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LG Viper 4G LTE Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Surely, we’ve been pleased by the recent set of devices sporting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, like HTC’s One smartphones, but with the LG Viper, we revert back to agonize over the Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread experience. As much as we’re bummed by it all, it’s mentioned to get in with ICS thanks to a future software upgrade – albeit, no exact date has been determined as of right now. Similar to most of Sprint’s devices, the Viper appears to be a mostly vanilla experience, but it offers Sprint’s ID packs to further personalize its look and fee.

The LG Viper comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
The LG Viper comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
The LG Viper comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
The LG Viper comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

The LG Viper comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread


For its screen size and all, we’re mostly content with the layout we’re given with its on-screen keyboards. However, due to its tiny sized buttons, we’re a bit cautious of what we press. Of course, we’re able to casually type away thanks to its responsiveness, but those small buttons hinder us from increasing our rate of input.

On-screen keyboards - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
On-screen keyboards - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
On-screen keyboards - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
On-screen keyboards - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

On-screen keyboards


Right on the dot, the email experience is predictable like all Android smartphones in general. It might not be blessed with a massive display, which would reduce the amount of scrolling, but at least the core features and functionality are intact. Moreover, setup is a simple 1-2-3 process of providing our email address and password.

Email - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Email - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Email - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Email - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

Email


When compared to other Android devices, there isn’t as much bloatware found preloaded with the LG Viper – but still, we find a few. Obviously, Sprint’s presence is in full force with apps like Sprint Nascar, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint NBA  Mobile, Sprint TV & Movies, and SprintZone. As for the rest, they include SmartShare and TeleNav GPS Navigator.


Processor and Memory:

At first thought, especially for an eco-friendly smartphone, one wouldn’t expect something powerful running the show. Yet, it’s humming away thanks to a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with 1GB of RAM. Thankfully, it doesn’t sweat much with various tasks or operations, as it’s able to maintain a high level of responsiveness. Therefore, whether its navigating across the homescreen with a graphically intensive live wallpaper or opening apps, it does everything with minimal instances of delay. Normally, we wouldn’t see something so comprehensive on a green-friendly device, so we’re a bit taken by surprise. Below, you can see the results of its benchmark tests.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Viper 4G LTE 3002 5528 55,9
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2000 5503 24

There’s no kidding we’re glad to see a powerful CPU on board with the Viper, but we’re saddened to find it boasting only 3.63GB of free storage out of the box – with another 1.5GB reserved for apps. Then again, it can be supplemented thanks to its microSD slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

So here’s the deal. The LG Viper 4G LTE has the notoriety of being one of the first devices on Sprint’s lineup to offer LTE speeds, but sadly enough, the network has yet to launch commercially. Meaning, it’s stuck right now surfing the web at good old 3G speeds. Making matters worse, we’re extremely disappointed by its performance in perusing complex sites like ours. Specifically, it’s marred by some noticeable evidence of choppiness, however, we’re consoled a little bit because it doesn’t come to a crawl when dealing with heavy Flash content. Knowing what’s running under the hood, we were expecting more from it – like a better overall response.

Surfing the web with the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Surfing the web with the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Surfing the web with the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review
Surfing the web with the LG Viper 4G LTE - LG Viper 4G LTE Review

Surfing the web with the LG Viper 4G LTE


As we’ve clearly detailed, this mid-range device will have access to Sprint’s up and coming LTE network, but in the meantime, it’s going to be good old 3G speeds for now. In terms of other connectivity options, it consists of aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:15 1

1. Commentator (Posts: 2494; 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: 2494; 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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