LG Marquee Review

LG’s Optimus lineup has produced some outstanding hardware. On the high end you have the Optimus 2X, the first smartphone to feature a dual-core processor and the Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D handset. With the Optimus One line, LG redefined our expectations for a low-end smartphone by offering smooth performance at an affordable price. The Optimus Black slots in between those devices, and is the stylish one of the bunch. Originally announced back in January, the Black is now making its way to the US via Sprint as the LG Marquee. This sleek device offers a 4” NOVA display, 5 megapixel camera and Android 2.3. Included with the Marquee you’ll get the microUSB cable with AC adapter and a 2GB microSD card.


When you look at the LG Marquee it appears to be just another black slab device, but when you pick it up you realize just how small it is. It makes its name by being ultra-thin at just 9.1mm, and with tapered vertical edges the phone almost melts into your hand. The fashionable battery door is showy and the phone’s thinness makes it feel comfortable in the hand despite the lack of soft touch paint.

You can compare the LG Marquee with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The 4” WVGA NOVA LCD display is extraordinarily bright and readable in all lighting conditions. It does not have the super high PPI of the iPhone, but the NOVA panel sets itself apart with exceptional brightness and clarity. It is a pleasure to look at and outperforms high-end handsets like the HTC EVO 3D or Motorola Photon. For more about the NOVA display, see it compared here

Around the Marquee you’ll find a volume rocker and customizable key, 3.5mm headphone jack, power button and a microUSB port that slides closed. The side buttons are raised enough to find by feel, but the power button is a nearly flush along the top. Still, they all offer good tactile feedback so there is no doubt when you press one.

The 5 megapixel camera and LED flash sits along the top of the battery door, and the Marquee’s single speaker sits towards the bottom. The door features vertical stripes overtop the chromed finish, giving the LG Marquee its fashion sense. Another cool touch is that the capacitive navigation keys glow white while the display is lit, but when touched they momentarily change to blue. We appreciate these small touches and in general we like the feel of the Marquee. It sits comfortably in the hand and slides into your pocket with ease.

LG Marquee 360-degrees View:



23. realcygnus

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

so is the video 720p/15fps or 720p/23 or 24fps.....cant find the complete specs anywhere.....should just be standard info for any capture device...wtf ?!

22. lizzterror

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I just got this phone a month ago and already had to reset it twice. I had to do a factory reset a week after I got it, and then again 2 weeks later. It lags really bad, and it has just shut itself off and then turned back on quite a few times. Plus the battery is horrible, sometimes I have to charge it twice a day. I've never had a smartphone before so it's lightyears ahead of my old phone, but as far as smartphones go the Marquee would definitely not be my first choice. I'd give it a 2.5

21. pursual

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I have had mine for 2 weeks. The battery life is awful, even after trying a few "tweaks". The stock sprint ROM makes no use of the notification LED...perhaps when some custom Roms are available they will. I have also had the phone reboot during a call about three different times. The phone is not very comfortable against your ear, making long calls annoying..but lots of phones are like that. Having the charge port at the top is also annoying while browsing in bed with the charger plugged in,etc. When it does need a hard reset, pulling the battery is not easy. I'd give it a 3 out of 5.

20. love_truffles

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

When i first got this phone it worked fine. But after a couple weeks it started lagging more and more and at one point it shut down by itself and every time I would try to turn it on it would go to the 'New' page and would turn off and on, to the point where I had to reboot it and loose all my apps. I wasn't happy about that. I would loose internet connection IN MY HOUSE and it wouldn't let me send text messages. The only time it would let me send texts is when I would have to shut down my phone, then turn it on again. I don't think that's necessary to do that every time I need to send something. Over all I had to reboot it three times, and now i'm switching phones. I give this phone a star rating of 2 1/2.

19. dishe

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I love it how the reviewer keeps saying "we don't notice any performance problems", while clearly showing dropped frames between launcher panes and scrolling through the app drawer. Come on, the LG Optimus S was smoother than this! At some points it seems to drop so many frames, the animation is more akin to a slideshow than a smooth fluid experience we should expect these days. While I agree its not the worst I've ever seen, its still just frustrating enough to drive me crazy after a few minutes! I played with a couple of them in the store, and really honestly TRIED to get past it. But with the Optimus S and the new Transform Ultra easily outperforming this in fps, I just can't justify how laggy the animations and transitions feel. :(

17. Hellothere unregistered

This could have been the perfect phone - and taken the market by storm, had they used the 1.4MHz chipset instead of the TI one. How could the people at LG miss such an opportunity? The form and screen are near perfect, yet they choose a lower end processor? If I were LG's CEO, heads would be rolling in the marketing and R&D departments.

10. pokpok unregistered

all androids look the same. all phones look like the iphone. all are copycats and iphone wanna be.

13. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

i think that steve jobs revolutionized the smartphone and set a standard for everybody else, but now iphone has to do the catching up

18. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Pinoy ka ba?

8. Mizuichi unregistered

Sprint still tacking on $10/Mo for 4G? If that's true then this phone with no 4G is a bargain. For people living outside 4G areas it's even more of a bargain. Running strait Android it can be upgraded quicker than Samsung or HTC phones.

11. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Its not a 4g charge, its for all smartphones (except for the Samsung Replenish) and has been since February. The Samsung Moment gets the same charge as the iPhone 4, and the Marquee is no exception. Also, while the idea that vanilla Android UI's like the Marquee could theoretically get updates faster, it likely won't be much different. I have no hard evidence to back that up, but it took the LG Optimus S a very long time to receive a Gingerbread update. Even then, it was poorly done and caused multiple issues that still havent been patched... Here's to hoping this phone gets some love from LG to help solidify its self as Sprint's best mid-range offering.

16. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Give up with the explanation of the "4G" charge I mean the Smartphone charge. People don't and won't except it. Let em go wimberpeb, let em go.

2. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

well im on virgin mobile and there was a rumor in the beginning of july that this phone was coming to vm. Boost mobile now has a phone with a 1ghz processor for only $229 Vm motorola triumph is $300. so im wondering if this phone is coming to virgin mobile and will it be more affordable than the triumph?

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

If anything, it'll be the same price or more expensive.

14. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

well i know that the htc wildfire s is coming to virgin mobile for like 200 and at tmobile the off contract price is higher

6. Phillipstr unregistered

get a real service provider.

7. treyplay2010

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Stop hating on Virgin Mobile USA! There is nothing wrong with someone going the prepaid route. Stay off the hateraide bro.

12. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

i had sprint since 2008 with the blackberry then the palm pre in 2009 and the htc evo in 2010 so ive been on "real carrier" for long enough to know that it feels good getting the same service for more than half the price

1. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Think there is a typo... Only 9.1 cm thin? Lol.

3. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

It clearly says "mm" or may be you did the typo jus right now!

4. typo unregistered

actually, he's right. In the pros and con it says "9.1cm thin"
  • Display 4.0 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3

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