Hands-on with the LG Revolution
You're going to talk down on the LG Revolution. You're going to say some not-so-nice things about it. And that's a shame, really. Because save for one thing, we really don't have much to say about Verizon's third LTE-capable phone in our initial use.
The phone itself? A 4.3-inch black slab with a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP shooter out front, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor the aforementioned LTE data and a whole lot of internal memory. Tack on LG's user interface customizations -- which we've long enjoyed -- and you've got yourself a solid little phone.
The one thing that's sure to cause curses from even the most liberal Android nerd? It's been Binged. Like the Samsung Fascinate before it (along with a a couple of other phones not worth mentioning here), Verizon's traded some Google services for Microsoft's Bing. Google Maps? Not there, though you can download it. Google Search? Negatory. You've got Bing.
But if you can live with that, the LG Revolution looks like it's got what it takes to be a solid Android device.
Check out our hands-on video after the break.
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But for texting, it's a bust. Do NOT get this phone if you like to text. Swype was new to me with the 'Charge'. And I loved it. But with the Revolution, it doesn't work. Maybe 20% accuracy. I spend more time backspacing and correcting then texting.
Voice to text, is beyond useless. Again, with the charge is was fair. Around 80% or so accuracy. With the Revoluion, it is below 0% accuracy. It never gets a single word right. I am Midwest (no accent), young adult, clear speaker, and do a lot of public speaking. I've never had complaints, but this voice to text simply does not work.
Then there is the new 'aggravate the crap out of you' feature. It has a 'quick button', right where the number shift should be, that changes your language. Who on Earth wants a quick button to frequently change their language while texting? I am constantly getting stuck in French, which by the way, has a different keyboard layout. I have never hated a phone as much as I hate this one.