LG Revolution Review

Camera:

A nice touch to the camera's interface is that the on-screen buttons follow the handset's orientation. Browsing through the camera menu reveals that the camera on the Revolution supports both automatic and manual focus, face recognition, and sensor sensitivities from 100 ISO up to 400 ISO, which can be adjusted manually as well as automatically. There is no dedicated shutter key anywhere in sight, but that is not that much of an issue as the Revolution is not bragging to be a born shooter.


Sadly though, it’s graced with a 5-megapixel shooter as opposed to the 8-megapixel ones on the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge. Whether it's due to that shortcoming or not we don't know, but pictures taken with the LG Revolution appear to be lacking much fine detail. Additionally, color production is on the cooler side, making for some overall unattractive shots. At least we’re glad to see that the phone handles macro shots effortlessly. Overall quality degrades greatly with indoor shots under artificial lighting since they mainly look under-exposed and lack any deepness with their pale colors. Thankfully, the LED flash manages to illuminate dimly lit environments, although this cannot make up for the poor quality of the pictures.



We’ve seen quite a few recent high-end Android smartphones dishing up some ghastly looking 720p videos, but the LG Revolution manages to present us with some average looking ones. Besides its muffled sounding audio recording and sensitive exposure, it’s still able to capture passable video at the smooth rate of 30 frames per second with no hiccups to its recording. More than tolerable, the handset still lags behind to make it a standout winner in video recording.

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Multimedia:


Jumping around to the Gallery app, we don’t find any sort of customization with it, but rather, it’s nothing more than the usual stock interface. Nonetheless, we’re still greeted with the familiar 3D-like interface where you’ll be able to share content and even make some minor edits to photos.


Using the same exact music player found with the LG Optimus 2X and Black, we find a straightforward approach to playing some tunes. All songs loaded on the smartphone are loaded into the playlist where they can be arranged in the order the user pleases. Flip the phone in landscape mode and you get a neat 3D like display of your media library, completed with album art and sorted alphabetically. In terms of audio quality, it’s rather reserved and missing those deep tones to make it acceptably bombastic – though, its tone is on the shrill side on the loudest setting.


Commanding such a beautiful display, especially with its brilliant looks and colorful palette, you know that it’s going to be every bit of the perfect concoction for a pleasurable video watching experience. Loading a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, it plays elegantly with its smooth frame rate, rich details, and saturated looking colors. Yeah it’s more than equipped to handle all your high-definition watching needs, but the Samsung Droid Charge’s Super AMOLED Plus display is still going to captivate more people.


Boasting a microHDMI port, it’s ever so nice to know that you can receive a mirrored experience on your high-definition television set. Not only can you easily share content on the big screen, but the mirrored experience truly comes to life with things like gaming and web browsing. In reality, it’s undeniably an extra feature that anyone will appreciate, but you’ll need to turn it on in the settings menu since it’s set to off by default.

Out of the box, the handset has 12GB of free internal storage, while the additional 16GB microSD card brings its total tally to 28GB. However, you can still increase it by replacing the card with a 32GB one if you so happen to desire additional memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Without question, one of the best things about surfing the web with the Revolution is that it’s astonishingly quick with page loads – thanks of course to its 4G LTE connectivity. In fact, it’s so wicked fast that we’re able to navigate through many sites without much pause in between. Running a couple of tests using Ookala’s Speedtest.net app, we’re able to obtain download and upload speeds of up to 6.02 Mbps and 5.36 Mbps respectively. But more importantly, we’re even more impressed with average latency results of 50ms in all our testing in the greater Philadelphia region.


Aside from that, the overall experience is still pretty good thanks to its responsiveness and desktop-like approach with Flash support. However, there is some hint of slowdown and lag when there is an abundant amount of Flash content on-screen. Regardless of that, we’re enthralled to see how swift the handset operates when getting in and out of web pages.

Much like any CDMA device out there, the LG Revolution will only operate domestically and lacks any connectivity to cellular networks abroad. Though, you still have 802.11 b/g/n as an alternative data connection, while Bluetooth 3.0 allows you to connect it with other devices wirelessly. Lastly, aGPS is on board to quickly work with a variety of location based services – and it doesn’t take long getting a general fix of our position.


As much as we adore its 4G speeds, we’re seemingly frustrated with the constant disconnects whenever we attempt to connect devices via its 4G mobile hotspot functionality. At first, it seems to connect properly, but after 5 minutes of continuous web surfing, our computer loses connection altogether. Of course, it’s super annoying when it happens constantly!

It's also worth mentioning that Verizon has been showing off its upcoming VoLTE feature on the LG Revolution, but it has been said that the handset won't see this new functionality until sometime next year (when many other worthwhile offerings will be available).

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14 Comments

1. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

I think it should've even been lower to be honest. That low of a battery life and trading in Google for Bing WTF! Worst LTE phone out.

5. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

so what? bing is bing, and actually better than lousy ass commercially saturated google. Google is an evil giant. i have said it before and will say it again, they are like walmart. a money hungry giant. aside from battery, i think this phone puts every other phone verizon has ever carried up to this day to an embarrassing shame. build quality is flawless (well, almost, aside from the micro usb port cover) screen that is only rivaled by super amoled plus and iPhone.. BUT lets not forget that phone arena is BIAS. it pisses me off to even read anything from them. if its not apple.. then get out of our bed time relationships.

9. lovemg2012 unregistered

Sorry have you used the Revolution with to test its battery life and Bing? Make useful comments

14. Mark_Washington

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

I bought this phone the day it came out and so far i have no regrets. the phone is quite big but feels good in hand, has good build quality. the display is very nice and bright. i like the LG UI, most people may not but i think it's pretty easy to use, pretty plain and simple. in the apps menu the icons are in separate catagories that you can expand and minimize so you dont just have 3 pages of junk to scroll through, you can also add, delete and rename catagories and move your icons between them. I thought it was a nice touch because i cover my home screens in large widgets and don't have many shortcuts so it saves me from searching through all my apps. the 1Ghz processor handles everything with ease, there's a little lag from time to time but i've seen that from dual core phones as well. of course there are some things i don't like, the main dislike being the keyboard, don't care for swype either, but no big deal downloaded gingerbread keyboard for free in market. another downside is the camera, only 5 MP, again no big deal, i have two cameras that are better than any phone camera. Also the battery life is a little shorter than on my droid and i don't have 4G in my area yet so it is only going to get worse, but right now it's good enough. as far as the weight, i don't seem to notice any extra heft, it's only 6 ounces. great phone definitely recommend. P.S. If you will buy the LG Revolution I suggest for best deal at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0051HASEA/phonearena.com-offer-20

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I have been mostly very disappointed with all of the Verizon lyrics phones. To me having to pay 250/300 dollars for a phone I would expect much better. They are jokes compared to what the samsung galaxy s2, htc evo 3d, and sensation are.

3. dodgerfan unregistered

I got the Revolution. I love it. the battery seemed to be ok. I used the phone for 4 hours after it was fully charged then left it alone when it was at 50 percent battery life. didnt use the phone for the next 4 hours and it made it through with about 6 percent left. Also ran speedtest and i am hitting speeds over 12.5 mb and 5 upload every test. I even hit 15 a couple times. IN Vegas i get full bars and 4g. its insane. Again its a really good phone. very fast in my area. Plus with all the memory it comes with I have downloaded over 90 apps already and still have over 15 gb left. well worth the money.

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

the only good thing i'm really feeling from this handset when i handle it is it's snappy processor. i know the Thunderbolt has the same one but out of the three LTE phones this one easily feels like the most powerful but it's still not a winner to me for all of the reasons stated in the Review.

6. dodgerfan unregistered

I actually dont mind using bing. all those babies out their crying about bing are retarded. I still havent heard anything that is wrong with bing just that it has bing. still waiting. to me its a copy cat of google. if that is your only other excuss of why you think this phone sux go play with your icrapper phone. Droid is better in every way. oh did i mention i get about 14 or so megs on every speedtest. yeah have fun with your 3g icrapper phone.

8. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

droid charge best!

11. Revolution owner unregistered

I own the Revolution. In my opinion it looks nicer than the Charge but not as nice as the Thunderbolt. Although I love the amoled screen on the Charge, I was turned off by the physical buttons below the screen. My battery lasts longer than the Thunderbolts battery, too. My only complaint is the low volume on speakerphone, watching netflix and even the alarmclock! The complaints about the phone coming with Bing are just plain silly. It works with Bing AND/OR Google! I have the choice of either one. I also downloaded Launcherpro to get the Revolution to look more like my old school Droid. I love it.

12. Bingtards unregistered

I don't know why the fact that the phone comes pre-loaded with bing is an issue at all. just drag the bing apps into the trashcan and download the google equivalents from the android market and use those. You never have to use those horrible bing apps ever again! the whole process takes like 2 minutes. guh...

13. risabean unregistered

I have had the revolution for three days now before i owned a htc phone that i loved.... The Lg is fast and nice and the hot spot is awesome and i dont think the battery life is as bad as some people state, but im not sure if its me the touch screen responce is not that great.

15. CWKnotts unregistered

I bought this phone for my wife and my chief complaint is that I can not hear her when she talks to me from this phone. Has anyone else experienced this?

16. alocowboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Well, I just got the LG Revolution for free at Target dot com. Upgrading from my original Moto Droid, it's going to be blast. And, yes, I live in a saturated 4g LTE neighborhood. I will pick up a quad core for free in 18 months.
Revolution
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.25h talk time)

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