LG Revolution VS910 review


A real revolutionary smartphone from LG ?

The new LG Revolution VS910 was officially announced on January 2011 during the CES and was released on the 26th of May. And, as its name claims, it promised to be a revolutionary smartphone. Does it live up to its high expectations? Here are the test and review conclusions and what we think about that.
The first thing we noticed was its weight: 172 g. The LG VS910 is 5.1 inches, 2.6 inches wide and 0.5 inch thick and has a 4.3-inch display. The back is made of soft matte material; it features curved corners and smooth sides. Among its specifications we find a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 800×480 pixels, a LED indicator, a 5-megapixel camera, microUSB, a volume button, HDMI, a 1500mAh lithium ion battery, 16GB preinstalled microSD card MB of memory and 32 GB maximum card size.

Excellent touchscreen display

lg-revolution-vs910The LCD on this smartphone is vibrant and sharp, but we found the colors not as deep as those on other devices. The touchscreen is excellent and it didn’t lag when we browsed through this phone’s screens. The LED indicator can be found on the upper left, the camera on the upper right; the microUSB is placed on the left spine, the volume button and HDMI port are placed on the left. The LED flash and the camera lens sit on the back and the 3.5mm headset jack and screen lock/power key are on the top of this smartphone.

Android 2.2 Froyo OS

The new Revolution VS910 features a calendar, alarms, calculator, world clock, the possibility to send text messages and e-mails (including POP3 and IMAP).
This smartphone comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, LG’s In Touch widget and Friends widget. The main menu is organized into easy to use categories: Communication (for Contacts, E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Messaging and so on), News & Search, Tools, Applications, Media and Downloads. The phone dialer features larger digits, LG’s own keyboard or the Swype one. Once one of these keyboards was selected, we couldn’t return to the Android one.

Netflix App preinstalled

This smartphone, we are glad to announce, supports Verizon’s 4G-LTE network. Although it doesn’t stand up to the promised 12 Mbps download speeds and 5Mbps upload speeds, the product performed quite well. Browsing is easy and the quality of streaming videos was superb.
Another advantage of the new LG VS910 smartphone is the preinstalled Netflix app. Some of the preinstalled apps are as follows: Amazon’s Kindle, Rhapsody, Polaris Office, TuneWiki and many more. The phone also features Facebook for LG and Twitter for LG. The large number of Verizon apps is, unfortunately, not removable.

Google technologies included

Another drawback is that maps and search functions don’t work with Google, they only work with Bing. Fortunately, this smartphone supports Google Talk, YouTube, Gmail and Google Music.
The LG Revolution allows users to watch videos on their phones on a big screen TV through the HDMI output. The DLNA technology makes streaming video wirelessly to other DLNA-supported devices easy via LG’s SmartShare app. 720 HD video playback is also possible, as is DivX video playback for WMV, MP4, 3GP and 3G2 formats with Dolby Music technology.

Good quality camera

The camera is a pretty good one: it takes good, sharp pictures, although the colors do not look that well. There’s also an image editor with the following options: crop, filter, resize, adjust photo and rotate.
The Revolution smartphone features a speakerphone, voice commands, speed dial and conference calling. It handles video calls with the aid of the camera that faces the front of the phone. Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot and a 3G connection for up to 5 devices are also included in this product.
When discussing voice quality, this smartphone offers mediocre experience: the voice sounds somewhat similar to that of a robot and the volume is rather low. The same can be said about the speakerphone quality. When using this device it is best if you sit in a quiet environment.
According to the manual, battery life goes up to 7.25 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby. However, when we tested it, the battery died really fast.

Review conclusions

Overall, after the tests performed for this review we can say that the LG Revolution VS910 is not the revolutionary smartphone it promised to be. But it’s certainly not a bad one.

Technical specifications

Software Environment
Embedded;Operating System:Google Android 2.2.1
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CPU:Clock:1000 MHz
CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655
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Memory / Storage-capacity
ROM+capacity:14.9 GiB
Display-Type:color transflective TFT , 16777216 scales
Display;Diagonal:4.3 “
Display-Resolution:480 x 800
Video:out:1280×720 (720p) resolution
Cellular;Networks:CDMA800, CDMA1900
Cellular+Data Links:cdmaOne, CDMA2000 1xRTT, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A
Call-Alert:40 -chord melody
Dual;Cellular Network-Operation:Parallel operation
Secondary Cellular+Networks:LTE 700
Positioning+Device:Multi-touch screen
Primary Keyboard:Not Yes
Directional-Pad:Not Yes
Scroll:Wheel:Not Yes
Expansion+Slots:microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash
USB:USB 2.0 client, 480Mbit/s
Bluetooth:Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Wireless LAN:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Infrared-Gate:Not Yes
Multimedia Telecommunication
Analog;Radio Receiver:Not Yes
Digital;Media;Broadcast;Tuner:Not Yes
Built-in GPS;module:Yes
Complementary+GPS:Services:Assisted GPS, QuickGPS, Geotagging
Built-in accelerometer:Yes
Battery Capacity:1500 mAh
Main-Camera:4.9 MP
Optical Zoom:1 x
Built-in+Flash:mobile light (LED)
Secondary-Camera:1.3 MP