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Review: LG Rumor Touch

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The LG Rumor Touch gets some barebones music software, including access to Sprint's music store, but none of it is especially attractive or well designed. The music store lacks even the slightest graphical flourish, and the music player was simple and bare. Sometimes it would display album artwork for my sideloaded tracks, sometimes not, but most information came through just fine, and the music player had no trouble digging up all the tracks I loaded onto my microSD card.

You can play music in the background with no problem, then listen to tunes while you surf the Web or check your Facebook friends. Still, the LG Rumor Touch doesn't offer any dedicated music controls, either hardware controls on the phone itself or software controls for the home screen. When you want to turn the music off again, you have to dig for the music player and the correct screen to pause your tunes. It's a fairly inconvenient problem.

 

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Music sounded fine played through my favorite set of earbuds. Thanks to the included 3.5mm headphone jack, you don't have to worry that LG and Sprint didn't include a handsfree option because any standard earphones will work fine. I also had no trouble playing music over Bluetooth on a set of stereo Bluetooth speakers. The speakerphone wasn't as good at music playback. The speaker is on the bottom, so you have to flip the phone over or stifle the music. Even then, the speaker wasn't loud or clear enough for music except perhaps in a pinch.

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