LG Octane Review

Interface and Features:

There are only a few minor changes to the software on the LG Octane. The internal main menu is still categorized by media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. Four themes are included for the internal display (white, slick black, jean pocket, and paper peeling) that can be show in a tab, list or grid view, and two themes for the external display (menu card and notebook). There are also a selection of clocks, font types and sizes to choose from.




The phonebook on the LG Octane is also pretty ordinary for a Verizon device, as it allows you to store up to 1000 contacts with their name, 5 phone numbers, 2 email addresses, IM screen name, picture, ringtone, group, and street address. After a contact is saved, you have your choice of adding their phone number to be used as a speed-dial, but you can also add the contact in your favorites list, which allows you to view their information and messages quicker.



Composing a text or picture message can be done by using T9 predictive word entry with the front numeric keypad or by flipping the phone open and using the internal QWERTY keyboard. The LG Octane supports threaded messaging and displays them as quote-bubbles on the screen, similar to the LG Cosmos, but it’s still basic in design. Other messaging options include Mobile Email, which will allow you to send and receive email through your standard POP or IMAP accounts, Skype Mobile for messaging to your Skype friends (Skype-to-Skype calls are supported) , and Mobile IM for connecting to people in your AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! buddy lists. Also included on the Octane is a new program called Social Beat that allows you to connect your accounts for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Talk, and GMail, as well as RSS. We tried it with Facebook and were able to view our feed, wall, inbox, and friend’s list. You can also post your current status and even upload a mobile photo. The included HTML browser is a bit better than the one on the enV3, as pages load faster and retain their original layout, but graphically intensive sites may not completely load all the images, and of course Flash is not supported. But it is still better than using a standard WAP 2.0 browser, like the one included with the Cosmos.




For taking pictures both the LG Octane and enV3 are equipped with a 3MP fixed-focus camera with a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 and a single LED flash. Even though the Octane remains a mid-level device, images that we took outside were not as good as the ones we took using the enV3, as the pictures didn’t look as sharp and the colors weren’t as accurate with noticeable issues with the white balance and exposure. Indoor images were also worse from the Octane, almost looking blurry, and the flash is useless giving blue tint to the image. It is unfortunate that the Octane could not retain the same level of image quality that is on the enV3. Video recording remains limited to 320x240 resolution at 15fps, making them suitable for only watching on a phone.





The music player on the Octane and enV3 are also pretty similar, as they can display your music by artists, album, genre, and playlist view, and will also show the album cover art. One nice thing that we like is that you can listen to your music while performing other tasks on the phone, such as sending a message. However, we noticed that the music volume on the enV3 was about twice that of the Octane, even though we had the volume on both turned up to the highest level of 16. The music volume on the Octane is adequate, but the enV3 is much louder, and remains clear and undistorted.



Most other software features on the LG Octane remain unchanged from the enV3, such as the appointment calendar where you can save important alerts, VCast Music and Video for downloading music and streaming pre-recorded video clips, VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, and the ability to download other ringtones and games. Additional useful tools on the Octane include Bing web search, voice commands, Bluetooth, world clock, stopwatch, notepad, and a document viewer that can display MS Office and PDF files.



There are two banks of internal memory on the LG Octane. The first is 102 MB and is used for saving programs and other various information. The second is 122MB and is used for VCast music downloads, and user generated picture and videos. Of course, installing a microSD memory card is the easiest way of getting your files to and from the phone.

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4 Comments

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
Octane
  • Display 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP

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