Pros Bright Display, User friendly, touchscreen is very responsive. Battery life lasts to about 12 hours (and that's with a lot of web browsing and playing Draw Something!) Camera pictures (taken with back camera) were crisp and sharp.
Cons No separate/dedicated camera button. You have to use the on-screen one when taking a picture. It may not be a problem to anyone else but to me, it is, for convenience purposes. Even my old Huawei Ascend had one! Lots of bloatware :(
Summary I was ready to buy the Samsung Galaxy Attain but was convinced by the store owner to get this one instead...And boy, am I glad I did! For those of you complaining about the 4G speed, well, it IS a prepaid phone. If you are coming from AT&T or other big name service providers with 4G, the Metro PCS 4G does feel a bit slower. But if you're like me who's been a Metro PCS user (my old phone was Huawei Ascend and it ran in 1x! ugh! Even when it changed to 3G towards the end, it still was super slow.), finally having a 4G phone was a huge difference! The speed depends in your area of coverage, too. I happen to live in a city where there is 4G coverage everywhere and the cell signals are always full, so that helped a lot.
As for the battery life, It depends on each users phone usage and apps. I have Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger & Mail, Gmail, a weather clock (it comes with it's own, but I like the other app better), Pandora, Shazam, Ringtone Maker, Dictionary, Translator, Instagram, Photo Grid, Yelp, and four Games...and my battery lasts me 12+hours! That's with the screen on it's full brightness, not power saver mode! I'm on Facebook a lot & I play Draw Something with my friends throughout the day! I did install an Android Task Killer App though, so that may have helped me conserve battery as well.
Now, about the cameras...the back camera took nice, crisp photos...but it could be better. I just learned to manipulate the camera settings in order to achieve a good pic. The Front camera pics are grainy and dull, but good enough for video calling. Like I said above, no dedicated camera button :( My old Huawei Ascend had one and it made it easier to take pictures (for me at least). The lack of dedicated camera button means that you have to take a pic using the on-screen one, which could be a problem if you don't have a steady hand...pics may come out blurry or skewed. Or if you're the type that likes to take vanity shots, since the front camera doesn't (wouldn't) do you justice with only 3.2 megapixels and no flash, taking a self portrait with the back camera is the only option; and without the dedicated camera button, you are left with positioning your finger in an awkward angle and hope the you press the on-screen camera button correctly, and without shaking your hand! LOL
The calls I made were very loud and clear on both ends, and the sound quality is nice. But then again, it may all depend on your area of coverage.
Bottom line: The LG Connect is a good phone for anyone wanting a smartphone but without the restraints of a contract. It is Metro PCS's best Smartphone so far, compared to their earlier attempts like LG Optimus and Huawei Ascend...and, even the store manager who sold me the phone who has an LG Esteem (which is the same price as LG Connect) said that he wished he waited for the LG Connect before buying a new phone! The price is a little steep but I got mine for a total of $346 (tax + activation included) because it had a $50 instant rebate from the original price of $349 when I bought it... and right now, I think the instant rebate promo is still on.
Pros 1. Price: Got it on sale for $150
2. Antenna reception is very strong
3. Sound quality on calls is good
4. The phone is responsive, no lag
5. Screen is bright and relatively big
6. Accepted my 16 GB SD card packed with music, no formatting necessary
Cons 1. It gets very hot
2. I had to setup the phone myself which was a HUGE hassle
4. Battery is WEAK, it dies quickly with average use
5. Retail is $349, which is too expensive
6. The benchmarks on the graphics SUCK
7. Can't feel the phone on vibrate
Summary Ok, this is SIMPLE: If the phone is on sale for $150 or less, BUY IT!
It has the same specs as the LG Motion, except that it runs on Gingerbread 2.3. Just check out the raw numbers and you'll see you're getting a better and bigger screen.
Of course if you really want Jellybean, then go for the Motion.
I live in the hills, in a basement apartment. Above me are 2 stories. And I actually get reception with this phone in the back of my apartment! In other words, the antenna is pretty damn good.
Voice quality is good, call quality is good. Definitely a strong point.
Well, it's going to vary based on where you live. I haven't really gotten super fast speeds, but it's fast enough to listen to streaming music and download apps/updates quickly. For the price, it's worth it.
The camera is average. Nothing special. Doesn't handle high contrast situations so well. Backlighting really gives it fits. It's not bad though.
The video quality is good. Don't expect to shoot a movie with it though.
I like the interface, but that's a personal thing. It's smooth and not laggy. So that's a big plus.
Ok, here's the GLARING weak spot. This thing dies quickly. With moderate use, like listening to music, making a few calls and sending a few text messages, the battery is almost dead by the end of the day. NOTE: I have not used JuiceDefender yet, because I want to see how long the battery will last.
The Feel of the Phone:
I don't really care about this, I've got a cover for the phone, so really, what does it matter? The phone is plastic, and sure doesn't feel as solid as my GFs iPhone. But once again, you get what you pay for.
ONLY BUY THE PHONE IF IT'S ON SALE FOR $150 OR LESS.
3 out of 5 stars: It's a good phone.
NOTE: If Juice Defender can extend the battery, its 4 out of 5 stars, consider the PRICE.
PS If you can, purchase the phone IN-STORE because activating it online or over the phone is a hassle.
PPS I was torn between the LG Motion and LG Connect. I went with the Connect for the following reasons:
1. Screen is bigger, has more pixels and is just hands down better, check the specs.
2. They both run on the same chip and same amount of ram
3. The motion is a $150 phone. Do you really think the call quality is going to be better than a phone that costs $350? No way.
4. It was a $350 phone on sale for $150.
-Touch Screen Size and responsiveness
Cons - Battery is terrible, but at least it is removable, so good idea to carry and extra battery when our and about for an extended period of time.
Summary Great phone that needs a better battery
Pros Superfast touchscreen. Easy interface. Instant text message response option when you decline call. Lightweight. bright screen when you want it even outside. decent video and camera. bright led bulb for flash and video. 4G is fast when you can get it.
Cons BATTERY SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phone dies without warning! slow and long to charge .
Summary Okay keeps up with iphone though
Pros display is good
not too heavy
4g speed of metro pcs is good
connecting to wifi is not a problem
can download apps from store without problems
apps loaded are adequate
video chat is quite decent not too lagging.
phone calls were clear.
Cons battery last 12 hours
camera pict at night is bad.
no way to check for app updates.
in phone mode and voice mail and when you enter password key after every 3 key stroke display would go off and on, at times it would prompt invalid password.
Summary overall pricey for 350$ and $60 4g lte monthly plan. average phone does 4g lte. read samsung attain, lg esteem is even worse so had to settle here. Wish metro sold Apple iphone 4s :/i came across android forum:
Updated on Mar 23, 2012
where to save battery there is an app for that called juice defender you can download it from play appstore -> search for juice defender free version or paid version and download and give it a try. it disable the data connection when the phone is not in use and as a result saves a lot on the battery juice.
Updated on Mar 25, 2012in my earlier email i had mentioned that there is now to check for apps; i stand corrected in app store when you hit menu click -> my apps -> if any are to be updated you can click them then one by one or all at once. to save on battery, i had set the auto updates to disabled so it was not showing up. and yest juice defender definitely saves a lot on battery.
Updated on Mar 25, 2012in cons i had mentioned about display going off when making phone and while using dial pad, (it no longer a cons but rather a design fault of android device). i figured this out through droid forum; as i am a left handed and was holding the device a certain way; i was sort of blocking the sensor located at the top left corner of the device. once i changed the way i held the phone, things word as expected; given the work around i've used since getting the phone a week ago i certainly would like to up the rating to 4 stars as its having the same problems as most of the devices in the market place for android devices today.