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LG Quantum (video review)

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Carrier: AT&T
Manufacturer: LG
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What's hot: Has a roomy hardware keyboard.

What's not: Smaller display vs. competitors, less classy looking as well.


Reviewed November 23, 2010 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

Among US launch phones, the LG Quantum is the only Windows 7 phone with a hardware keyboard. The horizontal slider has a large QWERTY keyboard that's pleasing enough for typing, though we found that some Windows Phone 7 apps don't run in landscape mode, making the keyboard occasionally awkward to use.

LG Quantum

The LG has a smaller display than other launch phones like the 4.3" HTC HD7 on T-Mobile and the 4" Samsung Focus on AT&T. We'd wager that LG went for a smaller display to avoid making the phone more bulky since horizontal sliders aren't petite. Unlike the Focus, the Quantum lacks a super-saturated Super AMOLED display (Samsung makes that tech and rarely has enough to share with other makers). The 800 x 480 pixel display is sharp, though we didn't find it quite as sharp as the HTC Surround Windows 7 phone on AT&T. Still, it's not a bad display by any means and we like the slightly warm color cast.

LG Quantum

Windows Phone 7 smartphones launched with nearly identical specs, and that means the Quantum runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, has a capacitive multi-touch display, 3G HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP, a GPS that works with Bing and AT&T Navigator and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera.

The use of matte plastics and the overall design make the Quantum look more like an LG feature phone than a high end smartphone. Compound that with the competition's classy looking models and the Quantum just lacks the good looks to compete with the Surround, HD7 and even the glossy Focus. In terms of features and hardware, it holds it's own though-- a comfort for those of you who care less about looks and really want a hardware keyboard.

LG Quantum


Video Review

Here's our 10 minute video review of the LG Quantum:



Price: $199 with a 2 year contract



Display: 3.5" capacitive multi-touch display. Resolution: 480 x 800, supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer and keyboard deployment. Has an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 1500 mAh.

Performance: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1GHz processor. 16 gigs flash storage.

Size: 4.7 x 2.34 x 0.6 inches. Weight: 6.2 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz with 3G HSDPA 7.2Mpbs on the 850/1900/2100MHz bands.

Camera: 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens and LED flash. Can record HD 720p video at 24 fps.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR with A2DP stereo.

Software: Windows Phone 7 OS. Standard apps include IE, MS Office Mobile, email client, Marketplace, Bing Maps and Search, Zune music and video player, alarms, calculator, XBOX Live Games, People (contacts, Windows Live and Facebook), Pictures and Settings. AT&T software: AT&T Navigator, AT&T Family Maps, AT&T account manager, U-verse Mobile, and downloadable IloMilo XBOX game.

Expansion: None.


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