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Review: LG Connect 4G for MetroPCS

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Screen

The Connect's display measures four inches and packs in 800 x 480 pixels. This size and resolution are ideal, because the display looks great. It's sharp, clean, and colors look rich and nuanced. The Connect also uses LG's Nova technology, which helps improve contrast and makes blacks look blacker. For such a low-cost phone, the Connect delivers a good screen.

Signal

The Connect did much better at hunting down MetroPCS' network in the NYC metropolitan area than the Samsung Attain 4G did. Most of the time, the Connect showed three bars of signal strength when under solid 1x coverage. In LTE areas, the Connect managed to connect, but I noticed inconsistent data performance that didn't necessarily corroborate with what the signal indicator was telling me (i.e., fast data with one bar of coverage, slow data with five bars of coverage, etc.)

Sound

The Connect is a pretty bad voice phone. Calls were full of pops and hissing, and conversations cut out entirely from time to time. Compounding matters is the anemic earpiece. Set to full volume, calls were barely audible in an office setting. Throw any background noise at all into the mix, and you'll be pressing the Connect hard against your ear in hopes of eking out a few words. The speakerphone makes no improvement on either quality or volume. In fact, the Connect's speakerphone is the quietest I believe I have ever used. Ringtones and alerts aren't loud enough either, though the vibrate alert is sufficient.

Battery

With all the radios on (CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), the Connect didn't have any problem living through an entire, waking day. Only when under the most strenuous usage conditions (streaming audio while surfing the web, Twitter, etc.) did the battery conk out before I went to bed. You can't turn off the LTE radio, but even with it on and used within LTE coverage, it didn't appear to dent battery life too much.

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