LG Lotus Review

User Interface:

The Lotus runs Sprint’s One Click interface, and was one of the launch devices along with the Samsung Rant and Highnote.  We covered it in-depth in our Rant review, and there isn’t anything new on the Lotus, so head over and read about it if you haven’t seen the UI before.  In short, we still really like it and think it’s one of the more useful dumbphone UIs out there.  It features a user-customizable homescreen and other nice touches like threaded text messaging.

The phonebook holds 600 entries, each with up to 7 numbers, 3 emails some other info.  LG doesn’t say who does the voice command program, but if it isn’t Nuance it works exactly like it.


The Lotus features a solid but standard set of multimedia options for a Sprint device.  Sprint TV, Radio and Music Store handle the staples.  One nice feature is that TV plays on the outer display with the flip closed.  MicroSDHC cards are supported up to 16GB, and since the music player can run in the background the Lotus is a capable though not perfect iPod substitute.

The camera performed average.  Images were dark, colors could be more saturated and overall they could be sharper.  Settings are pretty standard: resolution, quality, shutter and night mode.  The camcorder records at QVGA resolution but is of YouTube quality at best.

Software and Performance:

TheLotus has 80MB of internal memory with microSD expansion up to 16GB andhas a Mass Storage mode.  It uses Sprint Navigation for GPS, andfeatures Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.  Supported profiles are: headset,hands-free (v1.5), dial-up networking, object push, basic printing,advanced audio distribution, audio/video remote control, file transfer,phone book access, human interface device (keyboard only.)  SprintMobile Email is a capable “push” client that allows users to keep upwith both personal and corporate email.

Callers were impressedwith how we sounded on the Lotus, giving us an 8.5/10 rating.  Theynoted that we did not sound as good as a landline, but it was one ofthe better sounding cell phones in their opinion.  They sounded good onour end as well; their voice was natural and loud enough without beingoverly so.  Our only gripe, as we noted earlier, is that holding thephone to the ear is uncomfortable so we recommend paring the Lotus witha Bluetooth headset.  The battery is rated at 5.5 hours of talk timeand we were able to eclipse this by a few minutes.  For a smaller CDMAphone this is no small feat.


Wewant to like the Lotus, and it is indeed not a bad device, but there isjust something off about it.  It starts and ends with the design, whichsome people just won’t be able to get used to.  Those who can will finda nice little device with an above-average keyboard, solid feature-setand good performance.  In the end you’ll have to make the decision foryourself, but if the size doesn’t bother you we have a feeling you’lllike it well enough.


  • Easy to use QWERTY keyboard
  • Good call quality and excellent battery life
  • Compact form-factor for a full QWERTY device
  • Support for Sprint’s One Click UI and multimedia suite


  • Uncomfortable to hold during a call

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