Review: LG Vortex
The standard Android browser did a fine job rendering pages on the LG Vortex. The Web connection on this phone wasn't the fastest I've seen, so pages could take some time to load, but it never stalled or stopped loading pages once it started. Swiping through long pages presented a problem on the LG Vortex, as expected. Often the phone would register a tap on a link I happened to brush while swiping. This meant canceling the new page loading and reloading my original starting point, which was very annoying. Even though the Vortex uses Android 2.2, it is not powerful enough to handle Flash, so you won't even find the app available in the App Market.
Even among Android phones, the LG Vortex does an impressive job offering customization options. Beyond the normal widgets and shortcuts you can add to the homescreen panels, you can also rearrange the application menu to suit your needs, which is a welcome and surprisingly rare feature. You can also add extra panels to your homescreen, jumping from 5 to 7 panels on the fly if you need more space. The phone can handle Live Wallpapers, but the extra processing power required will grind things to a halt. If you're not into Bing for search and maps, you can still download Google Search and Google Maps from the app store.
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