Performance:

Both the reception and call quality on the Glimmer were excellent during our testing. We had no problems maintaining a strong signal in South Florida and were able to place and receive calls while traveling into fringe areas. Call quality through the earpiece speaker was also noticeably better than we experienced with the LG Venus and Voyager, as it did not create any distortion, even at high call volumes. People that we called on a landline also agreed that the Glimmer produced good sound quality, with our voice being clear and lacking any interference. The only time we noticed some distortion was when using the speakerphone and raising the volume past medium.

The included 800mAh battery is rated to provide up to 3.5 hours of talk time or 7 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing, we were able to achieve 4 hours of continuous talk time by fully charging the battery, dialing a landline, and keeping the Glimmer connected until the battery was depleted. Standby time was a lousy 3 days and was measured with the battery fully charged and the Glimmer turned on (yet unused) until the battery was depleted. For those individuals who require more talk and standby time between charges, we would recommend installing an extended battery.

Conclusion:

Overall, we are pleased with our experience while using the LG Glimmer, as it offers numerous features in an attractive and upscale device. The large 2.8” touchscreen is accurate and easy to use while operating different menus and applications. The call quality and reception are both excellent, and the music player offers the ability of playing music in the background. We would have liked to of seen the implementation of an HTML browser and a higher quality camera, since other LG phones offer both. We recommend the LG Glimmer for anyone who is currently an Alltel customer and is looking to upgrade, but will not likely get people to change from their current service just to be able to purchase it, due to the competition of the Voyager from Verizon, Vu and iPhone from AT&T, and Sprint’s upcoming Instinct.

Pros

  • Large 2.8” WQVGA touchscreen display
  • Easy to operate user interface
  • Excellent call quality and signal reception
  • Good build quality and appearance

Cons

  • WAP browser
  • Speakerphone causes distortion at high volumes
  • Does not include a microUSB data cable
  • MicroSD cards limited to 4GB in size

PhoneArena Rating:

7.3

User Rating:

7.2
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