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Review: LG Revolution

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The LG Revolution runs Android 2.2.2, which has been slightly tweaked by LG. The base code and functionality is mostly Android, but LG has reskinned it with more colorful icons and such.

The Revolution offers seven customizable home screens, and LG/Verizon have made sure to stuff them full of what they think you might like. Perhaps the most notable aspect is that LG offers an entire home screen widget for interacting with media. The media widget lets you select from photos, videos, music, albums, artists, and playlists in a colorful layout made of album covers and so on. It's neat; I like it.

Another thing I like is the way LG treats the home screen customization. When you press and hold the screen, the first thing the phone does is open a four-panel drawer with all the widgets, shortcuts, folders, and wallpapers right there. Once you select the item you want to install on the home screen, it places a grid on top of the screen, denoting which spots are open on the home screen, where the app, will fit and how many of the boxes it will take up. It gives you a better idea of where widgets are going to land when you let go of them.

The main app menu also looks a bit different. LG has grouped applications by category. For example, the first category in the app menu is Communications. Under it, you'll find contacts, email, Facebook, Gmail, SMS, IM, etc. All the apps under each category look as they normally would, they've merely been sorted into groups. The other groupings out of the box include News & Search, Media, Tools, Applications, and Downloads. Of course, you can fully rearrange, regroup, rename, and rejigger just about everything to do with this app menu.

Last, there's an app called "Deskhome" that assumes you're going to prop the phone up somewhere while at work, or on a nightstand. It shows off an enormous clock and sets the phone in landscape mode.

The settings tools are the same as on every other Android phone.

 

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