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Review: LG Incite

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Screen

I don't get the screen on the Incite. It could be so much bigger. The bezel surrounding it is thick, and the screen looks small considering the available real estate on the front of the phone. That aside, the display is "OK". The default configuration has black backgrounds with white text. This works okay indoors, but gets very tricky to read when outside in sunlight. I found I had to change the background color of the home screen to use the Incite outdoors at all. The resolution was fine for phone menus and icons, but pictures and video didn't look as sharp or vibrant as they could. I also didn't think the Incite's screen was very bright.

Signal

I didn't have any real issues with the signal strength of the Incite. I was able to make and receive calls everywhere I took it, which included all over northern NJ and parts of Manhattan. Signal strength varied from zero bars to full strength. The Incite has 3G, and it always managed to find AT&T's 3G network. It passed the NJ vault test, which happens to be my local ShopRite. It held onto one bar in there, and made and received calls just fine. The Incite didn't drop any voice calls while we were using it, though it did have a few data sessions stall out.

Sound

The Incite is just not loud enough. Set to full volume, the ringer could easily be drowned out by a loud television. Noisy coffee shops and bars completely masked incoming calls. The vibrate alert is also on the weak side. In other words, if you don't want to miss calls, keep it close by. As for volume of the earpiece, it was also frail. I had a hard time hearing a phone call in a silent room. If you think you're going to take a phone call at a crowded party, expect to have to take a walk outside. Call quality was average. There were some squawks and pffrts, as well as some static, but not over much.

Battery

The Incite lived for four days on a full charge, but it was a pretty boring life. No Web surfing, no Wi-Fi, no Bluetooth. Just some simple phone calls and text messages. Start to have some fun with the Incite, and its lifespan quickly drops. It managed to hold on for two fulls days under heavy usage. Video playback and music playback took a heavy toll on battery life. Streaming music to stereo Bluetooth headphones sapped the Incite's strength rapidly. Can you get away for a weekend without bringing your charger? I suppose so, but I wouldn't risk it.

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