LG Rumor Reflex hands-on
It’s been a while since we’ve been acquainted with an LG device brandishing the Rumor name, so as it would go, we’re surprised that the latest incarnation is here to set ablaze a whole new generation of youngsters. Available right now through Sprint for $29.99 on-contract, the LG Rumor Reflex is here again to give parents some piece of mind, and at the same time, it’s available as a prepaid option for $79.99 through Boost Mobile.
Bearing the Rumor name, the Rumor Reflex is the modern update for the beloved text messaging oriented handset line. At its core, it’s nothing more than a quick messaging phone with a basic user interface that primarily caters to those who are into nothing more than sending text messages. Of course, the first thing to come to mind checking it out, is that it’s sporting a 3-inch 240 x 400 touchscreen and a compact figure when compared to previous Rumors in the past. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that its casing is constructed out of some recycled plastics, which tends to come off on the cheap side of things unfortunately.
In terms of specs, it features a 480MHz single-core processor, 52MB on internal storage, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, BREW mobile platform, and a landscape QWERTY keyboard. With the latter, it’s actually employing a 4-row layout that has a dedicated row strictly for buttons, and a directional pad as well. Unfortunately, we have to admit that the keyboard is flawed because of its flat feel and stiff response. Then again, we’re certain that users will be able to break it in slowly and eventually get its response to be a bit better.
Well, if you’re a parent that’s looking to shave some charges from your monthly account, the LG Rumor Reflex might suit your needs since it’s not a smartphone – therefore, it won’t require a costly data plan. However, there are quite a few entry-level smartphones priced the same and lower than this, so yeah, it’s a tough sell in another way.
1. wumberpeb (Posts: 392; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Considering how fragile and spongy the Rumor Touch felt, this is a really solid upgrade. Much quicker and much stronger, despite the plasticky backing. Worthy of the price. All that parents need for their kids if they're just heavy texters
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1025; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Kept looking for the word "Android". It's been a while that I've seen a phone that wasn't smart here.
3. Loafninja (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)
It looks decent, but be careful if you're thinking of buying or selling one of these. At my store, we've already had several returned for manufacturing issues, even within the first week of its launch.