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LG Doubleplay first press shots surface

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LG Doubleplay first press shots surface
The LG Doubleplay is pretty unique in the way it handles the physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Separated by a screen right in the middle, it reminded us of the Nokia E70, one of the first QWERTY devices that caught our eye back in the day. We’ve seen the Doubleplay before - it appeared as the LG Flip II back in June, but now we have the official press shots. Combine this with a leaked T-Mobile roadmap, saying that the device is coming on November 2nd, and you arrive at a pretty clear picture of what’s to come. Of course, nothing is sure until we hear an official confirmation from either the carrier or LG.

The LG Doubleplay itself comes with a dual-screen setup: the main screen being one sporting an HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) resolution and the secondary screen noticeably smaller. That secondary display allows you to quickly access some apps like messaging for example, but we’re short on further details. On the back, there’s a 5-megapixel camera equipped with LED flash. On the software side we have Android. 

Overall, nothing groundbreaking in terms of pure silicon, but still it’s nice to see more experimental designs for phones and the Doubleplay is exactly that. It’s expected to come with a price tag of $150.

source: Pocketnow

LG Doubleplay first press shots surface

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posted on 12 Oct 2011, 06:15 4

1. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

I actually like the design for this phone, anyone else?

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 07:19 1

6. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

kind of cool. i dig it

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 06:29 1

2. droidnator (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)

I second that. I'd love to try out this keyboard! LG innovate again!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 06:47 1

4. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

I'd give this a try. My only worry about this is how small the secondary screen makes the keys, as it doesn't look like a large phone. Remind me of the xenon , only worse.

Then again I've been Using an 8310 curve As a daily driver for nearly two Years. If I get the chance to use it I'm sure I'll be fine lol

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 07:11 1

5. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

i find devices like this frustrating.

i would MUCH rather see LG focus their efforts on making their top tier devices better and more affordable than on developing gimmicky second tier phones that just dont make much sense.

sure its a neat idea, but really this device doesnt have a great primary screen, doesnt have a great qwerty keyboard, doesnt have a great camera.... it doesnt really do anything great except the gimmick, which doesnt really add much. and all that for only a little bit less than their top tier options? why bother?

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 09:33

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

With ya on this one. I will give points on trying to be original, but really - haven't manufacturers learn from the Echo? Performance, not gimmicks, wins. How do you make this a high end Android? Answer: you don't. Like the Facebook phones, the flip with a full keyboard, ect.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:52 1

9. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

I think LG has come to the conclusion that they really can't compete with the big dogs in the Top Tier device category. They have always had moderate to great success with entry level to mid range devices, so I can see why they put much focus on gaining more ground in that department since they have proved themselves. Granted, if they hit it big one time with a top tier phone it could take them to a whole other level but with economies being the way they are, I think they are playing it smart by offering devices that can be sold at lower prices and quickly be accepted versus trying to match HTC, Samsung, Moto, and Apple with the really high end offerings.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:12

8. drawingscars (unregistered)

At first, my reaction was 'Oh, that's kinda cool.' But the more I look at it the less functional I imagine it. One word in particular comes to mind and that is 'unnecessary'.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:29

10. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

This is not an LG innovation the kyrocera wild card had a split keyboard years ago. All they did was make the phone touch screen its nothing new.....

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 15:38 1

11. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

This is the future, and you guys are supporting this kind of thing they put out. No wonder Tmo is the state that it is.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 15:55 1

12. mookie (unregistered)

does it have 4g?

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:03

13. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Unique to say the least, but I'm not trading in my G2x.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:24

14. vantenkiest (Posts: 312; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

I would like to put my beautiful widgets clock there and keep it there while in apps and when i get to a home screen then it changes to a quick launch type of thing. i dont know just my opinion there. I have a hard time keeping track of time while in apps lol

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 00:41

15. hh317 (unregistered)

this phone is not ugly and very innovative. doesnt look bulky like the kyocera echo and has average specs. shouldve made it dual core tho, at least.

anyway i can see some good uses for this phone: good for artists who need a reference photo on the second screen, good for students who work on essays on their phones who need to read a document or look at the web on another screen, good for the casual IM chatter or text messager who likes to browse the web or whatever while chatting, good for people who like to multitask in general. sometimes its annoying closing apps just to quickly check on something. i do all of those things lol so i mite be interested in this phone if only the specs were better...

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