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LG Revolution Review

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Again, there’s nothing too revolutionary with the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor that’s powering the LG Revolution, but then again, it does a wonderful job in offering a responsive and lightning quick performance. Although some might be attracted to the dual-core processor of the Motorola DROID X2, we actually find the single-core processor of the Revolution to be adequate since it exhibits slightly more fluid responsiveness with various operations. From kinetic scrolling to navigating across its homescreens with a graphically intensive live wallpaper activated, it executes smoothly with very few instances of delay or slowdown.

Relying on the same Optimus UI 2.0 experience running on other LG Android smartphones like the Optimus 2X, there is no denying the breath of personalization it brings to the table. We do find it appealing thanks to its useful widgets that splash a bit of personality to the experience, but it doesn’t quite come off as polished compared to HTC’s Sense UI.  Much like the two previous 4G LTE smartphones, it’s actually running Android 2.2.2 out of the box, but unlike them, it has been retrofitted with Bing’s presence. Meaning, instead of finding things like Google Search or Maps, it has been replaced with the Bing experience – so it might frighten some people to say the least. If you want to learn more about its customized experience, you can read about it in our LG Optimus 2X review.

The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review
The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2 - LG Revolution Review

The Optimus UI 2.0 is on top of Android 2.2.2


The LG Revolution has been retrofitted with Bing’s presence - LG Revolution Review
The LG Revolution has been retrofitted with Bing’s presence - LG Revolution Review
The LG Revolution has been retrofitted with Bing’s presence - LG Revolution Review
The LG Revolution has been retrofitted with Bing’s presence - LG Revolution Review

The LG Revolution has been retrofitted with Bing’s presence


By default, the app panel is set to a categorized view that we find frustrating to use when it comes to actually looking for specific apps since we find ourselves looking at each category before getting the one we want. We imagine that anyone can get used to it over time, even more when you can manage the categories and placement of apps, but you can always revert to an alphabetical listing view to make browsing easier from the onset. There is an abundance of third party apps and games preloaded on the handset to get you by – these include Amazon Kindle, Bitbop, Blockbuster, City ID, Let's Golf 2, Netflix, Polaris Office, Rhapsody, Rock Band, Slacker, and TuneWiki. Moreover, it’s not a Verizon device if we don’t find the usual crew of apps such as Backup Assistant, My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Apps, V CAST Media Manager, and VZ Navigator.

The app panel - Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review
The app panel - Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review
The app panel - Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review
The app panel - Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review

The app panel

Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review
Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review
Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review
Preloaded apps - LG Revolution Review

Preloaded apps



Organizer and Messaging:

Nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the Calendar, Alarm/Clock, and Voice Recorder apps since they’re essentially the stock experience, but we actually like the animated presentation of the Weather and DesktopHome apps. Meanwhile, the Today+ widget combines many of the organizer functions by tastefully giving us access to things like the news, weather, stocks, and calendar.

Calendar - LG Revolution Review
LG Revolution Review
Alarm/Clock app - LG Revolution Review
LG Revolution Review

Calendar

 

Alarm/Clock app

 
Voice Recorder - LG Revolution Review
The Weather app - LG Revolution Review
LG Revolution Review
LG Revolution Review

Voice Recorder

The Weather app

  

Dishing up plenty of room with its sizable display, the messaging experience is rather easy on the fingers thanks to its decently sized keyboard buttons and instantaneous response. Still, it lacks the added flexibility of what we find with HTC’s Sense keyboard – like quick access to some numbers and punctuations. Fortunately though, the Swype keyboard is a great alternative for those accustomed to its unique input method. And as always, the landscape options provide the most comfortable and natural typing experience with their spacious layout.

The LG Revolution offers decently sized keyboard buttons and instantaneous response - LG Revolution Review
The LG Revolution offers decently sized keyboard buttons and instantaneous response - LG Revolution Review
The LG Revolution offers decently sized keyboard buttons and instantaneous response - LG Revolution Review
The LG Revolution offers decently sized keyboard buttons and instantaneous response - LG Revolution Review

The LG Revolution offers decently sized keyboard buttons and instantaneous response


Finding the usual Gmail experience, the only thing we see advantageous with the LG Revolution is the fact that you don’t have to scroll as much thanks to its large display. Then again, that’s what you naturally expect with anything boasting such a massive display. Setup is also a breeze with other email clients seeing that you normally need to provide your email address and password for automatic setup, though, it’ll require additional pieces of information for other lesser-known services.

Thankfully, Verizon loads its Mobile IM app to offer us access to instant messaging services like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger. Seeing that it’s an Android smartphone and all, we also find Google Talk as another solution for all your chatting needs.

Gmail - LG Revolution Review
LG Revolution Review
The Mobile IM app - LG Revolution Review

Gmail

 

The Mobile IM app



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posted on 30 May 2011, 06:26 2

1. doubler86 (Posts: 316; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I think it should've even been lower to be honest. That low of a battery life and trading in Google for Bing WTF! Worst LTE phone out.

posted on 30 May 2011, 19:31

5. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


so what? bing is bing, and actually better than lousy ass commercially saturated google. Google is an evil giant. i have said it before and will say it again, they are like walmart. a money hungry giant.

aside from battery, i think this phone puts every other phone verizon has ever carried up to this day to an embarrassing shame. build quality is flawless (well, almost, aside from the micro usb port cover) screen that is only rivaled by super amoled plus and iPhone..

BUT lets not forget that phone arena is BIAS. it pisses me off to even read anything from them. if its not apple.. then get out of our bed time relationships.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 18:09 1

9. lovemg2012 (unregistered)


Sorry have you used the Revolution with to test its battery life and Bing? Make useful comments

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 04:44 1

14. Mark_Washington (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


I bought this phone the day it came out and so far i have no regrets. the phone is quite big but feels good in hand, has good build quality. the display is very nice and bright. i like the LG UI, most people may not but i think it's pretty easy to use, pretty plain and simple. in the apps menu the icons are in separate catagories that you can expand and minimize so you dont just have 3 pages of junk to scroll through, you can also add, delete and rename catagories and move your icons between them.

I thought it was a nice touch because i cover my home screens in large widgets and don't have many shortcuts so it saves me from searching through all my apps. the 1Ghz processor handles everything with ease, there's a little lag from time to time but i've seen that from dual core phones as well. of course there are some things i don't like, the main dislike being the keyboard, don't care for swype either, but no big deal downloaded gingerbread keyboard for free in market. another downside is the camera, only 5 MP, again no big deal, i have two cameras that are better than any phone camera.

Also the battery life is a little shorter than on my droid and i don't have 4G in my area yet so it is only going to get worse, but right now it's good enough. as far as the weight, i don't seem to notice any extra heft, it's only 6 ounces. great phone definitely recommend.

P.S. If you will buy the LG Revolution I suggest for best deal at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0051HASEA/phonearena.com-offer-20

posted on 30 May 2011, 06:44 2

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I have been mostly very disappointed with all of the Verizon lyrics phones. To me having to pay 250/300 dollars for a phone I would expect much better. They are jokes compared to what the samsung galaxy s2, htc evo 3d, and sensation are.

posted on 30 May 2011, 12:02 1

3. dodgerfan (unregistered)


I got the Revolution. I love it. the battery seemed to be ok. I used the phone for 4 hours after it was fully charged then left it alone when it was at 50 percent battery life. didnt use the phone for the next 4 hours and it made it through with about 6 percent left. Also ran speedtest and i am hitting speeds over 12.5 mb and 5 upload every test. I even hit 15 a couple times. IN Vegas i get full bars and 4g. its insane.

Again its a really good phone. very fast in my area. Plus with all the memory it comes with I have downloaded over 90 apps already and still have over 15 gb left.

well worth the money.

posted on 30 May 2011, 14:17

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the only good thing i'm really feeling from this handset when i handle it is it's snappy processor. i know the Thunderbolt has the same one but out of the three LTE phones this one easily feels like the most powerful but it's still not a winner to me for all of the reasons stated in the Review.

posted on 31 May 2011, 08:42 1

6. dodgerfan (unregistered)


I actually dont mind using bing. all those babies out their crying about bing are retarded. I still havent heard anything that is wrong with bing just that it has bing. still waiting. to me its a copy cat of google. if that is your only other excuss of why you think this phone sux go play with your icrapper phone. Droid is better in every way. oh did i mention i get about 14 or so megs on every speedtest. yeah have fun with your 3g icrapper phone.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 04:59

8. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


droid charge best!

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 11:17 1

11. Revolution owner (unregistered)


I own the Revolution. In my opinion it looks nicer than the Charge but not as nice as the Thunderbolt. Although I love the amoled screen on the Charge, I was turned off by the physical buttons below the screen. My battery lasts longer than the Thunderbolts battery, too. My only complaint is the low volume on speakerphone, watching netflix and even the alarmclock!
The complaints about the phone coming with Bing are just plain silly. It works with Bing AND/OR Google! I have the choice of either one. I also downloaded Launcherpro to get the Revolution to look more like my old school Droid. I love it.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 02:14

12. Bingtards (unregistered)


I don't know why the fact that the phone comes pre-loaded with bing is an issue at all. just drag the bing apps into the trashcan and download the google equivalents from the android market and use those. You never have to use those horrible bing apps ever again! the whole process takes like 2 minutes. guh...

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 21:34

13. risabean (unregistered)


I have had the revolution for three days now before i owned a htc phone that i loved....
The Lg is fast and nice and the hot spot is awesome and i dont think the battery life is as bad as some people state, but im not sure if its me the touch screen responce is not that great.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 20:29

15. CWKnotts (unregistered)


I bought this phone for my wife and my chief complaint is that I can not hear her when she talks to me from this phone. Has anyone else experienced this?

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 07:08

16. alocowboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Well, I just got the LG Revolution for free at Target dot com. Upgrading from my original Moto Droid, it's going to be blast. And, yes, I live in a saturated 4g LTE neighborhood.

I will pick up a quad core for free in 18 months.

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LG Revolution

LG Revolution

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655, Single core, 1000 MHz
Size5.03 x 2.63 x 0.52 inches
(128 x 67 x 13 mm)
6.06 oz  (172 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7.25 hours talk time

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