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LG Revolution Review

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LG Revolution Review
Unfortunately, calling quality is rather less than appealing since the earpiece is on the weak side with its output – while voices sound muffled through it. Moreover, our callers state that our voice is rather mute in tone on their side, but still audible enough to make out. Switching to the speakerphone, it exhibits the same muffled tones heard through the regular earpiece, which can be challenging to comprehend voices.

Using the handset outdoors, it naturally retains a solid connection to the network – even 4G LTE. Indoors though, it seems to handle very well when we’re close to windows and deep into some rooms, but it loses 4G LTE connectivity in completely walled rooms with no windows.

You can forget about battery life with this one because it’s absolutely atrocious in even trying to get us through an 8-hour work shift without any worries. Talk time with the handset is the worst thus far amongst the 4G LTE devices we’ve tested seeing that we managed to get 6 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge. Therefore, if you’re a power user, then you might want to invest in an extra battery or keep a spare charger at work. Finally, we notice the handset getting a little bit toasty in the rear after some moderate usage, but it gets worse if you happen to use its mobile hotspot functionality.


Conclusion:  

Being the third 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon, the LG Revolution finds itself in a pickle from the onset seeing that it’s going to be facing some uphill battles trying to find its identity on Big Red’s lineup. First and foremost, this is the third straight month that we’re seeing a similarly spec’d high-end LTE smartphone becoming available with the carrier – plus, it has to compete with the other recent high caliber non-4G smartphones that they currently offer. Secondly, it doesn’t necessarily come off as something truly revolutionary as its name implies, but rather, it’s actually more of the same. Lastly, some might be turned off by the fact that it doesn’t employ the usual Google experience we find with most other Android smartphones, but instead, it’s giving us the full Bing experience.

On the design side, it does beat out the Samsung Droid Charge, but doesn’t quite come off as being superior to the HTC ThunderBolt. Naturally, the display is by no means a slouch with its brilliant looks, but when you compare it to the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Droid Charge, you’ll see why it’s again finishing in second place. Of course, it has 4G LTE connectivity to offer lightning fast data speeds, but then again, it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. In the end, there’s nothing revolutionary about it, and even worse, it doesn’t have anything new to concretely give it sole possession of something to call its own. Still a decent offering if you’re willing to spend the cash, but you’ll have to meticulously weigh in the pros and cons between this and similarly priced ThunderBolt before making a decision.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 2.2.2
Kernel Version: 2.6.32.9.-perf lg-electronics@area88 #1
Build Number: VS910ZV4
SW Version: VS910ZV4

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Pros

  • Fast 4G LTE speeds
  • Crisp looking display
  • HDMI-out functionality

Cons

  • Horrible battery life
  • Below average calling quality
  • Constant disconnects with its mobile hotspot functionality
  • Bing-afied
  • Poor camera
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posted on 30 May 2011, 06:26 2

1. doubler86 (Posts: 318; 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: 2962; 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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