Since the LG Revolution and HTC ThunderBolt run on Android 2.2 Froyo, they have the same underlying operating system and can do pretty much the same tasks – though their interface does look different.

LG uses their Optimus 2.0 user interface on the Revolution, which does allows for a few extra desktop widgets to be placed on the 7 home screens, as well as a categorized layout of the application menu that separates icons by communication, news & search, media, tools, applications, and downloads. Though, one thing that is missing is any type of themes for the desktop. This is one area where the ThunderBolt does well in, as it uses the HTC Sense user interface. Not only does it come with a larger selection of widgets than the Revolution, but also has 6 scenes and 5 different skins, all of which allow for much greater personalization on the desktop. We also prefer the standard (non-categorized) application menu on the ThunderBolt, as the icons are listed alphabetically and are easy to find. Both devices are equally fast when swiping between the 7 home screens and we didn’t notice any lag.

One thing that is worth pointing out is that the LG Revolution comes with Microsoft Bing integration, which uses their own search and map program. Thankfully, you can download the Google apps from the Android Market, though you can’t fully remove Bing from the phone.

Contacts and Messaging:

One area where both devices perform well in is with contact management and messaging. The LG Revolution will integrate all of your contacts from your Google, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, while the HTC ThunderBolt also adds contacts from AIM, Flickr, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger. Even though there are some visual differences between the LG Optimus 2.0 UI and HTC Sense UI layouts, they both allow you to view all your contacts together in one list, as well as edit them right from your phone.

The messaging app also looks a bit different between the LG Revolution and HTC ThunderBolt, but it still performs the same tasks. You can have it set up to work with any email account, including POP3, IMAP, AOL, GMail, Microsoft Exchange,, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. There is also a separate Mobile IM app for connecting you to your Windows Live, Yahoo! and AIM buddy lists.

As neither phone comes with a physical keyboard, you have to use the on-screen virtual QWERTY. Between the two, we found the one on the LG Revolution to be easier to use, as the keyboard is larger and has some space between the keys, so you’re less likely to press the wrong key by mistake. The Revolution also comes with the Swype keyboard option, which some people prefer to use.

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