considering LG Revolution for first smartphone

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  1. rawr33

    rawr33 Member

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    Hi all,

    It's time for me to retire my dinosaur of a phone and upgrade to an Android device. Now that I'm ready to make the jump, I can't wait to get my hands on the right device. I'm with Verizon, and trying to make sense of the current phones and upcoming options.

    The LG Revolution seems like it could be a great choice. I'm also considering the Droid X2 (though it seems a limited improvement on the X), Droid Incredible II (the one I tested had speakerphone problems, but maybe it was a fluke?), and find the pics of the Droid supposedly coming out later this summer as the 3, Bionic, or Targa. (so pretty... Motorola Droid 3 Screen Assembly Arrives at Reseller, Reps Front Facing Camera)

    So, thoughts on the LG Revolution? Why do you think it would rock? ...or not?

    Thanks!

    dancedroid
     
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    Based on what I have read LG seems to be more dev friendly, bootloader wise. Bing is a drawback but you can build custom ROM's perhaps CM7 (potentially) and of course just load Google search and tell the search button to use it instead of Bing. I am not anti-Bing I just prefer to have a full Google experience on my Android phone.

    That said I am also weighing the Droid3, however a locked bootloader is VERY likely, but a nice slider keyboard and 2.3.x could be on board out of the box (but again????)

    Droid 2 seems to have issues with its speakerphone, 1GB of free internal memory is a joke but the bump in size and processor is nice. I know you can put apps on the SD card, but, 1GB is hardly an improvement over the original Droid Incredible that shipped with 768MB of internal memory.

    The DX2 was also a contender for me, but if I am seriously looking at Moto I would rather get the D3 with a slightly smaller screen, real kb, possible 2.3.x and possibly more memory (but it could be hampered by webtop).

    I had the TB but the screen was impossible to read outdoors, the battery life was terrible and BT would not pair with my 2010 Subaru which is a joke.

    I will see what LG has to offer and go from there, it can't hurt to look it over.
     
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    If you have 4G in your area, I would highly recommend a 4G phone (Thunderbold, Droid Charge or LG Revolution).

    All three phones are pretty similar, no one phone wins in every catagory. I would wait for a week or so on the LG to see what the reviews look like (battery life, real world issues, etc).
     
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    I just got my revolution today, thought Id jump back into forums about now haha.

    Personally, after being in the store, take that for what you want, but there was hardly a difference in the screens between the 3 4g phones, even with the charge, although that is pretty subjective, but the charge stuttered a lot all around.

    Each one did the same between speed tests, I mention that because some places Ive seen it vary. I havnt heard good about the battery life on the thunderbolt, but Im weighing personal stories/what Ive seen more than sites or comments by a tad. The performance of the revolution I really cant complain about, its been utterly stutter free, which is big from me coming from an OG droid with gingerbread, and tuned as much as I could as far as low memory settings + heap size.

    I took the revolution both because its somewhat a mix of the charge and thunderbolt to a degree. Lower price than charge, and although the charge has hummingbird with sgx540, I cant say much from how it stuttered when I tried it. It has hdmi over the thunderbolt, and although Im not (yet?) swearing by LG's android ui overlay, Im not leaning towards sense either, it just never did much for me.

    Also of note, the charge keyboard was questionable, although that may have just been the stuttering, and the revolution keyboard is remarkable, although I miss the number row at the top like in the gingerbread keyboard. Kind of a nuisance to switch to the symbols/numbers panel for a single digit lol. Anything else, go ahead and ask.
     
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    I had the TB, sold mine off due to a dull screen that is impossible to read outdoors, BT wouldn't pair with my car (NY is a handsfree state) and battery life was terrible. That said the Revo and TB are equal processor, speed and overall performance, TB has a bit more RAM, Revo has A LOT more Internal Memory, say Revo 14GB vs TB 2.3GB.
     
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    LG revolution i think is better than the TB and Charge. I just tried it out today. The fASTEST in CPU speed. Looks better than both in terms of physical design. Nice camera. I think its the best of both worlds. If it can beat the TB in battery life its a no brainer.
     
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    Cool! I'm eager to try one out. I'm not sure; I may be able to make it to the store to try them on Saturday. (If I'd had time tonight, I would have gone! But, alas, I just got home and the stores are closed for the night.)
     
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    I had a chance to stop by and look at the Revolution on my way home from work tonight.

    A few quick off the cuff thoughts and comments.

    It is a very nice looking phone. A bit longer than the TB and a hair narrower. It seemed to be about the same thickness. It felt pretty good in my hand and I preferred it over the Charge.

    The screen looked better than the TB, but not as nice as the Charge's super AMOLED Plus.

    The screen seemed a bit laggy in some cases, and there were a couple of times where I had to press an icon a couple of times to get it recognized. The TB and Charge did not seem to have the same issue.

    I liked the interface, but would have to get used to it. It has categories that pull down and contract light window blinds. I'm not sure how customizable these are.

    The camera is is a bit of disappointment to me. I can agree that more mega pixels are not necessarily better images, but I was not happy with the color renditions when comparing it to the TB or the Charge. To me the Charge has the best camera and the TB next. Of course it is possible I did not have the settings optimized.

    When I checked the memory it had a whopping 14gb internal memory. The TB has 2. Granted it comes with a 16gb SD card rather than the 32 of the TB and Charge, but that can be replaced easily enough.

    Overall, I'd have say the Revolution is a solid contender and has a better screen than the TB. It definitely seems a better deal than the Charge, but it depends on the how important image quality is to you.
     
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    If I had to pick a new phone on Verizon today I'd probably get the LG.
     
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    I looked at the Inc2 and X next to the Charge when it came out, and I wasn't a fan of the Charge's display and I really dislike the Charge's form factor (Inc2 didn't work for me, speakerphone issue). It's a matter of preference.

    Regarding the Revolution, I'm a little concerned about the unresponsiveness indicated, and the camera quality. Can you elaborate?
     
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    I didn't like the form factor of the Charge either. I did love teh screen however.

    In regards to the lagginess I came across, the screen was generally responsive, but on occasion, pressing an icon to launch a program was sometimes a bit of hit and miss. Sometimes it launched immediately, and some times it took more than one press, or a long press. This is something I have not seen on other phones (TB, and Charge). Could've been the unit in the store so I'm going to check out another store's to see if it is endemic to the phone or not.

    As for the pictures, the Charge to me had the best images. Best color, definitely least JPG compression, largest file size, best grain, Less aliasing, etc...

    Thunderbolt had most compression and ailiasing, but the colors were nice.

    The Revolution has about the same level of detail as the Charge, but colors did not seem as spot on as the other two. Also has way less compression artifacts than the TB. Again kind of a cross of the other two.

    The images from all three are attached. the Charge is 100% crop since the whole file is too large for the forum. The other images are full size and no processing has been done to them. They are as they came out of the phone's camera.
     
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