Review: LG Octane
The Octane is the best sideways messaging phone from LG yet when it comes to the external display. The enV2 and enV3 had anemic outer screens. With 1.75 inches to work with, the Octane lets users do a whole lot more.
The external display has its own user interface. Once unlocked, it offers a series of tabs that users can move between to access different functions of the phone. The five tabs (Messaging, Contacts, Music, Pictures, and Settings) each has its own sub-menu. Users can access many — but not all — of the Octane's features from this external display. This is a huge improvement over the old enV line.
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When the Octane is open, however, any seasoned Verizon Wireless customer is going to know exactly what to do. Verizon includes its set-up wizard on the Octane. This tool lets you quickly adjust a number of the Octane's features, such as the ringtone, wallpaper, and so on.
From the home screen, hitting the center of the D-pad opens up a standard grid menu. Select any of the items, and the entire menu reverts to that good old tabbed system that Verizon is in love with. The icons have all been refreshed, the animations are a bit different, and the colors have been changed, but the basic functionality is the same.
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Kyocera's latest rugged clamshell for AT&T boasts LTE and mobile hotspot powers, in addition to its in-your-face attitude and truck-like build. This compact phone may include only the most elemental functions, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve.
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Blu's latest Android smartphone is the inexpensive Life One X2. It offers a premium metal-and-glass appearance paired with mid-range specs and performance.
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