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Hands-on with Verizon's new LG Fathom, a world roaming QWERTY smartphone

Product Launch by Michael Oryl on Monday May 24, 2010.

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Today Verizon Wireless and LG officially launched the LG Fathom, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 touchscreen smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The 3G EV-DO Rev. A capable Fathom, which is also known as the VS750, is also compatible with the GSM and UMTS networks used in Europe and other parts of the world, for global roaming capability. Because the Fathom's 3.2-inch 800 x 480 pixel display is a resistive touchscreen(INFO), the Fathom also comes with an included stylus - though it is not really needed for most tasks.

The Fathom shares many physical similarities with the LG Ally, an Android-based phone that Verizon recently announced. Like the Ally, the Fathom's 4-row QWERTY keyboard has a dedicated row of keys for numbers, includes a dedicated d-pad controller, and offers fantastic key feel. A 3.5mm stereo headphone jack is on board for music listening, the phone's microSD memory card slot can be used to add up to 16GB of additional storage (not included), and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth add some additional wireless connectivity support to the device.

In our initial testing, however, the Fathom proved itself a difficult device to live with, in spite of its 1GHz processor. While I liked the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 UI enhancements that are not found on the early 6.5 devices, memory management seems to be an issue. You can see a real example in our video. The browser, while supporting Adobe Flash and rendering pages nicely, also was difficult to maintain control of.

The LG Fathom weighs a solid 152.7g (5.4oz) and measures up at 115.5 x 56.5 x 17mm (4.5 x 2.2 x .7in) in size. The LG Fathom goes on sale on June 3, 2010 for $149.99 with a 2-year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. Voice plans start at $39.99 per month, and a required data plan runs an additional $29.99 per month.

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Jack Faire @ 8:49:25PM EDT on Wednesday June 15, 2011

It would have been easier for you to get to the video if when you had brought up the My Documents screen you had selected the file labeled my videos instead of my pictures. Also the reason it was using so much memory is because you were streaming a video and then asking it to also run a camera. It was fine once you closed the browser that you were using to stream video.

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