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Review: LG Revolution

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Oh, Verizon. You just can't resist cramming as many apps as possible on your Android phones, can you? By my count, there are at least 48 applications on the LG Revolution out of the box, and many of them are wasteful bloatware.

The Revolution is one of the few Verizon phones I've seen to ship without Google Search and Google Maps on board. Instead, you'll find Microsoft's Bing Search and Bing Maps. Both are acceptable substitutes, I suppose, but it's like drinking Coke when you want Pepsi. Gimme the real thing, Verizon. Thankfully, you can download the Google versions from the Android Market if you wish.


Bluetooth worked without issue on the Revolution. Pairing with mono and stereo headsets, as well as PCs and other phones, was a snap. Sound quality of voice calls through mono headsets was OK, though not as good as normal voice quality. Music sounded acceptable through stereo Bluetooth speakers, but I'd shy away from this feature if you have a good cable handy.

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The Revolution offers the same lockscreen clock that most Android phones do. When initially woken from sleep, it shows the time in a larger, digital read out. The time can be gleaned with but a glance. There is also a full-featured clock application within for all your timing, alarming, and stopwatching needs. The only other way to change the clock behavior of the home screen is to use the Deskhome mode, which puts an even bigger clock across the entire screen.


As noted earlier, there are no Google Maps on board the Revolution out of the box. Bing Maps works fine, but I don't like it. You can use it to plot directions, and Microsoft has obviously done a lot of work to make mapping results better with the presence of nearby points of interest and so on. You can also spend $10 per month on Verizon's VZ Navigator service. Verizon's service offers excellent directions and mapping, but the fee is a shame (sham?).


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