Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The LG Doubleplay's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1540mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1540 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 11.5 days standby time, 198 minutes (2G), 180 minutes (3G).



The two-inch panel improves the smartphone experience by better enabling Android's quasi-multitasking abilities, but it's by no means a must-have feature.

- Michael Gorman , Engadget 

Reviews summary

5.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 8 reviews

If you know how hard it is to come up with an original design for a mobile phone, you will find it easy to appreciate the hard work put in by LG on the LG Doubleplay. When you first look at it, you might think it’s just another handheld Android smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. But when you finally pull out the built-in keyboard, that’s when you’ll realize what makes the this phone more extraordinary.

True, there is a hint of “ordinary” mixed in the Doubleplay’s blood, as evidenced by some of its hardware and software features, which include a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB internal storage, 3.5-inch HVGA screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. There’s also a microUSB port and support for microSD cards onboard, plus a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with built-in flash at the back of the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It’s pretty well-equipped.

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But going back to the subject of the built-in QWERTY keyboard, immediately after you pull it out to use it, you’ll find yourself seeing double. Double screens, that is. Apart from the primary 3.5-incher mentioned earlier, this mobile also features a second, 2-inch QVGA display, one that works with touch input and can be used to run certain compatible apps. On paper, this dual display setup offers so much promise. It certainly holds the potential to bring multi-tasking to a whole new level. Things are quite different in execution, however. The secondary screen doesn’t seem to be quite as useful as it could be after all.

Still, the secondary screen does end up adding a few extra features. Most notably, the ability to do more than can be done with one screen alone, like access certain apps and settings without changing what’s on the main screen. Some people will view this highlight feature as a gimmick. If you can get past all of that and simply want an Android smartphone that offers a user experience like no other, then you might like what this phone has to offer.

Need To Know: LG Doubleplay

1. Use of two built-in touchscreen displays is a boon for multi-tasking. (The Good)

2. Default software is good despite being outdated due to plenty of third-party support. (The Good)

3. There’s only a limited number of apps that truly take advantage of the fact that there’s a secondary display. (The Bad)

4. Battery performance is terrible at 3 hours talk time in 3G. (The Bad)


Reviews (5.5/10 Avg. rating)


Phone Scoop

Features two screens, a split keyboard, and the ability to multitask like almost no other smartphone

from Phone Scoop

The LG DoublePlay for T-Mobile is a decent phone. It offers a solid user experience as an Android device, and doesn't suffer from the same performance problems that the myTouch Q does.

With its trick extra display, the LG DoublePlay delivers a little but more functionality than the standard Android phone, but in a limited way. Too few applications are compatible with the small screen, and those that are offer a really limited experience. There's plenty of potential here, but I feel like LG could have done much better. Still, the ability to clear your messages and control... Full review

The Verge

The bar is far too high now for the LG DoublePlay to compete

from The Verge
When I look at the LG DoublePlay now, I see a great idea that went terribly wrong. There's plenty you can do with two screens, but this handset barely scratches the surface. More importantly, between conception and release the physical hardware morphed into one of the heaviest, bulkiest Android handsets out there. The phone's not completely terrible, though. If you happen to like the gimmicks of a split keyboard and a second screen well enough to carry around a brick, the handset's moderately peppy internals may actually serve you well... Full review
Engadget

For heavy texters, the DoublePlay's keys and second screen are a godsend, though its weight and girth make it a less attractive option than other slid

from Engadget

We must admit: before laying hands on our review unit, we weren't sure whether the DoublePlay's second screen was more marketing ploy or useful feature. After spending some time with the device, however, we can say that it provides some significant utility. The two-inch panel improves the smartphone experience by better enabling Android's quasi-multitasking abilities (in certain apps), but it's by no means a must-have feature. If you have the need for a hardware keyboard, are a messaging maven and crave a handset that stands out from the crowd, the DoublePlay may be just what you're looking... Full review

PC Magazine

It's an innovative design choice, but one that ultimately doesn't pay off

from PC Magazine
The DoublePlay's double-display design sure is interesting. Problem is, it isn't all that useful and spoils what could have been an excellent QWERTY keyboard. The Sidekick 4G costs just $79.99 right now, and features a much better keyboard than the DoublePlay—it's also a full ounce lighter. The myTouch 4G Slide, our Editors' Choice for keyboarded smartphones on T-Mobile, is more expensive, but it features a powerful dual-core processor, fabulous QWERTY keyboard, and an excellent camera... Full review
Pocketables

Small LCD screen, somewhat dull body, wonderful battery life

from Pocketables
Dual-screen devices are usually very poor sellers because they don't offer enough bang for your buck elsewhere. They spend big on the display panels, but skimp on the performance. Unfortunately, the LG DoublePlay falls into the same pit. However, its incredible idea of being able to use more than one app at a time makes the DoublePlay very appealing for people who do a lot of stuff on their phones. If LG can realize this and make a product with raw power, I'm sure this form factor would take off... Full review
Cnet

The Doubleplay has excellent features for a midrange Android smartphone, but its bizarre design is not for everyone

from Cnet

If you disregard its quirky design, the LG Doubleplay is actually a remarkably solid Android smartphone. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has plenty of great features like Wi-Fi calling, mobile hot-spot capability, and support for T-Mobile's 4G/HSPA+ network. We're also mostly impressed with the 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, and LG's Android overlay does not offend us. Yet, we can't help but be put off by the bizarre subdisplay set right smack dab in the middle of the keyboard. We understand the multitasking reasoning behind it, but we don't think it's necessary--it feels like... Full review

Phonedog

You'll like the idea, you just might not like the phone

from Phonedog
The DoublePlay features a daring and innovative form factor that is surrounded by rather uninspiring hardware, software, and overall performance. Don't get me wrong, this device will get you through the day and perform all tasks satisfactorily. But given the radical dual-display technology that is obviously the stand-out feature, I would expect much more out of the rest of the device... Full review
PhoneArena

Uninspiring & chunky design

from PhoneArena

Kudos to LG for thinking outside the box when it comes to the design of the LG Doubleplay, but in all seriousness, it's simply not practical when it comes down to typing messages. Rather, we find the whole thing challenging as we resort to using the on-screen keyboard instead. In addition, we do like the multi-tasking aspects found with the secondary touchscreen, but it doesn't particularly deepen the experience – nor does it bring any innovative qualities. Flaunting a $99.99 on-contract price, it doesn't seem fitting for the LG Doubleplay, and instead, we'd recommend saving the money... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 27, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
RAM 512 MB
ROM 2 GB
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.71 W/kg
Body: 1.37 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1540 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
198 minutes (2G)
180 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 11.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors -
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 15.9 x 13.1 cm
(4.8 x 6.3 x 5.2 in)
Weight 99 grams
(3.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D Yes
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches, 262k
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Twitter, Youtube)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): LG Flip II, LG-c729

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