The second Microsoft Windows Mobile phone I tested was the Fathom by LG. This is powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.5.3 and has a slide-out keyboard.
The Fathom lacks Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV of the HTC Imagio but does have access to Verizon’s VZ Navigator.
The qwerty style slide-out keyboard works well. One design flaw is the keyboard requires pressing a function key in order to get a period. This is a major oversight in my opinion. LG does include a stylus for input, but it is too short to be of much use.
The LG Fathom uses a resistive display , which does not work very well. When scrolling, programs start to run because the display interprets the users intent incorrectly. A benefit of a resistive screen is that they do allow for use of a stylus.
The size of the Fathom is pretty good and it has a nice display. The display size is 3.2″ with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
Call quality was good. We tested the Fathom throughout the Clifton Park area up to Saratoga Springs and down to Latham. We experienced no dropped calls during the test.
The LG Fathom also has a proximity sensor which locks the screen when the phone is near your face. Likewise, Bluetooth connections were good in the different vehicles we tested it in.
During the short time of our test, we found battery use to be below what we expected. But since the battery is removable it is possible to carry a spare.
Overall the poor screen sensitivity made the LG Fathom not a good choice.