Summary: For a first time smartphone buyer or for someone on a tight budget, the midrange LG Viper is a decent device. For those wanting a more advanced high-end smartphone, you will be disappointed with the...
Pros: Bright screen, Eco-friendly design, Google Wallet
Summary: The LG Viper isn't the complete package. Battery life suffered, the camera is mediocre, and Android 2.3 is getting so long in the tooth that a skin or custom UI would have been nice, not to mention the fact that it's an LTE phone that doesn't currently offer LTE service. It makes you feel like you're getting hoodwinked and, honestly, you probably are. A 4G phone with no 4G service? No, thanks.
Excerpt: The LG Viper 4G LTE is Sprint's first LTE smartphone, and the Galaxy Nexus and HTC EVO 4G LTE soon followed to round up the high end. The one thing missing for now is a Sprint LTE network, but Sprint says they'll light up their first 6 cities in mid-2012 and cover over 100 million folks by year's end. In the meantime, you've got good old 3G EV-DO Rev. A and WiFi for your data needs. The LG Viper is the most affordable in the pack, and it sells for $99 with contract.
Pros: Affordable, bright IPS display and NFC.
Cons: Low resolution display, middle performance matches the midrange price tag. Runs Android 2.3 rather than 4.0.
Summary: Sprint calls the LG Viper "future-proof," since it will be ready to take advantage of Sprint's LTE network once that network is finally rolled out. But depending on where you live, you might not be able to use this phone's best feature until you're well into that two-year contract. So in the meantime, how does it compare with other $99 phones on Sprint?
Pros: Bright screen, Eco-friendly design, Good camera, Google Wallet support
Cons: Can't use 4G LTE yet, Short battery life, Runs hot