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LG Rumor2 Review

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Home screen - LG Rumor2 Review
Main menu - LG Rumor2 Review

Home screen

Main menu

The menu system has been redone on the Rumor 2 and for the first time we see a twelve icon menu on a non-EVDO Sprint phone.  While it doesn’t have the One Click home screen, it does have everything else including threaded text messages.  They layout is a bit different, for instance Entertainment has been replaced by Media Player (Entertainment brings you to Sprint TV and the Music Store, which the Rumor 2 doesn’t have) and My Account has been added in place of Get Stuff.  The menu runs snappily, and context menus now slide up instead of simply open.  It is very polished all around.  Everything we’d expect to find is present: alarm clock, calculator, notepad, unit converter, etc.

LG Rumor2 Review


Like we’ve seen from most Sanyo phones the Rumor 2 allows the user to restrict calls.  Incoming and/or outgoing calls can be limited only to special numbers or your contact list only.  It also lets you lock your pictures, set contacts as secret and subsequently hide these secret contacts.  To some extent this just indulges in paranoia, but they are useful tools nonetheless, especially for parents restricting their children’s cell use.


The phonebook itself is pretty standard and holds up to 600 entries.  The user can store all the information you’d expect, but not much else.  A nice twist is that you can not only set customized ringers, but can also specify a custom vibrate pattern to contacts.  We still lament LG removing customized text ringers though.  Voice command has thankfully been added for the second generation; we suspect it is Nuance though that fact is not advertised anywhere on the phone.



Messaging:

Of course the main focus of the Rumor 2 is messaging, and for the most part it does well.  Conversations are threaded which is always great, but it’s a bit backwards since the newest message is at the top and not at the bottom as is customary. As mentioned earlier the keyboard now features a fourth row dedicated to numbers.  It also features an emoticon button, though most other phones won’t display the smiley images and the symbols used aren’t necessarily apparent ( is a four leaf clover, for example.)  The keys are a little too smooth and a little too close for our tastes, which in the end limited our speed.

LG Rumor2 Review
LG Rumor2 Review


Multimedia:

The camera may well be the same unit found on the original because the results were just as poor.  In natural lighting colors were oversaturated and in medium and low light pictures turned out drab.  In all conditions lines were blurred and details muddled, and the pictures often turned out blurry and useless.  The camcorder feature has been perplexingly removed on the Rumor 2.

Camera samples - LG Rumor2 Review
Camera samples - LG Rumor2 Review
Camera samples - LG Rumor2 Review

Camera samples


The media player is equally as bad.  While we were able to play our music just fine the layout is a mess and its functionality is basically that of an iPod Shuffle.  It does support subfolders this time around, but unless you have all of your songs named Artist – Album – Title (or some variant thereof) there won’t be any organization since it simply lists the songs in alphabetical order with no consideration for artist or album.  It also cannot play in the background, meaning the user cannot multitask.

LG Rumor2 Review
Media player - LG Rumor2 Review
LG Rumor2 Review
 

Media player

 

LG Rumor2 Review
LG Rumor2 Review


The web browser is the standard browser we’ve seen on non-smartphones from Sprint for a while.  It is WAP focused, and though it can display HTML pages it doesn’t do so very well and especially with only 2G data you wouldn’t want to be bringing up more complex pages.  Opera Mini is downloadable to beef up your browsing experience.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. htsee (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2009)


The only reason someone would choose the Rumor 2 is because it lacks the OneClick interface, so no accidently browsing the internet (if they don't have a data plan)... Thats the only reason I can think of.

posted on 25 Mar 2009, 14:30

2. Phone dude (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)


It comes down to personal preference. The Rumor2 has a much bolder design than the old school squarish looking Rant, which also uses some cheap feeling plastics. I am a texter and texting has little impact on whether the phone has EVDO or not. I really like the piano gloss finish of the Rumor2 and the bolder Blue (and grey accents on the grey phone), rather than the dull matte backplate and keyboard of the Rant. The Rant also feels a little more piggish in my hands for some reason and I like the Rumor2's roundness. Again, these are personal reasons, but the Rumor2 suits my needs just fine.

posted on 26 Mar 2009, 09:44

3. PCap (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2009)


Agreed with the 2nd comment. They rated it so low in comparison to the Rant...which does have more features. But as the 2nd comment states...if you are just using the phone to txt and make calls there is no difference between the phones as the EVDO feature has little, if any, impact on phone calls, reception and txting. They gave it good ratings for battery life, reception and feel/build quality. Plus I like the style design of the Rumor 2 (in black and chrome) better than the black and blue of the Rant.

posted on 30 Mar 2009, 13:51

4. stuntz (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the emoticon button would be one reason...

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 15:50

5. Annoyed Neko (unregistered)


The LGR2 Is better then the original in my opinion but I do have some problems with it. Like for instance, I cant record video's anymore which is very odd. One would think that they would have kept that function but I guess they didn't deem it necessary anymore. Another problem I have with it is, since I'm an avid texter, when I have the sound on I like to know who is texting me(obviously) which I could easily figure out from the Rumor 1 since you could set the tone to your text msg's. But again for some reason in the Rumor 2, it does not have that option. Which really tick's me off. I don't like hearing "Message Received" every single time someone sends me a text. Cause then if I don't have my phone in hand and Im busy doing something, I have stop what I'm doing to check and see if it's someone new or the same person. I cant tell the difference till I look. Also. As of recently my camera wont work. It keeps freezing and I would like to know why. I take good care of my phones and both Rumors that I've owned have had issues. LGR1 having the more annoying one(Randomly shutting off when ever it felt like it). I've only had the LGR2 phone since June and have had no real problems except for now. Does anyone know if this is a problem that can be fixed with out having to send it in? If so, let me know. I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks. :)

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 17:16

6. Senior Citizen (unregistered)


Here's one other reason :

It's a good phone for Seniors who, for the most part simply want to make & receive "phone" calls......

BUT who have children / grand children who are into texting....

The simplicity of this phone, and it's great texting ability male it a perfect choice for the less technology advanced folks.....

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.05 x 0.70 inches
(112 x 53 x 18 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery950 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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