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Review: LG Revolution

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Music

The Media subfolder in the main app menu lets you find your music applications in a snap. Some of the pre-loaded apps include the stock music app, Rhapsody, Slacker, TuneWiki, and the V CAST Media Manager.

The stock music application doesn't bring anything new to the table, unfortunately. You can, however, make use of the new Google Music service if you have one of the beta invites. Either way, music playback sounds good whether it’s from local storage or streamed across the internet.

Slacker and Rhapsody work as they do on other handsets/platforms. Their presence doesn't preclude the Revolution from accessing and/or downloading any other music services from the Android Market, such as Pandora.

Notably absent is any way to actually purchase and download music tracks. In order to do that, you'll have to download and install the Amazon MP3 Player application.

 

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Video

The Revolution offers a respectable set of video options out of the box. You get BitBop, BlockBuster, Netflix, SmartShare, the stock video player and the stock YouTube application.

BitBop offers streamed chunks of video, but Netflix and BlockBuster can be used to rent/purchase full-length movies. The stock video application will play sideloaded content as well as any video captured on the device itself. The YouTube app is the same old one that's on every other Android phone.

With the HDMI port available, it is easy to send video content from the device to an HDTV.

 

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