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The Android based LG Vortex smartphone is similar to the Optimus S and is notable for including a mobile hotspot feature that lets nearby Wi-Fi devices share the phone's Internet connection. Other features are par for Android phones, including 3G high-speed, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, 3-megapixel camera, video capture, WiFi, capacitive touchscreen, Web browser, and microSD slot for additional storage. The LG Vortex also comes equipped with an email client, MMS and SMS text messaging, music player, Bluetooth compatibility, and support for multiple languages including Spanish. This device also offers access to thousands of apps available on the Android market. This used product is in great cosmetic condition, it reflects very light use, and displays little-to-no scratches. This product has been carefully audited, is certified to be 100% functional, and ready for activation.
If you're new to the world of smartphones, the Android-powered LG Vortex for Verizon Wireless offers an excellent blend of easy functionality and handy mobile features that keep you connected to all your social networks. It's also preloaded with Bing Maps so you know where you are and how to get where you're going as well as Bing Search, which helps you find what you're looking for without typing thanks to Bing Voice Search capabilities. The Vortex features a large 3.2-inch touchscreen display with virtual QWERTY keyboard (plus access to the easy-to-use Swype keyboard enhancement; learn more about Swype below)
The LG Vortex provides mobile features and easy functionality for first-time smartphone users (see larger image).
The Vortex includes a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Wi-Fi networking (with 3G Hotspot capabilities), and the Android 2.2 OS (see larger image).
In addition to high-speed connectivity on the fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network, you can also share the built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge). You can also choose enhanced navigation capabilities with the optional VZ Navigator GPS turn-by-turn direction service. And with the optional Visual Voice Mail service, you'll be able to quickly and easily scroll through your messages and pick the ones you want to listen to. (See more details on optional Verizon Wireless services below.)
The phone comes preloaded social networking widgets that allow quick access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and you'll be able to view the full web thanks to the HTML 5-based Android browser. Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder with DVD-quality video capture, a pre-installed 2 GB memory card (with optional microSD expansion to 32 GB), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, access to Skype Mobile, and up to 7.5 hours of talk time.
The LG Vortex runs the latest Android operating system--OS 2.2 (aka, Froyo)--which provides a faster overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of new enhancements, including an improved QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.
With integrated Google technology, the Vortex brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The Vortex also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
The LG Vortex weighs 4.44 ounces and measures 4.47 x 2.32 x 0.52 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.5 hours of talk time, and up to 500 hours (20+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.
What's in the Box
LG Vortex handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD card, quick start guide
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An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.
In the image to the right, the word "mind" was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.
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Ive had this phone for over a year now so I think this is a good time to write a full review. This will cover basically nothing about the Android UI. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Tristan
I got talked into this phone by a Verizon employee. I went into the store to look at phones with the intention of ultimately buying a Blackberry. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Crstn98