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LG Viper 4G LTE Review

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LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Introduction:

Saddling in and strapped for the bumpy ride, third place carrier Sprint is about to embark on a new endeavor as it is ready to bring to market its first 4G LTE smartphones. Readying itself for the timely occasion, the LG Viper 4G LTE not only blazes through the air waves with 4G LTE connectivity, but eco-conscious individuals will surely partake in the fact that it’s one green friendly device on its own – even more when it’s launching on Earth Day! Backed by a modest $99.99 on-contract price, it’s not going to chomp down on your funds that much, which is nice, considering that it’s also boasting some admirable specs.


Design:

Seriously, we’ve never come across an eco-friendly device that captured our imagination with its design, and the same thing can be said about the LG Viper 4G LTE. Certainly, it’s fine and dandy that its casing is constructed out of 50 percent recycled plastics, but either way, it still turns out to be cheap in feel and construction. Furthermore, it attempts to emulate the look of a metallic finish with its rear cover, but alas, a quick feel ensures that slippery plastic feel. All in all, the design is as barbones and conventional as it can get – so yeah, we’re not particularly attracted to it.

The casing of the LG Viper 4G LTE is constructed out of 50 percent recycled plastics - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
The casing of the LG Viper 4G LTE is constructed out of 50 percent recycled plastics - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
The casing of the LG Viper 4G LTE is constructed out of 50 percent recycled plastics - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

The casing of the LG Viper 4G LTE is constructed out of 50 percent recycled plastics


LG Viper 4G LTE Review

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Squished and placed very close to the bottom edge of the display, we find ourselves accidentally pressing its usual four set of capacitive Android buttons. On the opposite site, a cutout toward the top edge outlines it earpiece – while a front-facing VGA camera sits nearby.

Android buttons - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Front-facing VGA camera - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

Android buttons

Front-facing VGA camera


With its dedicated power button and volume control, we like that they’re raised slightly to offer some distinguishability with our thumbs – plus, their responses are adequate as well. Taking a peek around its sides, we also find a noise cancellation microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port for charging/data, and the regular mic.

Bottom edge - The sides of the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Volume key and microUSB port (left) - The sides of the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

Bottom edge

Volume key and microUSB port (left)

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

The sides of the LG Viper 4G LTE


In the rear, a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash sits prominently towards the top edge, while on the opposite, a slit is found tucking away its internal speaker. Call it an extra step, but you need to remove the rear cover to gain access to its spring loaded microSD card slot, which is positioned on the right side. Additionally, we gain access to its 1,700 mAh battery as well.

5-megapixel camera - Back - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Battery compartment - Back - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
microSD cart slot - Back - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

5-megapixel camera

Battery compartment

microSD cart slot

Back



Display:

Interestingly enough, LG specifically mentions that the display in the LG Viper isn’t necessarily deemed as a NOVA screen. Rather, it’s a 4” WVGA (480 x 800) IPS panel, which by today’s standards is decent enough for most things. Detail wise, we’re able to discern most things without much strain, and backed by its 700 nit brightness, it’s more the readable even when the sun is beating down upon it outdoors. Complementing things, its color reproduction is on the natural side – thus, coming off as being extremely accurate. Needless to say, we’re not entirely blown away by it, but nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt that it’s pleasant looking and easy on the eyes.


Viewing angles - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Viewing angles - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Viewing angles - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

Viewing angles



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posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:15 1

1. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Seems fair. Will there be a Sprint Galaxy Nexus review, or should we refer to the Verizon one?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:35 1

2. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It's nearly the same as before, so I wouldn't expect any drastic differences. We should be checking it out soon, so keep an eye out.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 22:39

3. ablakefitzgerald (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


It is also the first CDMA phone in Sprint's lineup to support simultaneous voice and data over 3G.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 00:22

5. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Do you know if this is going to be regular for future Sprint phones (especially the Evo 4G LTE)?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 10:04

7. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Very belated, but yes it will be.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 23:54

4. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Still rocking that HTC Arrive John?

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 00:23

6. threeline (Posts: 259; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


When I brought my Galaxy on Sunday afternoon, the Sprint rep told me that they hadn't sold at all up to that point of the day. Why would LG launch this with 2.3 and not ICS? I would be this thing will never see ICS.

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LG Viper 4G LTE

LG Viper 4G LTE

OS: Android 4.0 2.3
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size4.59 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches
(117 x 62 x 12 mm)
5.00 oz  (142 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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