Last night I was invited by LG to take a look at their new device line-up, which included the brand new LG IQ, better known under the code name Monaco. While the IQ is not currently on sale, it will be available from Telus before the end of the year. If you consider that it would be incredibly stupid to release a phone 1 week before Christmas and miss the majority of holiday shoppers, then you could assume that the phone would be available in the next couple weeks. LG would not confirm anything more than “before the end of the year”.
So what’s so special about the LG IQ? Well, it’s running Windows Mobile 6.5 and sports LG’s S-Class user interface, which made for a really nice and finger friendly navigation. The S-Class interface was fully customizable allowing you to change which icons are displayed along the bottom and appear in the expanded menu. LG also allows you to turn this off and use the standard Windows Mobile 6.5 interface if you would rather use that. The device has a 1500 mAh battery, 5 mega pixel camera, MicroSD, and a Snapdragon 1 Ghz processor. The finger scanner on the front of the device works as your navigation and authentication to unlock the device. When it comes to navigation, I found the finger scanner worked really well. It was very much like a touch pad on a laptop. Swiping your finger from top to bottom would cause the page to scroll. The S-Class home screen allows you to swipe left and right to alternate “desktops”.
The IQ has a neat little accessory – the Pico projector. You simply remove the battery door and clip this bad boy on. It then allows you to project the screen of the device onto a table top or wall. It’s not as powerful as a full on projector of course, but it’s more than enough to share pictures or video’s with your friends over a round of drinks.
I’ve included a couple pictures that I took. Unfortunately, it was rather dark in the venue so the pictures didn’t turn out anywhere near as I nice as I would have liked. Not to worry, LG is going to try and send us a review unit once these become available. So we’ll post many more pictures then!