Review of LG Revolution

by techtiptom

Originally posted on on 06/20/2011

I’ve been asked to review another entry in the Android line-up, this time the LG Revolution. Having just had the chance to check out the Samsung Droid Charge and a friend’s HTC Thunderbolt; I was curious to see how LG would stack up.

Measuring 5.03-by-2.63-by-0.52 inches and weighing 6.06 ounces, the Revolution is slightly larger and heavier than the Thunderbolt. It is solidly built with four touch buttons beneath the display: Menu, Home Back and Search. A micro-USB port is located on the right spine while a HDMI port and volume can be found on the left spine. The 3.5-mm headphone jack and power/lock button is located at the top.

Like the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge, the Revolution has a 4.3-inch TFT display. With an 800-by-480-pixel resolution, the Revolution has the same resolution as the Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. The Revolution is incredibly difficult to see in bright sunlight. The screen gets quite smudgy, which adds to the bad outdoor visibility.

The Revolution runs Android 2.2. But f or whatever reason, LG made the decision to put its own software keyboard on the Revolution rather than the stock Android keyboard. The keyboard and autocorrect is incredibly frustrating to use.

The Revolution is yet another Verizon phone with Bing Maps and Bing Search preinstalled.

I am a fan of Google, and would liked to been able to choose my search option.

The Revolution comes loaded with the brand new Netflix for Android app. I tested Netflix over both Wi-Fi and 4G. While video ran fairly smoothly over both, the video quality was fuzzy..

The Revolution only has a single core Snapdragon MSM8655 processor. This is the same second-generation processor you’ll find in the HTC Thunderbolt.  I tested the LG Revolution’s 4G LTE data speeds. I got an average download speed of 7.14 megabits per second (mbps) and an average upload speed of 3.46 mbps. The average latency was 86 milliseconds.

It seems like the Revolution suffers from the same battery issues as the Thunderbolt and the Charge.  You have to charge it daily, and better keep a charger in the car…