Summary: It's always good to have choice, and the LG Revolution compliments Verizon's 4G LTE lineup by offering a device with a different design, an HDMI port, and Netflix support out of the box. The problem with the Revolution is that it's not revolutionary. There's nothing to distinguish this device from the other two 4G devices, and in most cases, one of the other two devices has a performance or feature advantage. Take the ThunderBolt, which also retails for $249.99.
Pros: Call quality; HDMI port and Netflix out of the box means you can watch movies while traveling.
Cons: Revolution is bulky and takes too long to charge. The user interface needs work as well.
Summary: If you're looking for a phone to watch movies, do some heavy browsing and play games, you'll be satisfied with the LG Revolution. The Revolution's interface is less than polished, but its hardware is attractive.
Excerpt: The LG Revolution runs on the 4G LTE network. This multimedia phone has good screen resolution, a Froyo operating system and a single-core Snapdragon processor. It comes with a 16GB memory card and 16GB of internal memory. The LG Revolution also comes with Netflix preloaded, so you can enjoy movies right away. The back-facing camera on this phone has a good-resolution camera lens so you can take crisp, good-quality pictures.
Excerpt: According to Verizon’s site, and we quote, the LG Revolution “is a major wow-machine. Superior speed is found when the 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and LG’s 4G LTE modem are combined with Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. This power-trio makes it possible to download movies and games in seconds, shoot HD videos and share them instantly, seamlessly multitask and browse the web. Honestly, after one day with this device, you’ll see mobile technology in a whole new way.
LG Revolution – a mid-range, modern smartphone with 4G LTE support for Verizon – user review
24 June 2011
Conclusion: At $249 with a contract, the LG Revolution isn’t much of a good purchase from Verizon, which has some much more attractive offers for the price. Of course, 12 mbps and 5 mbps download and upload speeds is great, but I bet most people will never achieve them nor need them – a good 6/1 Mbps 3G/4G connection is more than enough, and it’s definitely more widespread.
Conclusion: The LG Revolution is hardly a revolution at all. There are lighter, faster, sleeker, smaller, better devices on the market. While it’s not a bad phone, there’s better to be had. Had LG made a few better software choices, I might have liked this phone a little more, and of course, that’s always fixable with a good rooting and ROM replacement. However, as is, I wouldn’t carry it in my pocket for my day to day.