- Size (LWH): 4.65 inches, 2.46 inches, 0.47 inches
- Weight: 4.96 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 480 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 8 hours
LG Viper, Black 8GB (Sprint)
- Display: 4.0-inches
- Camera: 5-MP
- Processor Speed: 1.2 GHz
- OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 4G-enabled smartphone with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system and 4-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (with optional Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot service)
- 5-MP rear camera and front VGA camera; Bluetooth stereo music; 4 GB memory; corporate and personal e-mail
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Combine 4G LTE connectivity speed with the super-fast processor of the LG Viper 4G from Sprint, and you can browse the Web, watch movies and message at warp speed. Running the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, the Viper 4G is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and features 1 GB of RAM for excellent multitasking. The sleek, ultra-thin smartphone also boasts a 4-inch bright and clear touchscreen display for better viewing under direct sunlight, and it's enhanced by a Corning Gorilla Glass screen protector for extra peace of mind.
Bright 4-inch display with
Gorilla Glass protection (view larger).
The Viper 4G also includes dual cameras for easy on-the-go video chats, and it supports NFC and Google Wallet--allowing for swift and smooth transactions at hundreds of thousands of stores nationwide. It is a device with attributes to join the Sprint line-up and boasts UL Environment (ULE) Platinum Certification--the highest level of environmental performance of a device that is recognized by Sprint and ULE.
It runs on Sprint's 4G LTE network, offering simultaneous voice and data connectivity. Additionally, the phone can still connect to 3G data services in areas not currently served by Sprint's 4G LTE network (learn more about Sprint's 4G LTE network below).
Note: Sprint 4G LTE network is available in limited markets.
In addition to the Android OS, the Viper 4G also features Sprint ID, an intuitive way of customizing Android content that enables you to instantly download predefined packs that deliver widgets, ringtones, and wallpapers all at once (learn more below). And you'll be able to enhance your smartphone via Google Play with a selection of over 450,000 additional apps.
The phone also includes Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking plus Mobile Hotspot capability for sharing your 3G/4G connection with up to ten Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. Other features include a 4 GB internal memory, expansion via optional microSD memory cards (a 4 GB card is also included), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS for navigation via built-in Google Maps and location-based services, personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).
The Viper 4G's casing is constructed from 50 percent recycled plastics, and it includes charger with a no-load consumption rating of .03W, which exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency. LG has also eliminated the use of many environmentally sensitive materials in manufacturing the device, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR), halogen, beryllium, phthalates, and nickel. It's CarbonFree certified to offset the carbon footprint of the phone's full lifecycle and ULE Platinum Certified--the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by ULE and Sprint. Finally, the phone comes in fully recyclable packaging that is printed with soy inks, contains up to 87 percent post-consumer paper, and was engineered with a glueless construction.
The LG Viper 4G weighs 5 ounces and measures 4.59 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches. Its 1700 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7 hours of talk time. It runs on Sprint's 4G LTE network as well as the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.
What's in the Box
LG Viper 4G handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 4 GB microSD memory card, quick start guide
Packed with 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and dual front and rear cameras (view larger).
Sprint's 4G LTE Network
Note: Sprint 4G LTE network is available in limited markets.
Sprint 4G LTE services dramatically increase download speeds for photos, videos and large files. You can download a favorite song, picture, sitcom or large video in seconds, not minutes, or watch live streaming video--all while on the go, not just from the home or office. Additionally, businesses can benefit from the fast connectivity speeds of 4G LTE. Some examples include:
- Real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours.
- Construction teams using 4G LTE in the field can save valuable time by sharing schematics with engineers online.
- Insurance companies can speed their claims management through real-time communication with on-site adjusters.
- Health care professionals can improve their ability to remotely monitor patients.
- Emergency first responders can rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site video and audio.
- Photojournalists can instantly transfer high-resolution images to the newsroom.
Just a few of the Sprint ID packages.
Make your phone a reflection of who you are with Sprint ID, which helps you get the most out of your phone by allowing you to choose a total experience for your device. You'll be able to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience--including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers--all at once. Packs are designed to meet your interests--whether you're a sports fan, fitness fanatic, or auto enthusiast.
And the catalog of Sprint ID experiences will grow and expand--it's a marketplace full of experiences just for you. Choose from a single experience or many--it's about customizing your phone with the information you want in the palm of your hand. Here are a few examples of currently available Sprint ID packs:
Android Gingerbread Operating System
The LG Viper 4G runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread). It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.
Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.
The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.
The Viper 4G also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Google Play, 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.
Also Available for This Android Device
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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), also known as CMAS, is a part of a national alerting system called IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) that enables emergency management officials to rapidly disseminate the warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones based on the phones’ geographic location. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is responsible for receiving the alerting information and forwarding the alerts to participating wireless carriers such as Sprint. Such alerts may come from the President of the United States; the National Weather Service, state or county public safety officials. This system is integrated into the same national alerting services that serve television and radio today.
Top Customer Reviews
As much as I like it you have to keep things in perspective... this IS NOT meant to compete with the super phones like the EVO 4G LTE or the Samsung Galaxy III LTE... or the Google Nexus. It is far above the "entry level" class of phones too! I have to admit, I felt like I was cheating my wife by getting a "free" phone for her... but after using it I feel that I ripped Best Buy for getting the phone free on an upgrade... and trading in her old EVO 4G for a $65 credit! This is by far the best free phone I have ever seen.... and I worked for Sprint as a store manager for 4 years.
So here are some bullet points on why to consider the LG Viper;
* Smallest of the 4G LTE Android phones - For my wife the size of the other LTE phones was a tad bit too big. The size of this phone is perfect for her.
* Speed - This phone hands down "smokes" the EVO 4G that she had. When I was doing updates I was amazed of the speed of the phone. This thing is a fast and powerful as you need!
* Covers the basics well - Good camera, access to the web, facebook, gmail, apps, etc. For the NON TEENAGER... this phone works very well! If you are a a power user (business or teens) then you may want to explore the higher end phones. But if you need a phone for your day to day basics this phone is for you! (and then some!)
* Value - Like I said, I cannot believe that this phone is free. If money is a consideration then look at the LG Viper before dropping $150 to $200 on a larger more powerful handset... then look at this phone and compare the "true" needed features that you will use daily.
* Sprint LTE - It is coming... when it does you will see a huge performance gain compared to the old WIMAX 4G network Sprint uses. So you are buying the newer technology, not the old one. (Check with Sprint to see when your area is scheduled to get 4G LTE)
* This phone currently runs on Android 2.3 (older version)... but from what I have read it is getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)... so you have a huge upgrade coming in the future! (Which helps "future proof" this device)
Here are a few reasons why not to consider it;
* Small phone - In my hands the EVO 4G LTE fits a lot better than the LG VIPER. The Viper is too small... and I feel like it will slip out of my hand easily. This can be solved by using a protective case (since they have a better grip material)... none-the-less, it is too small for me, but perfect for my wife!
* If you have to feed your ego - LOL, I am serious, some people have to have the BEST, most top of the line phone out there... this one is good, but not that good!
* Screen size - The trend is to make phones big enough to use as a "small tablet"... yet small enough to still be a phone. Having a 4.7" screen is significant enough compared to the LG Viper... but the Viper's screen is big enough for normal "regular people" usage. For example, I would NOT watch a high-def movie on any phone, regardless of screen size... that is what my 55" HDTV is for! So having a larger screen is not necessarily "critical" for our needs.
For the money, the LG Viper is HARD to beat. It is very powerful... so I can see it being useful for the above average users as well. The only group I do not see adopting it is the HARDCORE power junkies out there. But for the more average phone users out there this phone is just awesome!
Purchased the LG Viper two weeks ago on Amazon since they had a discounted price ($0.01) compared to Sprint ($59) with my two year upgrade. I think I am exactly the customer this phone was designed for. I like new technology, but I am not willing to pay $150-200 for a new phone, so when this one came out that was on the 4G LTE network, had a fast processor and great screen, I immediately went looking at reviews. CNET had reviewed it, as well as Endgaget and several others. They all spoke of the green construction and great camera, but it came out in April and was followed by the "high dollar" phones from Samsung and HTC so you didn't hear anything about this phone after that.
The LG Viper 4G LTE is a very nice looking handset that has a lot of amenities. The weight is good and the size is near perfect for me. I may eventually go with a case for it, but currently don't see an immediate need to. Normal use and keeping it in my pocket have not shown any scratches or wear on the exterior. It comes with a 4GB micro SD card so storage has not been a problem. It says it will support a 32GB card if you want to carry all your music with you.
I was upgrading from another LG phone, the Optimus S, so the button layout was the same. It was a change switching for physical buttons to soft keys, but having them in the same place made the transition easy. The extensive use of recycled materials is a nice feature, but doesn't sway me one way or the other. The phone was released on Earth Day and I am sure they thought the "green" construction would sell more phones, but I am not sure it did. The Gorilla glass was something I had not had before and I am very impressed with...I will be looking for this feature on the next phone I upgrade to. But I was more concerned about the telephone reception. I like have the ability to search the internet when I have a question or have more entertainment options when I am bored but I need a phone to also be a phone! The LG cell reception is equal but not better with the Viper vs. the Optimus S in outlying areas; Both were fine in full coverage. I have no home phone and just use the cell phone, so this was important to me. It does seem to work better while roaming then the Optimus did. The Viper does not sound "tinny" as the professional reviewers have said and I don't have a problem with the external speaker either. At full volume the speaker is too loud to have close up but perfect to have in the cup-holder giving me turn by turn directions. I have used the camera for taking quick snapshots and brief video, and while good enough for Facebook uploads, I will not be using it as my only camera. If this is important to you, go to one of the stores that carry phones and play with it. You may be more impressed than I was.
Others have spoken of the dismal battery life, but I have not seen it. If you have not had a smartphone before, they all are this way. The Viper is better than my previous smartphone on standby and normal use, but using it as a GPS runs it down faster. My best time has been 15 hours with no Bluetooth or GPS on, but wifi was on. The worst was 7 hours with the last two using as my GPS and having the display on the whole time. I have not had as much problem with battery use when on wifi; I was able to watch two Netflix TV 30 min episodes while trying to run my battery down from 15%. You will have to judge your own phone, but this is plenty for me. I already had to keep a phone charger with me at work, so I don't balk at having to do the same now. As for speed, the processor is much faster than what the Optimus had, so downloads are speedy and normal page loading is very quick. As said before I can watch Netflix and play fast moving games without the buffer problem I had before, so I can say I am very pleased with performance.
Unfortunately I do not live in one of the 15 released areas with Sprint 4G LTE, but plan on trying it out in Baltimore next time I go. The speed should increase, but I also expect the battery life will decrease. I will update when I have more info. Bottom line, I am happy with my phone. It was one I would have been happy had I paid more for it, and I felt that it had not had enough good reviews to do it justice. If you are not looking for the newest phone to show off to your friends, you will be happy with the LG Viper.
Update 23 Mar 2013
Still very happy with my phone, screen has held up well. I have been able to leave a few scratches in it, but I do not have a case or screen cover on it; I am surf if I did, they would not be there. The back, being plastic, shows much more wear and though I am not happy with this, I will not deduct a star for it. Making an all aluminum back would have pushed the price much higher and gone away from the green theme that the phone was released with. Battery life has continued to be where it was and I found that while overseas, I can run the phone in airplane mode with wifi on and get more than double what I was getting before (no Sprint service here, so no need to waste battery searching for signal.) Again, there are many phones out there that will beat this one, but it was still free with upgrade last I looked and it is plenty powerful running ICS, so it is the best bang for your buck.
The battery life is bad but not worse than other Android phones - which is why i use JuiceDefender (app) to keep my battery lasting all day.
HW quality is solid, though i wish the back cover were rubberized. NFC is cool, takes a while to get used to it and get into the mode of pulling out your phone instead of your wallet.
I'm not gonna hold my breath for Sprint to turn on LTE here in San Diego, so i can't say much about the LTE capabilities BUT as a 3G phone, it's solid.
My newest assessment of this phone sharply contrasts with the old. While I like this phone in general, one major issue, and I mean major!, is the battery life. It is the worst!!!!! You cannot use the phone's functions for half an hour without the battery draining significantly. I spend most the day constantly recharging it.
Now LG has given us an update for the Android os to 4.0 which is great in thought. Now my phone is super buggy, slower than ever in loading anything and I'm also getting dropped calls very often.
I am ready to throw in the towel, pay a ridiculous early termination fee and go elsewhere because it is only a daily source of frustration. Thank you black Friday! You're the perfect opportunity for me to get a great deal on a fabulous HTC phone!
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