The LG Quantum Reviewed: A No-Nonsense Keyboard Slider Windows Phone 7
This is my review video of the LG Quantum (here's my unboxing video), a Windows Phone 7 device offered in the USA by AT&T and in Canada from Bell. This phone is part of the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices, and features a solid list of specs: 1 Ghz CPU, 16 GB of storage, a 3.5 inch 800 x 480 screen, built-in 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an array of sensors including an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM. It's a GSM phone, supporting the 850, 900, 1800, 1900 bands, and functions on the 850, 1900, and 2100 bands for UMTS. HSDPA at up to 7.2 Mbit/s is supported.
Size wise, it's 4.70" x 2.34" x 0.60" (119 x 59 x 15 mm) and weighs in at 6.21 oz (176 g) - this phone has some heft to it! The 5 megapixel camera has a flash and can record 720p video at 24fps in MPEG4 format. It also supports sending media to DLNA-compliant devices, though I have to confess I never tested that functionality.
I've used this phone as my primary cell phone for over a month now, and I've come to the following conclusions, which I cover in the video above but will summarize here for easy reading:
Windows Phone 7 is insanely stable on this phone. I've turned off the phone exactly once to solve a weird WiFi problem I had in Las Vegas at CES...but nothing wireless works properly at CES, so I don't blame the phone.
The on-screen keyboard is excellent - it's easily as good as the iPhone keyboard in my opinion. It still gets a few things wrong that it should get right, namely putting in words that aren't actually words, but overall it's excellent
The keyboard on the LG Quantum is quite good, but I used it so rarely that I realized this particular phone isn't a good fit for me. The keyboard doesn't add much thickness to the phone, but a pure slate device without a keyboard would be even thinner.
The screen is excellent in terms of quality, but small in terms of size. Coming from the HD2, I miss the size. I really like phones with 4+ inch screens.
The LG Quantum is an excellent Windows Phone that I'd have no hesitation recommending to anyone looking for a phone with an integrated keyboard - but if you don't think you need a physical keyboard, and don't make snap judgements on that front until you've tried the Windows Phone 7 on-screen keyboard, you may be better served by a different model of phone.
Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He wishes HTC would have released the HD7 on more than just T-Mobile's network.
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I've played with all 3 models of WP7 phone offered by AT&T and I think the Samsung Focus is the clear winner. The screen on that thing is to die for. I'm so used to using an onscreen keyboard now that I actually found the hardware keyboard to be slower! The WP7 onscreen keyboard is easily as good as the one on the iPhone and I found using it, even in portrait mode, to be no problem at all.
I thought I'd be tempted by the Quantum precisely because of the keyboard, but found the keyboard wasn't really a draw. The screen on the Focus definitely is. (The HTC Surround didn't do anything for me at all).
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