It’s no secret that Research In Motion and BlackBerry aren’t having exactly the best year. With imploding employees and a seemingly never-ending decline in the market, things look grim for fans of RIM and their smartphone creations. LG wants to kick the company when they’re down with the upcoming Optimus Pro, running none other than Google’s Android OS.
The new phone has what many nonBlackBerry users claim is the only thing that keeps us on our phones, a really good physical keyboard. While I will agree that I love the keyboard on my Bold 9700, and that it’s arguably the best keyboard on the market, it’s not the only reason I haven’t defected to Android or Apple. Most Android keyboards I’ve seen have been pretty abyssmaly, no matter who the manufacturer, but the Optimus Pro seems like it could have something that is on par with my Bold.
However that’s the only thing this phone has going for it. The specs are below, and they don’t seem to impress.
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 2.8-inch QVGA screen
- 800 MHz processor
- 150 MB of free internal memory
- 3 MP rear-facing camera
- 1500 mAh battery
This phone seems to me like nothing more than a knock on fans of BlackBerrys and RIM. It’s no secret that BBs are a few steps behind in the specifications category, and with the poor list on this phone it’s almost like LG is trying to lure away the stragglers by offering something that’s low on the totem pole. They’re basically saying, “Here’s an Android with your little BlackBerry keyboard and all the poor specs you’re used to. Now come buy it!”
I know I won’t be leaving my BlackBerry behind anytime soon, not even for some of the newer phones that have specs that rival anything else on the market, let alone for a bargain phone like this one.
Sorry Google and LG, it’s going to take more than a useful keyboard and your fancy OS to make me switch.