At first look the LG Lotus looks like an early design for a cellphone, a little bit hideous or a design gone horribly wrong. Yet here it is, a modern cellphone that looks, well just kinda weird. All due credit to the designer on the functionality front, QWERTY keyboard, internal and external displays, yet a square cellphone, what was he thinking or should we say drinking? But hey we’re not ones to get hung up on looks, what about the details?
* QWERTY keyboard
* Sprint One Click customised home screen
* SD slot for up to 12 GB of memory
* 2.0 Mp camera for stills and action
* NFL Mobile Live access
* Sprint Music Store
* Web and email capable
* Blue-tooth connectivity
* Dual displays
* 3.3″ x 2.4″ x 0.7″
* 3.7 oz
* 5.5 hours of talk-time
* Text, Pic and Video Messaging
* MP3 player
All that for US$100 over at Sprint with black or purple options plus that good old two year plan. If you’re dead set on an unshackled unit, that’ll be US$300 thank you very much.
So is 2009 the year to be square? Well, obviously LG think so and we’re gonna take our hats off to them for coming up with such a unique design, but we’re just not sure if the LG Lotus is gonna sell.
AT&T have just launched the touchscreen LG Incite. This Windows Mobile Smartphone doesn’t look very sexy but has all the bells and whistles associated with a smartphone and at US$500 without contract it’s price tag is looking pretty impressive. Here’s a few more bits and pieces on the Incite
* Windows Mobile 6.1 OS
* 528 MHz processor
* 3G, Wi-Fi, Quad band and Bluetooth connectivity
* Touch screen interface
* Voice guided GPS
* 3 Mp camera (still and video)
* Windows Media Player Mobile 10
* MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV audio format support
* Streaming XM Satellite Radio
* Text and Instant Messaging (AOL, Yahoo and Windows Messenger)
* Mobile email, Xpress mail and Microsoft Direct Push
* Web browser
* 8.7 hours of talktime
* 21 days on standby
* 4.23 oz
* 4.21 x 2.2 x 0.55 inches
* Up to 32 GB of MicroSD expandable memory
* 3″ touchscreen 240 x 400 res wQVGA display
* On screen QWERTY keyboard
Well, certainly a lot of features but nothing to write home about in smartphone terms. If you decide to shackle yourself to a two year plan and take advantage of all rebates, this little sucker will set you back only US$200 which compares nicely to the 8 GB iPhone. Of course the iPhone’s interface may be more appealing than Wi-Mo 6.1!
We mananged to dig up this unboxing video for you to take a look at the unit – unfortunately it doesn’t show off any of the Incite’s features, but does do size comparisons with other units.
Not a bad unit but just not a ground breaker either.
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