LG Marquee Review

Interface, Software:

The LG Marquee is an Android 2.3 device compatible with SprintID. We took a more detailed look at SprintID last year with the Samsung Transform and not much has changed since, except that you are (thankfully) no longer required to install an ID from the get-go. Out of the box is a pretty vanilla Android experience and there is little software pre-installed on the Marquee. You have the Sprint Wallet, Zone and ID apps, Polaris Office and SmartShare which is a front-end app for the Marquee’s DLNA capabilities. 

One option we do appreciate is the Quick Launch key below the volume rocker that you can customize to launch any application. When it is set to the camera it also acts as a physical camera shutter button. LG has tapped Swype for onscreen keyboard duties and we had no problems with lag or unrecognized key presses/swypes.




Powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor backed by 512MB or RAM and 2GB of ROM the LG Marquee runs fairly fluidly. Benchmarks weren’t the greatest with Quadrant scores shy of 1000, but benchmarks don’t always mean much and we didn’t notice any hesitation while using the Marquee. One thing that did catch our eye with Quadrant was that the Marquee seems to be limited to 15fps, which is a shockingly low number. We can’t really say that we noticed a difference in our test videos however, so remember that it is just a number.


Internet:

We’ve noticed that Sprint is starting to differentiate their 3G devices, giving the better ones Rev. A support while lower-end models just have Rev. 0. The LG Marquee much be on the high end of the spectrum because it has a Rev. A radio to go along with Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPA and Bluetooth 3.0. 

The stock Android browser performs as expected, and the user can double-tap or pinch to zoom in and out. Pages loaded in a reasonable amount of time, but it is not as quick as higher end devices such as the Epic 4G Touch or the EVO 3D.


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