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LG Eclipse review

5.8/10 AVG.
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5.8/10
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The LG Eclipse currently has an Informr score of 5.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The device is already fairly easy to recommend for those looking for a keyboard-equipped Android smartphone on Verizon.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Phone Scoop

LG has done a pretty decent job with its first Android handset for the U.S., though it could certainly use some improvements. The Ally is large, weighty, and should have a slightly bigger screen given the sheer volume it consumes. The solid construction, good keyboard, and nice hand feel make up...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Gizmodo

Part of the Ally's supposed appeal is that it's cheap. Verizon seems to be building a line of Android phones that spans from entry level to high end, from the Motorola Devour to the HTC Incredible. The $100 Ally, I suppose, is intended to fill some kind of midrange role. Here's the problem with...

- John Herrman, Gizmodo
Engadget

The battle for the Android high end is well-entrenched, and it's becoming a bloodier battle nearly every day; the huge middle ground, though, is seemingly wide open. Staying shy of the magical $100 price point is key for a device in the category, and it's a challenge that the Ally passes -- but...

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget
PhoneArena

When the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC DROID ERIS ADR6200 were introduced by Verizon Wireless last year, some people were cautious about calling it a success…at first, as those were the first two Android phones for the carrier. But over the weeks and months since their introduction, and th...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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LG released the Eclipse on May 14, 2010.


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LG backs up the Eclipse with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The LG Eclipse's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a ARM 11 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
102 MB

Internal memory is 102 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 21 days standby time, 450 minutes.

LG Eclipse Specs

Overview
Release date May 14, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM 11 600 MHz
Internal Storage 102 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.36 W/kg
Body: 0.74 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 450 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 5.6 x 1.6 cm (4.6 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM, Windows Live, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Night mode, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV Yes
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG LU2300, VS740, Aloha, Ally

Android OS 2.2 upgrade is available
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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

An affordable, yet powerful Android 2.1 powered smartphone

from MobileBurn

The LG Ally is an affordable, yet powerful Android 2.1 powered smartphone that works on Verizon Wireless' 3G network. At launch, it costs $99.99 with a two-year contract - half what the Motorola DROID costs. And like the DROID, it sports a speedy 600MHz processor, a wide-VGA resolution touchscreen, and a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard with a d-pad controller....

More

The LG Ally is an affordable, yet powerful Android 2.1 powered smartphone that works on Verizon Wireless' 3G network. At launch, it costs $99.99 with a two-year contract - half what the Motorola DROID costs. And like the DROID, it sports a speedy 600MHz processor, a wide-VGA resolution touchscreen, and a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard with a d-pad controller.

The DROID, however, has a more stable software build on it and offers a larger display and a bit more style. The Ally, though, offers fantastic call audio quality and does most everything pretty darn well.

The device is already fairly easy to recommend for those looking for a keyboard-equipped Android smartphone on Verizon, and a software update could improve its standing even more.

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Phone Scoop

A solid phone, but not an exceptional one

from Phone Scoop

LG has done a pretty decent job with its first Android handset for the U.S., though it could certainly use some improvements. The Ally is large, weighty, and should have a slightly bigger screen given the sheer volume it consumes. The solid construction, good keyboard, and nice hand feel make...More

LG has done a pretty decent job with its first Android handset for the U.S., though it could certainly use some improvements. The Ally is large, weighty, and should have a slightly bigger screen given the sheer volume it consumes. The solid construction, good keyboard, and nice hand feel make up for the size...a little bit.

The stock Android 2.1 user interface is snappy and presents no challenges to the user. I like that the Ally has five home screens to customize with content.

The media powers are mixed. The music experience is bare-bones all the way, with only the most rudimentary playback features enabled. The camera has great, advanced controls, but suffers from a bit of performance lag. It makes up for the performance lag, however, by taking really good pictures.

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Gizmodo

A fantastic screen and unbelievable keyboard isn't enough to save the Ally

from Gizmodo

Part of the Ally's supposed appeal is that it's cheap. Verizon seems to be building a line of Android phones that spans from entry level to high end, from the Motorola Devour to the HTC Incredible. The $100 Ally, I suppose, is intended to fill some kind of midrange role.

Here's the pro...More

Part of the Ally's supposed appeal is that it's cheap. Verizon seems to be building a line of Android phones that spans from entry level to high end, from the Motorola Devour to the HTC Incredible. The $100 Ally, I suppose, is intended to fill some kind of midrange role.

Here's the problem with created ranges of Android phones: They're all smartphones. They're all going to cost the same month to month, and their retail prices are close enough that, compared to their total cost of ownership—often north of $2000—they barely even matter. And anyway, price ranges fall apart when stores like Best Buy sell the flagship phone for half of retail: just like the Ally, the Droid is available for $100.

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Engadget

A bit jerkier than we would've expected, but totally usable

from Engadget

The battle for the Android high end is well-entrenched, and it's becoming a bloodier battle nearly every day; the huge middle ground, though, is seemingly wide open. Staying shy of the magical $100 price point is key for a device in the category, and it's a challenge that the Ally passes -- b...More

The battle for the Android high end is well-entrenched, and it's becoming a bloodier battle nearly every day; the huge middle ground, though, is seemingly wide open. Staying shy of the magical $100 price point is key for a device in the category, and it's a challenge that the Ally passes -- but we couldn't help but feel like we should still be able to expect more. Cheap doesn't have to mean low quality.

Read full review

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PhoneArena

Simple enough to use and lacks some of the bells-and-whistles

from PhoneArena

When the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC DROID ERIS ADR6200 were introduced by Verizon Wireless last year, some people were cautious about calling it a success…at first, as those were the first two Android phones for the carrier. But over the weeks and months since their introduction, and the flock of people who have adopted the platform, we have seen more Android-based smartphones released, such as the Motorola DEVOUR A555 and the HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300, each targeted to a specific audience. Now comes a fifth contender, the LG Ally VS740, which is geared mostly to the budget-orientated crowd, but who still desire a smartphone with all the Android features, plus the addition of a physical QWERTY keyboard. Because of its features and price, the LG Ally is mostly in competition with the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DEVOUR, with the DEVOUR also including a sliding keyboard...

More

When the Motorola DROID A855 and HTC DROID ERIS ADR6200 were introduced by Verizon Wireless last year, some people were cautious about calling it a success…at first, as those were the first two Android phones for the carrier. But over the weeks and months since their introduction, and the flock of people who have adopted the platform, we have seen more Android-based smartphones released, such as the Motorola DEVOUR A555 and the HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300, each targeted to a specific audience. Now comes a fifth contender, the LG Ally VS740, which is geared mostly to the budget-orientated crowd, but who still desire a smartphone with all the Android features, plus the addition of a physical QWERTY keyboard. Because of its features and price, the LG Ally is mostly in competition with the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DEVOUR, with the DEVOUR also including a sliding keyboard.

Included in the retail package is the LG Ally VS740 smartphone, 1500mAh battery, preinstalled 4GB microSDHC Class 4 memory card, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.

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User Reviews


Don't buy any LG phone PERIOD!!!!!!!

I had the mis-fortune of buying an LG-Eclipse phone last May. Since day 1, the battery in the phone has not worked as it lasts only about 5 hours. Unless you keep the phone plugged into the wall, which defeats the purpose of having a cell phone, you cannot use it. Then the fun begins. Just try and get...More
I had the mis-fortune of buying an LG-Eclipse phone last May. Since day 1, the battery in the phone has not worked as it lasts only about 5 hours. Unless you keep the phone plugged into the wall, which defeats the purpose of having a cell phone, you cannot use it. Then the fun begins. Just try and get another battery from LG for the phone. Good friggin luck!!!! No one carries any LG batteries anymore. Getting the battery directly from LG requires you to not only jump through hoop after hoop after hoop and then wait 7-10 business days for a replacement. In my case the battery didn't arrive after 14 business days and I had to go through this all again, including waiting 7-10 business days again for the battery. It's now August and the phone still doesn't work as the battery still hasn't arrived. If you're offered an LG phone......RUN. The Sanyo I was sent as a replacement worked way better then this phone ever did. Less

LG ECLIPSE C800G very disappointing!

We bought 2 LG ECLIPSE phones , for my husband and I, and a Samsung Galaxy for our daughter on Dec. 23,2011 and have regreted it ever since! We bought them through Bell Mobility with a Voice Share 25 plan for us to communicate with each other.We are not on the web or have any apps running and the batte...More
We bought 2 LG ECLIPSE phones , for my husband and I, and a Samsung Galaxy for our daughter on Dec. 23,2011 and have regreted it ever since! We bought them through Bell Mobility with a Voice Share 25 plan for us to communicate with each other.We are not on the web or have any apps running and the battery life in the LG phones is dead by 5 or 6pm every day. I have replaced by battery in the first 2 weeks, then the whole phone exchanged a week after that, as well as my husbands phone battery. On jan.20th on my 3rd visit into the Bell office we were told they had no batteries left to exchange and they would have some in the following Tuesday, they would call me. This is 10 days no call. I called our Smart Phone Warranty they said it sounds like a malfunction, call Bell. Called Bell Mobility and after an hour on the phone I was told to go and exchange my phone and get a new one and then sell it! Then if I buy another phone from them they well give me a $50 credit. Who would want that? That sounds crazy! They said my husbands phone is passed the 30 days warranty to exchange where he only got battery replacement not a new phone! Unbelievable! What do I do???? I feel so scammed! and this is Bell, our TV , Home phone, Internet provider, cell phones at least $250/month and this is the best they can do for me? Tell a friend..and BEWARE! Less

i like!

upgraded to an ALLY after dropping my Palm in bath! the ALLY is a great phone, faster than my laptop, and love the Android market. you can change just about everything including the browser. I didn't like the stock browser as I had to pinch zoom every screen for my over 40 eyes lol. the keyboard is sw...More
upgraded to an ALLY after dropping my Palm in bath! the ALLY is a great phone, faster than my laptop, and love the Android market. you can change just about everything including the browser. I didn't like the stock browser as I had to pinch zoom every screen for my over 40 eyes lol. the keyboard is sweet and very responsive altho I think I could have gotten used to the on screen keyboard and bought a smaller phone! also love the d pad next to the keyboard and use it all the time. I was charging the phone a couple times a day then figured out if I turned the GPS off when I'm not navigating I could save battery life. I still haven't made it thru a whole day without charging it but the real problem is I can't ever put the phone down! Less

Not Bad

I love LG phones but I wanted to upgrade to a smartphone with the android capabilities. I was really excited to get the ally because it seemed to have everything I wanted. I love that it has a full qwerty keyboard so I can have the option of using that or the touch screen. I was alittle disappointed...More
I love LG phones but I wanted to upgrade to a smartphone with the android capabilities. I was really excited to get the ally because it seemed to have everything I wanted. I love that it has a full qwerty keyboard so I can have the option of using that or the touch screen. I was alittle disappointed to find that it started acting slower after a few days. It hasn't gotten any worse since, but it is not the same as when I got it. I wish it had a few more advanced features to it. But overall I think it is a good phone. Less

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