A new Android-running phone is taking on the road against the giants. It looks good, performance is nice according to a couple of reviews, seems like this one is going to make a name too.
The LG Viper is Sprint’s 1st LTE smartphone, though the phone is a bit early to take on the game: Sprint has not presented its 4G LTE network yet. The inexpensive LG Viper features several high-quality specifications for the price despite getting stuck with 3G speeds. The dual-core processor dealt with everything without any problems, the 5-mp camera takes great pictures, as well as the inclusion of Google Wallet is just not too bad.
Design and Display
The Viper is “platinum” rated by UL Environment for the environmentally friendly packaging and build. Sprint said, Viper’s body is 50 % re-cycled plastic. Eco-friendly phones as we thought are mostly not stylish but this one is an exception.
The piano-black facing is perfectly accompanied with a chrome edge around the phone. The silver plastic back cover has a brushed finish, making it very sophisticated. As for body measurements, it is bit chunkier and bulkier that other smartphones – 4.59 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches and weighs 5 ounces.
The screen is only 4 inches and the resolution is 480 x 800 pixels only, somewhat lower than other high-end smartphones – the biggest reaches 1280 x 720 pixels. It should be sufficient if you only use the phone for checking email, browsing the web or casual gaming.
The Viper is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the overlay from Sprint and LG. The overlay is pretty light and appears just like the vanilla Android Gingerbread interface, but you are tied to a devoted app package service navigation button by Sprint.
Sprint verified that the phone will gradually be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, however the company didn’t state when that update will be available.