LG Viper 4G LTE Review
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.
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.
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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.
around its sides, we also find a noise cancellation microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port for charging/data, and the regular mic.
Volume key and microUSB port (left)
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)
The sides of the LG Viper 4G LTE
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.
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Interface, Functionality, Internet and Connectivity
1. Commentator (Posts: 1874; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Seems fair. Will there be a Sprint Galaxy Nexus review, or should we refer to the Verizon one?
2. John.V (Posts: 88; 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.
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.
5. Commentator (Posts: 1874; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Do you know if this is going to be regular for future Sprint phones (especially the Evo 4G LTE)?
6. threeline (Posts: 230; 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.