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Review: LG Marquee for Sprint

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The Marquee is yet another Android device from Sprint to offer the Sprint ID concept on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Think of the IDs as themes, and you'll be all set. Out of the box, Sprint has left the Marquee with the stock Gingerbread experience installed, and no Sprint IDs on board. You'll have to actively seek out and download new IDs if you're interested.

Sprint ID packs are collections of applications, home screen settings, wallpapers, shortcuts and widgets that are based on a theme, such as "Fantasy Football," "Home Shopping Network," or "Country Music Channel." When a Sprint ID pack is activated, it completely reorganizes all the details of the home screen based on that particular theme.

Once installed, each theme can be customized itself and then saved. Finding and installing the themes isn't difficult. Now that Sprint ID phones have been available for more than a year, the number of ID packs has swollen considerably, with several dozen at the least. I am still annoyed that each ID pack downloads and installs a predetermined set of applications. You can quickly end up with a lot of bloatware and applications/services on your phone that you'll never use. In other words, choose your ID packs carefully, as you can eat through your storage allotment for apps and such pretty quickly

Aside from the Sprint ID packs, the Marquee behaves as any other Android 2.3 Gingerbread device.

It seems like Sprint decided to offer a stock Gingerbread phone, but then threw Sprint ID on at the last minute just for the hell of it.

 

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