LG Revolution Hands-On and Unboxing

May 25, 2011

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As you may have heard this morning, the LG Revolution is official and it's got both a release date (May 26th, 2011) and a price ($249.99 with new 2-year contract and data plan) on Verizon wireless. And it's running on 4G LTE! Well wouldn't you also know it - we just happened to have gotten this device in the mail today for review! It's come in the same package as the Xperia PLAY (which you can also order now from Verizon) and it's got a box that reminds us instantly of a couple of other related items - the HTC ThunderBolt and the LG Optimus 3D. Brand coincidence? No way! Let's have a peek at this device and sneak around its insides!

This device is only the third device in the world to support Verizon's 4G LTE network and totes a 1GHz Snapdragon processor blasting out of a 4.3-inch TFT LCD display at 480 x 800 pixel resolution. This little monster also has an HDMI jack, is able to connect via WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, and has a couple of cameras along the lines of 5-megapixels with 720p HD video recording capability on the back and 1.3-megapixels for video chat on the front.

Of course you'll be able to use this device as a mobile hotspot connecting up to 8 devices to LTE via wifi, there's Bing search and mapping, Swype, and a couple other unique apps pre-installed. -- The most important of which is, of course, Netflix.

Yes, Netflix streaming over Verizon's 4G LTE network running through HDMI output. This is such an important combination it makes my head leak out all sorts of digital nonsense juice. Also take note (in the video you're about to see) how similar this device is in form to the LG Optimus 3D, which we've also got on hand for comparisons. The two biggest differences are that the Revolution obviously doesn't have two cameras on the back AND that it doesn't have curved glass on the front. But the boxes are very similar! Look at those boxes!

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Now what I need YOU to do is tell me what YOU want to know about this device. Everything you want to know, all tests you want us to put this device through, how many cliffs you want us to toss it off to see how well it fares, everything. What is it you want to see this phone perform?

Stay tuned for a full review just as soon as you let us know what you'd like to see!

BONUS check out this video we filmed all the way back at CES!

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  • Does it come with the Qi charging Back?
    Why is their 3D marketing on the box?
    What size is the battery?
    Would you get this over the other 2 options from verizon?

    • no / that’s for a different phone with a similar box / 1500 / it’s this one or the thunderbolt

  • How badly does having bing on it screw up the experience?  Can it be rooted?  How quickly can we drop cyanogenmod on this?

    • of course it can be rooted – all depends on devs making it happen, same for other stuff. bing screws with things a little bit, but nothing a couple app downloads couldnt fix

  • Axedaddyc

    HDMI mirroring like the Droid X2?

  • Axedaddyc

    HDMI mirroring like the Droid X2?

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see which of the three lte devices has the fastest processing speed.  Not LTE speed.  Processor power is super important.  Benchmarks will help.  Why not throw in the Droid X2 for comparison of single core to dual core.  Also, could you compare the size of this against the other lte devices.  Finally, it has a lower megapixel camera.  How does it shoot in comparison to the best camera on Verizon.  I kind of want to know what the best lte device on verizon is since their are three and only one dual core (no comparison). Oh! Almost forgot! Since it has a basic LCD screen, how does that compare to the other lte offerings as well. Thanks. 🙂

    • wow! thanks for the feedback – will be doing all of this 

  • Gbishop18

    I want to know why Verizon won’t release a 4g dual core phone with a front facing camera.

  • Would like to know:
    Quickness of Web browsing, with flash content. Flash video quality. Hdmi mirroring?