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LG Lotus Review

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User Interface:

The Lotus runs Sprint’s One Click interface, and was one of the launch devices along with the Samsung Rant and Highnote.  We covered it in-depth in our Rant review, and there isn’t anything new on the Lotus, so head over and read about it if you haven’t seen the UI before.  In short, we still really like it and think it’s one of the more useful dumbphone UIs out there.  It features a user-customizable homescreen and other nice touches like threaded text messaging.

Home screen - LG Lotus Review
Main menu - LG Lotus Review

Home screen

Main menu


The phonebook holds 600 entries, each with up to 7 numbers, 3 emails some other info.  LG doesn’t say who does the voice command program, but if it isn’t Nuance it works exactly like it.

LG Lotus Review
LG Lotus Review


Multimedia:

The Lotus features a solid but standard set of multimedia options for a Sprint device.  Sprint TV, Radio and Music Store handle the staples.  One nice feature is that TV plays on the outer display with the flip closed.  MicroSDHC cards are supported up to 16GB, and since the music player can run in the background the Lotus is a capable though not perfect iPod substitute.

Music player - LG Lotus Review

Music player

External screen - Video playback - LG Lotus Review
Main screen - Video playback - LG Lotus Review

External screen

Main screen

Video playback


The camera performed average.  Images were dark, colors could be more saturated and overall they could be sharper.  Settings are pretty standard: resolution, quality, shutter and night mode.  The camcorder records at QVGA resolution but is of YouTube quality at best.

LG Lotus Review
LG Lotus Review
LG Lotus Review
Strong light - Sample photos - LG Lotus Review
Medium light - Sample photos - LG Lotus Review
Low light - Sample photos - LG Lotus Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Sample photos



Software and Performance:

Internet browser - LG Lotus Review
Internet browser - LG Lotus Review
Internet browser - LG Lotus Review

Internet browser

The Lotus has 80MB of internal memory with microSD expansion up to 16GB and has a Mass Storage mode.  It uses Sprint Navigation for GPS, and features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.  Supported profiles are: headset, hands-free (v1.5), dial-up networking, object push, basic printing, advanced audio distribution, audio/video remote control, file transfer, phone book access, human interface device (keyboard only.)  Sprint Mobile Email is a capable “push” client that allows users to keep up with both personal and corporate email.

Callers were impressed with how we sounded on the Lotus, giving us an 8.5/10 rating.  They noted that we did not sound as good as a landline, but it was one of the better sounding cell phones in their opinion.  They sounded good on our end as well; their voice was natural and loud enough without being overly so.  Our only gripe, as we noted earlier, is that holding the phone to the ear is uncomfortable so we recommend paring the Lotus with a Bluetooth headset.  The battery is rated at 5.5 hours of talk time and we were able to eclipse this by a few minutes.  For a smaller CDMA phone this is no small feat.


Conclusion:

We want to like the Lotus, and it is indeed not a bad device, but there is just something off about it.  It starts and ends with the design, which some people just won’t be able to get used to.  Those who can will find a nice little device with an above-average keyboard, solid feature-set and good performance.  In the end you’ll have to make the decision for yourself, but if the size doesn’t bother you we have a feeling you’ll like it well enough.

Pros

  • Easy to use QWERTY keyboard
  • Good call quality and excellent battery life
  • Compact form-factor for a full QWERTY device
  • Support for Sprint’s One Click UI and multimedia suite

Cons

  • Uncomfortable to hold during a call
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


They talk about this phone like its the first flip qwerty phone ever. They could have mentioned The V, EnV, EnV2, the Voyager or even the Pearl flip if you want to count that.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.30 x 2.40 x 0.70 inches
(84 x 61 x 18 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery900 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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