Summary: The $49.99 LG Rumor2 is a compelling device for messaging fans, and we like the enhanced keyboard and e-mail support. Having GPS onboard is another plus. Overall we prefer the Samsung Rant because it offers 3G data and a better interface for the same price, but if you could care less about using the Sprint Music Store or Sprint TV service the Rumor2 is a solid choice.
Pros: Improved keyboard, Threaded text messaging, GPS navigation, Good call quality,
Cons: No 3G data, Doesnt support Sprint Music Store or Sprint TV, No video recording option, Expensive for its features,
Conclusion: The LG Rumor 2 feels like the original Rumor in sleeker clothing. While we dig the roomier keyboard with its added number row and the higher resolution screen, we find the phone largely remains similar to the original Rumor. For budget-minded texting addicts, the LG Rumor 2 is a good choice at an affordable price.
Pros: Great keyboard and good looks., Sleeker and cooler looking than the original Rumor. Awesome keyboard and very good reception. Good messaging support and reasonable GPS performance.
Cons: No EVDO, poor battery life., Not much change from the original Rumor. Voice quality isn’t very good. No EVDO. Battery life has decreased from the original. Can’t record video. No AAC support for music playback.
Conclusion: The Rumor 2 brings some nice upgrades to the original and wraps it up in a more modern package. Still, it’s basically the same as its predecessor and so is fairly disappointing. The Rant may have found some inspiration in the Rumor, but it pretty much trumped the device in every way.
Pros: Better form factor, Four row QWERTY, Solid phone performance
Cons: No significant upgrades, Poor camera and media player, Color schemes limit potential buyers
Excerpt: When the original LG Rumor hit the market back in 2007, it was well received as a spacious and easy-to-use messaging phone. The design and build materials caught a lot of press, and appropriately so, as it was a solid slider geared toward a youthful market focused on text and messaging. That said, the LG Rumor 2 disappoints in its sheer lack of overall improvements.
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