LG Ally available for preorder from Verizon

LG's first U.S. Android smartphone is ready to make its debut on the Verizon network. If you can't wait, preorders for the LG Ally start today.

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LG is getting ready to launch its first Android phone in the U.S. and has partnered up with Verizon Wireless to bring it to the masses. The LG Ally will be available in stores on May 20 for $99.99 but you can preorder yours from Verizon starting Thursday.

The Ally features a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. LG and Verizon have also launched an ad campaign for the Ally that ties in the release of the "Iron Man 2" movie, and people who purchase the phone will be able to download a special "Iron Man 2" augmented reality app as well as view some never-before-seen content from the movie.

CNET TV's Natali del Conte got a chance to check out the Ally during a special event hosted by LG in New York, so check out her video for a closer look at the smartphone and be sure to check back soon for our full review.