The LG Rumor Touch is a great phone if you can't get enough of texting, because it's set up to make it as easy and fun as possible. As long as you stick to SMS you'll be smiling, but if you're looking for a phone to send messages through your web browser or on instant messaging services, it's not up to snuff.
It takes a step out of its predecessors' shadows, because it's designed quite differently than the Rumor and Rumor 2. It is still a horizontal slider, but this time it comes with a handsome touch screen. Standing at 4.2-by-2.2-by-0.6 inches, it's an average-sized handset packing an above-average array of features. The body is made of plastic, and though it's not fancy, the soft-touch matte back gives it a durable feel. The rectangle shape -- offered in black with a blue accent or a red version -- is easy to grip, though not revolutionary.
The 3-inch touch screen packs 240-by-400 pixel resolution, and the WQVGA display renders detailed, vivid images. The crisp definition is further improved by the 262,000 supported colors for a nice-looking resistive plastic canvas, though capacitive displays are preferred. You have the option of adding haptic feedback if you want a tactile sensation, which is a thoughtful touch.
If you don't like the touch screen, you'll have plenty of opportunities to use the keyboard, so it's not the end of the world. The slide-out QWERTY has five rows, which is great because it gives you a dedicated number row. The buttons are raised, so you can type quickly without sacrificing accuracy, and the sliding mechanism is sturdy. As long as you like horizontal sliders, this keyboard will please you.
The 2-megapixel camera isn't fancy but it takes decent photos considering it does not have an auto-focus or a flash. It has fast shutter speeds, but it won't be of much use for evening shots.
The music player is a bit better, with a standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and plenty of room to store songs if you choose to up the storage with a 32-gigabyte microSD card. You will have to deal with turning off the Sprint Music Store app every time you want to listen to a song, which is extremely annoying and knocks the player down a few rungs in our book. But the sound is stellar, and that's the most important thing.
The Rumor Touch uses an unusual interface, referred to as "Hello User." Hello User is tailored towards messaging, stripping away distractions to focus on letting messages appear as bubbles. If you like texting and don't want to be bothered with a lot of other bells and whistles, it's a nice layout. Unfortunately, the Web browser almost negates the positive credit the Touch gets for its easy messaging setup. You will want to replace the NetFront browser with Opera Mini to save yourself a headache, because the pre-installed option is slow as molasses. There's also no IM client, which is an odd choice considering how great it is for messaging.
You can download a number of apps through Sprint, and though the Rumor Touch lacks Wi-Fi, it is still a solid deal thanks to reasonable data plans. If you primarily want to message with a bit of app use thrown in, the Rumor Touch is a decent choice, despite its shoddy camera and slow browser. ♦
Texts stop working, won't send in full service, if I have any service to begin with. Problems with screen and scrolling problems, Sprints solution to every problem = hard reset your phone, meaning all data / contacts / games etc. are gone.Was this review helpful to you?
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