LG Octane Review

LG Octane Review

The LG enV series has been quite popular and successful for Verizon Wireless, as we saw last year with the of the LG enV3 and enV Touch models. But since then the landscape has changed and smartphones are now all the rage, though there are still plenty of consumers looking for a basic QWERTY messaging phone, without having to get a smartphone or data plan. A few months ago Verizon introduced the LG Cosmos, which is a QWERTY slider, similar to the LG Rumor, but it really wasn’t a successor to the enV 3. Now we have it - the LG Octane VN530.

Included in the retail package is the LG Octane phone, 950mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


Those of you who are familiar with the enV series will easily be able to notice the similarities and differences with LG Octane. The device comes in a dark mocha-brown color with chrome accents around the sides, which gives it a bit more fashionable appearance. On the front is a 1.76” 220x176 pixel TFT display, which is a modest improvement in size from the 1.56” display on the enV3. You can use it with most of the phone’s standard functions, such as dial a number, messaging, viewing or adding a contact, accessing your music, and looking at your saved pictures. The d-pad is now square, which feels a bit larger and easier to use with your thumb than the circular one on the enV3. The layout of the numeric dial-pad hasn’t changed much, but the buttons feel slightly smaller (vertically) when dialing numbers, but still provide good feedback when pressed. Along the sides of the phone are the volume rocker, camera key, 2.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, and microSDHC memory card slot with 16GB support.

You can compare the LG Octane VN530 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Both the LG Octane and enV3 open up the same and are equipped with a 2-stop hinge. The similarities don’t end there, as both come with a 2.6” QVGA TFT internal display with stereo speakers on either side. When looking at the displays, there is no noticeable difference between the two, as images and text are sharp and colors are adequately reproduced. But for whatever reason the auto LCD brightness feature was removed from the Octane, which means there are just 7 levels of brightness for you to select manually.

One of the most noticeable changes on the LG Octane is with the QWERTY keyboard. It is still 4 rows, but instead of having individual buttons (like on the enV3 and Cosmos), it is a one-piece membrane design where the buttons are all constructed out of one piece of plastic. Because of this, and the little spacing between them, we often noticed that we pressed a few buttons at the same time by mistake when typing, something that almost never happened when using the enV3. We also noticed that the keyboard on the Octane feels “squashy” when pressed, unlike the nice “click” response we got when using the enV3 or Cosmos. Because of these changes to the keyboard, we wish that LG would have kept the individual key design, as it simply works and feels better for typing.

LG Octane 360-degree view:



1. Recent Calls unregistered

The only thing I don't like about this phone is that you cannot view "Recent Calls" from the external screen, so no easy call backs or nothin.

4. stanman

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I can on mine, just hit the send button and it gives you all calls from newest to oldest.

2. LGFan85 unregistered

Recently got the phone and love it but the 2.5 mm jack is a complete let down. If a company does decide to go to the mini jack like on this phone they should inclue a pair of headphones to go with it at the least.

3. M-Walsh

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

I've only had this phone one week but so far, I love it. I upgraded from the LG EnV ... which I had for 3 yrs (at least). My contract had expired and my carrier kept sending me reminders to upgrade. But I loved my EnV, it was perfect, and I didn't want to upgrade! Until last week that is. The "Pwr/END" key stopped working on the face of the phone. Let me preclude that by saying, the "Pwr/End" key on the inside keyboard had konked out about 5 months ago. So here I was, unable to end a call (the "clear" key doesn't work). I had to wait for the person I was talking to, to hang up first ... and if I called someone and their VM picked up, I would need to leave a message and pop the battery off in order to hang up! I couldn't deal with that anymore so I had to part with my beloved phone. And into my life, came the Octane. So far, it reminds me of the EnV, which makes me happy. It's sturdy, the clarity is great, and while I'm not a huge text fanatic- I do love the keyboard. There were a few things I needed to tweak (like my text mailbox, it didn't show an in-box or sent box) but this phone is very user friendly. Figured it all out within the first day. Happy, happy, joy, joy. I will not be bullied into a SmartPhone. I don't want a data plan. I can use my home computer for web surfing but when I'm out in public, I don't want to be anti-social. I just want a phone to make calls when needed, with the ocassional ability to text so I can remind my husband to pick up milk on the way home (although, I do believe that if you're truly determined to have web access, the Octane would allow it also)! Thanks for reading! Lastly, If you will buy this LG Octane I suggest for best deal at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0047T74X6/phonearena.com-offer-20
  • Display 320 x 240 pixels
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