I was reading a couple of reviews for the LG Bliss and while I was okay with my Samsung Link, I would really liked a better web browser and some more app options. Wendy went out and bought me one and I have had it for the last week. Here are the pros of the phone.
- Decent web browser. Not as good as the iPhone’s but decent. I can use Gmail’s text based or regular mobile interface as well as Google Calendar. It is exponentially faster than the Samsung Link’s browser and hey, it actually renders websites properly.
- The touch keyboard isn’t that bad. After a week of using it, I have become fonder of it and faster using it than I was at the start of the week. It is just something to get used to but is quite usable.
- 2 megapixel camera. While I won’t be printing off a bunch of photos taken with it, it is good enough to upload to Flickr.
- Virgin Mobile only charges $10/month for unlimited web surfing. That’s a great, great deal. With the speed of the browser, it’s a service that I will be using a lot more rather than reaching for my iPod Touch.
- The speaker phone is quite a bit louder than my Samsung Link. I can toss it on the passenger seat and actually drive while having a conversation which is useful when I forget to grab my Bluetooth earpiece.
- While it has a decent text messaging inbox, it doesn’t handle e-mail which I was sad about. The inbox is so well designed that pop3 or IMAP capability would be amazing.
- While Google java apps install, they won’t work because of the touch screen. Quite annoying and the phone would go from good to amazing if it worked with Google apps.
- I miss the “recently texted” list that the Samsung Link has. It’s a great way to keep those that I am in constant contact with in easy reach.
Overall, it’s not a smartphone and if I was RIM, I wouldn’t be that worried that it was going to eat away Blackberry marketshare but it’s cheap ($119 with no contract), works well as a cell phone, and pretty good as a digital media and web browsing device. If you are a Bell, Virgin Mobile, or SaskTel customer, you may want to check it out. As for the Samsung Link, it’s a great texting phone, has the Virgin Email App installed, is a great price ($69.99) but doesn’t get along that well with the web. In the end, it kind of comes down to which you care about more, the web or email but both are good phones. Wendy has a Samsung Link and I am happy with the LG Bliss… we don’t have any regrets with either purchase.