- Michael A. Prospero , Laptop Magazine
The LG Viper 4G LTE is the first phone to ride on Sprint's new network, but you're going to have to wait to enjoy that unlimited high-speed data.
If you’re a person looking for a reliable 4G-enabled Android smartphone without having to spend too much money, what are your choices? One of the more affordable options is the LG Viper. It’s one of a few CDMA handsets that supports 4G LTE and at release, was available as low as $100 with contract.
Unless you’re after something special or at least a little unique-looking, the Viper is a relatively safe choice for an Android smartphone. It gets many of the basic elements right as it uses a tried and tested candybar design. It measures 12mm thick and weighs just a hair over 140 grams. Despite being fairly compact and extremely portable, it carries a 480x800 pixel 4-inch touchscreen display. And it even has a total of four soft-touch buttons right below the screen. Other external hardware features include a front-facing camera, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microUSB 2.0 port.
When it comes to wireless features, the Viper has got almost everything covered. It has Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, NFC, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Also, it works with dual-band CDMA networks and supports EV-DO Rev. A and 4G LTE data. So as long as LTE network coverage is available in your area, you’re going to enjoy using the Viper for downloading or Web surfing on the go. But then that’s the thing: 4G still isn’t available everywhere. And outside of that, the Viper doesn’t really have any other distinguishing qualities.
It looks and feels just like many other similarly priced Android handsets. And what’s more, it’s running an older version of the Android software. It is said that an update to one of the most recent versions of Android is in the pipeline, but there’s no clear release date in sight. Most reviewers advise that unless money is an issue, it’s best to look at other 4G-enabled alternatives.
Need to Know: LG Viper
1. Uses a 4-inch 480x800 touchscreen color LCD. (The Good)
2. Supports 4G LTE data. (The Good)
3. Runs an older version of the Android software. (The Bad)
4. Battery life is short. (The Bad)