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printed August 21, 2014
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Review: LG Marquee for Sprint

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The LG Marquee has a great size and shape to it. Its display is limited to four inches, which allows LG to keep the overall footprint a very manageable size. It isn't made from the highest-grade materials, but the plastics that make up its outer skin certainly don't feel cheap. It is comfortable to grip in the hand, and is extremely light. It’s the very definition of pocket-friendly.

The Marquee's black and dark chrome accents give it a classy, almost science fiction-y look to it, though from a distance I suppose it doesn't look all that different from the dozens of other black slab phones on the market.

The front face is mostly display. There are four capacitive Android controls tucked up against the bottom of the display. These four buttons offer optional haptic feedback.

The volume toggle doesn't stick out quite far enough to make it easily found by feel, though the travel and feedback are excellent.

Below the volume toggle, LG has given the Marquee a user-assignable action key. The default action is to launch the camera, but you can have it launch pretty much any app on the phone. This action key is way too close to the volume toggle; only several millimeters away. It’s also rather small and hard to see. It makes a cheap, "clack-y" sound when pressed.

The lock/unlock button is on the top of the Marquee. Of all the buttons that should be perfect on a modern smartphone, this is the one. Unfortunately, it’s too flush with the top of the device, making it hard to find and use. You have to press it deeply into the phone for it to activate. It’s accompanied on the top by a 3.5mm headset jack and the microUSB port.

LG is wont to stick the power port on the top of its phones, and honestly there can't be a worse place to jack in your device. I often use my phones while they are charging. With the Marquee, the power cable is sticking out of the top of the phone, making it extremely awkward to use for phone calls. Think about using the Marquee it a car. You can't hold a phone do your head in the car with the cable sticking out the top (not that that you should be driving and talking anyway). It's awkward and annoying. The port itself is covered by a teensy little door that you slide sideways to open.

The battery cover peels off easily enough. Under it, you'll find the battery and microSD slot. The microSD card can be removed without pulling the battery.

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