Performance:

Even though it doesn’t produce the strongest tones with its earpiece when it comes to phone calls, we’re glad to find voices clear and distinctive on both ends of the line. Additionally, we find the same level of output with the LG Phoenix’s speakerphone quality, which produces some low tones, though, voices exhibit some clarity to make the experience tolerable.

Impressively, the LG Phoenix is one of the better handsets we’ve tested of late in regards to signal strength. That’s because it’s able to pull in a solid amount of bars in high coverage areas around the greater Philadelphia area.

After fully charging the smartphone, we’re able to get 8.5 hours of continuous talk time with it, which is better than the 7.5 hours rated by the manufacturer. However, when it comes to normal everyday operation, it suffices in getting us through a solid day with some gas in the tank still – thus being somewhat acceptable for most people.

Conclusion:

Just like the other handful of variants before it, the LG Phoenix is still an acceptable basic Android smartphone, and more importantly, it’s the perfect gateway device in moving people up from feature phones. However, its late arrival on AT&T’s lineup is indeed alarming – especially when other higher caliber smartphones are now closely priced to it. For example, you can pick up devices like the HTC Inspire 4G for roughly the same price through various retailers, which of course, single-handedly beats the LG Phoenix in almost every way. Naturally, $29.99 on-contract for a device like this isn’t too shabby at all, but we’d rather see it priced at free – especially considering that this is basically a 6-month-old model at this point. Despite that, we’re still quite fond of the handset.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.2.1
Build number: FRG83
Kernel Version: 2.6.32.9

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Pros

  • Solid construction
  • Good calling quality
  • Affordable cost

Cons

  • Being released exceptionally late
  • Shoots muddy looking photos & videos
  • Weak earpiece

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

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1 Comment

3. JORGEPINEDABOSCH

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Este es un excelente telefono de ultima generación. Solo quiero comentar que actualmente requiero actualizarle el software porque a veces se queda frizado o congelado y debo apagarlo, entonces quiero re instalarle el software para obtener nuevamente su amplia funcionabilidad. Saludos y felicitaciones Jorge Pineda Bosch Caracas - Venezuela
Phoenix
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.15 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.50h talk time)

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