LG DoublePlay review

Innovative phone with two screens falls flat in daily use

LG DoublePlay
Double the keyboard, double the displays

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LG doubleplay

With two screens, there is a great opportunity for innovative games ala the Nintendo DS, or watching a movie on one screen while keeping tabs on your e-mail in another, or just running a slideshow on one screen and music on another.

Unfortunately, none of those activities are possible. The DoublePlay only works with nine apps in dual-screen mode, and none of them are directly related to media consumption.

LG doubleplay

Another surprise is that there is no front-facing camera on the DoublePlay, which seems like a necessity in today's day and age.

LG doubleplay

Like we mentioned, the phone supports up to 32GB microSD cards, which is helpful since the phone only has 2GB of internal memory. The slot for the flash cards is easily accessible inside the back cover.

LG doubleplay

Oddly, LG does not provide a music widget you can drop onto the 3.5-inch main screen, though there is an app for the secondary screen that allows you to control your music. Sound quality is average – not distorted, but not loud enough. The phone supports most common music formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, and WMA and all formats worked properly.

LG doubleplay

The display is small enough to make watching videos feel a bit lackluster. The DoublePlay supports MPEG4 and H.264/H.263 for video and played both smoothly. LG includes the DoubleTwist app for syncing media.

There's no built-in app for renting movies or TV shows, but you can play videos using the YouTube app or load them as MPEG4 files onto the device. The phone is DLNA-compatible for streaming media to set-top boxes and video game consoles and supports FM radio.

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