LG Lotus Elite Review
On the inside the Lotus Elite runs the same One Click interface we’ve seen for over a year now, so we won’t cover it any more since there is nothing new. We will note that it runs smoothest on the Elite; transitions were quick and overall the device is very snappy. The new Social, Email and Text buttons take you to, respectively, your social network tab of choice, Sprint Mobile Email and Messaging. They only work on the homescreen though, if you are within a menu or another program they do not take you out.
The outer touchscreen adds a new UI element to the device, and actually manages to be quite useful. There are five areas of the phone that can be accessed from this outside display: Messaging, Slide Show, Speed Dial, Contacts and History, each of which can be accessed in one of two ways. First is a pop-up menu (think Android’s application drawer) which has a simple list of items that can be selected. The second way is to swipe from panel-to-panel from the homescreen. It is reminiscent of HTC’s original TouchFLO cube, although there can be as many as six “sides” and it is linear not circular, so if you’re on panel 6 you cannot go directly to panel 1, you have to swipe back down the panels. From the slider drawer you can choose which items you want to appear as panels.
There are five areas of the phone that can be accessed from this outside display -
All panels except for Slide Show allow you to initiate a call. Obviously from the History, Speed Dial or Contacts panel you can simply tap on the number. From the Messaging panel you can view all of your text messages, and then choose to reply (phone has to be flipped open) or to call the contact back. As the name implies the Slide Show panel displays your pictures as a slide show.
Other things can be done from the homescreen as well, such as TV and music. SprintTV actually looks quite good on the Lotus Elite, and the music player is controlled via touchscreen in lieu of music keys this time around. It would be nice if these applications could be launched from the outside display and we see no reason why they couldn’t simply be another panel. As mentioned earlier the camera can be used with the flip closed as well, thankfully this can be launched via the dedicated camera key on the right side. It could be made better, but the outside display manages to avoid the gimmicky tag we were worried about.
There are no new tricks this time around; the Lotus Elite supports the standard Sprint multimedia suite of SprintTV, Radio and their Music Store. Sound quality was actually quite good on the Elite’s stereo speakers, but unfortunately it lacks a 3.5mm headset jack. As noted earlier the SprintTV application ran smoothly. The service is more comprehensive than mobile TV offerings from Verizon and AT&T, but the quality is still not up to par since it shares the airwaves with cellular transmissions rather than having a dedicated band.
Camera quality has not been LG’s strong suit in the past, but images turned out pretty decent all things considered. Color representation was good and for the most part pictures turned out well. In low-light conditions there was pretty bad graining and when viewed full-size some detail was blurred, but all-in-all the 2 megapixel shooter did just fine for what it is. Videos can be captured at a max resolution of 320x240, and the only controls you have over either the camera or camcorder are white balance, brightness and color tones. A nice addition is the auto-send feature, which will automatically upload a picture to the site of your choosing (Facebook, YouTube, Photobucket or MySpace) or send it via email.
1. crd22 (Posts: 77; Member since: 15 Apr 2008)
I don't really care much for this phone, but it really bothers me that they would name it after the Lotus Elite (an old Lotus car, predecessor to the Elan). It's not worthy of gracing the Lotus name... Elite or not.
2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I dont really like this phone either especially when its covered with flowers. Thats a pretty dumb move for sprint bcuz idk any guy who would want a phone like this. Why not make it for any gender like almost every verizon phone?
3. douchka (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)
Is it me or Phonearena always rates Sprint phones above 8, and any other carrier 8 or below? Same way cnet.com always rates ATT's phones way above average and any other carrier phone average or below? Must have something to do with advertising. I mean most of the advertisement on here are sprint ones... Just saying
4. Rumsha (unregistered)
IS IT AVAILABLE IN DUBAI?? PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF IT IS!!