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LG Octane

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LG Octane

16 November 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Stylish design, Dual screens, Large-capacity microSD slot, SocialBeat app unifies messaging platforms, HTML browser
  • Cons: Sub-par voice quality, Below-average photo, video quality, Nonstandard microphone jack, Monthly mobile email fee
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Overall 6

LG Octane (Verizon Wireless)

PC Magazine
5 February 2011
  • Conclusion: The LG Octane continues the earlier enV3's tradition with versatile screens, great keyboards, and a solid mix of apps, but the Octane isn't as good a voice phone and the UI feels stale.
  • Pros: Bright, colorful screens. Roomy, tactile QWERTY keyboard. Solid build quality and hinge. Excellent battery life.
  • Cons: Dated UI. Below-average voice quality. Non-standard headphone jack. Uneven messaging options.
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Overall 7

LG Octane (Verizon Wireless)

5 January 2011
  • Summary: The LG Octane is a great messaging phone for Verizon Wireless.
  • Pros: The LG Octane is a simple messaging phone with EV-DO, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and more. It has a great keyboard, dual displays, and an external number keypad.
  • Cons: The LG Octane is a bit bulky, and it doesn't have a 3.5mm headset jack.
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Overall 6

LG Octane

13 December 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 5

Expert Review

Phone Arena
18 November 2010
  • 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
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