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LG Rumor2 Review

LG Rumor2

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Home screen - LG Rumor2 Review
Main menu - LG Rumor2 Review

Home screen

Main menu

The menu system has been redone on the Rumor 2 and for the first time we see a twelve icon menu on a non-EVDO Sprint phone.  While it doesn’t have the One Click home screen, it does have everything else including threaded text messages.  They layout is a bit different, for instance Entertainment has been replaced by Media Player (Entertainment brings you to Sprint TV and the Music Store, which the Rumor 2 doesn’t have) and My Account has been added in place of Get Stuff.  The menu runs snappily, and context menus now slide up instead of simply open.  It is very polished all around.  Everything we’d expect to find is present: alarm clock, calculator, notepad, unit converter, etc.

LG Rumor2 Review


Like we’ve seen from most Sanyo phones the Rumor 2 allows the user to restrict calls.  Incoming and/or outgoing calls can be limited only to special numbers or your contact list only.  It also lets you lock your pictures, set contacts as secret and subsequently hide these secret contacts.  To some extent this just indulges in paranoia, but they are useful tools nonetheless, especially for parents restricting their children’s cell use.


The phonebook itself is pretty standard and holds up to 600 entries.  The user can store all the information you’d expect, but not much else.  A nice twist is that you can not only set customized ringers, but can also specify a custom vibrate pattern to contacts.  We still lament LG removing customized text ringers though.  Voice command has thankfully been added for the second generation; we suspect it is Nuance though that fact is not advertised anywhere on the phone.



Messaging:

Of course the main focus of the Rumor 2 is messaging, and for the most part it does well.  Conversations are threaded which is always great, but it’s a bit backwards since the newest message is at the top and not at the bottom as is customary. As mentioned earlier the keyboard now features a fourth row dedicated to numbers.  It also features an emoticon button, though most other phones won’t display the smiley images and the symbols used aren’t necessarily apparent ( is a four leaf clover, for example.)  The keys are a little too smooth and a little too close for our tastes, which in the end limited our speed.

LG Rumor2 Review
LG Rumor2 Review


Multimedia:

The camera may well be the same unit found on the original because the results were just as poor.  In natural lighting colors were oversaturated and in medium and low light pictures turned out drab.  In all conditions lines were blurred and details muddled, and the pictures often turned out blurry and useless.  The camcorder feature has been perplexingly removed on the Rumor 2.

Camera samples - LG Rumor2 Review
Camera samples - LG Rumor2 Review
Camera samples - LG Rumor2 Review

Camera samples


The media player is equally as bad.  While we were able to play our music just fine the layout is a mess and its functionality is basically that of an iPod Shuffle.  It does support subfolders this time around, but unless you have all of your songs named Artist – Album – Title (or some variant thereof) there won’t be any organization since it simply lists the songs in alphabetical order with no consideration for artist or album.  It also cannot play in the background, meaning the user cannot multitask.

LG Rumor2 Review
Media player - LG Rumor2 Review
LG Rumor2 Review
 

Media player

 

LG Rumor2 Review
LG Rumor2 Review


The web browser is the standard browser we’ve seen on non-smartphones from Sprint for a while.  It is WAP focused, and though it can display HTML pages it doesn’t do so very well and especially with only 2G data you wouldn’t want to be bringing up more complex pages.  Opera Mini is downloadable to beef up your browsing experience.

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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.05 x 0.70 inches
(112 x 53 x 18 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery950 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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