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LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011

LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011
We came across in Orlando at what seems to be the final version of the LG Revolution, one of the hotly anticipated smartphones for Verizon's newly-crafted 4G LTE network.

The handset has changed since we handled the prototype, both inside and out. On the design front we will now have an entirely different battery cover. Back in black is what's in store for the retail version of the LG Revolution. The silver back cover from the prototype will be gone for good to give the Revolution a more streamlined black look, as per the rep's opinion. The metal strip in the middle of the back cover that seems to be a trademark for LG's high-end Android handsets lately, is still here, and still painted in black. It just gets lost in all the blackness of the phone's back.

And as all high-end LG handsets lately, the Revolution sports an HDMI port, below the volume rocker on the right side, for mirroring your phone's display on a big screen TV, although the phone has DLNA, too. Until DLNA-enabled TVs are the norm, and the standard is flawless, cabling up your phone to a larger display is an easy way to watch movies or play games on your TV via a smartphone, so we welcome the port's inclusion on the LG Revolution.

LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011
LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011
LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011

The software has also received some new twists, compared to the first version we saw, and for the better, judging from the short presentation that was given to us of the 2.0 version of the Optimus UI. The rep said these capabilities are already rolled to LG's European versions, and to some in the US, like the recently announced LG Optimus C for Cricket, but it was cool to see them demoed on the LG Revolution.

First off, both the apps in your main menu, and the contacts in your Phonebook can be categorized, and it takes a simple pinch with two fingers to take you from expanded list view to categorized view, where you can rearrange the categories at will. Looks quite handy, and something we can grow accustomed to use on a daily basis.

LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011
LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011
LG Revolution Hands-on at CTIA 2011

The other thing shown was something resembling the helicopter view in HTC Sense, for homescreen management, which looks more elaborate than what we have on the LG Optimus 2X, for instance. Most importantly, it shows that UI innovation is not stalling, and companies keep coming with new ideas to make our mobile lives easier.

Have a look at the short video presentation of what is most likely to be the final version of the LG Revolution LTE phone for Verizon:

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posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:29 1

1. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)

still no dual core. why?

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:39

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

um it is... at least it was... this doesnt say anything so i would assume it isnt changed

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:40

8. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

oops my bad.. maybe they did change it... but really... thats pretty lammmmeeeeeee

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:47

2. josh10132 (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

Looks like LG is taking the best pieces of everyone except for that TouchWiz look

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 17:52

3. asdf (unregistered)

meh, another 1 ghz processor4.3", 4g enabled phone. not much distinguishing this from the thunderbolt. LG now has dual core and 3D coming. they're coming on other carriers, why the hell is Verizon so behind?

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 18:11

4. bearwoody (unregistered)

VW is always behind in phones. And I'm getting tired of it. I'm a long time VW customer, and I have long waited for the Thunderbolt. How awful to read in every review that the phone quality is not top-notch. So I'm supposed to pay $300 plus tax, plus $50 for a spare battery, plus extra for accessories (well over $400) for a unit whose basic function isn't up to par with other models? Forget it.

Now I like the UI demonstrated in this video, and I'm going to hang on to check out the Revolution and Samsung's new phone. I lost my smartphone a few months ago, and I dug out an old LG clamshell to use in the meantime. It hadn't been turned on for 18 months, and when I activated it, it still had a full charge. LG's was the best basic phone I ever owned, so I'm keeping my hopes up. But if there are problems, I might just bolt to Sprint. We need more competition, and although 3D is just a gimmick, I would consider their service just to keep a third carrier around.

And the less said about the deathstar phone company, the better.

posted on 04 Apr 2011, 13:58

19. laugh (unregistered)

Verizon is FAR from behind... They made android what it is. Sure tmobile was the first with an android phone but very few people had it and if you asked the average person if they knew what android was they would have no clue.

Verizon is AHEAD if you ask me. But at the same time they usually have much more testing that they put phone through. For example the Thunderbolt could have been released much earlier but VZW delayed it.

As far as dual core I don't get all the hype. My thunderbolt is rocking 50+MFLOPs my incredible is under 30 MFLOPs so even though they both have 1GHz processors the thunderbolts is obvously changed some things.

With the whole dual-core thing you have to ask yourself does your 1ghz phone run slow? Mine doesn't so I will take SENSE UI on a single core over Motorolas thing on a dual-core

Also it isn't VERIZON it is HTC that put a single core they probably didn't see a big enough increase in performance to justify the cost.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 20:35

5. phonejunkie (unregistered)

That's strange to hear you guys say Verizon is behind. I'm on Sprint and I always think we're behind in the devise department. But I guess really no matter who you have there will always be a phone that the other guy has that we want. I was very happy with my EVO 4g (still am) but look forward to the new EVO 3D. I just wish it didn't take these guys so long to release the phone after they announce them. I often wonder if they would sell more devices if they went on sale the following day of the announcement. Like if the EVO 3D was available this morning, they would've had lines around the block. But I guess then you couldn't do pre orders. IDK I'm rambling.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 20:54

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Technically Tmobile has by far the best android lineup. It may not have the 4.3 inch android phones (yet), but it has by far the most to choose from, the fastest processors and internet speeds, and they have the least amount of carrier crap on them.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 06:59

9. MustardOrPants (unregistered)

Looking forward to this LG phone. Ive had both the original envy and envy touch both are so durable and functional for their times.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 08:59

10. DROIDFANX (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

I think remixfa better check those speeds again. VZW has the fastest internet speeds. Remember when the tests were done on the smartphones, VZW did not have a 4G phone to test. But the internet cards were available and they blew the competition away. As for dual core, all it will do is help with multitasking and gaming. If you are really doing that much on your phone, maybe you should consider a tablet. Larger screen and very light to carry. I do however think VZW is missing the boat on 3D. Gimmick or not, its a hot topic right now.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 18:05

11. LionStone (Posts: 849; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Wow, LG sure stepped it up since the days when I had their LG Explorer! lol...

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 23:01

12. CoolBone (unregistered)


It's called Google Android for a reason. If I want Bing, I'll get WP7. And even then, I'd googlefy that phone too.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 08:06

14. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I still fail to see what VZW gets out of this deal to put Bing on every other Android phone. Did they have some longstanding agreement to sell Windows phones that they reneged on and as punishment have to lock Bing search on their phones?

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 12:26

13. ahmedra2ol (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)

lesten carefully he is saying catigoory is it the way it pronounce??!

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 10:42

16. mmgbmt (Posts: 18; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

OMG!!!!!! ive been waiting for this phone for so long only to find out that it runs on BING?!!!! WTF?!!!? thats easy to root right?

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 12:55

17. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Alright, I get that people here understand the concept of rooting phones. But suppose you're an ordinary guy walking into a Verizon store and you're looking at three indentically spec'd smartphones. You've used Google for years, and you know Android is Google's OS. You're net savvy and have no love for MS, but you're no programmer and don't feel comfortable hacking your own phone. Are you going to even consider a phone with a big BING on the home screen?

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 22:52

18. d-roids (unregistered)

did anyone know bing in chinese means disease.... fitting isnt it

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