LG Phoenix is indeed a nice addition in the LGs Android smartphones. Previously, there were a lot of Android smartphones released by LG that include Optimus S (Sprint), Optimus V (Virgin Mobile), Optimus M (MetroPCS), Vortex (Verizon Wireless), Optimus T (T Mobile) and so on but one of the main carrier AT&T was nowhere to be found. So, for AT&T users LG Phoenix is now here which has similar design and features of the Optimus brand. The smartphone is available for an affordable price of only $49.99. LG Phoenix comes packaged with a USB cable, wall charger and preloaded 2GB microSD card.
LG Phoenix is a Candybar smartphone with height 4.47 inches, width 2.32 inches and is 0.53 inches thick with weight 91g. The smartphone has internal antenna and is available in gray color. The display of the smartphone is based on LCD technology with 3.2 inches capacitive touchscreen. Display resolution is 320×480 pixels with 262, 144 colors. Display is Multi-touch and has Proximity sensor.
The right spine of the smartphone has the volume controls. Power button is present at the top with 3.5 mm headset jack. MicroUSB port is present at the bottom with a microphone. Camera is present at the back. Four physical buttons are present below the display but in different order than the usual order LG smartphones have. Menu button is present first which is then followed by Home, Back and Search buttons. Moreover, in addition to Android keyboard, Phoenix has LGs virtual keyboard and is without Swype that you can download.
LG Phoenix has SMS, MMS and Email facilities with Instant Messaging through Google Talk. Smartphone has Internet Browsing with support for HTML, XHTML and WAP 2.0 with default online services support for Facebook and Twitter. Phoenix though it is running on Android OS 2.2 has no support for Flash because of hardware limitations. Organizer of the smartphone has Alarm, Calendar and Calculator. Phonebooks capacity depends on the system memory. Phoenix has default memory of 150 MB and has microSD and microSDHC slots for expansion. Maximum card size that is supported for memory expansion is 32 GB.
The smartphone has support for location based services of type A-GPS with navigation. Regarding connectivity, Phoenix has Bluetooth, WiFi and USB for USB charging and connecting mass storage device. It has portable hotspot capability for 5 devices and it also supports tethering. Moreover, it has 3.2 MP Camera with Auto focus and Digital zoom features. Picture quality of the smartphone is good. Video capture is also supported.
Regarding multimedia, the smartphone has Music Player that supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV and AMR formats. Features of the Player include Album art cover and Background playback. Video playback is also supported. Moreover, the smartphone has FM Radio, YouTube player and audio/video streaming support. Though Flash is not supported but Flash videos can be played through YouTube.
Call quality of the smartphone is reasonable but at occasions the voice feels bit muddier and fuzzy at both the calling and receiving ends. The voice sometimes feels bit digitized and blow away at high volumes. Moreover, the 3G speed of the smartphone is not very impressive which one should expect to experience with AT&T.
Phoenix is running on Android OS 2.2 Froyo with 600 MHz processor and its performance regarding application launching and navigation is nice and quick. Sometimes you may feel delays while scrolling. LG Phoenix is running on Lithium-ion battery of capacity 1500 mAh. The average talk time the battery provides is 7h and average stand by time is of 19 days.
LG Phoenix is the good choice for the customers who want to have the taste of Android platform without spending a lot of money. Though the smartphone is not the high end device but it has good reasonable features in such an affordable price.