The LG IQ is a very classy device and is priced right at $99.99 on a 3-year contract with TELUS. At first glance the IQ looks a bit nicer than the standard LG devices we’ve know over the past few years, but once you take a closer look the small details should make this device one to consider.
The dimensions are 113 x 55 x 15.9mm and the IQ comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display that has a resolution of 480×800. In addition, there are very little buttons on the front which make the IQ clean and non-intrusive. The full slide out QWERTY keyboard has dedicated keys for the web, messaging, SMS and a set of directional keys. Overall I found the keyboard to be well spaced out, buttons feel good and the actual space bar is a decent size. Probably one of the nicest parts about the keyboard is how well lit up it is in the dark. You’ll see in the video that LG didn’t compromise on.
With this running Windows Mobile 6.5 (which is a mixed bag for some people), it can do all your e-mail, contacts, IM, calendar, documents etc… for those who dislike WinMo will be happy to know that LG has put their S-Class UI in the IQ. Incredibly responsive and layed out very well. The IQ also has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and their is no latency at all when flipping between applications. The multitasking key on the right hand side will become your best friend when using this device.
The browsing experience was great, but you’ll have to download Opera Mobile as it only comes with Internet Explorer. Another benefit is that this has WiFi. The IQ can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, has a 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities (indoor and outdoor pics are high quality), MP3 player and FM radio. However with all the good, there are a couple issues I found.
The first being the lack of a standard 3.5mm headset jack. With a device as powerful as the IQ this would have been a great addition. The next is the weight as it comes in at hefty 150 grams. Kinda bulky in your pocket. However these are so minor details and overall was impressed with the IQ and LG venture into smartphones. Check out the video for more details.
This is available exclusively at TELUS on the following plans:
3-year contract: $99.99
2-year contract: $399.99
1-year contract: $449.99
No contract: $499.99