LG Vortex - black (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: LG Part number: Vortex
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CNET editors' review
price range: $133.45 - $249.99
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 11/23/2010
The good: The LG Vortex has a slim and simple design with a good touch-screen display. Features include GPS, EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi with 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and stereo Bluetooth, and it ships with Android 2.2.
The bad: The LG Vortex isn't as fast as higher-end smartphones, and the camera has neither LED flash nor HD video capture. The browser doesn't support Flash video. It comes with Bing search and Bing maps instead of Google's own services. The price is not as competitive as other comparable handsets. You can't uninstall preloaded apps and services.
The bottom line: The LG Vortex is a wonderful entry-level Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless, as long as you know its limitations.
Great phone that performs better than my expectations.
by Bob L on June 22, 2011
Pros: Superb form factor and well engineered design. Froyo is the perfect OS for this phone. Very intuitive to use. Excellent display, Touch is sensitive, but not overly so. Best phone sound quality I've had on a cell phone. Amazing applications and great
Cons: So far, none. I want to come up with something negative to say, but I really can't. Using the on-screen keyboard can be aggravating, but I blame that on my poor motor/coordination skills. As I get used to it, it's becoming less of a problem.
Summary: This is my 4th smart phone over the years....started with a RAZR, went to Nokia, forced to move to a CDMA phone when Verizon converted their network and got ...
Summary: This is my 4th smart phone over the years....started with a RAZR, went to Nokia, forced to move to a CDMA phone when Verizon converted their network and got a Samsung Saga. The Saga had Winmobile 6.5 and a tiny screen. Hated it. My upgrade came up and I was going to go with the LG Ally, but after seeing both in the store, I went with the Vortex. Glad I did. With Android 2.2, the Vortex is like digital Swiss Army knife. Need a level? Has one. A Compass? Got that, too. Need a GPS Map program? No problem. Even a flashlight. It opens Excel files, word docs, pdf files. I have my business e-mail and GMail. I can sync my computers with Dropbox. I can remote control my computers with Teamviewer. Has Nook and Kindle Apps built in. MP3 player, Radio Stations, Youtube player. Even a piano app (too bad I can't play :-() ) Can handle SD cards up to 32 GB.
If you need well designed hardware and a great OS at a low price, this phone should get a serious look. I can't take any of these 1 star reviews seriously. It's conceivable that the phone could get a legit 3 star rating based on specific user needs, but this phone is not a 1 or 2. Either the reviewers are incredibly unlucky or they are clueless about technology. Or maybe they just like to post negative reviews as a hobby.
Great Smart-Phone that's easy to use and simple.
by CamsComputers on April 25, 2011
Pros: This phone handles all of your basic needs, from email, youtube, web browsing very well. The on-screen keyboard is very responsive, and the swype is easy to use. The menu is so customizable that you can organize as many categories as you want.
Cons: Handful of programs you can't remove, and stuck with Bing as the default search. This phone isn't for the techno-junkies that want the latest and greatest everything, this is for people that want a good phone.
Summary: Highly customizable, takes quality pictures, Android is huge plus with so many free or cheap apps that help you customize more, and the SD card makes it easy to upgrade ...
Summary: Highly customizable, takes quality pictures, Android is huge plus with so many free or cheap apps that help you customize more, and the SD card makes it easy to upgrade storage size. This phone is great if you want a phone with features instead of a computer that can be a phone if you try hard enough. For those of you that can't figure out how to rearrange programs in the menu, you need to hit the menu button. It's actually one of the easiest things to set up. My wife liked mine enough that she got one for herself. Battery also lasts a long time if you aren't constantly using the phone. Using GPS and wireless will drain any battery, so that's just an understood. All the features I could want from a phone, and is very reasonably priced (both of mine were free upgrades, way better than paying $200.00 for a phone), and is easier for me to use than most other mid-range smart-phones. Just note, if you have to have the latest everything, you do no want this phone, or any phone that isn't just a few months old. This does everything I want it to do how I want it to do - Facebook, Twitter, News, Weather, GPS Navigation, email, calendar, music, messaging, chat, pictures, video - all very easy to use, and all have many programs you can get to customize your experience.
really a great phone
by dwilder10 on April 22, 2011
Pros: good battery, very customizable, lightweight, nice features, multitasking, mp3 ringtones, app store, wifi, you can download a flash browser, runs android 2.2, 3 inch screen, nice design, different lock screen styles, 2gb sd card pre installed, decent came
Cons: no physical camera button, no HD video and no flash,
Summary: this phone is the best entry level smart phone out there, it is perfect for anyone, and it runs on android 2.2 like all other higher end smart phones ...
Summary: this phone is the best entry level smart phone out there, it is perfect for anyone, and it runs on android 2.2 like all other higher end smart phones do it has worked very fine for me even through several drops, like one scratch, and its a very comfortable phone not to plain and not to complicated either....you should deff give it a try, you wont be sorry
Pleased so far
by jack7474 on April 20, 2011
Pros: nice camera, the apps it comes with are mostly good, easy to use
Cons: Limitations in speed, certain new games won't play, no HD vid and (i've heard) you can't uninstall the Bing apps and go with Google
Summary: This is my first smart phone, so I'm no expert, but I have really enjoyed using this phone. The touch pad keyboard is tough to get used to but ...
Summary: This is my first smart phone, so I'm no expert, but I have really enjoyed using this phone. The touch pad keyboard is tough to get used to but I've already (after 2 weeks) gotten pretty good at it. Lots of nice apps, everythng (email, facebook, games) works really fast and smoothly. I'm sure it doesn't have the power of the iPhone but not a bad deal for $100 after a $50 rebate.
Substandard performance. Not worth the money!
by jerky_goddess on April 11, 2011
Pros: Small design, lightweight. Good apps IF the phone worked properly.
Cons: Glitches, freezes, dumps contact list, keyboard lags, browser self-closes.
Summary: If I'd realized what a rip off this phone is, I wouldn't have wasted the money on it. My son and I each got one in January, and ...
Summary: If I'd realized what a rip off this phone is, I wouldn't have wasted the money on it. My son and I each got one in January, and we've already gone through 7 of them due to glitches and freezing problems. After many years of using LG phones, I am very disappointed in this one!
So much promise but sub-par performance
by rooddoggie on March 25, 2011
Pros: Compact size - Fits in hand or pocket very well. Nice display and the fact that hard keys are on the face of the phone.
Cons: Numerous dropped calls
O.S. locks up and hangs
Takes forever to charge
Summary: I bought this phone because I needed a "simple" smart phone, something that would sync my calendar and contacts. It does those two tasks very well ... but is pathetic at ...
Summary: I bought this phone because I needed a "simple" smart phone, something that would sync my calendar and contacts. It does those two tasks very well ... but is pathetic at being a phone! The phone has great volume but in the past 2 days the Vortex has dropped 5 calls. Everytime I plug in a wired headset and make a call, the O.S. locks up.
While these items seem to be minor, the problems impact the usability of the phone. I will be returning it Verizon this weekend.
Great mid-range Android phone with low on-board memory
by jcqueen on March 2, 2011
Pros: Android 2.2 OS (the BIGGEST pro); small, comfortable size; decent sound and picture quality; convenient access to buttons and ports
Cons: Low on-board memory drastically limits the number of apps that can be installed at a given time; no flash support; smaller screen than other Android phones
Summary: The primary reason I love this phone is because it runs the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. This enables me to change almost any aspect of the phone's ...
Summary: The primary reason I love this phone is because it runs the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. This enables me to change almost any aspect of the phone's software interface to suit my unique preferences. Multiple home screens allow me to have multiple widgets available at a glance (full calendar, agenda view, clock w/ weather and app shortcuts, then a full-screen media player). Furthermore, I'm a software developer, so it's a rush to be able to write MY OWN apps and run them on my phone. I cannot say enough how awesome it is to have a phone that runs Android.
The phone itself is great, too. Number one, it was free from Verizon, so THAT was a perk. Aside from that, it's also nice and compact, so it goes anywhere easily. I bought a silicone cover almost immediately in order to protect it from slips and drops (it IS small, after all), and it works perfectly. Voice quality is fine, buttons are all conveniently located, the microSD card has an outer slot (no removing the battery cover to put it in and out), it has a headphone jack and a decent external speaker...in short, it meets all the minimum requirements I have for a good mobile phone.
The only real negative I have about this phone is the extremely limited on-board memory. With less than 190 MB of built-in storage (including space used by un-removable Verizon apps), the number of apps that can be installed on this phone is somewhat limited. I often find myself sifting through my apps to see which of them will get the ax in favor of another app that I HAVE to install. Hopefully, this will be an issue that goes away over time, as more app developers take advantage of the ability to install directly to an SD card, but for now, it's a bit of a pain.
Another bummer is the phone's inability to handle Flash, despite the Android OS's compatibility with it. Still, there are a few apps out there that get around the issue by converting Flash video into something the phone CAN handle, so you don't miss out entirely. (And YouTube works beautifully.)
Long story short, this phone is a great deal for someone who wants a robust Android phone without paying for the phone on the absolute highest shelf.
Great Entry-Level Smartphone
by realablur on January 12, 2011
Pros: Comes packed with Android 2.2, slim form factor, good feel to the phone, 3G mobile hotspot built-in,
Cons: Smaller screen size (3.2 inches), screen is not as crisp as the Galaxy S or higher-end Droid phones, pre-loaded with Bing Search and Maps not Google, only 150 MB of internal memory and only comes with a 2GB card.
Summary: The phone is a very good entry-level phone for new smartphone users. The phone is very reasonably priced, ranging from free after rebate to $79 after rebate. Compared to Verizon'...
Summary: The phone is a very good entry-level phone for new smartphone users. The phone is very reasonably priced, ranging from free after rebate to $79 after rebate. Compared to Verizon's other entry-level Android device (Motorola Citrus) the Vortex is by far a more enjoyable phone and a better overall user experience. Call quality on the phone is good, and access to the full range of Android apps makes the phone a solid buy. While it is pre-loaded with Bing (a Verizon deal with Microsoft) and not Google, it does not detract too much from the phone's use. The screen size is on the smaller side, however, if this is your first smartphone, the size is large enough and much bigger than the screen's offered on Verizon's feature phone line-up. Recommended.
Perfect for my needs!
by friendofdot on January 3, 2011
Pros: Swype is amazingly easy and fast. Lots of apps to pick from. Great sound quality.
Cons: Battery life could be better. Would have liked a flash for the camera.
Summary: This is my first smartphone and I wanted an easy learning curve. As it is considered a good entry level Android phone, I found it very user friendly and look ...
Summary: This is my first smartphone and I wanted an easy learning curve. As it is considered a good entry level Android phone, I found it very user friendly and look forward to perusing the many apps.
love it highly reccommend
by lhemilie202 on January 2, 2011
Pros: easy to use very new to touch screen and this has been a very easy transition
Cons: nothing bought extened battery and works great
Summary: definately reccomend
Summary: definately reccomend
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: Vortex
- Description: First time smartphone users aren't looking for the most elaborate phone on the market, they are looking for a phone that does what it should, and does it brilliantly. LG Vortex provides mobile features and easy functionality with the intuitive Android 2.2, and Bing search. From day one, you'll will be using and enjoying, not struggling through a frustrating learning process.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.32 in
- Depth 0.52 in
- Height 4.47 in
- Weight 4.44 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Android 2.2 OS
- Application Software ThinkFree Mobile
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Google Talk,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Twitter,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Downloadable Content Applications
- Mobile Services VCAST,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN),
File Transfer Profile (FTP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Additional Features Text-to-Speech (text recognition),
Software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air),
Intelligent typing (SWYPE)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type MSM7627
- Clock Speed 600 MHz
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 320 x 240,
640 x 480,
2048 x 1536,
1280 x 960,
1600 x 1200
- Special Effects Solarise,
- White Balance Automatic,
- Video Recorder Resolutions 176 x 144 (QCIF),
640 x 480 (VGA),
320 x 240 (QVGA)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver - Simultaneous GPS (S-GPS)
- Navigation Software & Services VZ Navigator,
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 3.2 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Multi-language Menu Yes
- Display Languages English,
- Features Wallpaper
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk ( CDMA ) - up to 450 min,
Standby ( CDMA ) - up to 500 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included microSDHC - 2 GB