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LG Revolution 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

by LG
2.6 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews
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  • Ultra-fast, 4G-enabled smartphone running Android 2.2 with 4.3-inch multi-touch display
  • GPS for navigation and location services; can be used as a 4G Mobile Hotspot for up to eight Wi-Fi connected devices
  • 5-MP rear camera; HD 720p camcorder; 1.3 MP front camera for video chats; 16 GB microSD memory card; Bluetooth stero music; HDMI output
  • Up to 7.25 hours of talk time, up to 335 hours (14 days) of standby time; released in May, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, 16 GB microSD card, quick start guide
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5.03 inches, 2.63 inches, 0.52 inches
  • Weight: 6.08 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 435 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 335 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

The LG Revolution is a high-end Android smartphone featuring super-fast 4G LTE data speeds, a large 4.3-inch touch screen, 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, video calling via front-facing camera, and 2nd-generation 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Revolution also features mobile WiFi hotspot, HDMI TV output, DLNA wireless media streaming, 3.5mm audio jack, music player, Bluetooth compatibility, and GPS navigation. Use this device to access thousands of apps, games, books, movies, and music available on Google Play Store.

Combining the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network with the power of Android 2.2, the Revolution by LG also offers complete HD support for streaming, playing and recording video multimedia while on the go. You'll be able to download movies and games in seconds, shoot HD videos and share them instantly, seamlessly multitask, and browse the web.

Enjoy ultra-fast connectivity on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network (see larger image).

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. With 4G LTE, you'll enjoy simultaneous voice and data capabilities, allowing you to check e-mail, browse the web, download an app, and check directions while on a call. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company's entire 3G coverage area over the next three years (learn more about 4G below).

In addition to high-speed 4G connectivity, you can also share the built-in Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among up to eight devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge).

Stay up-to-date with friends and family over video chat with the front-facing camera, and snap crystal clear images with the 5-megapixel autofocus camera on the back. The LG Revolution also records video in HD 720p resolution, perfect for showing on HDTVs via the HDMI video output (or wirelessly via DLNA connectivity).

Keep yourself entertained with the latest movies on the go with the pre-loaded Netflix app. You can also load movies from your PC in multiple formats, including DivX, and experience rich sound quality with Dolby Mobile. And the LG Revolution comes pre-loaded with games, including Rock Band and Let's Golf 2.

Other features include a pre-loaded 16 GB microSD memory card (with expansion up to 32 GB via optional cards), Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo audio streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation (plus optional VZ Navigator service), access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7.25 hours of talk time.

Vital Statistics

The LG Revolution weighs 6.06 ounces and measures 5.03 x 2.63 x 0.52 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.25 hours (435 minutes) of talk time, and up to 335 hours (14 days) of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G and CDMA 800/1900 frequencies where 4G LTE is not available.

What's in the Box

LG Revolution handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, 16 GB microSD card, quick start guide


  • Ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity via the Verizon Wireless 4G Mobile Broadband network, with expected download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps. See more about 4G LTE below.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views
  • Ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 4G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 4G LTE connection, which can then be shared among up to eight Wi-Fi-capable devices (five devices over 3G connectivity).
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
  • DLNA capabilities enables you to share your photo albums, videos and movies wirelessly with a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device.

Google Integration

  • Android 2.2 OS (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) via over-the-air (OTA) update
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Extra pre-loaded apps: Amazon Kindle, Bing Search, Netflix, Rhapsody, Blockbuster, V Cast Apps, Rock Band, Let's Golf 2, Backup Assistant
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Communications & Internet

  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype text input for fast text entry


  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen display (800 x 480 pixels) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors.
  • MicroUSB port
  • HDMI port
  • Removable battery


  • 16 GB included microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.


  • 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 3.2x digital zoom, scene modes, customizable brightness and white balance settings, and more.
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats.
  • Capture video in high-definition HD 720p resolution


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with DivX, MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • HDMI video output with Mirror Mode allows you to view and share your photos, videos and downloaded movies on a larger TV via HDMI output
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • FM radio
  • Dedicated Amazon MP3 Store app for over-the-air downloads.

More Features

  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing aid compatibility: M4, T4
  • TTY compatible

Android Operating System

The LG Revolution runs the 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 onscreen QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and support for 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 LG Revolution 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 LG Revolution 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.

Swype Keyboard

Swype Keyboard

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 "quick" 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.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

And with Skype Mobile with video calling capabilities via the 4G LTE network, you'll see callers face-to-face while you're on the go. In addition to chatting with other compatible smartphones, you'll be able to video conference to users on PCs.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0051HASEA
  • Item model number: Revolution
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,339 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

This is by far the worst phone I've ever owned. That's not hyperbole. It's the worst, and by large margin. Actually, it's the worst electronic product I've ever owned, and I owned a Power Glove! So, let's cut straight to the cons:

- The least interesting con is the short battery life. It's 4G, that's just how it is. No different than any other 4G.

- TONS of completely worthless installed apps that you can't delete. Why on Earth would I want a Blockbuster app on my phone? Can you put a Borders app on there for me too?

- Phone randomly reboots, screenlock freezes, or phone completely blacks out (but is still on judging by lights). I can't emphasize this enough, because it happens shockingly often. Every day. That's not an exaggeration. At least one of those things happens every single day, the latter two requiring the battery to be removed and reinserted angrily. The back of my phone is now loose from having to do this so often.

- Progressing... <-- Get used to seeing that anytime you touch your screen.

- Randomly changes ringtones and alerts. It's weird to wake up to death metal (it was a phase) in the middle of the night when you receive an email.

- Often decides that you don't need to be notified that you have a message or a phone call, an especially helpful feature when you have a pregnant wife.

- Screen lock when you are on a call that requires you to use the dialpad.

- Keyboard decides when you are done typing, not you. It decides you've said all you need to say and just disappears.

- Picture organization is completely random. Just took a picture? Have fun going through all the folders to find which it decided to put it in.
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LG hasn't really been known in the past for their high end phones. Usually you have seen them mainly in the freebie bins. Though with the recent releases of both the X2 and now the Revolution it seems that LG is trying to change the way they are precieved. And in my eyes, they have done well so far.

I am going to say this right off the bat, the battery is neither horrible nor is it great. Unplugged at 7AM the battery with moderately heavy usage it usually makes it past 6PM with around 10% left. Thats with a few phone calls, moderate surfing (I live and work in a 4G area and usually have 2-4 bars) running of apps/games and of course some Netflix and HBO GO usage. Some days vary though and I need to recharge before 6PM. So as with any other LTE phone, you may want to have a spare charger around with you. Keep in mind though, my battery is in no way fully conditioned, so hopefully it will improve some. With the battery thing out of the way you will be greeted with a spectacular phone. The screen is crisp and clear. Not as good as the Droid Charge, but hands down superior to the HTC Thunderbolt.

The phone also comes with 16GB internal storage which is the most of any of the current LTE offerings. This phone also scores higher than both of the other devices in Quadrant usually getting me 2100. Granted not dual core territory, but great for a single core. Menus, games and the internet move quickly and smoothly. And chances are if you are looking at this phone, LTE is probably the most imporant thing on your mind.

The phone , like the other LTE devices, ships with Froyo 2.2.2 and hopefully Gingerbread will be out shortly.
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I got this phone for christmas and I love it. It is my fist smartphone with data. the screen is huge for great display. when i first got it it was so fast. and after downloading just a few apps it slowed down dramatically. When I try to go to my camera i have to wait and wait for it to get to it. when i want to go into the gallery i will sit and wait for the pics to load and it takes forever. I have to back out of it and go back in. When i search for something on the browser and select the one i want to go to..if i hit the back button it completely exits out of the browser. I have to research all over again. I do like how you can download diff themes for the phone and the sms. it is very "personalize-able". if you stay on the internet or just the phone itself alot the phone will die before the end of the day. I keep a car charger and just automatically plug it up when I get in the car. It has alot of memory and is very easy to use and understand. overall i love it. I just dont like the occasional slowness.
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At first when I got this phone, I wanted to trade it in because the battery life was bad, like 4 hours of usage and it would be almost dead bad. But after weeks of tweaking on it and downloading apps like Watchdog Lite and Juice Defender I have since more than doubled the battery life and could go a whole day without a recharge. Just dont forget to turn off the 3g and 4g when your not using it. average users can get by just fine without 4g at all even.

*switched launcher to golauncher and phone works even better and faster, a must for all revolution owners. best part about golauncher? changes search button (originally bing) to google search. thank you baby jesus.

pros :
phone is fast, no lag like my original droid. (theres some lag now but still fast and doesnt bother me)
feels good in hand, not too big or heavy. although most cases tend to take the slimness away
screen is nice and big
4g mobile hotspot, very niiice. can use with 3g as well (learned this cost extra $30/mo after 1st free month, had to cancel and get refund, still a cool option though. could be money saver if i could cancel internet at home and just use this for internet)
camera placement, fingers wont get in the way
bright led light

cons :
phone volume is average to weak, idk what other people are talking about but I find it much harder to hear the rings, speakerphone, and even in call volume. but not unbearable.

small problems
(worth noting but shouldnt decide wether or not you should buy phone):
still have to shut down phone every 3-4 days and restart to have it run smoothly, no biggie at all
lots of apps you cannot delete or get rid of, bing sucks as search button/navigator.
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