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Review: LG Marquee for Sprint

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I really like four-inch displays. I find it strikes a good balance between providing enough screen real estate and helping to keep the overall size of the phone from getting out of hand. The Marquee's LCD display has the common 800 x 480 pixel resolution. With this many pixels in the smaller four-inch display, it gives the Marquee a really nice pixel density. Translation: The screen looks great. Widgets, apps, menus, pictures, web pages all look clean and free of jagged edges. The display is plenty bright for indoor use, though I found it washed out a bit under the bright sun.


The Marquee did a fine job of finding and attaching itself to Sprint's network. In fact, it performed a bit better than most other Sprint 3G devices I've tested in recent months. It showed slightly higher signal strength in my test areas when compared to other Sprint phones. What does that mean in real-world terms? The Marquee didn't miss or drop any calls during my test period. As far as data is concerned, it was able to load web pages even when showing one bar of signal, though if the signal dropped to zero bars web pages often timed out.


I was pleased with the quality of phone calls with the Marquee. Quality was mostly good. I heard some scratchiness and echos from time to time, but nothing too obtrusive. The earpiece produced plenty of volume, and was painful to hold to your ear set at maximum volume. Phone calls routed to the speakerphone were also plenty loud at full volume, though prone to distortion. Reducing the speakerphone volume to about the 60% mark struck a good balance between volume and clarity. Alert tones and ringers were acceptable, though I'd have preferred them to be a bit louder. The vibrate alert is very strong, certainly jarring enough to make sure you don't miss calls when the device is in your pocket.

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With the slightly smaller display and lack of 4G, the Marquee completely out-classes Sprint's A-List smartphones when it comes to battery life. The Marquee easily powered through a full 36 hours of use. If I unplugged it at 7AM, I had absolutely no fears about leaving my charger at home for the day. Power users will probably want to charge the Marquee every night, but if you don't you'll still have plenty of juice to get you to lunch the next day.

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