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Review: LG Quantum

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Screen

The Quantum has a 3.5-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels. It packs the same number of pixels into a slightly smaller area when compared to its WP7 brothers, and it simply looks fantastic. Colors are rich and bright. Text is smooth and free of jagged, pixelated edges. Brightness was also great. It amazes indoors, and also is functional outdoors. Where many devices become washed out and hard to see, the screen took a beating from sunlight in stride and I was still able to interact with the Quantum, no problem.

Signal

The Quantum was able to find AT&T's 3G network, but maintained only a tenuous connection to it. Signal strength wavered a lot, though it never dropped down to EDGE coverage. How does that translate to real-world performance? The Quantum didn't drop any calls while I tested it. I was able to connect most calls on the first dial, though I missed several calls, which went straight to voicemail rather than reach the handset. The Quantum performed slightly worse than the HTC Surround in signal tests. On the data side of the equation, network speeds felt consistent and fast (enough).

Sound

The LG Quantum performs well when it comes to voice quality. The volume and quality of sound coming from the earpiece were vastly superior to the Surround, and I heard little or no digital noise, crackling or hissing. Mostly, voice calls were clear and of ample volume. The same goes for the speakerphone. I was able to crank it up to a nice, loud setting and still hear a conversation as I moved about my house. Calls sounded good through the speakerphone. Alert tones and ringers could also be set to levels suitable for most environments, though the vibrate alert was a bit on the weak side.

Battery

Battery life on the LG Quantum was very good. It easily lasted an entire day, with email set to sync every 30 minutes, heavy web browsing, and plenty of Facebooking. I consistently got a day and a half of life out of it, no matter how much I used it. A day and a half should be good for most people.

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