Verizon officially unveiled the LG Ally last night at a press party in New York. We already posted the full specs of the mid-range Ally and now Verizon has shared the official launch date and pricing.
The LG Ally will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com starting tomorrow, May 13. Verizon Wireless will have the device in stores on May 20. Pricing will be $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate (debit card) with a new two-year contract. The full price of the device off contract is $450.
Considering this is a 600 MHz phone with 3.2 inch display, we think Verizon priced the phone just right at $99. Recent launches like the Verizon Devour (same CPU) were priced at $149, which was a hard swallow when you have the Droid and Droid Incredible going for only $50 more at Verizon stores.
Our friends over at PhoneDog attended the Iron Man 2 themed party and filmed a quick hands-on video with the LG Ally. We can see that even though this is not a Snapdragon phone, LG still included the 3D launcher and live wallpapers. LG also designed their own desktop theme, but thankfully users can toggle back and forth with the stock Android home.
If anything, it looks like the LG Ally will make the Motorola Devour obsolete in Verizon’s Android lineup. If customers are looking for a mid-range Android phone, the LG Ally features the latest 2.1 firmware, a better camera with autofocus and flash, plus a higher resolution display.