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Saturday, February 26, 2011

LG Provides New Apps to Handset Owners

Posted by Steven McPherson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 04:00 PM

Here's one for you LG owners. LG has put out some new free apps specifically for their handsets. The new apps released this week include:

• Today- Local Weather, a News and Twitter Feeds

• Weather and Clock - Local and Destination Weather Forecasts, Clock and a World Map

• QR Read - QR reader/scanner

• Post Note- Note and Cork Board.

Daniel Rubino over at WPCentral did a nice quick video overview of these new apps. Check it out here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The LG Quantum Reviewed: A No-Nonsense Keyboard Slider Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 07:00 AM

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. Read more...

Monday, January 17, 2011

LG Representative Thinks Windows Phone 7 Could Have Had a Bigger Splash

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 PM

"LG has gone on record saying that Windows Phone 7 hasn't performed as well as it thought it would, following the launch of the mobile OS in October. "From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected", James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics global told Pocket-lint in a one-to-one interview."

Much has been made about this in the blogosphere, but I think if you cut through the fluff you get to a couple of key points: one, that LG was hoping for more "visibility". I think that means advertising and promotions - a bigger bang in the market. I can't speak for other places in the world, but in Canada I don't think I've seen a single TV ad for Windows Phone 7 on a Canadian wireless network. What I've seen instead is a steady stream of promotions on US TV networks - so some promotion is clearly being done. The other comment from the LG representative is related to the minimum hardware spec for the phone; he feels that a lowered hardware spec would result in more sales. I'm not sure that's the case - although there's supposed to be an HVGA (480 x 320) option in the pipeline, will lower-resolution phones really be what drives sales? I tend to think better-designed phones will do that - and that's in LG's court.

One of the comments on the PocketLint article also made a lot of sense: none of LG's Windows Phone 7 devices are available on his carrier, and he's not going to switch carriers just to get an LG phone. What about you? Do you have easy access to an LG Windows Phone 7 device, or would you have to switch carriers to get one?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

AT&T's LG Quantum Windows Phone 7 Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 01:24 PM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the LG Quantum, a phone offered in the USA by AT&T. 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. Read more...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

LG Quantum in the House: And You Can Win One!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:19 PM

Yesterday I posted about my complete lack of success in trying to buy a Samsung Focus from my local wireless carrier, Rogers Wireless. It seems mind-boggling that I can't buy one of these phones from my carrier yet, and it's frustrating to be running a Windows Phone site without access to a modern Windows Phone, but an unexpected source has come to my rescue: LG's PR firm in South Korea has sent me two LG Quantums! Talk about getting it directly from the source - awesome!

I'll be posting an unboxing video early next week, but as you've noticed, there are two. And you know what that means: contest give away time! Stay tuned for details, but one lucky Windows Phone Thoughts reader will get one of these phones. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers from the USA!

AT&T Offering A Two For One Holiday Deal

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 06:00 PM

"AT&T just sweetened the pot a bit for the holiday shopping season with the announcement of a buy one get one free deal for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus. To take advantage of this offer head down to your local AT&T retail store, sign up for a two-year contract and you and a friend will have a couple of the coolest phones of the season."

I've got mixed feelings about this - on the one hand this sounds like a great deal, but on the other hand, AT&T is trying to clear stock already? Really? But if you're interested, dropping by an AT&T store and have a look.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

AT&T & Microsoft Talk About their Windows Phone 7 Collaboration

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:47 AM

"Steve Conn, Associate Director of Windows Phone Product Portfolio at AT&T, and Beth Goza, Sr. Community Manager of Windows Phone for Microsoft, discuss collaboration to bring the newest Windows Phones to market."

This is mostly a marketing fluff piece, but if you're an AT&T customer and you want to see what they're offering in terms of Windows Phone 7 devices, here it is...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the LG Optimus 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 01:02 PM

"Share multimedia files with other digital devices and use the augmented reality application to connect to a world of information. A voice-to-text feature allows communication without the need to type."

The LG Optimus has a lot in common with the LG Quantum, minus the keyboard - it also has a slightly bigger screen. I like the overall design and the two-tone back. 16 GB of storage is nice to see, and it's quite thin at 11.5mm. If the DLNA media sharing works properly, that would be a nice feature!

  • 3.8" touchscreen
  • 125 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.5 mm 157g
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8650 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 8 hrs/Standby: 179 hrs
  • 5 mp camera / 720p HD video
  • Media Sharing (DLNA)
  • Augmented Reality
  • Speech to Text

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the LG Quantum

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 12:06 PM

"The LG Quantum offers a horizontal QWERTY keypad designed for productivity. The phone also includes DLNA multimedia sharing, an augmented reality application and voice recognition."

The LG Quantum is a traditional-looking Windows Phone 7 device; LG didn't go crazy with this design, but it looks solid and functional. It will be available from AT&T for $199 (presumably a contract price). The keyboard looks large and functional, though that's always something that needs to be experienced in person to get a feel for.

  • 3.5", 800x480 touchscreen
  • 119.5 mm x 59.5 mm x 15.22 mm185g
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8650 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 7 hrs/Standby: 466 hrs
  • 5MP camera / 720p HD video
  • Horizontal qwerty
  • DLNA
  • Augmented Reality
  • Speech to text

More (and BIG) photos after the break.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

AT&T To Have an Exclusive on Certain Windows Phone 7 Phones?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 03:00 PM

"The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T will be the exclusive launch carrier for Windows Phone 7 in the U.S. According to the newspaper, the carrier will start selling three smartphones of the kind on November 8. These smartphones are said to be manufactured by HTC, Samsung and LG, so we guess they'll turn out to be the HTC Mondrian, Samsung Cetus and LG Optimus 7. Exact model names and official specifications will be announced during a Microsoft event to be held on October 11."

Seems pretty reasonable to me - Microsoft would have had to have promised more than a few party favours to AT&T in order to get them on board with Windows Phone 7. I suspect though that this exclusivity will only be for a short time; HTC, Samsung, and LG won't want to lose out on sales if certain devices really start to take off.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

LG Optimus 7 To Feature DLNA

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "LG Windows Phones" @ 09:00 AM

LG's Optimus 7, now making the rounds as a developer handset, will feature DLNA onboard when it ships as a WP7 production set. For those of us who aren't quite up to date on the latest ion consumer electronics technology (like me), DLNA offers a simple, mostly trouble-free way of sharing your media across different devices - think bluetooth or wifi, but without jumping through the hoops (more detail here). Anyone here who's intrigued by this capability?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LG E900 With WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "LG Windows Phones" @ 10:00 AM

We have a name for one of LG's prospective WP7 models - the E900 sports the usual WP7 chassis specs and a 3.7" capacitive screen. It may be just me, but I'm beginning to miss the days when spec hunting used to be fun. With the Microsoft spec lockdown for WP7, there's a numbing sameness to nearly every new handset, irrespective of vendor. While that may be to Microsoft's and WP7's advantage, there're very few ways that manufacturers can differentiate their offerings - witness the fact that they almost all look the same.

Monday, August 23, 2010

LG E900 On Camera

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "LG Windows Phones" @ 06:00 PM

I've got a crick in my neck and my eyes are smarting from watching this blurry video (very obviously taken with a phone camera), but we're treated to a preview of what will be the svelte LG E900. I like the boot-up time - reminds me of when you can actually get Windows Mobile to restart in less than 30 sec, back in the Jurassic Age. There's also what appears to be some custom tiles on the home page, which sadly weren't tried out in the video. But have a look and see for yourself.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

LG to Make Comeback in the Smartphone Market

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:00 PM

"Ahn said that his company is planning to launch more premium smartphone models this year. They are based on Google-powered Android and Microsoft's Windows Mobile, and North America and Europe will also be targeted. "We will boost our premium lineup," Ahn said in an interview. His comments came at a time when LG has become a bystander in the battle between Apple and Samsung in the important mobile segment. This produced a significant drop in operating profit in LG's mobile business to 0.9 percent in the first quarter of the year from more than 10 percent in previous quarters. The trend is widely forecast to continue with a further slide in the second quarter."

This is a big deal to LG and Microsoft - two companies who've sat on their duffs over the last few years and watch the world go by. It's interesting that Ahn Seung-kwon, the company's mobile business chief, said he didn't expect the smartphone market to mature this quickly. Other companies definitely knew. When asked when LG will produce an Iphone killer, he mentioned that a Windows Phone 7 device will be out during the second half of this year. We know the latest Iphone has had its share of bugs but it's also getting some great reviews. So now my question: Do LG and Microsoft have what it takes to market a device that will truly be an Iphone killer? I would love to think so.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

LG Panther's Rumored Specs

Posted by Jon Westfall in "LG Windows Phones" @ 08:30 AM

"While we knew some of the details about the LG Panther (GW910), we didn't have all the little nitty-gritty bits. Granted, this is not the sexiest phone we've ever seen, but functional? Heck yeah, it seems like it'll do quite well with our new OS. The other thing is this is not final and LG might be apt to change or modify things before launch. Of note is the 720p video recording, something which is becoming more and more the norm these days."

5 MP Camera, AMOLED screen, and a Snapdragon. Nothing that's to surprising, and it's still with an expected drop date of Q4 2010.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Video Review of the LG Fathom

Posted by Eriq Cook in "LG Windows Phones" @ 09:07 PM

"The LG Fathom is Verizon's latest Windows Mobile Pro touchscreen smartphone. It features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It's also the first US phone to run Windows Mobile Pro 6.5.3, which includes a few UI tweaks to make finger operation a bit easier."

Mobile Tech Review recently posted a 10 minute video review of Verizon's new LG Fathom, one of the first (and probably one of the last) devices to come with Windows Mobile 6.5.3.

Along with the speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the Fathom also includes dual-mode GSM/CDMA functionality, GPS, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.2 megapixel camera and microSD card slot.

The LG Fathom will go on sale May 27th for $149.99, with two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).

Anyone plan on picking this up? Check out the video and let us know your thoughts.

Monday, May 24, 2010

LG Panther Heading to Hands of Developers

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 01:00 PM

"Looks like that LG Panther (GW910) is getting around these days. 'Innovative Singapore' received not one but two of the prototype devices to actually start developing their WP7 software. If you recall, we reported on how Windows Phone 7 devices will be going out to developers soon and sure enough, that time has come. Not only do they show more images of the phone, but they have some of the not-yet-finalized packing and even a sample shot from the camera. Their brief hands on is repeated verbatim below. Needless to say, developers must be getting excited at the prospect of using actual WP7 hardware. We know we can't wait."

Sometimes you just need a physical phone to do development work, and certain developers are going to be grabbing an actual WP7 handset in the very near future. Now if we can just get some for the rest of us, we'll be happy!

Tags: developer, lg, wp7, panther

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hands-on With Windows Phone 7 and LG Panther

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 02:53 PM

"Microsoft demoed the latest build of its Windows Phone 7 operating software today, on a prototype LG Panther handset (previously unveiled back in February) which is currently being used by a senior company executive. For all intents and purposes, it was working very smoothly, and gave an excellent glimpse at the potential of the new OS as many of the major features were up and running."

As we move closer to the launch date of Windows phone 7 - which is still probably five months away at best - we'll see more from the companies making the phones. I think Microsoft and their partners realize they can't have quite the same level of "We won't show you anything until it ships" - they know they need to maintain excitement about their new platform. The LG Panther looks like a nice device - but I'm still more excited about that Dell Lightning...

Monday, March 22, 2010

LG VS750 WM6.5 All-World Phone Coming To Verizon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "LG Windows Phones" @ 10:00 PM

"We first heard wind of this Verizon-bound machine back in December, and now it's been spied by Mr. Blurrycam over at PhoneArena, apparently due for a mid-April release. The QWERTY slider is intended as a world phone, and its list of wireless support certainly sounds comprehensive: CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev A. 800/1900MHz, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/190MHz and UMTS/HSDPA."

Wow, every radio under the sun, save for WiMAX! In addition the VS750 will sport a 3.2" WVGA screen, a 3.2MP camera, and a Droid-like directional pad on the keyboard. Release date and pricing are still unknown, but given the countdown to WP7S, I'd expect LG and Verizon will want to make hay while the sun shines, so look for this soon.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Enough With Animal Names! LG's WinPho 7Series' Name is Panther?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "LG Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

"LG's first Windows Phone 7 handset, which got shown off recently in the sweaty palm of a Microsoft director at the Engadget Show, will be called the LG Panther. Apparently. We know LG likes silly names, but Panther?"

Seriously, Panther? Aside from the fact it's already been used, (good luck with branding), the name just doesn't sound exciting to me. While corporate naming decisions can be screwy (Xfinity anyone?), a well placed name can really work for a product (e.g., Treo, Razr, etc..). The first phone we know about from a new platform named after an apple-esque animal? Here's to hoping that this is mostly baseless rumor!

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