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Review: LG Connect 4G for MetroPCS

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Apps

The Connect is stuffed full of MetroPCS applications. Some include: M Studio, MetroNavigation, Metro411, MetroWeb, MyMetro, and MyExtras -- which amounts to a virus if you ask me. MyExtras is a recommendation tool that offers app suggestions. The problem is, it sticks unwanted app advertisements on the home screen, and doesn't go away unless actively dismissed. The MyExtras app cannot be turned off or removed from the phone. The result is users are pestered with these ads about 50% of the time the Connect is woken from sleep. Some of the other apps can be deleted, some cannot. There's still enough space left on the Connect for you to download your own applications.

Bluetooth

The Connect supports mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets. I had no trouble pairing with either. Sound quality through mono headphones was awful. Calls routed through my car were only slightly better, but only because I could crank the car's speakers loud enough to actually hear the calls. The Connect also connects with computers and/or other phones for pushing files around.

Clock

The Connect offers the standard Android clock on the lock screen, which is visible when the device is first woken from sleep. It’s a nice, large digital read-out that's easily visible everywhere except under direct sunlight. It can't be customized, though.

GPS

The Connect includes Google Maps and MetroNavigation. Google Maps and its Navigation and Places features make for a powerful set of tools when it comes to routing directions and discovering nearby points of interest. Of course, Google Maps' and MetroNavigation's effectiveness are both dependent on a strong network connection. The Connect's GPS radio performed very well in most circumstances, and was able to pinpoint my location to within 15-25 feet most of the time. Without a speedy and reliable data connection to back it up, however, real-time navigation often lagged.

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