LG Optimus Pro is Another Blackberry (Or Palm Pixi) Look-Alike


I’m really, really glad to see the LG Optimus Pro, LG’s latest Android device. More and more, OEMs are bringing this form factor to the table, trying to pull in that crowd of Blackberry users who have gotten so used to their keyboards that they wouldn’t dare switch from their berries, even if they don’t necessarily like it. Perhaps I should liken this more to a Palm Pixie than anything, though, as the keyboard style draws more of its traits from that.

The LG Optimus Pro runs Android 2.3 and has a 2.8 inch HVGA display, a 3 megapixel camera and that full exposed QWERTY keyboard. We wouldn’t expect anything more than 512 MB of RAM inside and the same 600MHz processor powering the LG Optimus One series of devices, but nothing has been confirmed on internals.

The Italians are the lucky ones seeing this device first as they can snap it up for a mere 180 euros. [AndroidWorld.It via EuroDroid]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Or maybe the DROID Pro/XPRT

  2. I’m waiting for Blackberry to file a lawsuit against LG for copying their design, ala Apple vs Samsung.
    fwiw…..it’s an ugly design and LG should have come up with something less Blackberryish looking.

    1. You know there is not much more you can change with that design style right?

  3. Grrrr… Why do they leave so much bezel with these phones? This form factor needs as much screen as possible. It’s 2.8 inches but they could easily make it 3.2. I would get this form factor if they squeeze more screen in there. All that bezel grinds the hell out of my gears

    1. The bezel isn’t as big as it seems to be in the photo.

      A quick calculation shows that the screen width in that orientation is 3.95 cm. comparing the screen width to the bezel, it seems to be around 0.5 cm, which is like a lot of other phones.

  4. They’re gonna need to start reincorporating the trackball in these devices if they want the to be considered desirable and usable. A touchscreen does *NOT* a trackball make!

    1. Unlike Crackberry, Android does not need a trackball. There is something far more useful, called your fingers, which can slide on the screen.

      1. Actually when android first came out, they incorporated a touchscreen + keyboard + TRACKBALL in the original G1. Now everyone thinks they know better…

        You’re not going to beat a trackpad for text selection.

  5. Dear LG,

    Just attach a goddamned sliding 5 row keyboard to the optimus 2x and you’ve got yourself a deal.

    A GW620 owner

    1. yeah that or make an updated GW620 for a good price

  6. Wait, this says HVGA but the source links say QVGA… and QVGA just doesn’t cut it.

  7. well if it cost below 200 dollars it would be great.. but more than that nope for a 600 mhz and 512 of ram thething will lag a LOT, and i dont think it will support flash at all

    1. 600mhz and 512 of ram like the Optimus one. The O1 runs like a beast for a low end phone. It won’t lag but it wont be any game changer or any hard core gaming phone. Its probably going to be priced a little higher than the O1


  9. this isnt so much a blackberry as it is a pixi

  10. HTC ChaCha is a better blackberry alternative. For starters, this has no arrow keys. And the screen is going to suck.

    Wtf with these lame BB clones. Is it so hard to put a decent phone together with a portrait keyboard??? BB is a seriously talented company it seems…

    1. what is wrong with this phone? 600 mhz and 512 ram is more then enough for the basic use. It is a touch screen what do you need arrow for?

      1. 600mhz is good if you’re into lag. And yes newbs will notice.

        Arrow keys are for not having to screw around when you want to edit text. Ever owned a blackberry? Moto Charm?

  11. I think it will. Knowing the lg optimus devices running 2.2.1 have flash on their web browsers

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