- 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
LG Revolution 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
- 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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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.
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
Communications & Internet
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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
- 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.
- "Billing not supported on this version of the Android Market" <-- No idea what this means, but my phone advises me of it every other time unlock the screen. I would look it up, but I no longer care with this thing. I'm just biding my time until replacement.
- No control over running programs. You can manually turn them off or use an app killer all you want, but resistance is futile. "What's New" will continue to run without actually providing any "New" information. Also, expect 3 maps to be running for no reason. I deleted all map-related apps. Still 3 maps draining my battery and data.
- Don't bother listening to music on this thing. I haven't been able to hear an entire song yet, and it's been well over a year. Sometimes I forget to charge my iPod (yes, I still have one because my phone sucks), so I give it another try, knowing full well it's not worth carrying the headphones around all day unused.
There are some positives, but who cares? I guarantee they don't outweigh the cons. Not even close. Let's try one just to be sure though:
- Call quality is pretty good. Until the phone decides to reboot in the middle of it. Full circle.
Don't.do.it. If you think it's just my individual phone, go check out some other reviews for this turd. You'll see some very similar complaints. Verizon is "retiring" it for a reason (according to a Verizon sales rep).
You've been warned. If you choose to disregard this warning, God have mercy on your soul, because you may kill somebody when you throw this thing out of frustration.
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. Lg has been speedy in getting Gingerbread out for the X2 so hopefully they'll have the same diligence with the Revolution, but we can only speculate with that. The phone also has VoLTE built in, which is nice but the sevice won't be turned on until next year.
A quick run down of differences/advantages between the current LTE phones:
Screen - (Droid Charge with the Super AMOLED+)
Screen/Menu Responsiveness - (LG revolution)
4G Speed - (All Even)
3G Speed - (Revolution has the newest verisons)
3G Data and Voice - (Thunderbolt can only do this)
VoLTE - (Revolution only, but again the service is turned off)
Battery Life Usage - (Charge 660min > Revolution 435min> Thunderbolt 378min)
RAM - (Thunderbolt & Revolution @ 768MB, Charge @ 512MB)
Onboard Memory - ( Revolution @ 16GB/14GB (installed/usable) Thunderbolt @ 8GB/2.5GB Charge 2GB/??)
Max Memory - (Revolution 48GB, Thunderbolt 40GB, Charge 34GB)
Camera - (Charge by far has superior Cameras than not only both phones but mostly every phone currently available save the Galaxy S II)
Netflix - (Revolution only)
HDMI - ( Revolution & Charge only)
All in all, you'll have advantages in some areas and will fall short in others. The Revolution is a well rounded LTE offering and in my opinion was enough to warrant a purchase and 2 year contract from me. If you're looking to get the fastest phone out there, you may want to look at one of the new dual core offerings, but know this, you'll be stuck on 3g. If you want LTE and want to lock yourself into unlimited 4g before Verizon switches over to tiered internet this should be your phone of choice. Dreams of a dual core phone with unlimited LTE support most likely got killed with the delay of the Bionic.