Canadians looking for an inexpensive Android handset need search no further than the latest smartphone to hit Rogers’ lineup, the three-inch, HVGA LG Loop. Bearing somewhat of a resemblence to the manufacturer’s Windows Mobile-powered Incite from several years back, the GT540 Loop offers several nice features including WiFi, GPS, three megapixel camera, and standard headphone jack, but skimps out on the screen resolution (320 x 480) as well as the bundled microSD card, which holds a scant 2GB.
Worst of all, the Loop is powered by Android 1.6, a version of the operating system old enough that buyers may be disappointed at the lack of features as compared to builds 2.0 and above. Still, for only $29.99 on a three-year contract, there’s not much risk involved with choosing this handset. However, those customers who want to go with one- or two-year plans will find themselves shelling out $200 or $250, respectively — making the similarly-priced Acer Liquid E seem quite a bit more appealing.