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.


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.



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"

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: 1246; 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

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.

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?

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.

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. :(

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.

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.

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

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 ?!
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Battery 1500 mAh(5.50h talk time)

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