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Cell Phone Comparisons
LG Ally vs. Motorola DROID

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June 17th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • Camera: At 3.2-megapixels, the LG Ally is a relatively mid-range camera in today’s world of highly sophisticated mobile cameras. The Motorola DROID is equipped with a somewhat higher-end 5-megapixel camera. Particularly for those planning on printing photos taken with their mobile phone, the DROID’s camera may be a selling point. Both cameras are equipped with autofocus, and the Ally has a flash while the DROID has a somewhat brighter dual LED flash.
  • Power: Although neither device can claim to be among the most powerful smartphones on the market anymore, both the Motorola DROID and the LG Ally are powerful devices in their own rights.  Although it has the same amount of RAM as the DROID, the Ally does have a slightly faster processor.  The difference in processing speed, though, is more of a spec sheet win and will make fairly little difference in actual performance.
  • Storage space: Right out of the box, the Motorola DROID offers four times as much storage space as the LG Ally thanks to a pre-installed 16GB microSD card.  The LG Ally comes with a 4GB pre-installed microSD card.
  • Display: The Motorola DROID has a larger, slightly higher resolution display than the LG Ally.  The Ally has a 3.2-inch display (480×800 pixels), while the Motorola DROID has a 3.7-inch display (480×854 pixels).

Side-By-Side Comparison

LG Ally Motorola DROID
LG Ally Motorola DROID
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Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) Not yet available $19.99
Carrier Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless
Operating System Android Android
Interface LG-enhanced Standard Google Experience
Display 3.2″, 480 x 800 Pixels 3.7″, 480 x 854 Pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot No No
Camera 3.2-megapixel, flash & autofocus 5-megapixel, dual LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera None None
Apps Android Market Android Market
Adobe Flash Support Unconfirmed No
Storage Space 4GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 16GB microSD) 16GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD)
Keyboard Virtual & Physical QWERTY Virtual & Physical QWERTY
Battery Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby Up to 385 min. usage; 270 hr. standby
Processor 600 MHz 550 MHz
Memory RAM: 256MB; ROM: 512MB RAM: 256MB; ROM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.57 oz 6 oz
Dimensions 2.22″ x 4.56″ x 0.62″ 2.4″ x 4.6″ x 0.5″

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Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

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18 Responses to “LG Ally vs. Motorola DROID”

  • Lindsey
    July 8, 2011

    I have had nothing but problems with the LG Ally! I had my phone for 2 weeks when the first problems started to show. It all went downhill from there! My LG Ally is soooo slow, and it constantly locks up & force closes all my apps. Then the screen went dead…2 hours after I took it off the charger. They tried to tell me that my phone wasn’t charged…if it wasn’t charged why was the light on the phone flashing? This problem happened several more times and then I just got fed up! One week before going to the store to get a new phone, my screen wouldn’t lock, I couldn’t use my call or home buttons, my settings kept changing, & none of my notifications or ring tones worked. So they ended up sending me another LG Ally and it was fine for a week & then all the same problems happened again! The worst problem though was when my phone froze while trying to delete a video & all my photos & videos were deleted. I had hundreds of pics of my 1 year old that I can’t get back. No problems out of the Droid…will never go back to LG!

  • I had been wondering which one of theese phones to get, and after watching this, i will bet getting the Ally. My friend has the Droid and can’t stand it, it crashes often, the battery life is very short and she has to carry her charger with her everywhere. She was on her 4th Droid when she had problems with the battery and the screen. She then recived the Ally as a replacement and she loves it, it is very customizable and handy and she never has to bring her charger with her anymore!

  • Michael Hynes
    November 26, 2010

    I have been fighting with Verizon Wireless for several months now about my LG Ally. i don’t care what the specs tell you the battery life is for crap… 3 replacement phones later and still the same problems battery sitting in standby mode will last 6 to 8 hours then go dead i know this sounds like a battery problem but it has happened with 3 different phones and batteries so now i am getting a Motorola Droid 2 i will keep you all updated……

  • I really like my Ally, but would like to know how to do voice dialing/calling when driving, this one is handy, just tell it who to call and it does. I went back to my LG touch, which I also love, would like to use the Ally when traveling.

  • droid_dude
    October 5, 2010

    The ally clearly crushes the original droid because of its superb keyboard and d pad is more useful however I have the droid 2 which destroys both of these phones with my keyboard and processor. The keyboard on the original droid was flat but not on the refurbished one. The only reason th droid was superior was its thin design. So android fans should get an ally over the droid the processocer dosent matter.

  • I just got the Ally and am really happy with it except it is a little more high tech than myself. If I knew how to use it properly I’m pretty sure I would give it 5 stars! My sister got the Droid and has been having a few problems with it so in my opionion I chose correctly!

  • I have had LG phones in the past and have loved them, I used my LG voyager until the screen broke from opening and closing it for over 2 years. I have never had a Motorola which is what turned me onto the Droid, however after seeing this review and reading what honest people have to say it seems like the Ally is a better choice for battery life, call clarity and over all satisfaction.

  • Mad4potter
    August 9, 2010

    “incorrect, the Droid just got Flash player this last week with the 2.2 update. Ally does not, and will not get it any time soon.”
    Wrong.
    The 2.2 update has “Flash Support” but is not included with the actual Flash Player. The battery life on Motorola is horrible. Secondly, the Android Ally is receiving the update for 2.2 Supposedly including Mobile hotspot, which Motorola, has failed to do so. By the looks of it, Android Ally beats Motorola.

  • I’m on my 4th Moto Droid. The sound quality is horrible and I have experienced nothing but problems with it. It worked great the first few months. Each replacement droid I have received has worked fine, for a while, then begins to malfunction. Verizon has now shipped me the ally as a replacement. Although I paid much more for the droid I am happy to receive the Ally. The moto droid is bulky and the slide out keyboard is difficult to use. Already I prefer the Ally over the Droid. I picked the droid over the ally because of the 5.0 megapixel camera… big mistake. The batter life is MUCH longer on the ally as well. I was also told my a Verizon employee that motorola droid is inferior to LG. I should have known this from my past experieces. LG IS superior to motorola in many ways and I believe their technology is far superior to the aging motorola.
    I also spent day after day at the verizon store and while I was there at least seven thats 7 other people where there to compain about the same problems with the droid as I was.
    Hope this helps anyone looking to make the decision of lg or moto.

  • Meliss
    July 27, 2010

    I recently got the Droid and think I will be switching to the Ally, the sound quality on calls with the Motorola is HORRIBLE, I constantly am told that I sound like I’m far away yelling into a tube. I’m even on my second one, thinking that perhaps my first one had a malfunction. If you want a phone that you can actually use to call people with, the Droid wouldn’t be my recommendation.

  • The keyboard, and the price wins me over for the ally. Verizon on an upgrade is currently (depending on your plan) at 50 bucks where the droid would run $150. they both have buy one get one deals as well for those with more than one line on their plan.

  • im hopefully switching over to verizon really soon and if i do these 2 phones are definetly my top 2 picks out of which ones to get. out of these comparisons i feel that i might like the droid better, but if i end up with either of them i wont complain and will be happy all im really looking for in a phone is a touch screen and physical qwerty keyboard, the droid does have more options key board wise with the touch screen keyboard capabilities! this review has really helped me! thanks so much :]

  • Regent
    July 17, 2010

    The DROID looks so much better in nearly every way…but my secure password is a random sequence of 14 alternating letters and numbers and I know from iPod Touch experience that’s is a pain to hit shift between every transition every time I type the password. On the DROID I would end up with 42 keystrokes (assuming Shift toggles and doesn’t revert to the un-Shift mode after the subsequent keystroke) vs. 14 on the Ally. That time savings would win out hands-down.

  • whjrtiger
    July 10, 2010

    This was a great comparison and helped my decision making. After seeing the actual phones in the store and watching this comparison I will be purchasing the ally over the motorolla droid. Thank you for the help.

  • Actually, the DROID and Ally both have TI OMAP3430s, the DROID’s is underclocked by default to 550MHz while the Ally is at the normal 600MHz. The same processor is in the Palm Pre and Pre+ and the Nokia N900. They are basically the same phone. Same proc, same RAM, just a microSD bundle difference, and the screen size.

  • hannah
    July 4, 2010

    I’m pretty sure the ally has flash player and it has a better key board :D

    • You do realize the Droid has a newer more powerful processor that can easily be overclocked to 800 Mhz? the only thing the ally has going for it over the droid is the fact that the keyboard is not as flat

    • incorrect, the Droid just got Flash player this last week with the 2.2 update. Ally does not, and will not get it any time soon.

      Droid is superior to the Ally in many ways. I was a die hard LG fan…i went from a Chocolate 2, to an enV Touch, to an Ally, and finally to my Droid, and it’s a huge step up. I get FAR better signal strength with the Motorola. I do love my LGs, but this is much better than any phone i’ve ever owned. It’s also unknown whether the Ally will ever get the 2.2 “Froyo” update, which is sad because it’s a huge update. Even if it does, it’ll undoubtedly have many features (such as Flash) unavailable.

      My biggest gripe with the Ally was its slowness. Droid is much more responsive, probably because Droid is a straight Android, from google. Motorola didn’t touch it. Ally’s version has LG crap in it.

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