June 15, 2009 4:31am
The LG Rumour 2 was recently released by Bell and Solo and is a nice upgrade to the original model. There are a key couple features that make this stand out. If you are in the market for a texting device this is one you should consider as it’s currently priced right and incredibly simple to use.
The Rumour 2 feels solid in the hand as it only weighs 117 grams with overall dimension of 4.41 x 2.05 x 0.70 inches. The main difference with this device is that it’s much more curved in style, the directional pad is now square and this has a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard with designated emoticon key and dedicated directional left, right, up and down keys now added. The keyboard is nicely spaced out and the keys feel great too, somewhat raised on the keyboard and also raised on the front of the device. The dedicated keys make this a breeze to text/IM with.
This has a 2-inch QVGA display with a 240 x 320 and has can hold a surprisingly 16GB of memory. The speakers are ok when it comes to the music, but what we would have like to have seen is a better camera. This only has a 1.3 megapixel camera (can take video also) and the picture quality is decent but nothing to impressive. As this does come with a music player where you can throw all your music in, it has a 2.5 mm stereo headset jack (would have like to see the standard 3.5mm installed).
You can check out the video below for further details, but one more concern we have for the Rumour 2 is the web. We found it slow and a bit of a challenge to use as it relied on the directional pad (or the new dedicated arrow keys) and the website text links to get around… we had to remember why this phone is such a great seller and it’s because it’s mainly a texting device… and as a texting device it’s one of the best out there.
Bell for the following price plans: 3-year contract: $39.95; 2-year contract: $119.95; 1-year contract: $219.95 and Outright/Prepaid: $269.95. This is also available with Solo here outright for $160 or $50 on a 2-year term.