Excerpt: CNET reviewer Nicole Lee says that the LG Octane "might as well be dubbed the enV4," a common sentiment among the reviews we found. At the same time, critics agree that its rounded corners, mocha-brown body with chrome edges, and reflective display give the Octane an attractive appearance -- though some also say that it's a bit too thick. Like the enV3, the Octane comes with a 2.6-inch internal screen, and a 1.76-inch external screen.
Conclusion: In a mobile market that’s increasing dominated by smartphones, even entry-level smartphones are down to the price point of high-end feature phones. That means US carriers are making feature phones like the LG Octane more attractive in pricing and deals. The LG Octane is just out, and Verizon is already doing BOGO deals (get one phone and get up to 3 free phones) with a contract.
Pros: Easy to use hardware keyboard, solid and attractive build., Pro: Easy to use keyboard, solid and attractive build.
Cons: Confusing navigation in VZ Navigator, 2.5mm audio jack without any headset in the box., Con: Confusing navigation in VZ Navigator, 2.5mm audio jack without any headset in the box.
Conclusion: Overall, the LG Octane is not a suitable replacement for the enV3 due to the call volume fluctuation and echo issues that it exhibited with phone calls. Because of this, we really can’t recommend the Octane for people who would use it for a lot of calls, but if you are the type of person who only place or receive calls on occasion, you might be OK with it (we would suggest that you try it out first).
Pros: Compact and stylish, Larger external display than the enV3
Cons: Call quality is bad on both ends, QWERTY keyboard is all one piece, not individual buttons, Camera image quality not as good as the enV3