LG Rumor2 Review

LG Rumor2 Review

The Rumor was a huge sales success for LG and Sprint, bringing QWERTY to the low end.  It was not without issues however; LG’s charging port was notoriously bad, the keyboard and display had a tendency to go bad and the device continues to have a power cycling issue.  Nearly a year and a half later LG has brought the Rumor’s successor to market, the creatively named Rumor 2.  There isn’t much new with the device, most notably it has brought a fourth row of keys to the slide-out keyboard.  Other features remain the same: 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD expansion and 1x data.

Included in the box you will find:

  • Li-Ion battery
  • Patterned and solid battery covers
  • AC Adapter


The Rumor 2 is actually bigger than the original, but the more rounded design leads to a deceivingly small feel.  It is very comfortable to hold and is a definite step up from the Rumor.  Like the Rumor, the Rumor 2 will come in a variety of different colors (as will the Banter, Altell’s version.)

You can compare the LG Rumor 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The basic layout of the phone is the same: the 2” display sits atop a traditional set of navigation keys and numeric keypad.  Besides the soft and send and end keys there is a dedicated Speaker and Back button on the front, along with soft keys along the right side of the display for when the orientation switches to landscape.  The display has been upgraded to QVGA, a welcome addition.  It looks very crisp and is easy to read in all lighting conditions.

The slide opens to the left and the user is treated to a four row QWERTY keyboard.  Unlike the Samsung Rant, the Rumor 2 dedicates the extra row to numbers.  While we enjoy a dedicated keypad, having the space bar as part of the bottom row of letters just doesn’t feel right to us.  LG is by no means the only one to utilize this layout, but we prefer the one used by Samsung.

The left side of the phone houses the volume rocker and camera key, on the right you will find the 2.5mm headset jack and microSD slot.  The bottom has the microUSB charging port.  One gripe we have is that the included AC adapter is not a USB cord like we saw on the Lotus, Dare and Versa.  The back of the phone is plain save the 1.3 megapixel camera that is offset to the right.  Like the Rant, the Rumor 2 ships with one solid color battery and another patterned one.

The redesign gives the Rumor 2 a more modern look and the feel is good.  The bold colors reaffirm its teenage target market, it no doubt will be a common sight in high school hallways across the country.



1. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

The only reason someone would choose the Rumor 2 is because it lacks the OneClick interface, so no accidently browsing the internet (if they don't have a data plan)... Thats the only reason I can think of.

2. Phone dude

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

It comes down to personal preference. The Rumor2 has a much bolder design than the old school squarish looking Rant, which also uses some cheap feeling plastics. I am a texter and texting has little impact on whether the phone has EVDO or not. I really like the piano gloss finish of the Rumor2 and the bolder Blue (and grey accents on the grey phone), rather than the dull matte backplate and keyboard of the Rant. The Rant also feels a little more piggish in my hands for some reason and I like the Rumor2's roundness. Again, these are personal reasons, but the Rumor2 suits my needs just fine.

3. PCap

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2009

Agreed with the 2nd comment. They rated it so low in comparison to the Rant...which does have more features. But as the 2nd comment states...if you are just using the phone to txt and make calls there is no difference between the phones as the EVDO feature has little, if any, impact on phone calls, reception and txting. They gave it good ratings for battery life, reception and feel/build quality. Plus I like the style design of the Rumor 2 (in black and chrome) better than the black and blue of the Rant.

4. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the emoticon button would be one reason...

5. Annoyed Neko unregistered

The LGR2 Is better then the original in my opinion but I do have some problems with it. Like for instance, I cant record video's anymore which is very odd. One would think that they would have kept that function but I guess they didn't deem it necessary anymore. Another problem I have with it is, since I'm an avid texter, when I have the sound on I like to know who is texting me(obviously) which I could easily figure out from the Rumor 1 since you could set the tone to your text msg's. But again for some reason in the Rumor 2, it does not have that option. Which really tick's me off. I don't like hearing "Message Received" every single time someone sends me a text. Cause then if I don't have my phone in hand and Im busy doing something, I have stop what I'm doing to check and see if it's someone new or the same person. I cant tell the difference till I look. Also. As of recently my camera wont work. It keeps freezing and I would like to know why. I take good care of my phones and both Rumors that I've owned have had issues. LGR1 having the more annoying one(Randomly shutting off when ever it felt like it). I've only had the LGR2 phone since June and have had no real problems except for now. Does anyone know if this is a problem that can be fixed with out having to send it in? If so, let me know. I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks. :)

6. Senior Citizen unregistered

Here's one other reason : It's a good phone for Seniors who, for the most part simply want to make & receive "phone" calls...... BUT who have children / grand children who are into texting.... The simplicity of this phone, and it's great texting ability male it a perfect choice for the less technology advanced folks.....
  • Display 2.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Battery 950 mAh(5.50h talk time)

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