- 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)
Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)
It simply lacks the prestige and allure that should accompany a device built to show off a carrier’s new high speed data network
Talk about a smartphone that’s named after one of the most poisonous snakes out there, that’s because the LG Viper 4G LTE is missing a vital component that makes up a good chunk of its entirety – a live and robust LTE network! No doubt, we dig its $100 on-contract price point, especially when it’s modest with its hardware specs nowadays, however, it simply lacks the prestige and allure that should accompany a device built to show off a carrier’s new high speed data network. Of course, some will appreciate the eco-friendly initiatives found with it, but in the greater scheme of thi... Full review
Reasonably fast performance and tempting price
A 4G LTE phone for $100 on contract? It's hard to argue with that. No matter how unattractive the design or antiquated the software experience, the Viper is a wise buy for frugal consumers and Sprint loyalists alike. It's not as if the handset's internals aren't up to snuff -- they are -- and whenever Hesse & Co. manage to roll out that Ice Cream Sandwich update, the phone is sure to see some appreciable performance boosts. No, the only major con working against it is the abysmal real-world speeds delivered by the carrier's 3G CDMA network. If you've been wed to Sprint for some time and can... Full review
The Viper is a good mid-range device, and a perfect fit for a first time smartphone buyer or someone on a budget
Our initial impressions were quite favorable, after using the new LG Viper 4G LTE for the week we still feel the same way. The Viper is a good mid-range device, and a perfect fit for a first time smartphone buyer or someone on a budget. If you are looking for the best, fastest, or prettiest this isn’t the phone for you — and you might want to wait for the LTE equipped Galaxy Nexus. If you can look past the lower screen resolution, the average at best 3G speeds, and know that LTE will make things considerably faster this is a great buy this summer coming in at only $99. The carrier calls... Full review
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
Sprint calls the LG Viper "future-proof," since it will be ready to take advantage of Sprint's LTE network once that network is finally rolled out. But depending on where you live, you might not be able to use this phone's best feature until you're well into that two-year contract. So in the meantime, how does it compare with other $99 phones on Sprint? If you can't wait for faster throughput, then we suggest the EVO Design 4G, which has a higher-resolution screen and longer battery life. The LG Lucid on Verizon is another good option, a $79 device that offers LTE speeds today. But if you w... Full review
A reliable, environmentally conscious device with an excellent camera
The LG Viper has a stylish, eco design with a speedy processor, but you may not be able to utilize its 4G LTE speeds any time soon
The LG Viper is a solid introduction to Sprint’s incoming family of LTE phones—even though there isn’t a Sprint LTE network yet. The Viper might not be a top-of-the-line smartphone, but its dual-core processor keeps it running smoothly, and the camera snaps solid photos. But the Viper seems as if it is jumping the gun a bit. Being stuck on a 3G network with an LTE-capable phone is a little sad; and while Sprint did say the Viper will get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, there’s no telling when that will be. If you don’t mind waiting for Sprint to switch on its LTE network (especial... Full review
Despite a tough-sounding name, Sprint's first LTE device is a cute-yet-powerful, environmentally friendly phone
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