LG Ally VS740 Review

Performance:

LG phones are usually known for their good call quality, and the LG Ally VS740 doesn’t disappoint. Voices on both ends sound clear and natural, lacking any background noise or distortion, which we consider a step-up from the HTC DROID ERIS as it has a constant “hiss” in the earpiece speaker. Reception was a bit below average, though we didn’t drop any calls, as we got between -97dB and -101dB of signal reception on the LG Ally, while the Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible got 10dB of better reception in exactly the same location. However, this is still better than the Motorola DEVOUR that got down to -107dB.

The included 1500mAh standard battery is rated to provide up to 7.5 hours of talk time or 20 days of standby time on a full charge. After using the LG Ally for a couple of days and performing a few battery cycles, we were able to get on average 7 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is about 30 minutes less than the Motorola DROID, but still 90 minutes more than the HTC Droid Incredible. Under normal mixed usage, which includes some talk, standby, text, email, web, and app usage, we were able to get about 28 hours on the Ally before the battery required charging. This is about average with smartphones, as most standard batteries provide enough power to make it through the day and evening. Those of you that require more usage time between charges may want to consider the 2200mAh extended battery.

Conclusion:

When all is said and done, the LG Ally VS740 is a nice smartphone for those individuals who have been cautious about taking the Android plunge. It is simple enough to use and lacks some of the bells-and-whistles (such as MOTOBLUR and Sense UI) that may cause the average user to stay away. As we noted earlier, the QWERTY keyboard is one of the best features of the device, so if you are looking for a mainstream Android 2.1 phone with sliding keyboard, the LG Ally VS740 doesn’t disappoint at all.

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Pros

  • Android 2.1 OS with two themes
  • Well designed QWERTY keyboard
  • Call quality is high

Cons

  • Buttons only stay illuminated for 5 seconds
  • Homescreen lag
  • Still lacks Bluetooth voice commands

PhoneArena Rating:

8.3

User Rating:

7.9
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7 Comments

1. eddie mcinerney

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2010

it has a 3.2 inch display

2. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Very solid phone!! It's signal and battery life is way better then the incredible! I'm a sales rep for verizon and this phone is a very solid choice! LG makes a excellent product!! But if u like big,fast phones with killer signal and good battery life then the Motorola X is the ticket!!

3. Lizzie unregistered

this is a very nice phone. it has great features. on screen virtual keyboard, slide out qwerty keyboard, free apps, great camera + videos, and much more! however mine tends to lag from home screen to home screen or when going to different things. i suggest this phone for all ages anyways. awesome phone - 4.5 stars and 9/10 in my opinion. ~ Lizzie

4. LG Ally User unregistered

I love this phone! I wanted a smartphone that had a great keyboard but had a roomy screen. 4.9

5. Duckiedoran unregistered

I got my LG ally right when they came out, i loved it for a while, the it started rejecting my sd card, replaced the sd card, and it did it again. I've now gone though 3 replacements, it doesn't hold battery power very well. My Env would make it from the start of my work day to the end easy sometimes more then one day with out needing to be charged, my ally has to be pluged in a few times a day. It sucks battery power, the camera's ok. I'm switching out to a diff phone now, I need to be able to be away from power sources more then what this phone allows. My spouse has the same issues with the phone. It was great, for a while, battery issues have always been... I wish it would last longer then it does. Even with nothing running (or alteast what I can kill) it just sucks though the battery. 100% charged at 8am, by 6pm at soccer practice it's dead.

6. Kelley unregistered

I've had this phone since April 2011. Already I'm wondering if I should save up money and buy a Motorola Droid phone. ( Either 2 or 3. ) Memory capacity on this phone is terrible, I'm uninstalling apps and stuff a lot. Thank goodness for the pre-installed 4 GB card! Browser is laggy sometimes, typing gets slowed down on some pages and apps. I've never had luck with LG phones. :/

7. vanessaelizebeth

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

This is a great little Android phone - It is not a heavy duty use phone but for a light user, it is a very capable phone. Thanks to LG for making superior cell/smart phones.
Ally
  • Display 3.2" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Storage 0.102 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.50h talk time)

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