"Great Phone! Love the NOVA Screen display!"4.5 starson by Jae-Em
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.