May 11, 2010 | by Chris Smith
It appears that the long rumored and then heavily marketed LG Ally (rumored Aloha) is finally getting itself a pre-order date of May 13th. This will be an entry-level Android device on the Verizon network, that according to Boy Genius is set to go head to head with the Motorola Devour (even if there isn’t much competition there).
The LG Ally sports an MSM7627 600MHz processor (same as in the Palm Pixi), a 3.2″ 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 Megapixel camera w/ auto focus and flash, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, plus everything else that you would expect in an entry-level Android device.
Something else is that LG is not going with the “Droid” marketing name and being released solely as the LG Ally which could prove to confuse consumers more than anything. It should be interesting to see how VZW employees explain that one:
Customer: “I want the LG Ally”
VZW Employee: “We have that right here. The LG Ally runs Android 2.1, has a slow proces—”
Customer: “WAIT! I said I wanted an Ally, not a DROID.”
VZW Employee: “Oh, sir/madame, this is an Ally, not a DROID. It runs the AnDROID operating sys—”
Customer: “You aren’t listening. I don’t want that DROID thing.”
You get the picture. VZW may have a slight marketing problem here.
Although the Iron Man commercials with this phone are questionably funny, I can’t imagine someone going for this phone over the Incredible or the DROID and because of that the price of the Ally is going to have to be in the $99.99 range or LG may lose with this one. The one aspect of this device that could make it stand out is the fact that LG has had a good run with solid landscape keyboards that are “clicky” and highly usable. So, when the Ally comes around Verizon is going to be THE place for Android devices. Too bad that will only last until later this summer.
Via [Boy Genius]