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LG Vortex, small profile Android 2.2 now available at Verizon

If you’re in the market for a new cellphone with email capability, and you’re looking for something small at a low price, the LG Vortex is worth consideration — it’s available in Cleveland-area Verizon stores now, and comes in multiple colors.

Screen Size: Vortex features a 3.2 inch touch screen — smaller than iPhone’s 3.5 inch screen, for comparison.
Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels
Weight: At 4.5 ounces it’s lighter than most of the Android phones.
Camera: 3.2 megapixel camera, no flash.
Keyboard: Virtual keyboards.
Battery: Delivers 450 minutes of talk time — rated reasonable by reviewers.
Operating System: Android 2.2 “Froyo”.
Hotspot: For $20 extra per month the Vortex can be a hotspot enabling up to 5 devices such as laptops or tablets to have Internet access.
Reviews: Generally good; people do complain that Bing Search and Bing GPS, rather than Google’s Search & Google Maps, are Vortex’s defaults. One reviewer on CNET.com highlights the ironic fact that Vortex, a phone running on Google’s Android operating system, comes with hardcoded defaults to Bing apps in these areas that are Google’s great strength.
Price: The LG Vortex costs $39.99 with a new 24-month commitment. Voice and data commitment still costs about $70 per month, and we’re seeing decreases for group purchases including family discounts and corporate employee discounts.

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