Pros Solid battery life (even w/ full animation settings)
Clear, vivid display
Good call quality overall
Nice picture quality
Supports Adobe flash
Cons Call quality occasionally muddled (rarely)
Occasional lag (again, rarely)
Charger outlet on top of phone (mildly irritating)
Back cover somewhat difficult to remove
- Virtually none - :)
Summary I upgraded to an LG Marquee almost two months ago and have been grateful every day since - I feel I made a great investment. I previously had an HTC Hero, which was just south of wretched. It's definitely NOT a hero you want to hold out for. (Yeah - Bonnie Tyler reference. I went there.) Prior to that, I had a Blackberry Curve 8330(?) which worked wonderfully at first, but then lagged like crazy after a few months.I knew I forgot something! One last feature which I consider a MAJOR Pro - the radiation level is quite low for a smartphone, 0.77 W/kg. The maximum legal limit is 1.59 W/kg.
If you're not in need of 4G speeds, look no further than the Marquee. I was a little wary of getting a phone which was relatively new to the market and didn't have a tremendous amount of user reviews (case in point: this is the first CNET user review). But this phone does everything I need it to, and I don't mind the 3G speed.
First off, the display is wonderful - very crisp and clear and the maximum brightness proves very helpful on a sunny day. The display is 4", so it gives comfortable amount of room for your fingers to type/navigate without the size of the phone being ridiculous.
The phone itself is thin and lightweight, but without feeling cheap. (Just don't forget when you have it in your back pocket!) And I'm not lying about the battery life - you can really do quite a lot on the phone before you're needing to plug it in. With my HTC Hero, I had to keep a charger at work as well as at home, because it wouldn't survive the day. But if the Marquee has a solid amount of battery in the morning, it won't abandon you before the day's out. And, as noted above, I've had the phone animations on their full setting since day one, which is a fun feature to utilize (otherwise, why have the option at all, right?).
With five different "desktop" screens, there's plenty of room for a variety of widgets and application links. I've filled all five screens with my favorite apps/widgets. On that note, this phone has the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS - no complaints here; the interface makes it extremely easy to move apps (granted, not all of them) to the 2GB micro SD card that's included, leaving behind plenty of internal memory for the phone to function properly. I don't store a ton of music/photos on my phone at any given time, but those who'd like to can simply upgrade their micro SD card.
As mentioned above in the Cons, when exploring the internal components of the phone (i.e. battery/SD card), I had some trouble in taking off the back cover; I found that you have to gently pry it up with your fingernail on all four sides, whereas the instructions claim you can just slide it off - still have never been able to do that. Another minor Con is that the developers chose to put the charger outlet on the top of the phone - this proves somewhat cumbersome when trying to still use the phone while it's plugged in; they need to make sure to move the outlet to the bottom in any future versions. Once in a great while, the phone will lag but, as with any smartphone, I'd recommend a full shutdown/restart at least once per week, simply to refresh it. Also, there's the occasional call that seems muddled in quality, but I can never really tell if this might be the other person's phone, the phone carrier(s), etc.
I'd truly recommend this phone for anyone. And I'd venture to say that the reason this phone doesn't garner more recognition on the market is simply because it's being overshadowed by the current 4G phones.
Side note: my phone carrier is actually CREDO Mobile (a subsidiary of Working Assets), which handles all billing and customer service, but offers Sprint phones and puts you on the Sprint network. Also highly recommended.
Updated on Jan 27, 2012
"A real piece of junk!"on by kjpjr
Pros nothing really
Cons good for nothing.
Summary shuts itself off, does not ring when phone is on, it will go directly to voice mail. We had had 3 of these phone, all are re tuned or being returned. The first one, the battery lasted about 3 or 4 hours even with wi-fi off and other battery saving things. It shut off in the middle of a call or other activity. It did not drop the call -- it shut off. Phone #2 the battery lasted about 6 hours with the same other problems. Phone #3 same deal as #2. Today I called my wife and the phone shut off while we were talking. I called her back about an hour later and phone rang several times and went to voice mail. Wife said it never rang. Tried again about 15 minutes later and it did not ring but went right to VM. Tried again about 10 minutes later and she got the call. We were in the same places for all theses calls. I cannot say enough bad things about this phone. We may pay the buy out and be done since they will only replace the same phone over and over again.
Pros Thin. Screen is OK.
Cons Terrible camera. You can't send photo text messages. Terrible for work email. Imperfect Gmail syncing. Buggier than other Android phones, would often shut off. Problems with Google Maps. Screen sensitivity was lacking. Terrible battery life.
Summary Extremely disappointed that CNET rates this phone akin to Google Nexus or Blackberry Bold. This phone is second rate in almost every department, struggles to utilize the Android/Google features, and is extremely behind the curve in the camera and photo department. I would not accept this phone for free.you're full of it, sadie. this phone sucks.
Updated on Jun 4, 2012
"Eats batteries"on by RichieAG
Pros Nice build quality. Decent screen resolution
Cons Internal earpiece located at very top of phone, requiring you to place phone slightly lower on your ear. Eats batteries and take way too long to charge. I thought this phone was defective so I exchanged it for the same model. Same situation.
Summary Ordered a second battery to carry with me. Wall charging and car charging would take all day. I was too stressed out with weak and/or dead batteries so I exchanged it for the ZTE Warp. Will be listing my extra battery on Amazon.
Pros Great features; beautiful display; fast processor; lots of memory.
Cons Crashes, freezes, gets hot, reboots, screen flickers, and poor battery life. Four months fighting with it, including 3 full factory resets, Sprint admits these are "known problems" that LG will fix with a software update... as of mid-February.
Summary If only it worked as designed, it would be a delightful phone. How can Sprint sell this phone to its customers and not replace it with another model that works???