LG Revolution Hands-on

LG Revolution Hands-on
When you hear the word revolution, you generally associate it with something spectacular that's sure to get you off your seat in a heart beat. But for LG, it simply means manufacturing a smartphone that finds itself in the mix of other super phones announced during CES. Previously, LG splashed into the Android realm with some low-key devices that easily got lost in the sea of other mid-range Android phones out there. However, Verizon is finally receiving its own healthy serving of a premier device from the South Korea-based company in the form of the LG Revolution.

Surprisingly, we're quite impressed after holding the smartphone for a short time in our hands as it tastefully employs some distinctive design styles to make it jump out over something like the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone. Meanwhile, we like the fact that it has that bad boy feel to it thanks to the solid industrial design it's sporting – which is comprised of a gunmetal finish complemented by soft touch surfaces on the top and bottom of the handset. Granted that it might look a little bit on the larger size, thanks partly to its massive 4.3” capacitive touchscreen, but its overall solid construction clearly makes it a favorable handset to flaunt. As for the display, it's more than detailed and crisp, but lacks the visual appeal when compared to something like Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus displays.

In following the revolution that Verizon is bringing forth with its LTE rollout, the LG Revolution will be one of the handsets in the near future to enable consumers to experience 4G LTE speeds on a smartphone. Furthermore, there's a healthy dose of impressive specs that will easily appease the early adopters out there – such as a 1GHz chipset, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, front facing camera for Skype calling, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA support, and an HDMI-out port. And for those who prefer a relatively untouched Android experience, you'll surely come to appreciate the Android 2.2 Froyo experience it has to offer – which appears to be mostly stock.

Again, the LG Revolution's support for 4G LTE with Verizon is undoubtedly going to be a huge draw for those looking to move up to a super phone. So far we're digging the overall design of the handset, which is much better than others that we've been scoping here at CES of late, but Big Red has yet to announce any pricing or release date regarding the handset. Don't fret though because the LG Revolution is definitely shaping up to be a looker when compared to the myriad of devices announced this week.

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.25h talk time)



1. B unregistered

She clearly says it's a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, yet the article says it's NVidia Tegra2? Am I missing something?

3. KParks23

Posts: 740; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

she says 1ghz im not hearing qualcomm!! it does in fact have the tegra 2 in it tho

4. B unregistered

Watch/listen again: 1:42 she says "the processor is from Qualcomm". I don't know how it can be clearer that it is NOT the Tegra 2. The Optimus 2x has it, yes, but this is not the 2x.

6. KParks23

Posts: 740; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

yup ur right my bad good catch

19. MobileMonkey

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

Actually, I believe what she means is the CDMA chip is by Qualcomm and the LTE chip is by LG, which is why she mentions it being a joint effort. Even with that said I would still guess it isn't dual core because they wouldn't leave something like that out.

9. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

All I want on Verizon is: 8mp camera with 1.3mp front facing camera. at least 480x800. 4-4.3 inch screen. samsung orion processor or another dual core. 1GB RAM. 4G LTE. DLNA OR HDMI. kickstand! Samsung, LG, HTC, or Moto

12. redexpress

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

i agree with just about all of that. i however would prefer a slightly smaller screen. us gals are interested in carrying these phones as well. i play violin( have lots of finger reach) and still cant one hand text on something like the droid x. just too dang big. lol :)

2. KParks23

Posts: 740; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

This will be my next phone if it comes out soon dont get down on the 5MP camera that means nothing at all in picture quality!! how much RAM is in this thing cant find it anywhere maybe i need to look closer!

5. darthray

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

nice phone ... but the back of the phone is ug-ggly...

7. KParks23

Posts: 740; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

really i think its one of the best backs i have seen looks really good to me

8. jwcarroll01 unregistered

If its runnin stock android, I'll take it ...wis we some specs on the RAM though

10. Gabe unregistered

I find the new crop of phone announced by Verizon very disappointing. The HTC Thunderbolt, the LG Revolution and the Samsung 4g are single core phones hence no HD video and super apps that require the duel core. The Moto Bionic is balky as a brick and bigger than the Droid X.. So when will we see a phone that is Duel core , LTE 4to 4.5 screen - super display slim and elegant? From what I understand the current crop will show up in the stores between March and July. So the next crop with the right specks will arrive after that! Just in time to compete with I phone 5!

17. lordshark12

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 09, 2011

this phone is dual core, it has the tegra 2

18. lordshark12

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 09, 2011

nvm im stupid, apparently it has qualcomm

11. Gabe unregistered

And one more thing , they all come with Android 2.2 not 2.3 WTF?

20. mmgbmt

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

2.3 is only for tablets, theres probably going to a new upgrade for it by the time it comes out anyway

13. husse unregistered

Is 3G network even available in the US? I mean, if its not, why do you get the 4G phone releases first then? Will take like 15 years for you to get 4G in all your country.

16. chew unregistered

@husse, I think you meant 4G. Yes Verizon 4G LTE is covering 1/3 of Americans at this moment. All the big cities are already covered. The whole pop will be entirely covered in 2013.

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well i say if not the Bionic or a similarly spec'd Motorola with a keyboard like a Droid 3 then i'd go for this.

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

only thing though is the chrome bezel..from the experience i've had with chrome bezels it's a real turn off.

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