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Review: LG Lancet for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The 4.5-inch screen includes 800 x 480 pixels. The screen size really helps with the pixel density, which would be rather crummy were the display physically much bigger. The screen is typically the most costly component of any handset. The smaller size and lower resolution are likely part of what helped LG keep the Lancet's price so low. Menus look clean, but that's partly because Windows Phone uses straight-edged geometric shapes for its user interface. You can see pixels along the edges of some text and non-straight UI elements. The screen is bright enough for use outdoors and the LCD panel shows accurate colors. Brightness drops significantly when the phone is viewed at an angle. The Lancet's screen suffices for this class of device.

Signal

I didn't have any trouble using the Lancet on Big Red's network in and around New York City. The phone connected all calls on the first dial and didn't miss any while I was reviewing it. It didn't drop calls at highway speeds.

As for data, the phone runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network and data speeds were generally good. I've seen faster phones, for sure, but the Lancet isn't slow by any stretch. Data speeds seemed consistent no matter what the signal strength.

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Sound

Phone calls generally sounded good. The earpiece produces plenty of volume so calls can be easily heard most places you might take the phone. I noticed the earpiece was prone to a bit of distortion when set all the way up, but it wasn't too bad.

The speakerphone, on the other hand, distorts like crazy when you turn it all the way up. Understanding calls via speakerphone in the car was hard. You have to turn it up all the way to hear it, but then you have to deal with background noise and speaker distortion. It works best when placed on a hard surface in a quiet room.

Ringers and alerts were able to grab my attention most of the time. I didn't miss any calls for not hearing the phone. The vibrate alert is a bit weak.

Battery

LG gave the Lancet a 2,100 mAh battery. This might seem a bit small compared to many of today's phones, but it's more than adequate for the Lancet. The Lancet's smaller, lower-resolution screen helps here. The phone easily blasts through an entire day with no trouble at all. I never reached the danger zone (10%) at any point while testing the phone. I kept the Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS radios on at all times, and set the screen to auto brightness. It did really well.

The Windows Phone platform has a basic battery life saver tool that can be set to come on automatically when the battery reaches 15%. It dims the screen, dials back notifications, and reins in the processor a bit to lower power consumption.

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