The Good The LG Fathom is solidly constructed with a bright display and a roomy QWERTY keyboard. It comes with Windows Mobile 6.5.3, and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It supports CDMA and GSM networks for use worldwide.
The Bad The LG Fathom's resistive touch-screen display is not as intuitive as we would like. We also noticed slight sluggishness with its accelerometer and image refresh rate. The LG Fathom's bulky exterior might not be for everyone.
The Bottom Line The LG Fathom is a well-built Windows Mobile phone with plenty of features, but its occasional lapse in performance can be annoying.
LG Fathom (Verizon Wireless)
Despite the imminent release of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is showing no sign of stopping development of devices. The latest phone to join the Windows Mobile family is the LG Fathom. The Fathom runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and is one of a few smartphones to have dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipsets. This means you will be able to slip an international SIM card in it and use it while you're traveling abroad. Though we are not terribly impressed with its resistive touch-screen display, the Fathom has a slider QWERTY keyboard and a slew of other cool smartphone features that might tide you over while you wait for Windows Phone 7. The LG Fathom is available for $149.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
With a full touch-screen display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard, the LG Fathom has a design similar to its Android cousin, the . The phone measures 4.5 inches long by 2.2 inches wide by 0.7 inch thick; it's all black and a bit blockier than the Ally, with a more bricklike aesthetic. It weighs 5.4 ounces, which contributes to its solid feel in the hand. The stone texture on the front bezel is a nice touch.
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