the plan will cost you $2,000-2,500, but you're worried about saving $50-100 on the phone with significantly less functionality? That seems silly to me. Just get the INC or Droid.

12. MrCrowley

Posts: 2; Member since: May 13, 2010

I've had both the Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris. I've also played with the Droid Incredible. Nonetheless, I've pre-ordered the LG Ally because it appears to achieve the best balance. While not the perfect device (because of apparent weight/size), it definitely seems to meet my specific needs. We'll see for sure once I get it on May 20th. Here's my breakdown (note: price is not a factor): Motorola Droid Speed: Fast (+) Size: Thin (+) Weight: Heavy (-) Battery Life: Ok (+) Camera Flash: Yes (+) Physical keyboard: Yes, but horrible (-) Physical send/end keys: No (-) Android: Stock (+) Droid Eris Speed: Slow (-) Size: Thin (+) Weight: Light (+) Battery Life: Horrible (-) Camera Flash: No (-) Physical keyboard: No (-) Physical send/end keys: Yes (+) Android: Sense UI (-) Droid Incredible Speed: Fast (+) Size: Thin (+) Weight: Light (+) Battery Life: Good (?) Camera Flash: Yes (+) Physical keyboard: No (-) Physical send/end keys: No (-) Android: Sense UI (-) LG Ally Speed: Medium (?) Size: Thick (-) Weight: Heavy (-) Battery Life: Good (?) Camera Flash: Yes (+) Physical keyboard: Yes (+) Physical send/end keys: Yes (+) Android: Stock (+)

13. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Mthoren i think you're missing the point. Yeah, the Ally is cheaper, but its not for the same person who would get the Droid or any other. The price just so happens to be that because they know its lacking. People who like the Ally are probably teenagers and 20-30 somethings who currently have or are used to having LG phones. LG has become known for user friendly and "super-neat-but-all-i-am-inside-is-a-piece-of-plastic" devices, and the Ally is just more of the same. It's the "dumb smartphone" of the bunch and will probably find homes with airheads --- oops, i meant people, of the same. :P

14. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I dont get it either... they call them budget phones yet your signing a contract and not really saving money. I dont see the price of a phone as a factor for saving but more so the plan. You can easily find phones much better and get a better deal while paying the same amount through indirect sources like best buy, walmart, or radioshack. They call $99 for the ally a deal when you can get a droid for $20 online with the same 2 year agreement. Thats why I choose to stay away from vzw... sure they have good phones but financially they dont save you anything regardless of what their advertisements say. Call me cheap but I'd rather not pay an arm and a leg for service each year... especially for a mid range smartphone like this.

17. MrCrowley

Posts: 2; Member since: May 13, 2010

What's odd is the retail price is quite different between the Motorola Droid and LG Ally. Droid is still listed as $559 but the Ally is only $369. So, Verizon is not subsidizing the Ally as much as the Droid. Of course, the retail price is somewhat arbitrary, too. The Drois Eris retails at $469...but I think the LG Ally is much better than the Droid Eris...at least spec wise.

22. kellybl131

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 19, 2009

lovebuzz, I am going to be getting the LG Ally on the 20th and right at the moment I am using the Incredible. I also had the Moto DROID when it first came out in November. I am choosing to go to the Ally because it is a better fit for my needs in a phone, not because I can't afford to pay the extra $100 for a non "dumb smartphone" I like a physical keyboard on phones and text a lot. After having the Incredible for two weeks and trying out the virtual keyboard I decided that the Incredible will not work for me(also the battery life is horrible, rated 147 hours of standby). Yes, the faster processor and more ram is nice, but I don't need the fastest phone for my needs. The physical keyboard on the Moto Droid is OK, I can use it and have no problem navigating it. The problem for me with the Droid is the lack of the physical send and end buttons. I have had numerous calls on the Moto Droid where the screen wouldn't come on when I was ready to end the call and had to remove the battery on a few occasions to do so. So if my screen stopped working entirely how would I answer/make/accept/end calls? For me the Ally is the perfect balance, same processor as the Moto Droid, same screen resolution, better battery life, (rated 500 hours of standby)better keyboard, physical send and end buttons, and it's running 2.1 soon to be 2.2os. This was a well thought out decision and I sir, am not an "airhead"

8. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

I agree. Why not spend a little more for a phone made by a manufacturer that isn't known for producing garbage?

10. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Seems like LG may have finally got it right...Ally seems like what the Voyager and Env Touch were meant to be. Hopefully the touchscreen is a lot more sensitive/responsive than that of the LG Dare/Voyager/Touch etc. That will set this phone apart and of course Android 2.1.

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Don't get all the LG hate and Motorola praise. Junk is the piece of sh*t RAZR bandwagon that you all jumped on years ago. You remember...the phone with the bad FLEX wire, constant shutting off, the horrid LCD's that broke within six months. I don't care if Google supervised the put-together of the Droid, it still has sh*tty Moto components inside of it. I've never had a problem with LG since I switched from Nokia years ago on Verizon, three phones and running.

18. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

looks like a android phone for the average user.

19. effdee1121

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

doesn't this have a faster processor than the droid?

20. SecretlyAwesome

Posts: 1; Member since: May 14, 2010

Yes it does. People are just retarded apparently. THIS will be the "dumb smartphone"? Its got better specs than the devour and the Droid eris. Learn to accept the truth; not every phone is made to market to the gotta-have-the-highest-of-high-end users. Its a solid mid-range device. You dont like it? Its probably not for you. I also have never had a problem with any LG phone. Infact, I had the very first LG V phone for 4 years and it never broke once.

23. leftygirl

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 30, 2008

unfortunately I went to a Verizon store to purchase the phone and no one can tell me when it comes out, they state they don't have it. So if you PRE-ORDER it when do you get it?????? I also emailed Verizon and they couldn't tell me when it was coming out!! WHATEVER!!

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