LG Eve review

December 18th, 2009

LG Eve

Here’s the LG Eve, their first Android powered phone. It has an amazing 5 row QWERTY keyboard, Android 1.5, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro SDHC card slot. On paper it’s a solid device. Let’s check it out.

One of the things that really attracted me to the LG Eve is that I’ve recently been looking for a replacement for my HTC Fuze. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Fuze and I think that Windows Mobile is a fairly solid platform with quite a lot of very solid apps. No UI is better than SPB Mobile Shell 3.0. Even HTC TouchFlo has come a long way since it’s initial launch on the HTC Tytn II. What has been frustrating me lately is the lack of newer apps that I would like to try like foursquare and Yammer. I don’t love the iPhone for work leaving the Android the only OS as a viable alternative for me. Since Android is the new kid on the block, there is a lot of current development on the Android platform.

My work phone NEEDS to have a keyboard because I actually do a lot of writing and texting making a hardware keyboard mandatory. I hate the Dream/G1 because of the awkward lip that it has. While it seems like a small deal, if you type on it long enough, the hand positioning required to work around the lip causes stress on the hand. From a form factor perspective, the LG Eve is ideal. The screen is a beautiful 3 inches. It sports a 5 row keyboard which is really nice but it took me a while to get used to. I’m so used to 4 rows and I automatically press the alternate key to want to use the numbers which is unneeded. Everything is fairly well placed. It comes with a dedicated headphone jack which is a nice touch in comparison to the HTCs.

Unlike the Dream, the Eve allows you to use a soft keyboard when you don’t have the hardware keyboard open. It chooses a T9 keyboard which is not a bad choice. The screen is fairly narrow and fitting any more keys would make it really hard to type. It would have been nice if it implemented Cootek’s keyboard for the Android but the LG keyboard works decently well because it’s assisted with an auto-complete/auto-correct. The auto-complete/auto-correct feature however is cumbersome to use with the slide-out keyboard because of its implementation. I had a really frustrating time with the auto-complete feature with the hardware keyboard for a number of reasons. The first is that the only way I could select a word on the screen is to use my finger to select the word that I want. Intuitively, I would expect to be able to use the arrow key to select the word I want. I found that pressing the right arrow key, it would select the word. Secondly, you need to press the space bar twice to select a word and move on. While it seems like a small deal, it’s not intuitive and becomes cumbersome when you’re using an instant message client. The end result is that the last word is repeated as an extra IM in the native Google Talk client. So for instance, if I intend to type “The end is near”, what you’ll see on the screen is “The end is near” followed by “near” in the next line because it’s executing the auto-complete after the fact. The good news is that it forces you to use proper punctuation and help with your English grammar.

LG made a few interesting design choices. For one, it forgoes the dedicated answer and end button along with a navigation pad. The only buttons in front are the back, home and menu buttons. The menu button is a physical button that you can actually press while the back and home buttons are the annoying touch sensitive buttons that ‘press’ if you accidentally brush your finger on them. The home and back buttons means something unexpected will happen  anytime you hand the Eve to someone – I hate touch sensitive buttons.

Anyways I wasn’t sure how I’d like it but it actually worked out decently because it compensated itself with some good choices on it’s customized home screen UI. It has a very different design and function from the HTC Sense but it works well in its own right. It has a sticky panel which follows you from screen to screen the same way the iPhone interface does. This is particularly useful because there is no dedicated phone button. I also like that the home screen rotates through – if you scroll to the left home screen and scroll left again it will take you to the right home screen.  I’ve always found it a bit annoying that the default Android screen doesn’t do this.

The main menu has also been customized. Basically you can view all your apps from your main menu. There are different categories which you can put apps in. The idea is similar to LG’s stupid S-Class interface but it actually works on the Eve since you don’t have to scroll side to side to view each category’s apps.

Another small enhancement I like is you can turn WiFi/BT on and off by pulling down the top. It beats having to dig around the settings like you do on a plain Android phone.

LG includes Moxier Mail with the LG. Basically Moxier lets you connect the Eve to an Exchange server so you can have push email, contacts, tasks, calendar, etc. I didn’t test this.

If you use Google stuff like Google Mail, calendar, talk, maps then the Eve LG has apps for those.

You also get Quick Office so you can edit word, excel, power point. If you want to create those files you’ll have to pay extra. So do yourself a favour and save a couple of blank documents on a SDHC card.

The camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels. It’s capable of taking decent (for a camera phone) pictures. I did find that the camera uses relatively slow shutter speeds which makes it less useful if your subject isn’t posing. I tried taking a lot of baby pictures with the Eve and got many many blurry pictures because of this. The camera does have some nice features including ISO setting and even a manual focus!

Video recording is much less impressive as you’re limited to a maximum resolution of 320×240 – it felt like 2006-2007 when I saw the maximum resolution. You can use the flash as a video light but it has a very limited range.

The video editor allow you to trim video add sound or subtitles or change the video’s colour. Really, who cares when the maximum resolution is only 320×240.

Music playback is handled by the default android music player. It’s adequate.

I noticed a divx option in the settings. I didn’t test it much but the few divx files I grabbed off of the internet wouldn’t play.

Now LG is really pushing the Eve’s social networking capabilities. Out of the box you get a Facebook, bebo, twitter and Myspace programs. As far as instant messages goes there’s MSN messenger, yahoo instant messenger and Google talk.

There is a programmed called SN Manager which handles Facebook, Bebo and Twitter. I tested mostly SN Manager’s Facebook feature against the Facebook app you can download from the Android Marketplace.  I’m sad to say I actually preferred the one you can download from the Android marketplace.  SN Manager’s UI takes up too much screen space. SN Manager should allow you to read messages in your inbox but when I used this feature it showed my inbox as being empty.

While using the phone I had a few anomalies that drove me crazy. For one, the Eve would sporadically freeze or not wake up giving me a Black Screen of Death. The only way to get around it was to physically remove the battery which made it frustrating to use. It can take quite a while for the Eve to boot up after you remove the battery. Also, if you’re someone who keeps their finger nails very short you’ll have a lot of trouble removing the battery. I thought the crashing might be specific to my review unit but the second review unit is equally unstable. Hopefully LG will provide updates that fix this.

Another problem was that when I put in my work IMAP settings for mail, it would suddenly spawn hundreds of threads on the server causing me to hog up a ton of server resources. However, when I had a colleague put on their settings on the phone, it seems to work fine. I had no problems with the same settings on my Windows Mobile and iPhone. It also kept complaining that it was running out of memory every so often which I haven’t seen before on my HTC Magic.

RF performance is quite poor. I found the Eve’s incoming sound was breaking up badly in areas where a Nokia N86 barely had any problems.  Sound quality is quite good as is the maximum earpiece volume. One minor issue I noticed with the earpiece was that it was that the ear piece’s sweet spot is kind of hard to find and hold.

I really wanted to like the Eve, it’s got a relatively nice form factor. Aside from the idiotic touch sensitive buttons it has a very nice keyboard, fits well in your hand is has good build quality. However in the end the Eve was a big disappointment. What good is a phone if it isn’t stable? I wouldn’t be as bothered if say the browser crashed occasionally but for the entire phone to crash – well that’s unacceptable.

It’s been a long long time since I’ve played with a phone that crashes this much. Having to take the battery out to reboot it is even worse. What do you do if it’s really cold and you don’t want to take your gloves off to pop the battery? If it just happened to one unit I could blame it on that particular unit but I noticed this on 2 different ones. I was also disappointed with the video recorder, I mean the Eve has a 5 megapixel camera and a built in video editor so I was expecting a little more. The RF is also quite lackluster. RF performance may not be a deal breaker for everyone if they have strong signal everywhere they go but these days many phones have decent RF.

Now I realize I might have come off a bit harsh in the review – if LG fixes the freezing I’d say the Eve isn’t a bad phone phone. But unless that happens all I can say is that the Eve is a decent first try but LG really needs to try harder next time.

Howard Chui and Kelvin Kang 12.17.2009

Entry Filed under: LG,Reviews,Rogers Wireless

56 Comments Add your own

    Andrew  |  December 18th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Right-on review. I had the exact same impressions, also tried 2 phones and ended up returning both to Rogers. The thing that I hated the most was the stupid vibrating dial pad, which cannot be disabled!

    Also, did you ever call LG for “tech support”? They’re idiots!

    Elsi  |  December 20th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    seriously, you two need LIVES! first of all the guy who wrote this was a total nerd with no friends that is probably 35 and still living with his mother. Him and you are soo picky. if a phone has ONE LITTLE THING wrong with it you”ll just be SO insulted, like fricking company that made just did that piss you off specificaly! well guess what!: THEY DIDN’T! THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE! noww stop whinning you little tech nerds. theres something called ”getting used to the phone” just because you’re so stupid that you brushed you’re hand accross a fricking touch screen and AMAZINGLY it did its job and maybe changed pages or what ever doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone, IT MEANS YOU’RE AN IDIOT!

    Elsi  |  December 20th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    *like the fricking company that made it just did that to PISS YOU OFF SPECIFICALY!

    Gregory  |  December 21st, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I agree with Elsi. seriously, get lives.

    Felicia  |  December 21st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I happen to have this phone and LOVE IT! I love almost everything about it, so if I had to rate this review on helpfullness i’d give it a 2 out of 10. because theres more personal (harsh) opinion than there is fact. So calm down there who ever wrote this review, my advice is get a diffrent hobby. I can tell you’re very.. passionet about this hobby but maybe you should try a diffrent one (not involving reviews or even blogging) :)

    Kitty  |  December 21st, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Woah! Who googles a phone review, reads the whole thing, and then criticises the person who wrote it for being too detailed and informative?

    I found this review to be very helpful. Unlike many others I am able to consider all points mentioned above and draw my own conclusions based on said points.

    Darren Humphries  |  December 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Good, detailed review guys. I’m also reviewing the LG Eve and many of these points are valid. I haven’t had any crashes though and have been using it extensively. Perhaps this is more about inconsistency in production.

    Agree about the camera though. I am trying to get a decent video to post to show how good the camera is but it just does not do a great job. I’m also reviewing the LG Chocolate and its 5MP camera is MUCH better. Weird.

    Thanks for the detailed review, guys.

    Ken  |  December 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Homos.

    Ken  |  December 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Ps: i meant all of you.

    Charles  |  December 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    can anyone tell me any good pet frog sites? i just got one and im really nervus because i killed the last 7 that i had but this one i really want it to live. so please tell me a good site.
    Oh and Kitty i had a great time last night ;)

    Bill  |  December 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Howard/Kelvin: Thanks for sharing your experience with the LG Eve phone. I am considering getting one as well. I have a Palm Treo 700wx and it locks up every so often requiring the battery to be removed to reboot it, which is not fun. Your review along with many other reviews that a google search turns up, will help me decide.

    Andrew, Kitty and Darren have good points for others to consider.

    Elsi, Greg, Felicia, Ken: I find your opinions brash and irrelevant to this review. Telling someone to get a different hobby is childish and name calling is ineffective. Contribution to the review of the phone would be helpful, brandishing the reviewer is not.

    Bella  |  December 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Bill!?!?!?!?! Hello?!?!?!?!?! REMEMBER ME? i met you at summer camp!?!? ..we did it in shed the last night? heh? remember me???
    im pretty sure its you. Did you hook up with my sister then purposley call her by the wrong name a million times to break up with her? smooth move bud! she found out you faked it and she’s REALLY depressed. Hey.. call me : 677 342 0076

    Norman  |  December 23rd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wow. Lotta drama there.
    Um, yeah I actually found the review quite insightful aswell
    Good review.

    Ken  |  December 23rd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Ken again! your all still homos. Especially YOU BILL.

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    Jason  |  December 24th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Great review. I was planning on getting a new phone and this was definitely informative. I might still get the eve though since I don’t really use the video feature anyways.

    As for Elsi, Greg, Felicia, Ken, you probably all work for LG or something. If you like LG so much, why don’t you marry it? Now that’s childish.

    webterractive  |  December 24th, 2009 at 4:44 am

    To Kitty I’ll tell you who, loser trolls who don’t live with their moms but with their dads and just cracked 40.

    Bob  |  December 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Elsi . Your a fucking jack ass . If you don’t like the review then don’t like it but honestly no one cares what you think cause guess what we googled LG EVE ReVIEW not elsi’s opinion

    So shut up and stop stereo typing. Get a damn life Hun

    Chris  |  December 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I have had a palm treo 700 as well with problems of freezing. However like any electronic device/computer nothing is perfect and has bugs

    The reviewer did a good job explaining the problems and the little annoying features it has. I would have preferred more of the pros then mostly cons but that’s why we have the internet with many other reviewers :)

    franky  |  December 27th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    how come you said the camera wasnt that good? I looked at the video you posted and everything looked fine to me? Is it hard to use or what?

    Mark  |  December 30th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    An excellent review, although it seems you are attracting really low class trolls. Too bad.

    Wes  |  December 30th, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Well I got this phone for my wife so far I like it. I also got one for myself as it was on promo with Rogers and they sent me one for free. I have the iphone and im gonna give the eve a shot.

    Personally ive been laughing my ass off reading all the posts here. Ken who ever you are, you are really playing to my sense of humour.

    P.S. I actually found the review helpful but none the less very funny banter here.

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    Danielle  |  December 31st, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    SWEET. The comments to this review were the best part of my morning so far! I’M GETTING THE EVE AFTER WORK. I AM SO EXCITED.

    Daryl  |  December 31st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    whats with you ppl and the word “trolls”?? your not in kindergarden anymore guys, get some new come backs. (LMFAO best thread of hilarious comments ever! – to who ever didnt use the word “trolls”, GOOD JOB!)

    katie  |  December 31st, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    charles! i told you, the reason your frogs are dying is beacuse ur NOT supposed to feed them whats under the kitchen sink! those r chemicals! they WILL die if u feed them that! i’ve told u a hundred times! NO FEEDING THE FROGS! thats MY job! if u dont want this marriage to end then STOP KILLING THE FROGS! and i am surely NOT buying u anymore frogs after this!

    manson  |  December 31st, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    ROFL! just made my day Katie!

    LoganBlake  |  January 1st, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Okay…Trolls??LOL….So in the end is this phone worth it or not??

    LoganBlake  |  January 1st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Okay…Trolls??LOL….So in the end is this phone worth the three year contract or not??

    calagan  |  January 1st, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for this review.

    Yet another well-speced phone that LG spoils with poor software/firmware. I own a LG Viewty which had very good specs at the time (still one of the best cameraphone around), but keeps on irritating me with frequent freezes and idiotic bugs (eg. lack of exif on early versions of firmware)

    There’s still a high demand for Android phones WITH A KEYBOARD, but so far Motorola (Droid is an excellent phone, but unusable keyboard), HTC (G1 is clumsy and outdated) and LG fail to deliver.

    Jason  |  January 2nd, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I just got the phone 2 days ago. pretty nice phone, but the camera is slow like howard said. The speaker and microphone are lousy quality (Sound doesn’t compare close to any of my other sony phones). Divx didn’t work at all. No issues with battery yet (knock on wood), or black screen on my phone. Awesome keyboard.

    With android there is a lot of potential since his phone is in it’s infancy.

    George-André  |  January 4th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Hello to all. If you have the Black Screen problem, or the Space beeing added after the cursor, please read on:

    I called LG once more. They told me that now there is a firmware update!
    When entering the secret menu (by calling 3845#*620# ) and clicking Version Info, I had the version GW620-V10b but now the V10c is available.
    The french LG update tool is available here:
    http://fr.lgmobile.com/web/web.support.retrieveSoftwareUpdate.laf
    Click on “Telecharger”.
    Install the software, I think you can install it in english. Click on “mise à jour”. Double click on GW620… follow the instructions, be patient… and there you have an updated phone, without loosing your data (backup before doing this, just in case).
    Tell me if this helps, I hope it does.
    Since I did this, (about 6 hours ago) I did not had any black screen bug, or any spaces that appear after the cursor instead of before. And the screen appears to come out of standby in a more gentle way, so there has definitively been an update to the software part that manages the screen.
    This phone is back on the track, it’s great again!
    Can someone that never had the standby black screen bug go to the hidden menu (3845#*620#) and tell me if his software version was already the v10c ? Just for curiosity.

    Best regards to all.
    (Sorry for my English, I’m French, and wrote this in a hurry to keep you posted.)

    Crash27  |  January 5th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Hi All, I just received my LG EVE a few days ago and I am in love with this phone, It has so many features and the amount of apps that are available for it is extreme. I have read some of the post of other people that used it and it does have a few little issues but so does everything. To me it is just right after a few months there will be lots more updates and firmwares and it will work out all the quarks, But for now I am a kid in a candy store, If anyone knows a way to get games on it without downloading them I would appreciate it, I have tried from the SD card and also putting games on my FTP and cannot find a way to get them from there either, I hope there is a work around for this.

    Ultra  |  January 8th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    I just played around with the phone and its alright. Still not use to the qwerty. Its actually hurting my thumb trying to press the outer keys like Q or P. The camera does seem sluggish but it does take decent pictures for a phone anyways. The only thing that annoys me is that it comes with Android 1.5. When alot of apps are being written in newer versions. When will the update come.. who knows.. which makes me think of gettin the iphone or blackberry again..

    ElWray  |  January 8th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I recently bought the LG Eve, and checked this out to see what others thought.
    I have had no problems with it crashing. So far, the only complaint I have, is that when it is shut off, it takes forever to turn back on. I almost never turn my phone off, and only have done so twice, but it is still a small pain.
    As far as the “pushing space twice”…get over it. You seem like a picky person, who has probably been spoiled. Its a great phone. Sound quality is good, screens look awesome, and its a great size.
    Only a few problems with the touch buttons, but nothing to complain about.

    If anyone is looking for a good, easy to use phone, this is a great choice. My brother is big time into electronic gagets, and needs to have the best of everything (he has a dream that he loves) and he just played with my phone for about 10 min, and said he really liked it. So, coming from a regular person, not some nerd who bases his life around a phone, its a great choice.

    One other thing: Yes, the phone camera IS a bit slow, but thats what my Canon is for. Its a phone. Use it as one. The other things are little extras.

    Anonymous  |  January 13th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    A machine that has a reputation for locking up and needing reboots does concern me. Perhaps that is a production or a firmware issue. Poor RF performance would also be a concern.

    The guy got a phone with problems and rated it accordingly – it does appear that others have had similar issues. I think I’ll wait for this phone to mature a little longer – perhaps later versions of this phone will have these issues cleared up.

    Otherwise, it is everything that I am looking for in a phone at this time.

    Brandon  |  January 16th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Idiots. Reviews can be used for many things, one, for people to look at to purchase the phone they made fall in love with and two, for the company to read and fix for the next phones. mistakes are a part of learning so stop bashing on each other and just leave the damn page. especially Elsi. you my friend are the 35 year old virgin in this situation, because like it or not, the person who wrote this page took time out of his life to help people, something you’d never learn to do as your nonconstructive criticism doesn’t help anybody. next time you open your mouth watch what you’re saying, kid.

    Americalex  |  January 19th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I’m thinking of buying two of those, one for me, one for my wife. Thanks for the review.

    Brandon, are you Brandon from Nebrandonska? lol

    Black Screen of Death = Firmware Fix available.
    Lousy RF = Thank god for 850mhz
    Lousy Camera = Couldn’t care less
    Lousy Movie = It’s only for those “iran revolution” moments
    Divx Fail = Now thats a major annoyance, I wonder if it’s due to a weak cpu?

    What about,

    Flash = Can the browser handle flash?
    Duration = how long does the battery last’
    Heat = does it become unfortortably hot when used

    Cheers,

    Alex

    Americalex  |  January 19th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Just found the answer to the DIVX issue:

    Video(Divx) that works, as long as you convert it to 240×320

    Croy  |  January 20th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    This is NOT a review. This is entirely a rant. Nothing more than a rant! Completely usless!

    Should not be titled a review!

    deg  |  January 25th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Great Review.

    So should I get one?

    Chell  |  January 26th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I have one of these phones and am just wondering if anyone has had a problem with the battery keeping a charge.

    I just got it about a week and a half ago, have already replaced the battery once and am considering taking it back…

    However, the girl at the Rogers store told me it’s normal for the phone to have to be charged daily. I’ve never had a smartphone before, my other phone was a razer and I had it for 3 years.

    Is this true? I really do like the phone in terms of all the stuff it’s got on there, it’s fun… but if I can’t rely on the battery life than I don’t know if it’s worth keeping. I also need to know if the Rogers chick is just trying to screw me and the phone really is defective. Thanks!

    Mii  |  January 26th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Hey Chell, I don’t think she’s trying to screw you over. I have an HTC Magic and it only lasts for about 40 hours normally. I basically charge it everyday to make sure it won’t die on me.

    Mikayla Rugala  |  February 1st, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    hii, uhm im getting the lg eve tomorrow
    unlocked to fido..
    should i know anything abotu it?
    msg me back at
    mikaayla@hotmail.com

    agentnega  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    This review is right on.

    I have had my Eve for 7 weeks and in this time I have experienced:
    -5 hard crashes (completely unresponsive/had to remove battery)
    -”process.android.homecube” (e.g. the home screen) crashes at least once a day. This is a minor annoyance that essentially makes the phone useless for 15 seconds or so.
    BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS for a consumer product. I’m an Android fan but the Eve’s instability is disappointing. This is with firmware v10c.

    Also, it is nearly impossible to get a clear photo if there is any motion at all. My cheap Sony Ericsson Z710i from three years ago performed better than that. The LED flash is also next to worthless. If it’s not bright enough to take a photo without the flash, the flash doesn’t help enough anyway.

    The double-press of the spacebar is due to a bug in the autocompletion feature. What is actually happening is that the first space gets inserted AFTER the cursor. After typing a few words, arrow-right and you’ll notice the extra spaces at the end of the line. Again, pretty ridiculous for a consumer product. This lack of polish makes it look like they didn’t do much testing.

    Now for the good: the keyboard is great, the screen is bright and clear, the included Moxier apps that link to Microsoft Exchange work very well, and there are lots of cool apps in the Android Market. I love my phone but I am really disappointed by the very obvious flaws and hope LG puts out an update to fix them.

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    lilwitch  |  February 16th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Love it, just love it!
    For starters if you are having issues with the space bar not working properly do the following:
    “”The “LG IME” predictive text helper / software keyboard is horrible. Really, really, horrible. Turn it off as soon as you can. For the longest time I thought the space bar was broken because of the way the IME uses the first space to select the word, and the 2nd to actually insert a space. Sad, and on a full keyboard it’s completely pointless. But, it’s easy to turn off, and once it’s off the keyboard behaves the way a keyboard should.”" Menu >settings >Locale & text > LG IME (uncheck- problem fixed).
    I have had the phone for 2 weeks, so far love it, loved it even more once I turned off the IME. Battery life is good/great for how much I have it on ( I use baby timer app for 2 kids all day, with wifi on) I charge it about every 4 days, and I never wait for the screen to auto sleep, I just simply push the power button to put it to sleep right away. Battery depends on how many apps you are running in background, if you are not using them constantly turn them off to save battery.
    Bonus :shortcuts on screen for “speed dialling” i.e.: home, mom, (menu >add >shortcut >contacts)
    you can also do this for playlists.
    fits in pocket nice
    there are also great apps /widgets for easy and fast one touch on/off of wifi and bluetooth right on your “desktop”, both features work great.
    5 mp camera is good has great flash, immediate editing.
    If you are new to smartphones keep the manual nearby for the first week.
    Bad:
    -like everyone says the home and back buttons are EXTREMELY sensitive I wish there was an option to choose sensitivity I have adapted to how I hold the phone since to minimize the problem ( at least it saves where you were at if you accidently exit)
    -wish it came with a car usb charger adaptor
    -can seem a little slow depending on what apps you have and are running
    -wish it had home and end keys since it has page up and down.
    - I have only had it freeze twice while on the phone with wireless provider or from a bad app (removed the app- no problems since)
    Overall:
    Great phone, especially for 50$ (as long as you print out and mail away your rebate form)
    Great keyboard 5 lines, buttons are not too small like blackberry even my spouse can type on it.
    Love it, just love it!

    dave  |  February 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    im thinking of buying a LG EVE next month or so since Rogers is updating the android version from 1.5 to 1.06…so do u think i should buy it?

    Mikayla Rugala  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    i got the lg eve
    its AMAZING
    and its unlocked.
    AMAZZZZING.

    bob dobson  |  March 20th, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I just picked up the Eve about a week ago. I did run into the locking up / black screen issues, but LG has a patch. Since then, I’ve had no problems with the phone at all. True, the touch pad can be a little annoying, but it’s a matter of getting used to it. I don’t take video, so that part doesn’t affect me. Keyboard is nice, better than the HTC Dream (imo), and I’m liking Android over WinMo 6.1. Overall, I’m quite partial to the phone, and at 50 bucks (with contract) I’d have to say it’s a more than decent phone.

    surya  |  April 4th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    what about listening music over bluetooth headset? is it good?

    gyhg  |  May 25th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    what is the cepest plan for this phone????????????????//

    Alexx  |  June 7th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I really wan a new phone and I have Rogers. So I was debating between the htc magic and this phone the lg eve. I can’t decide cause people keep saying there’s many problems to the eve but I really like the qwerty slide out keyboard. I also considered the htc dream but almost everyone says the htc magic is way better then the dream. So please help… Htc magic or lg eve???

    Phil  |  June 9th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hmmm, I wonder how many of these people posting who are critizising your review work for LG…..

    Anyways, here is my impression of the phone after owning it for 5 days: It sucks, and it is going back to Rogers.

    Touchscreen is a god-awful mess, hardly works when you want it to. Has a dead spot on the right side of the screen, running all the way up and down. Awesome. Freezing occurs to no end, slow performance, crappy quality over all.

    Customer service is non-existant. LG says to send it to Rogers and will not accept the phone from me under any circumstances dispite 2 phone calls with 2 separate people, and Rogers says I can either send it in to LG or Rogers for repairs. Under the circumstances, Rogers actually looks good on that one.

    My advise: don’t buy this phone. Wait for LG’s 3 or possibly 4th attempt at it, they might get it right by then. For now, stick to HTC’s and iPhones.

    P.S.: I’m not a complainer, really. I have had phones for years and years, and never had any problems. I think this is the firsst time i’ve actually been frustrated with a phone. To those who enjoy the phone, all the best to you, and I hope you stay happy. To everyone else, that’s my 2 cents.

    Kali  |  July 18th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    im wondering… wat r my serives provider choices if i get this phone? ps- i live in canada too

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