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Review: LG Spirit 4G for MetroPCS

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Screen

LG likes to use LCD screens for its devices and the Spirit is no different. It uses an in-plane switching display to offer a wider viewing angle. It measures 4.5-inches across the diagonal and offers 540 x 960 pixels, or qHD resolution. In general, LG's phone screens have impressed me and the Spirit continues that trend. It is bright, sharp, colorful, and simply looks great. It stops short of being awesome only because it doesn't step up to 720p HD. Considering the price of the Spirit, though, the display is great.

Signal

The Spirit is a signal hound. It outperformed every MetroPCS device I've test in the last six months when it comes to latching onto the network. It worked well in both strong and weak coverage areas, and never dropped or missed a call. The web was always available at good speeds and rarely did the device's browser come to a halt.

Sound

Despite the strong signal performance, the Spirit was not that good when it came to call quality. Calls often had scratchy noise obscuring voices. On top of the noise, there was an unpleasant harshness to the sound coming from the earpiece. The good news is that the earpiece produces excellent volume. Turned up all the way, you can probably hear (though not discern) calls without using the speakerphone. The speakerphone had the same quality issues that the earpiece did. It was loud, but could have been a bit louder. The ringers an alert tones were quite good at making sure I didn't miss incoming calls or messages. The vibrate alert was mostly good, though I noticed one missed call because I failed to feel get the vibrations.

Battery

The Spirit delivers average battery performance for an Android smartphone. It always lasted through an entire day, though the battery was dipping below 20% (what I consider to be "the danger zone") by about 11PM. I gave the battery a good workout, streaming music, firing off emails, and social networking each day that I tested it. Bottom line: charge it every night and you'll be good for a day.

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