The LG Ally

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When it comes to Android smartphones with physical keyboards, the Droid is the undisputed champion. And even though it did not dethrone the “King”, the Ally has a sub-par standard that many other mid-ranged smart phones will want to follow. The Ally sets itself apart from the Droid by being heavier and thicker, and while your instinct might be that this is a step back, it isn’t. In fact, most users will approve of the sturdier build, which isn’t too heavy, yet makes typing for any extended period much more convenient. Something else that people like about the Ally design is its simplicity. There’s a real focus here on practicality, which is refreshing in a market that seems to favor innovation at the sake of usability.

Aesthetics and ergonomics are not all that make the LG Ally unique. A fact that many North Americans may not know is that LG has been manufacturing Android smart phones for some time now. These smart phones were only available to Asian and European consumers. It’s clear in the Ally that LG took their time analyzing the market to understand why it was that the Droid dominated. The good news is that pride doesn’t get in the way. When something worked, LG had no issue recreating it on the Ally. But that doesn’t mean that the Ally is a Droid clone. In fact, it’s quite innovative.

So let’s examine some of the key differences. The Droid has a high-end 5-megapixel camera. LG, on the other hand, went with a more modest 3.2-megapixel camera. It was choices like this that allow LG to sell the Ally for under $100 with a contract, and we think the most users aren’t going to notice a huge drop-off in camera performance. Where Ally has a clear win is in the use of a 600 MHz CPU compared to the 550-MHz unit used by Motorola. Sure, 50 MHz may not seem like much, but you’ll notice some extra pep on the Ally when using apps that really push the devices.

For memory, both have 256 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM, but where the DROID has a 16 GB microSD card, the LG Ally comes with a 4 GB. This is another design choice that helps LG keep costs down, and we think it’s a good trade-off because 4 GB is enough for most users. However, if you plan to upgrade, the Droid may make more sense since you’ll get it cheaper included than you’d be able to buy an upgrade after the fact. In addition, the Droid allows for 32 GB cards, while the Ally can only use up to 16 GB cards.

Another area where the LG Ally distinguishes itself is in the vast range of accessories. LG really helped things along by pushing a diverse lineup of branded accessories in North America. Not to be outdone, the third-party vendors were quick to infuse the market with their own alternatives, which in many cases are cheaper, but not necessarily of lesser quality. We think two must-have accessories for any LG Ally owner are a holster and a spare battery. Other useful accessories include desktop holders, speakers, headsets, travel chargers, and a lot more.

The need for LG Ally accessories is on the rise. Head over to Talkie Tech to find the most selection of LG Ally cases. We offer $3.95 standard shipping and our prices are extremely competitive.

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This article was published on 2010/12/15