One or two years ago, all spoken in the world of applications for smart phones and 3G speed. With the aim of completing the first two among most of the major players in the smartphone field, the focus has turned to the inevitable, increasing the speed and performance of both networks and devices so that developers are pressure to limit the current generation of smart phones will be challenged to do the same next-generation devices.
The LG Revolution 4G is one such phone, and as the name suggests, the phone is said to have the speed of 4G. In fact, the current network is not officially classified as 4G, but with broadband speeds in the range of housing in many areas, it is safe to say that the + HSDPA, WiMAX and LTE is a big step ahead of what’s playing with only a year ago. After the huge success of the Thunderbolt, the first LTE 4G phone on Verizon’s Network, we expect great things from the Revolution.
Specifications of the LG Revolution 4G:
- 4G Smartphone
- Running on the Verizon Network
- Android 2.2 Froyo Operating System – and capable of OTA updates to future OS versions
- 1 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon Processor
- 16GB of internal memory via microSD slot, can support up to 32GB
- 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen, LCD
- Supports 800 X 480 pixel resolution
- 24-bit color
- Multimedia compatible with MP3, WMA, DivX, MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
- includes HDMI output with Mirror Mode, watch video on your TV
- 5 megapixel autofucus rear facing camera with LED flash, 3.2x zoom, and tons of settings options
- 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chats
- Records video in 720p HD resolution for stunning media
- Communications and Internet:
- includes full HTML browser support as well as Flash 10.1
- Email integration includes pop, Google push, ActiveSync and more
- Built in Google apps including Voice Search and Maps Navigation
- Full messaging features including SMS text, picture and video as well as IM
Design & Features:
Branded for the Verizon LTE network and boasting some impressive specs, the LG Revolution falls short of claiming the DROID moniker but still carries the internal specs to play with any of the phones in the DROID line. Armed with a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, the LG Revolution ranks with such heavy hitters as the DROID X and Samsung Fascinate. With its TFT WVGA screen that boasts 800 x480 pixels. The Revolution has enough pixels on paper to match those found in the screen of Samsung Galaxy S II, one of the best screens we have tested on a mobile device.
Slim and slender are not the words that come to mind when describing the form factor of the Revolution. LG apparently was not interested in competing with the thinness of the Galaxy S II, iPhone 4 or XPERIA Arc. For many who are used to the bulkiness of the DROID X, this might not be a problem, but for those used to the slimmer form factor of many other Android devices, using the Revolution might prove a bit of a task.
Specifications of the Revolution are great however. Powering the phone is a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon 8655 processor. RAM is rated at 512MB, microUSB port, microHDMI port and microSD slot (up to 32GB microSD card) are all included. The Revolution has an internal memory of 16GB and while CDMA radios are included, there are WiFi and LTE radios as well.
In an ideal world, you should see the flame transfer performance in the Revolution. Of course not always happen, but in the case of the Revolution, the most correct. Not just a good overall performance, especially when navigating through a site in Flash or heavy multitasking and graphic-intensive shooting almost every game we can resolve this, the revolution also work well in the speed of LTE.
We see that the speed is not as high as they did several months ago and this is undoubtedly due to an increase in customers of Verizon’s 4G network, but we were still able to receive constant speeds of 10Mbps to 15Mbps. There were occasion spikes of or above 21Mbps, but those were far and few.
5 megapixel camera on the back of the Revolution has had a unique opportunity. Not only are we excited about all the details of the images taken, but it seems a decent color saturation as well, something we’ve seen a lot of camera phones. Video Recording (720p) is decent, not brag about it, but certainly an improvement over previous devices from LG. The front facing 1.3-megapixel camera is good for video calling though we would not recommend it for self-portraits.
The calls are crisp and clear, and we see little or no static at all. However, the battery life of the Revolution is not revolutionary. Samsung proved that it is possible to create an LTE phone with an acceptable battery life. LG, however, has nothing to prove here as we averaged 6 hours out of the Revolution on a single charge. That was with an hour of voice calls, WiFi off and 4G on. In fact we noticed that having WiFi turned on drained less charge than having the 4G radio on.
The LG Revolution is among the first phones from Verizon’s LTE lineup. With a big beautiful screen, great 4G speed on the Verizon Network, fast processor and more, this is a solid choice for most consumers.