The LG Revolution is the third 4G powered Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless and it retails at a hefty $249.99 w/2YR new contract. Is it a device that is worth that premium cost? Will it attract high sales in the crowded smartphone environment over at Verizon Wireless? Well I think I will have to let time answer those questions. What I will answer is what it offers out of the box; what I liked and what I did not! Lets get into it…
The Revolution sports 3G and 4G LTE networks on Verizon Wireless and like it’s 4G counterparts on “Big Red” it also features some other similarities in hardware. On a funny side not, the Revolution almost seems like the first quiet release of a 4G Verizon Wireless Smartphone device since the HTC Thunderbolt. The reason I say that is because the Thunderbolt received so much press associated with its delay of over a month for whatever reasons and the Samsung Droid Charge received a bit of notice in the media because of the huge Verizon Wireless 4G outage that caused the device to also be delayed. Even though the Charge was only delayed for just over a week, it still caught much heat for that delay. However, the Revolution came out right on time with no fuss of a delay, so it almost amusingly seemed to be a somewhat boring launch. The device itself on the other hand is not that boring.
The LG Revolution is running Froyo Android 2.2 with a simple LG Optimus UI on it that has a cool new category separation feature in the applications pane. You will be able to see what I mean visually in my unboxing and review video of the device at end of this article. Hopefully the Gingerbread Android 2.3 update will not be that far behind for this device and I think the “out-of-the-box” inclusion of Netflix on the Revolution may be a potential sign that LG has intentions to be prompt in updating the Revolution than they have done with earlier Android devices in the past.
The LG Revolution has a bit of a heavy build, at just over 6 ounces in weight, when you compare it to the likes of the iPhone 4 and Droid Charge. It is aesthetically mute of anything that is heavily innovative in design. Now although it may not be jazzy in the “looks department,” it is still a solid build of a device right down to the nicely recessed camera lens. The camera is recesses into the battery cover of the device in an apparently good attempt to protect the camera from exterior scratching and a simple removal of the battery cover will allow you to clean the lens very easily.
The Revolution shows all its color on its 4.3 inch capacitive touch display which is 480 x 800 pixel resolution. On the rear of the device there is 5-Megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto-focus along with 720p HD video recording support as well as a front-facing 1.3-Megapixel camera. Inside the device there is a 1500 mAh battery and I have to be honest that it has not been meeting up to my expectation for battery life in the past few days that I have tested the device but I am also not your average user and can tend to over work devices. In addition to the 16GB Micro-SD card pre-installed on the LG Revolution the usual other suspects in tow on this device as well; WIFI (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot, 3.5mm headset jack, Micro-USB charging/syncing, and Micro HDMI port as well.
The Revolution is being driven a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and yes it is only another single core processor device. “We Want Dual Core,” when will they learn as I have said in the past single core is a thing of the past and dual core is the future. Well at least its the future for at least the rest of this year.
Overall the LG Revolution is at the same price, screen size, and 4G power as the Samsung Droid Charge nearly the same cost. But the Revolution is heavier and is not a practical in the display category when you compare it to the Super AMOLED Plus display that we see on the Droid Charge. So if it you are deciding between those 2 devices for your next or first Android device, which it seems to be from many people that have asked me about those device, than I would choose the Charge for the moment. I say for the moment because that may change if one device takes longer than another to get officially updated to Gingerbread. Be sure to check out my hands-on video of the device below and you are welcome to leave any questions or comments below!