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 Previous reviews covered the pros of the phone in great detail, but it has one of those "can't live without" features that is important to me...the front screen is Corning's Gorilla Glass originally developed in the '60s and sat for over 40 years.
Cons One word...BATTERY!!
Summary I've gone through my share of phones ever since my first one when I moved to Key West in 2000. I broke down and bought one so we could keep in touch with families in the event we had to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. (That was back before their "New Every 2" Customer Loyalty Program became "if you stick with us for 2 years we'll let you buy a used old phone the manufacturer no longer supports for only $50.) While I wasn't crazy about the carrier locking certain things down so we couldn't use some of the base features of the phone, it was at least something I could tolerate as being a switch-off for paying $0 for the phone, but all of them did meet my #1 criteria...when I needed to use the phone I could count on it to be operational.
Sadly...this is where LG missed the mark big time. When I first got the phone I followed the instructions for charging the phone and noticed right away it would hold it's charge about 36-40 hours if I didn't use it. A couple of months ago I noticed that if I unplugged it at 8:00 a.m. and forgot to put plug it back in to charge it, I got the Low Battery warning about 8:00 a.m. the next day. A couple of weeks later I woke up to the "Low Battery" I would wake up to see the "Low Battery" warning already displayed. Thinking I was shooting myself in the foot because I had too many services or applications running I turned off every service or application that I could leaving me with a "Not So" Smartphone. Today, after letting it charge all night I unplugged it from it's charging cable around 9:15 a.m. and didn't get the "Low Battery" warning until about 5:30 this evening so it is getting progressively worse. I bought the phone brand new a year ago this month. I had read the User Reviews on many sites before purchasing it and if a "con" was listed in the review they said the battery life was "disappointing". Since the term "disappointing" is subjective and to some people a battery life of 4 days was "disappointing". I did some research and found a few articles saying that LG had received an unusually high number of complaints in regards to the battery life for this phone and, as it turns out, my situation is not unique...many consumers had complained to LG about the lack of battery life and their response as to the solution for the problem?...deal with it. They had no plans to rectify the defect.
That's a shame. Taking the batter life out of the equation, I really like the phone...it's easy to use, responsive to my touch and voice, the clarity of voices...it's got so much going for it. However, because of this major flaw with the phone it no longer meets my #1 criteria for a cell phone. LG's response, in my personal opinion is unacceptable especially because now that I have changed carriers and our cell bills have been cut by over 50% for the same feature (can you hear me now?, the phones this carrier says can be used on their network are not subsidized by the manufacturer so I paid full price...for both of them. "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you." I bought two of these phone so LG goes right into the "shame on you" category. I need to have some sense of reliability when it comes to a cell phone which means we now have to buy two new phones to replace these. Not sure which manufacturer we'll be going with but I can tell you for absolute certainty who it won't be. And with a consumer policy in place for treating customer's in this manner, I'm going to be very hard pressed to buy ANY LG product...ever.
Bottom line...the battery life on this phone is not "disappointing"...it's disgraceful.
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