Review: LG Lotus
The Lotus has two displays, one external and one internal. The external display is a bit more than a square inch in size. You can use it to check notifications as well as surf your music and frame pictures. It is barely readable in the sun, but images look sharp.
The internal screen is similarly unreadable outdoors, but it looks fantastic inside. The large size means interacting with the phone and its menus is easy, and images look superb, Web pages look clear and sharp, and pictures display brilliantly. It is a shame that both screens fail to perform well when out in the world.
The Lotus fared on par with other Sprint phones I've tested where I live. Sitting in my office, the Lotus held onto two bars, same as nearly every other Sprint phone does. The Lotus dropped to zero bars in my basement, same as other Sprint phones. Despite the signal strength (or lack thereof), the Lotus did not drop calls. When I took it to areas that i know to have good coverage, the signal indicator reached a full five bars. In other words, the Lotus does a good job and finding the signal that's available.
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There was a slight hiss noticeable on all calls made/received with the Lotus. Otherwise, there was no other interference, crackling or noise. The earpiece volume can be made sufficiently loud. I didn't have any problems hearing callers when in a coffee shop or outside. The ringer volume depended a lot on which ringer you choose. Some were louder than others. I missed several calls because I didn't hear the Lotus ring. Using the vibrate+ring alert helped eliminate this problem.
I found the Lotus to have excellent battery life. Even with regular use, the battery lasted 4 full days. If you crank up the amount of time you spend surfing the web or watching Sprint TV, battery life will drop. It also drops faster if you have Bluetooth on. Using Bluetooth drains the battery a full day sooner. Considering the battery life of some of the competition, the Lotus will give you nothing to complain about.
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