"Good value, but serious drawbacks for some users"2.5 starson by fdanna
Pros: 1. Great Price
2. Contract free
3. Pretty responsive for older specs
4. Good build quality
5. Decent battery life for a smartphone
Cons: 1. This phone will not work on MetroPCS's 4g network (their 3g is very slow)
2. Dialer cannot handle +1 in front of phone numbers (inserts 011 even though we're in the US).
3. Internal memory of the phone is tight, fills FAST.
Summary: Ultimately I had to return the device because I would have had to go through all my Google contacts (250 of them) to re-format the phone numbers without +1 in front of them. I called LG support and posted my question on multiple boards but was finally told the LG Dialer was working as designed. This is lazy programming. Furthermore, if I changed all my numbers then when I'm overseas my other devices would then incorrectly dial the numbers.
If network speed is a high priority for you, then you will be disappointed. Even casual surfing on metropcs can be painful. The network can barely keep up with email requests, but I was willing to overlook the slow speed for the flat $50 a month that no other carrier in my area can match.
Down the road, upgrade-ability of the phone remains a question mark. It's unclear if or when future version of Android would ever be made available. Given the speed of the network and Over-the-Air update seems highly improbably and most likely would bring the carrier to its knees. This requires users purchasing this phone be comfortable with connecting to a PC to install future updates that will most likely be provided by LG.
Free internal memory can be filled easily and if you search on message boards, you will see this question pop up frequently. Casual users will not want to "root" their phone and may be frustrated.