Pros Style, Screen, easy to personalize
Cons Yahoo Go is not a go!
Summary Had all day to try this phone and loved every min I spent personalizing it..Screen is good size happy with the slide out keyboard..keys don't seem to small for me.I upgraded from an LG PM-325 and I don't miss my old phone one bit!
Pros Slider, Micro SD, Size, Bluetooth, Simplicity
Cons Menus, Speaker phone
Summary I've now owned this phone for around 8 months, long enough to give it a fair review (that I still use it is a glowing endorsement as it is ). For the past almost 10 years of being with Sprint, I've changed phones regularly, gradully getting more advanced each time. I flipped back and forth from 'candy bar' phones to flip phones and then settled on "smart phones". The Treos were great, but got 'tired' then I switched to the Mogul and was out of my league. After much consideration I realized what I wanted was small, a qwerty keyboard, ruggedness and token apps. The Rumor has all that.
Some have said the phone opens in their pockets. I've not experienced this at all. Pants/shorts pockets or shirt pocket, the phone stays closed.
Others mention the camera is lacking. I replied to one reviewer that they should buy a camera if they want to take pictures and not a phone.
Some say the menus are a pain to navigate and I agree whole-heartedly. They are at that, though once you are familiar with what is included and what you need, it's not much of a problem.
Screen resolution...again, it's a phone. That it does more than display in a single color and more than the number you are dialing is a plus.
Other's have experienced issues with the phone freezing/locking up...I believe there was a patch for that and it resolved the issue (I've not as of yet encountered any freezing or the need to reset the phone). Also some have noted that they are having problems receiving text messages from other carriers. I've not experienced this on the scale some report. I've not received a text or 2, but it's not been isolated to any specific carrier as it's happened to me Sprint to Sprint (sending and receiveing both) on occassion.
The speaker phone is lacking. Most often when I use it, the folk I'm talking to have no problem hearing me, but I have issues with hearing them (and no, it's not my hearing ). I'd like to see LG work on this area in the future.
The QWERTY keyboard and Micro SD slot make this phone a great device. It allows for easy texting, entry of addresses and other contact info as well as important dates and reminders through the calendar. The SD slot is terrific for those times when you don't feel like carrying your MP3 player of choice around.
I gave the LG Rumor an 8, because there's always room for improvement and the navigation as well as the speaker phone could be improved (though with those areas improved, I'd give it a 9...there are no perfect 10's).
I hope all that read this review find it usefull, it is my first so be kindUpdated
I did have one issue and someone's post remind me...I had a period where I received a bill from Sprint for downloading. It seems that the Rumor likes to connect to the internet for whatever reason. I spoke to Sprint and after a bit of time, the charges were removed from my bill and I asked them to please disable that function on their end (which I have done with most phones...need internet? get a computer ). Sprint did try to tell me I was downloading at all different hours and did try to suggest that someone in my home was doing it when I wasn't aware. I have no kids, and my wife was beside me sleeping as well so that left the cats. With how difficult it is to navigate the menus to get to the area to connect, I found that my cats stepping on it (while 'locked') would be nigh impossible.
Pros size, decent QWERTY keys, simple menus and reasonable features
Cons No EVDO, not a smart phone, a bit buggy in the software-just a bit
Summary Well, I switched from my battery-hogging Centro (see my reviews) to this little number the other day. I will be up front that I am a Sidekick nut, so this was the next best thing since Sprint is the better service in my neck of the woods. So, here is my take:
Size/Screen: This phone is a good size, not too big nor too small and the keypad, unlike the Centro's keys, the RUMOR is actually usable! The screen is decent, though it is not super high-res. The screen rotates when you slide the QWERTY keys open and it opens the messaging menu. All in all, it is not too bad for a sub-$ 100.00 phone.
Software/Experience: That screen rotation feature with the QWERTY keys, opens the messaging menu as mentioned-which includes text, picture mail, email, IM and a shortcut to a slimmed down Facebook portal to your "wall". Despite being a "regular phone" with no EVDO high-speed data, these features work reasonably fast. The media and audio is nice and plays up to a 4 gigabyte memory card of various video and audio files. The sound quality is good and the screen is usable though it's no video IPOD or ZUNE. All in All, it plays many formats in a simple interface. The speakerphone is decent though the microphone has a limited range to pick up voices well. The AIM messenger/I.M. software was a bit slow and was JAVA-based. It doesn't seem to alert you to messages when you exit the AIM application screen which, unlike the Sidekick is a bit of a drag. I am investigating a fix for this. The other features: bluetooth, menus and camera-are fine though unimpressive.
Battery/Reception: The battery seems to do well with extended talk and texting/email over an average day. I have not had to plug it in, which I appreciate. The call quality seems to be good though the reception is not the best with Sprint (as with a Sanyo handset) it is not troublesome either. The ringers that are voice or audio/music file needed a tad higher volume, but were easily heard when turned up. The vibrate works fine.
All in All this phone is the average texter's dream. If you don't "need" EVDO, this phone will serve you well and is snappy. Sometimes, though rarely, the phone gets "stuck" and restarts. In the end, it's a great deal for what you get.
Pros Design, keyboard, call quality
Cons Sprint customer service, poor picture quality in low light, slow camera
Summary This is best summed up by saying this is a great phone, but Sprint customer service sucks.
The call quality is great. I have not had any problems with dropped calls or clarity. The keyboard is awesome. I don't text much, but when I do it is easy to use. It comes in handy with even just entering phone numbers and names into my address book. The design is great. My wife has the white model. I have the black model. The black model has rubber grip around the back which is nice because I tend to drop my phones often. I haven't dropped this one yet. There is the option for a microSD card which is nice for transferring photos and mp3s.
Sprint customer service is horrible. I did not transfer my phone number from Cingular/ATT until after the phone was received. This turned into a nightmare. I had to call multiple times to get the issue resolved. On multiple occasions I was told different stories. I was also hung up on while on hold after having waited for more than 20-30 minutes on some occasions. The issue is now resolved and hopefully I will never have to speak with another customer support person again.
The camera is slow and also takes poor picture under artificial/low light conditions.
I did not buy this phone for it's camera or mp3 capability. That's what my camera and mp3 player are for so it's not really a bother for me if the picture or sound quality are just ok/good as opposed to excellent.
I recommend the Rumor and suggest if you are transferring your phone number from another service that you do it automatically when purchasing the phone and wait the 10 days.
Pros The idea of this phone is GREAT. The slide action is fun, and the keyboard is fairly easy to use. The programming is smart and knows what you want when you want it.... but that assumes you can get anything to work on it
Cons The hardware is another story. We've replaced this phone three times now. EVERY time it's for multiple reasons, including but not limited to: screen freezing, differing keys ont he keyboard not working, random blank text messages, and many more!
Summary We will never even consider this phone again. When we were trying to turn in our phone for the fourth time there was someone standing next to us with the same problems from the same phone. We both made the comment that they should stop selling this phone. IT IS THAT BAD. It may look fun, but after your 100th blank text message sent to a friend... and they get annoyed... it becomes not so fun. Not to mention the constantly frozen screen. PLUS the keyboard that randomly doesn't work. And it's never the same keys that don't work... always different ones. We are fair people, we've given this phone three different chances. No more! I can't warn you enough about this phone. DO NOT BUY IT!!!!!