"Impressive device on an impressive network."4.0 starson by ryanoudoak
Pros: 4LTE Network on Verizon is impressively fast...I hope others stay off of it as long as possible. Some of the "bloatware" that is pre-installed is actually surprisingly useful. Netflix is seemless once you establish an account.
Cons: Few accessories yet -- bad LG. Can't stream netflix through HDMI connection to other devices -- very disappointing. How do you carry this thing?
Summary: I was really surprised that it took CNET a) this long to come out with a review b) they apparently did not spend much time with this device because the things brought up in the review I got over within 48 hours. I hope they revisit this review.UPDATE: Mini HDMI cable (for the Droid X2) purchased from the Verizon store works to mirror this phone onto our HDTV. This function works for watching HD video shot with our phone, Netflix, pictures, browsing the internet including streaming full-length episodes of TV programs and, much to the delight of our 5-year old son, Angry Birds RIO. I routinely make it through a work day while casually using the phone for email, facebook and light browsing during breaks. I always carry a charger with me for the days that I am using the phone to stream multi-media (radio or TV) and usually requirea 45-minute charge at some point during the day to make it to the evening.
Bottom line: If you live in an area supported by Verizon's 4LTE network, you should consider one of these phones even with only a single-core processor. Unless you are constantly playing games, dual-core processing probably is unncecessary while we are in a FROYO (and even Gingerbread) world.
When I was researching this phone, all I read about was how disappointing it was that Bing was the search engine and how disappointing it was that all this "bloatware" was put on the phone by Verizon and how the battery life was disappointing.
The truth is, you get over that in about 48 hours. Bing is actually a pretty intuitive search engine with some cool features that don't come with google. Don't get me wrong, google is still my home page on my laptop and my search engine of choice because I am used to it. But Bing actually gives some neat shortcuts to finding local businesses that are useful when you are mobile. And I haven't noticed anything different with Bing maps?it's a map. And if you really hate it, you can still download google maps and search engine from the market. You can store 48 gigs of data on this thing!!!
I hate a lot of the programs that were preloaded on the phone, but no one is forcing me to use them. And I can put 48 gigs of data on this thing!!! Plus, Polaris office and Netflix are awesome! And I definitely wouldn't have discovered Polaris Office if it hadn't been preloaded. Maybe something I hate is something someone else would think was awesome.
Battery life - I spent about 20 minutes changing the settings on my applications through the application manager (turning off what I didn't need to be running) and battery life increased tremendously. Went from 3 hours between charges in the first 36 hours I had the phone to a full 12-hours yesterday. During those 12-hours, I was using it for email and facebook throughout the day. I downloaded a PowerPoint presentation for work (100 page document downloaded in 5 seconds) and reviewed it while I sat in a park. And I used it as a phone. Point being, this thing can last a whole day. That said, I will be buying a portable charger (go green) and a car charger for days when I want to be surfing all day on the fastest network around.
I gave this phone the 4-star review that CNET should have. Personally, I would put it closer to 5 and would have been a 5 if LG had launched with an appropriate supplement of accessories. Bad, LG.
Updated on Jun 16, 2011
The single core processs compliments the 4LTE network for Verizon. I can report that I generally get 2 bars from home (15 miles outside of Detroit. At work, 5 miles away, I routinely get 5 bars of 4G. I do not notice any lag in network or phone performance under any of these conditions.