CNET takes a hands-on look at AT&T's latest business smartphone, the LG Expo.
The LG Expo is a Windows Mobile 6.5-based smartphone available from AT&T for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. In 2009, LG committed to making Windows Mobile the primary operating system for its smartphones. LG has another Windows smartphone for AT&T called the Incite.
The LG Expo is geared more for business users and offers the full range of wireless options, e-mail capabilities, and the Microsoft Office Mobile Suite. In addition, you can purchase a $179 projector pack accessory that lets you project presentations, videos, and photos right from your phone.
LG did a really nice job with the design of the Expo, combining both a full QWERTY keyboard and sizable touch screen into a relatively compact frame. Of course, there are trade-offs and in this case, it's the screen size. Unlike the AT&T Tilt2, which has a 3.6-inch display, the Expo features a 3.2-inch, WVGA (800x480 pixels) resistive touch screen.
At 4.45 inches tall by 2.16 inches wide by 0.63 inch deep and 4.46 ounces, the Expo isn't the smallest phone in the world, but compared with the similarly featured AT&T Tilt2/HTC Touch Pro2, the Expo's more pocket-friendly stature is definitely noticeable and welcome.
Below the display, you get several navigation controls, including Talk and End keys, a back button, and a fingerprint navigation sensor that lets you unlock your phone with a fingerprint as well as navigate the menus. The latter is great for security but it's a bit too small to really work as a navigator.
The Expo's keyboard is excellent. The buttons are nice and wide, making it easy even for those with wider thumbs. The keys also provide a nice tactile feedback and aren't too stiff to press, and there's no awkward placement of buttons to interrupt the flow of typing.
On back, you'll find a 5-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom, flash, and video-recording capabilities. We really liked the camera's interface, more so than competing products from Samsung and HTC. All the various settings and tools are readily accessible and easy to understand.