LG Ally VS740 Review
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.
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.
LG Ally VS740 Video Review:
- Android 2.1 OS with two themes
- Well designed QWERTY keyboard
- Call quality is high
- Buttons only stay illuminated for 5 seconds
- Homescreen lag
- Still lacks Bluetooth voice commands
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- 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)