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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

LG Vortex Specification Reviews

The Vortex is a dual-band EV-DO Rev A (850/1900 MHz) device with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. It connected to my WPA2-encrypted network without issue. Verizon Wireless has just announced yet another smartphone of the Android variety, this time around hailing from LG’s stable where it is known as the Vortex. Operating system, coupled with a 3.2-inch touch screen display, 3G Mobile Hotspot ability, Skype, manufacturer apps such as VZ Navigator among others, Bing Search and Bing Maps.

The voice dialing app was hopeless; it didn't get any names right. The speakerphone had sufficient volume but distorted markedly at the top setting. Voice quality was exactly as anticipated: crisp, clear, and loud, with a slightly thin sound in the earpiece but no background hiss. Callers said I sounded excellent, and reception was also good. Battery life was stellar at just over eight hours of talk time.

The LG Vortex measures 4.5 by 2.3 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.4 ounces. It's made of quality-feeling soft touch plastic with a silver accent line around the side. The 3.2-inch, 320-by-480-pixel capacitive touch screen looks bright and colorful.  The 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera has no LED flash. Test photos were fine, with slightly soft focus but good color balance both indoors and out.

The sluggish auto-focus added about a second and a half to each shot. Recorded 640-by-480-pixel videos were smooth if slightly pixilated at 17 frames per second. This panel is slightly smaller but otherwise equivalent to the 3.5-inch panel found on the first three generations of iPhone. The Vortex's screen resolution is what we consider a minimum for good Android performance.

Four plastic purpose buttons sit below the screen. The on-screen QWERTY keyboard was stubborn and cramped, even in landscape mode. And I hope you like the Swype keypad, because there are no other built-in virtual keyboard options. Dialing numbers and connecting calls was fast; other budget Android devices can be sluggish even with these basic tasks.

The LG Vortex ships with Android 2.2, which is the latest Android firmware as of the Vortex’s launch date. Android 2.2 had several improvements over 2.1, such as voice dialing over Bluetooth, app storage on a memory card, a new camera viewfinder, app sharing, Face book integration, and a universal inbox. Even though Android 2.2 technically supports Flash 10.1 in the browser, the Vortex does not have this feature due to hardware limitations. The only way you can play videos is via YouTube or a third-party application.
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