Review: LG Connect 4G for MetroPCS
The Connect's display measures four inches and packs in 800 x 480 pixels. This size and resolution are ideal, because the display looks great. It's sharp, clean, and colors look rich and nuanced. The Connect also uses LG's Nova technology, which helps improve contrast and makes blacks look blacker. For such a low-cost phone, the Connect delivers a good screen.
The Connect did much better at hunting down MetroPCS' network in the NYC metropolitan area than the Samsung Attain 4G did. Most of the time, the Connect showed three bars of signal strength when under solid 1x coverage. In LTE areas, the Connect managed to connect, but I noticed inconsistent data performance that didn't necessarily corroborate with what the signal indicator was telling me (i.e., fast data with one bar of coverage, slow data with five bars of coverage, etc.)
The Connect is a pretty bad voice phone. Calls were full of pops and hissing, and conversations cut out entirely from time to time. Compounding matters is the anemic earpiece. Set to full volume, calls were barely audible in an office setting. Throw any background noise at all into the mix, and you'll be pressing the Connect hard against your ear in hopes of eking out a few words. The speakerphone makes no improvement on either quality or volume. In fact, the Connect's speakerphone is the quietest I believe I have ever used. Ringtones and alerts aren't loud enough either, though the vibrate alert is sufficient.
With all the radios on (CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), the Connect didn't have any problem living through an entire, waking day. Only when under the most strenuous usage conditions (streaming audio while surfing the web, Twitter, etc.) did the battery conk out before I went to bed. You can't turn off the LTE radio, but even with it on and used within LTE coverage, it didn't appear to dent battery life too much.
The LG Connect 4G is designed to be a relatively affordable LTE phone for carriers like MetroPCS. While it's small in size and price, it's no slouch in features.
Jan 9, 2012
MetroPCS today announced the addition of the LG Connect 4G to its smartphone lineup. The LG Connect 4G can access MetroPCS's Long Term Evolution 4G network and includes a 4.0-inch Nova display with Gorilla Glass and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
Dec 3, 2012
MetroPCS today indicated that its joyn service can now be used on a wider range of its Android handsets. The service initially launched on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G.
Jan 21, 2012
Documents on the Federal Communication Commission's web site reveal that the LG Connect, announced for MetroPCS during the CES trade show earlier this month, is also headed to Verizon Wireless's network. The LG VS-840, which was recently approved by the FCC, supports CDMA 850/1900MHz and LTE 750MHz, which is unique to Verizon.
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