Review: LG Octane
The Octane has access to Verizon's app store for feature phones. Games can be downloaded via the MyMedia menu, where there is also a link called "Browse & Download." This takes you to a list of Verizon-specific applications and services, such as backup assistant, visual voicemail and others. Most of these apps cost a one-time or monthly subscription fee. Little is available for free.Bluetooth
The Octane supports mono and stereo Bluetooth. I had no issues pairing it with both standard and stereo Bluetooth headsets. Sound quality through both types wasn't that great, and using Bluetooth for stereo music playback did tend to suck the life out of the battery. I was also able to pair it with my PC and shuttle files back and forth.Clock
One thing the exterior display does really well is show you the time. When the phone is locked, you have to hit the OK key to unlock it. Once unlocked, the phone displays the time prominently right in the middle of the screen. Unless you're outdoors under the harshest sunlight, it is easy to check the time.
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The Octane supports aGPS and has Verizon's VZNavigator application on board. It works well, and was able to provide me with directions from point A to point B with no problem. It costs an extra $10 per month to use, though.
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