The LG Viper is Sprint's entry-level Android phone. It's not spectacular, but it's no slouch either -- it features 4G LTE speeds, a 5.0-megapixel camera with HD 1080p video recording and video chat, and even an NFC chip with Google Wallet, so you can buy stuff wirelessly, if you can find somewhere that takes it.
As part of Sprint's growing line of eco-friendly phones, the Viper is made of 50 percent recycled materials, and includes an energy-efficient charger -- so you can feel great about using the phone while helping the world.
The 4.0-inch touch display is great -- pinching and zooming is responsive and its 16 million colors are vivid and clear. The 1.2-gigahertz processor is decent as well -- noticeably slower than high-end devices, but you shouldn't have any problems running the most complicated of apps -- albeit some loading lag. In addition, two sports apps, Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile and NBA Mobile, and a few media programs provide entertainment and showcase the 4G speeds, or you can head to the Android app store for more.
Unfortunately, it runs Android 2.3 -- I say "unfortunately" because Google is rolling out devices powered by Android 4.0 software. Google plans to upgrade the Viper to 4.0, but if you're a casual user, the missing features -- mainly a more streamlined and improved interface -- won't be a big drawback. Regardless, the Viper is a very capable smartphone, with an extraordinary price -- $100 at release, and dropping.
If you're running on a budget, the Viper is a fine choice. There are better devices, but you'll have to pay an extra $100 or so. For some, it's worth it, but you'll have to judge for yourself. Go to a store and play with a few phones. But for a LTE Android device, the Viper is as cheap as it gets from Sprint.
If you're considering other carriers, take a look at the LG Lucid from Verizon, its sister phone or Samsung Exhilarate from AT&T for similarly-priced phones.
After having nothing but problems and bad experiences with past LG phones, I decided to give the Viper a shot... and it's great! The Viper is pretty much the same as the Lucid on Verizon -- it has a decent 5-megapixel camera with video chat, and great battery life (unlike most smartphones). There's also a microSD slot for memory and apps galore.
But the best part? It's free. That's right; I got this when I signed up for a two-year contract. Awesome.
I can't really find anything bad with the Viper. It doesn't have the problems the old LG phones used to have. I guess if I had to nitpick, the Android 4.0 would have been nice, instead of 2.3, but that's about it. Go buy it!Was this review helpful to you?
My husband bought this smartphone for me -- well, I should say it was free, which is a pretty great deal. After he setup the phone, I must say, it does everything I need. I've played with a few other Android phones, like the Galaxy S3 and Evo 4G LTE, and the Viper lacks in comparison. But really, they're not in the same class -- the Viper is more of a mid-end device, whereas the other two are high-end -- with a high cost to boot. After a few weeks, my impressions are that:
- Its small size is ideal for me. I've had problems with other phones (since I have smaller hands), and the Viper easily fits in my hand and purse.
- The speed. I never have problems running apps and games. Upgrading the software is a cinch too.
- Great suite of features -- the camera is nice, the Internet is fast and I can check Facebook and Gmail on the road. If you're a casual user like me, this phone is more than enough. If you're a heavy user, like my husband, then it'll probably be lacking.
- Price. As I mentioned earlier, the value of this phone is fantastic. The S3 and Evo are better smartphones, but you'll have to pay an extra $150 to $200. Not worth it in my opinion.
- Sprint's 4G LTE. I don't have great LTE coverage in my area, so I can't give a great review, but when it does work, it's fast. It's much faster than the older WiMax technology, and I hear Sprint is busy expanding coverage -- so it'll probably get better in time.
- Runs on Android 2.3 software. It's not the newest 4.0 version, but I can't complain. Android is great.
Overall, the Viper is a winner. It's an awesome Android smartphone that packs a punch. The only gripe I have is the older software, but for the price (free), it's hard to beat.Was this review helpful to you?
I took a look around and most smartphones are priced around $150 to $200, which is more than what I'm willing to pay for a phone. The Viper, on the other hand, cost was free with a two-year contract. But best of all, it's not a crappy phone. It comes with a great touch screen, fast processor and runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network.
The phone is well-designed, with a good weight and size that's not too heavy. I don't use a case, and so far I haven't seen any scratches or nicks from being in my pocket. Coming from the Optimus, I found the layout of the keys to be very similar. Maybe because the screen is made of Gorilla Glass. There's a difference between soft keys and hard buttons, but not so hard to get used to. The phone is made of recycled materials, so if you're green-conscious, that's a nice touch.
The reception is fantastic. There's no problem in full coverage, of course, but more importantly, it holds a signal well during roaming and low coverage. The call quality is good too. You don't get those tiny sounds on the speaker either. Voices come in loud and clear.
I've read a few reviews talking about the awful battery life, but I haven't experienced it. I might be used to smartphones, and they're all pretty draining on the battery. But with the Viper, I get around 15 hours with moderate use. There are a few services that come with the 4G, like Netflix. I can watch a few 30 minute shows without any problems, but it'll run your battery down. Wi-Fi and 4G drains the power quickly, so if you're worried, turning them off will prolong it.
Overall, I don't have much to gripe about. Sprint's LTE coverage could be wider, I guess. But the Viper is everything I need at a reasonable price. I would have paid more for it, so it's definitely a great value.Was this review helpful to you?
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