"The LG Motion meets its tall twin brother!"4.5 starson by KevinPhoenix
Pros: - Every bit as good as the LG Motion.
- Uses Android's Ice Cream Sandwich. At least it isn't Gingerbread.
- Runs like a dream.
- Graphics are crystal clear.
- Great battery life. Not the best mind you, but still great.
- Screen size is just right!
Cons: - It uses up a lot of its RAM while in use, especially when you have a lot of apps installed.
- The phone feels delicate due to the plastic feel of it.
Summary: If you're a fan of the LG Motion, then this phone will not disappoint. As I said, it comes with ICS, which I'm personally content with, even though it would've been nice for it to have Jelly Bean. But at least it isn't Gingerbread, which is definitely very outdated. There are some small, but noticeable in color schemes within ICS, all welcome. It's clear that they adjusted it to be even easier on the eyes than LG Motion's ICS. For now at least, I hold out hope that a Jelly Bean upgrade will be released for the LG Spirit.
Performance-wise, it runs great. Everything is smooth and I have yet to encounter any lag. People say that the Samsung Galaxy SIII has some of the best graphics, but I beg to differ. To me, the graphics on the spirit look virtually on par with the SIII. Everything is sharp and it's easy on the eyes.
The battery boasts more capacity than the Motion. And while I have yet to really push the battery hard, it lasts a good length of time on a single charge, at least two days with moderate app and wi-fi use. As someone who is typically a power user, I'll probably get an extended battery when they become available. Otherwise, you shouldn't have to recharge this phone that often.
The screen size is right where it should be. It's large enough that you can see most apps in great detail, yet it's not so big that it makes the phone feel overly bulky in your pocket.
As I said, it uses up more RAM than I expected. It has the same amount as the LG Motion, yet with the Motion it's been pretty good about using around half of it at any given time, unless you're running a lot of apps. I find myself frequently clearing up the RAM because I sometimes think it'll hit its limit and then I could start seeing lag. Hopefully, when LG releases its first firmware update, it'll solve the memory issue and optimize it better. But with that said, I have yet to see the memory get maxed out while in use.
The phone has a plastic feel to it, which makes it feel delicate. But after getting a case and screen protector for it, that helped balance that out a good bit. Even so, with a phone like this, you want to handle it like a lady. I've taken care never to drop it or scratch the screen. Handle it with care at all times, and you'll be just fine.
It has a little less internal storage than the Motion, but at least you get as much as they say you do. It's still enough to hold lots of apps. Though in this case, I would still highly recommend a microSD card to bolster your storage capacity, especially for your music, picture, and video files.
All in all, the LG Spirit is what the LG Motion should've been in the first place. It stands up to the Samsung Galaxy SIII with confidence at roughly half the price. For a no-contract phone, this phone will be hard to beat both price-wise and performance-wise.
If you can afford it, then I'd strongly recommend it, especially while the rebate is still available from MetroPCS!