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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
EDIT: After using this phone for a few more months, I found out something very important about it: IT SUCKS. Don't buy it. You end up having to replace the battery twice a day, and many times you can't send or recieve texts. Opt for the Optimus V, you can find it on Ebay for the same price as the Rumor, and it is only $200 on VM's website. The real comparison is in the reviews on VM's website. LG Rumor touch: 79 - 5 Star reviews, and 21 - 1 star reviews. LG Optimus V, on the other hand, has 668 - 5 Star Reviews, and 12 - 1 Star reviews. If that doesn't sway you towards the OV then I don't know what will.
Ok, before I start this review, know that I am coming from an older Nokia GoPhone from AT&T with no keyboard.
I Love this phone. I took a little getting used to, but after that, it has been great. First things first, you will want a screen protector for it. I scratched mine, stupidly enough, on the first day I had it.
The phone starts with an unlock screen a bit like the iPhone, with the time, date, and a button on the bottom that you can slide to the left or right to unlock the phone.
After it is unlocked, you are brought to a "Home" screen, which has nothing but a small bar across the bottom to bring you to the "Home Menu". This is a customizable menu, where you can add pretty much any app form your phone. Annoyingly, you can't add any apps to the original home screen, but I can live without this. Click on "Main Menu", and you are brought to a root menu type of thing, where all of the apps and utilities for your phone are listed. This includes "Messaging", "Maps", "Social Networking" and many others.
With maps, you are brought to "Virgin Mobile Navigator". This you have to pay for, but it does include turn by turn directions. Luckily, your phone also includes a Google Maps app! This has street view, traffic, and many other features, including current location which uses the phones built in GPS. This sadly does not include turn by turn directions.
Next on the list is "My Stuff". Here, you can access the application manager, for multitasking with several different apps. Thats right, a functionality the iPhone and iPad just got with the 4.1 and 4.2 iOS updates, this phone can do, ant it has come in very handy. There are games, which it comes preloaded with a few. There are demos of Pac-Man, and "Midnight Bowling 2", and the full version of tetris. The other menus such as ringers, walpapers, and "ringbacktones" are empty except for a link to "Get More". It does come preloaded with several applications, though. These are: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Email + IM, Contact Vault, and Opera Mini. The Facebook app is generally, in my opinion, unusable. There is no way to sort your news feed by "Most Recent", and I haven't seen the notification system on it work yet. Luckily, the phone comes with Opera Mini. Opera Mini is a pretty awesome web browser, but it doesn't come pre-loaded with the latest version. I was able to update it, I'm pretty sure from their website, but I don't remember exactly where. Don't expect to be downloading any apps from this web browser, though, because any app downloads bring you to an "Access Denied" page in the phone's default WAP browser. I'll get to how to sideload apps later. The Email + IM app is pretty good giving options for GMail, AIM, and even custom IMAP/POP email.
There is a "Web" button on the menu, which brings you to the phones default WAP browser. I have declared this unusable in my opinion. Pages don't load properly, and it is just all around difficult to use. You can use the browser for the "My Account" page, though, and it will render fine.
There is a media player button on the menu, but I can't figure out how to get music to play through it. I did sideload the "TuneWikiPlayer" app for it though, which is great, because it allows for backround music listening.
Under tools, you can use a clock, a calander, Bluetooth (Yes, this phone has Bluetooth), use Voice control (which works just like you think: badly), a basic calculator, a notepad, a "Document Viewer", and a small quick guide for controls of your phone. I cant figure out how to use the document viewer, so I have no idea what kind of documents it's compatible with, or if it really works. The clock has a stopwatch and an alarm function, and you can set dates on the calendar.
The phone is not thin. From looking at it, I would say it is around a half inch thick, but you can probably see the specific measurements on Lg or Virgin Mobile's website. The screen is a good side, but by no means as big as an HTC EVO or Motorola Droid. It is also resistive, which means that it is no where near as responsive as the iPhone or Android phone's capacitive screens, but it has done pretty well. You will get a small vibrate every time you touch the screen. The keyboard is great, I have found no problems with it yet. It is nice and clicky. One odd thing about it, though, is it slides out the opposite way then most phones. It takes some getting used to, but once you've been using it for a couple weeks, you'll barely even remember that phones slite out the other way!
So far I have had no problems with battery life. I have talked, texted, and web browsed on the thing for a solid couple of hours with the screen brightness at 70% and it didn't run out of batteries. Charge it every night and you should be fine.
Call quality is fine. I have talked in loud rooms and have never had any problems. Speakerphone is also not too bad. I have not had any problems with reception around New York so far, so that is good.
Click on the "Photos and Videos" button on the Main menu, and you can take a picture, video, or view your pictures in phone, or in the micro SD card. Picture quality is pretty good, nothing compared to, say, a Droid Incredible, but not too shabby. The video quality, like others have said, is not great. You won't be filming any movies with this, but for that Christmas morning present unwrapping video that just HAS to go onto Facebook, it'll be fine. It is a 2 Megapixel camera, and you can adjust the brightness and the white balance. There are 4 color modes: Normal, Black and White, Negative, and Sepia. You can change the shutter sound, put in silly "Fun Frames". There IS a night mode that will definitely help with you darker shots, but it wont do much. When you take a picture, you are given the choice to "Upload/Publish" using the "MyPix Uploader". As of yet, I absolutely can NOT get this to work, but you can upload photos to Facebook directly from the mobile site. An annoying "Feature" of the phone is if you have the pictures saved to the memory card by default, you have to copy the picture to the in phone memory before you can text it to someone. Luckily it is very easy to copy pictures to the in phone memory.
As I said before, there will be no downloading apps through the browser. There is a way to do something called "Sideloading" apps. Using this website: ['], I have been able to put many apps on my phone. That has allowed me to update Google Maps and even put a QR-Code Reader on my phone: ['] . This is really great, and extends the usage from my phone a lot.
Overall, if you are looking for a great Prepaid phone, then I think this one is the way to go. At $150, and only $25 a month, it is low cost. Hope this cleared up some questions you had!