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Review: LG Intuition for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The Intuition's 5-inch display uses the same In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD panel found in Apple's iPad (some of which are made by LG.) The Intuition's screen has 1024 x 768 pixels. As far as smartphone displays go, it does the job. Individual pixels are nearly impossible to pick out, colors looked great, and it has a wide viewing angle. Brightness was excellent for indoor use, but not enough for outdoor use. I had a hard time seeing the clock under sunny skies, and taking pictures was a chore.

Signal

The LG Intuition performed on par with other Verizon Wireless devices tested in the greater New York City area. Verizon's LTE 4G coverage is quite good, and the Intuition remained on 4G throughout the duration of my test period. It didn't matter how many bars of signal registered on the signal indicator, the Intuition was always able to make/receive phone calls and surf the web. Speeds were definitely slower when there was poor coverage, but that was the only issue I noticed.

Sound

The Intuition is an acceptable voice phone, but just barely. Call quality was routinely poor. I experienced a lot of static and other interference when making calls. There were also some nasty echos and screechy sounds. The one plus is that the earpiece is loud enough to make sure you hear all that noise no matter where you are. Voices that came through were muffled and metallic sounding. The speakerphone amplifies these problems in the worst way, but not so much that it’s loud enough for use in noisy spaces. If you want to use the speakerphone, make sure you're in a quiet space. Ringtones and alerts were OK, but not great. The vibrate alert was also weak. I missed more than a handful of calls because I wasn't able to hear/feel the Intuition.

Battery

Battery life was not as good as I hoped it would be. The Intuition has a (non-replaceable) 2,080mAh battery buried inside, and quite often it was exhausted before the end of the day. There's no way to toggle LTE 4G on/off, so you have to use other methods (screen brightness, account sync, etc.) to fine-tune the Intuition so that it lasts until the end of the day. The Intuition's best battery performance was just barely over 24 hours. Bottom line: you'll have to charge every night, if not also during the day.

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