LG Axis coming to Alltel Wireless

Monday, January 17, 2011, 8:01 by Tech Correspondent

LG has launched a new smartphone called LG Axis which will be available through Alltel Wireless in the United States.

LG Axis runs Google’s Android 2.1 aka Eclair operating system. The best part is that users get access to the Android App Market and can download more than 80,000 applications for music, games and other entertainment categories. LG Axis allows users to customize up to five different home screens by adding or removing shortcuts to their favorite applications and widgets. LG Axis is available for $89.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement.

LG Axis is powered by a 600MHz processor and features 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with touch vibration for tactile feedback. The new LG Android phone comes with Google Maps, voice navigation with turn-by-turn directions. In addition, the phone features 3.2-megapixel digital camera and camcorder with a 4x zoom. Also see: LG Optimus U with Android 2.2

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Photo: LG Axis

The new LG phone has a slide-out keypad and includes microUSB/charging port. For connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G wireless networks. Further, LG Axis Android phone supports multi-function usage, so that users can play music in the background while sending messages or surfing the Internet. The handset comes with dimensions of 4.56 x 2.22 x 0.62 inches and is powered by a 1,500 mAh battery.

Scott Moody, Alltel Wireless vice president of Products and Services said, “Alltel Wireless is excited to offer a versatile, feature-rich smartphone with superior capabilities. LG Axis allows you to navigate through multiple screens with a simple touch or utilize the slide out keyboard for quick, accurate messaging.” Suggested read: Dual core LG Optimus 2x

Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile Phones said, “LG Axis provides consumers with an easy-to-use Android device that complements busy schedules and growing mobile entertainment needs. Allowing users to quickly download a wide variety of content and applications, LG Axis creates a customizable experience that will enrich everyday activities and streamline life’s most demanding tasks.”

LG Axis is a decent entry-level phone but the only drawback is that it runs Android 2.1 whereas many phones in the market are running Android 2.2 aka Froyo OS, and planning their Gingerbread upgrades. Nevertheless, it’s a good phone for those who have a low budget and looking to access thousands of apps on Android App Market.

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