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LG Rumor Review

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The Rumor runs a Java-based UI similar to other Sprint phones. From the home screen the user can launch Messaging with the left softkey and contacts with the right. Unfortunately there is no Favorites shortcut found on other Sprint models, which means the user cannot set quick shortcuts to frequently used programs. We were also disappointed to find that there is no voice command system on this phone, meaning calls cannot be initiated from the Bluetooth headset.


Phone book - LG Rumor Review

Phone book

The phonebook can hold up to 500 entries, with five phone numbers and three email addresses per entry. The user can also set a personalized ringer, photo id, URL and a memo for each contact. To our surprise we found that the Rumor allows the user to set a personalized text alert in addition to the regular ringtone, a feature that we loved on older Verizon LG models but to our dismay has been noticeably absent since the VX8600.

The embedded Bluetooth 2.0 chipset supports the HSP, HFP 1.5, DUN, FTP, OPP, PBA and BPP profiles, but no A2DP. For the first time that we’ve noticed the web browser is not Obgio, but rather Infraware’s Polaris browser. We didn’t see any notable differences in the two, and the user will still be greeted by the same Sprint homepage which allows for quick WAP access to news, sports, weather, downloads and more.

Media Player - LG Rumor Review
Media Player - LG Rumor Review

Media Player

LG’s native media player takes care of audio and video files. It is a fairly bare-bones player, displaying track information but no album art. It reads ID3 tags, and will display artist and album information, but not display album art. It does support subfolders; however tracks are still displayed all in a bunch which means they must be named in the “Artist – Album - Track Number – Track Title” format for files to be sorted properly. With no search function finding songs can be cumbersome. The Rumor has generous codec support and can handle MP3, AAC, AAC+, M4A, MID, AMR, QCP, 3GPP, MP4, 3G2, 3GPP, M4V and PMD files.

The camera and video performance of the phone was poor. In natural lighting conditions pictures turned out ok, but under artificial light, and especially in low light situations, the pictures and videos were downright terrible. The Image Enhancer feature didn’t seem to have any effect on image quality. Pictures can be captured at a max resolution of 1280x960 and videos in QCIF 176x144. At higher resolutions there is no zoom, but at lower resolutions up to 15x digital zoom is available.

Outdoor Images - LG Rumor Review
Outdoor Images - LG Rumor Review
Outdoor Images - LG Rumor Review

Outdoor Images


Indoor Images - LG Rumor Review
Indoor Images - LG Rumor Review
Indoor Images - LG Rumor Review

Indoor Images



The main focus of the device is obviously messaging, and the Rumor has many options on board. The user can compose messages using either keypad, which we were happy to see given that we prefer T9 for short messages. This is of course our personal opinion, and we bet that most users will utilize the QWERTY keypad for their messaging needs. Sliding the keypad out opens the messaging menu, and from there the user can create or check text, picture or video messages, as well as launch AOL Instant Messaging or go directly to Facebook. Given the target audience of this phone we really like the inclusion of all these messaging and social networking features on the Rumor.

Messaging - LG Rumor Review
Messaging - LG Rumor Review
Messaging - LG Rumor Review

Messaging



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. kevin (unregistered)


i just got my rumor yesterday and i love it so you dont have to be a teen to have it lol

posted on 01 Dec 2007, 22:02

2. Sammen89 (unregistered)


I've had it for about 2 weeks now, and must say... I'm 18, sell electronics for a living, and have friends with alot of tech guys... But also I'm someone who insist on staying connected with the world.... this phone is excellent for that.... Text-messaging is awesome on this phone!

posted on 11 Feb 2008, 11:02

3. (unregistered)


i love the rumor phone! its easy to use and you can do a lot on it. it has a good look to it and gets good service! dope phone ;]

posted on 23 Apr 2010, 08:40

10. jtkong (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Am I missing something? The texting on the phone keypad is horrible. I have to keep changing the entry option to T9 manually. Why isnt there a setting to keep T9 as the default?! And as for the slide out qwerty, it's crap! I'm a fast typer and the keyboard can't keep up whatsoever. I don't see why the LG 260 has the moniker of "texting phone" when it doesn't live up to the "texting" part.

posted on 01 Mar 2008, 11:30

4. Stretch (unregistered)


This phone does only basic functions. I do agree the things it can do it does well such as texting and IM and email. The phone has lots of problems such as the screen going black, phone restarting by it self and browser problems. on top of that the my content manager doesnt work! sometimes it freezes up or randomly restarts. I've also had an issue of receiving IM text notifications when i was NOT signed in on my phone. The phones browser is extremely limited. as far as navigating and media support. (cant download images or zoom in or view videos) The media player is a joke. my old samsung trace had way more options. You cant choose files to play it just searches your phone for all media except of course videos which you have to go into settings/tools/memorycardbrowser and actually select the video. also there is no eq no way of managing your files either. cant go and play a file from your memory card. you cant move items from your card to phone or vice versa unless you take the picture yourself. you cant use mp3s as ring tones unless you get them through sprint. Yeah this device is GREAT if you just want to email, chat, and stay connected. but if your someone looking to get a little bit more out of there phone this is NOT for you! I'm just angry that the guy who sold it to me didn't know what he was talking about and i didn't do my research first.

posted on 13 Mar 2008, 23:52

5. Courtney (unregistered)


I have had my phone for two months now. I text alot and get online everyday on the phone. It has started rebooting itself when I'm in the middle of something. I have a friend who also has a Rumor and she said hers is doing the same thiing. She called sprint and they said it was a "known problem" and sent her a new one and it is doing the same. They have agreed to exchange her phone with a different model.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 11:32

6. Keryfree (unregistered)


I received my 2nd Rumor less than a month ago. The first liked to turn off on its own. Especially when I was using the Qwerty key board. Then it started doing it when I would take pictures as well. So now a month into my 2nd one and from 3 days after I got it, the problems started. keys not responding, the slide not responding, and cutting off. I wanted my provider to replace it with another phone and they said there is a 3 strike rule. LG should be ashamed of marketing a phone with obvious tech issues.

posted on 10 Nov 2008, 10:42

7. jaquihdez (unregistered)


I have the phone but I have tmobile service. I am trying to see if the phone can be unlocked and be able to be used with Tmobile. Anyone have any idea?

posted on 12 Jun 2009, 13:22

8. kelly_h (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


Horrible!!! Okay, I got the phone in May and it was amazing!!! I mean it did everything I thought it was going to do and more. It was an amazing phone and I loved it. In late August it started acting weird. Sometimes the screen would be fuzzy and I just ignored it. Like a week later it started acting up again and it went downhill from there. The screen went from fuzzy, to being like a bad T.V channel and rolling up and down on the screen, then it went black, and finally the screen went all white and it has never gone back. So if your the type of person who gets a new phone every few months then go for it, this phone is for you. But if you like to keep a phone for more than 4 months then think about a different phone because you will get frustrated with this phone. I have heard that not all of them do this, but a good percent of them do.

posted on 02 Jul 2009, 13:44

9. brittany1995 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jul 2009)


COMPLETLY A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!! i loved this phone when i got it but its an awful phone. This is my 3rd lg rumor in a year. I text a lot so I thought the rumor would be the phone for me. However, half of the keys on my phone are broken. If I drop it, it randomly shuts off. If my phone dies and I don't have a charger I can never turn my phone on again because the back button is also broken. I find this phone highly annoying and it isn't advanced at all. I like the style of the phone and the menu layout but there are no favorites. The camera on the phone is absolutely terrible; the pictures in the morning and at night are very bad. My phones screen has random dark patches. In conclusion this phone has a cool design but not durable AT ALL. I would not recommend this phone to anyone.

posted on 17 Oct 2010, 14:30

11. TheAnonymousUser (unregistered)


The phone is working great! I have it with kajeet and it is still awesome!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 18:19

12. Daisye (unregistered)


Is it possible to personalize text message alerts ?? Meaning, if a message comes through from a contact will it say the persons name in addition to "Message received"

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.30 x 2.00 x 0.70 inches
(109 x 51 x 18 mm)
4.13 oz  (117 g)
Battery950 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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