Review: LG Lotus Elite
The Lotus Elite has two displays, one external and one internal. Both are approximately the same size. The external display has been given more capabilities compared to the original Lotus. It can be used to access messaging, the picture gallery, speed dials, contacts, and call history. It is much easier to read when outdoors compared to the original, and looks crisp and colorful. It is also used as a viewfinder to take pictures with the camera.
The internal screen's outdoor readability has also been improved, and it still looks exceptional when indoors. 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. Good on LG for making them better to use outdoors.
The Lotus Elite fared on par with other Sprint phones I've tested where I live. Sitting in my office, the Lotus Elite held onto two bars, the same as nearly every other Sprint phone does. The Lotus Elite dropped to zero bars in my basement, same as other Sprint phones. Despite the signal strength (or lack thereof), the Lotus Elite 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 Elite does a good job of finding the signal that's available and can remain connected to the network. I noticed no missing text messages, delayed voicemails or other network weirdness.
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There was no interference, crackling, or noise during calls made/received with the Lotus Elite. The earpiece volume can be made sufficiently loud, as can the speakerphone. 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 (a lot) louder than others. I missed several calls because I didn't hear the Lotus Elite ring. Using the vibrate+ring alert helped eliminate this problem. Be sure to check the volume capability of the ringer you want to use, because some work just fine.
I found the Lotus Elite to have excellent battery life. Even with regular use, the battery lasted 3 full days (down one day from the Lotus). If you crank up the amount of time you spend surfing the web or watching Sprint TV, battery life will drop accordingly. 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 Elite will give you nothing to complain about.