The LG Phoenix is an entry-level Android smartphone released in April of 2011. Although a low-cost smartphone, the Phoenix's design and specifications are on par with today's handsets.
Also known as the Thrive, the Phoenix has a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touch screen with a 320 x 480 display resolution. It has an accelerometer that automatically rotates the user interface to landscape mode when the phone is tilted to 90 degrees.
The Phoenix's 600 MHz ARM II processor and Adreno GPU may be a little bit behind, but it is surely powerful enough to run the latest Android applications.
In addition, the Phoenix sports a 3.15 megapixel auto-focus camera that is capable of shooting high-quality 2048 x 1536 pictures. The phone package includes a 2 GB microSD card and allows up to 32 GB of memory expansion. With a large 1500 mAh power supply, the phone lasts for 430 hours on standby mode and 7.5 hours of talk time.
The LG Phoenix offers an attractive package for anyone searching for a inexpensive Android smartphone with a solid build design, powerful features, and the versatility of the Android Froyo operating system.
Need to Know: LG Phoenix
1. Entry-level Android smartphone with a low price tag. (The Good)
2. A 1500 mAh battery is impressive enough to squeeze in more than 7 hours of talk time. (The Good)
3. Despite being an Android smart phone, there is no office document or PDF viewer. (The Bad)
4. The 3.2 TFT capacitive touch screen has poor sunlight visibility. (The Bad)
Reviews (5.7/10 Avg. rating)
It was released exceptionally late
Just like the other handful of variants before it, the LG Phoenix is still an acceptable basic Android smartphone, and more importantly, it’s the perfect gateway device in moving people up from feature phones. However, its late arrival on AT&T’s lineup is indeed alarming – especially when other higher caliber smartphones are now closely priced to it. For example, you can pick up devices like the HTC Inspire 4G for roughly the same price through various retailers, which of course, single-handedly beats the LG Phoenix in almost every way. Naturally, $29.99 on-contract fo... Full review
A decent entry-level Android smartphone for the prepaid crowd
As far as entry-level Android phones go, the LG Thrive is certainly one of the better options out there. It's also available prepaid via AT&T's GoPhone network, which is another plus for those who don't like two-year contracts. However, if you have a choice of networks, you might consider the LG Optimus V instead, if only because Virgin Mobile offers unlimited data for just $25 a month--compare that to the 500MB you get for the same amount of money on AT&T's GoPhone data plan. But if you need a GSM prepaid Android phone, the LG Thrive is where it's at. Just make sure you get... Full review
A viable option for budget-conscious consumers
First Touch Screen Phone
I never owned a touchscreen phone so between LG Phoenix & Samsung Galaxy Q, I picked this one b/c I didn't like a built-in sliding keyboard. But when I text, I rather have a solid keyboard then texting on touchscreen. Other than texting, I like this phone.Less
I love this phone because...
Try and write more than just a few words. If you love it, tell the world why exactly. If you hate it, tell everyone why they shouldn't fork over their hard-earned cash.Less
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Manuals / User Guides
- LG Phoenix Manual (PDF)
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