LG's DoublePlay smartphone adds a host of serious messaging features to Android, like a QWERTY keyboard split by a secondary display.
Dec 9, 2011
The first time I laid eyes on the LG DoublePlay, I thought I was in love. I'm a former T-Mobile Sidekick / Danger Hiptop fan, you see, and both physical keyboards and rapid multitasking are near and dear to my heart. So when LG spit out a Android smartphone with not only a split keyboard, but also a 2-inch secondary display to swap between apps on the fly, I figured it was the phone for me despite its fairly low $99.99 pricetag on contract.Read Article >
Besides, the pedigree checked out: T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G impressed us earlier this year for the same price, and the LG Optimus One set a respectable bar for low-end smartphones back in 2010. What could go wrong?
Oct 25, 2011
Aficionados of strange form factors need not wait much longer for their next curiosity — LG's DoublePlay is coming soon. According to a leaked screenshot from a TmoNews tipster, the oddball dual-screened phone is set for an October 26th release for those looking to buy online and over the phone. If you're not as hungry for the T-Mobile messaging device you can pick one up in stores on November 2nd. The mid-range DoublePlay runs Android 2.3 and differentiates itself with a landscape slide-out keyboard that is split up by a 2-inch capacitive touchscreen.Read Article >
Update: T-Mobile has confirmed that the DoublePlay is indeed shipping on October 26th.
Oct 17, 2011
LG's after the messaging market in a big way with the new DoublePlay on T-Mobile — it's got a 3.5-inch main display plus a 2-inch display in the middle of a split QWERTY keyboard on the slider. The phone, which leaked on T-Mobile's fall roadmap as the LG Flip II, is billed as a multitasking machine, able to have different applications running on the two screens so you can check your Facebook and texts simultaneously. Swype comes pre-installed, and LG Cloud Text and Group Text apps let you text from a computer or to multiple people. It all runs on Android 2.3 and a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, which gives us some pause about how well it'll keep up with the fast-fingered youths LG is clearly pursuing.Read Article >
Some of those fast-fingered youths will be invited to the 2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship later this month, where the DoublePlay will be the phone of choice. The Championships start October 26, so while pricing and release date weren't announced for the DoublePlay that's a pretty good one to watch.