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LG Ally finally becomes available; $99.99 with contract, after rebate

After making its debut earlier this month in partnership with an Iron Man 2 media blitz, the LG Ally is available in stores and online for purchase. Plus, we have plenty of concrete details to dissect now.

After making its debut earlier this month in partnership with an Iron Man 2 media blitz, the LG Ally is available in stores and online for purchase. Plus, we have plenty of concrete details to dissect now.

Most of LG's focus in regards to the Ally seems to have been focused on a movie tie-in, so it's good to finally see some real details. The silver and black, slide-out smartphone allows for a good deal of personalizing. Users can customize up to five different home screens with shortcuts to different apps and widgets.

One of the more stand-out features on this Android 2.1-powered mobile device is the 3.2-megapixel AF camera/camcorder with flash and up to 4x digital zoom. Photo-wise, there's a slew of different shooting features including panorama, various scene modes (auto, portrait, night, etc.), and macro mode. LG Ally owners can make minor adjustments like cropping and rotation directly on the phone with the pre-loaded image editor. And if you're interested in shooting some basic video, the max recording space is 16GB in three different possible resolutions.

Here's a rundown of what else is offered on the LG Ally:

  • 3.2-inch tempered glass touchscreen display (includes touch vibration for tactile feedback)
  • Luminosity sensor for adjusting to light conditions
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • microSD slot (Up to 16GB)
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • S-GPS Support
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Built-in MP3 and WMA music player
  • One-touch speaker phone
  • Voice command support
  • 3D App Launcher
  • Live Wallpaper

Pricing for the LG Ally is set at $99.99, following $100 mail-in rebate that will arrive in the form of a debit card. Naturally, that price requires the signing of a new two-year service contract, and that contract must include both a Nationwide Talk Plan plus one of Verizon's Email and Web for Smartphone plans. Voice minute plans start at $39.99 per month, with data plans starting at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.