LG Quantum Hands-on: Strangely Designed Sliding QWERTY Meets Windows Phone 7

For AT&T customers interested in Windows Phone 7, the Quantum is all about the keyboard. This device has a comfy QWERTY that slides out from the 3.5-inch display, and it feels reel comfy when typing. However, during our brief hands-on time with an early unit the sliding mechanism felt really stiff. Worse, LG placed the Shift key to the left of the entire layout on its own with the Function key. That’s just odd, and will slow down typing. Also note that many menus in Windows Phone 7 just don’t work in landscape mode, including the main home screen.

The other big standout feature for the Quantum is Play To, which uses DLNA technology to let users stream photos, pictures, and videos to compatible gear like TVs and Blu-ray players–wirelessly. This sounds cool, but we’ll have to see how intuitive the app is in practice. Other unique perks include ScanSearch, an augmented reality app for accessing info about shopping, dining, weather, and more on the go,  and Voice-to-Text for transcribing your voice to text for e-mails, messages, and social networking updates.

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