Nicole Lee from CNET says the LG Phoenix "design stays true to the Optimus brand." AT&T's first Android smartphone from the Optimus line, it is considered by experts as an excellent entry-level device. PhoneDog.com's Sydney Myers assures shoppers that it's "a reliable smartphone that won't give you problems," while PCMag.com reviewer Jamie Lendino says that it's the carrier's "best entry-level smartphone." For prepaid customers, the LG Thrive (*Est. $150, no contract) is essentially the same phone.
At just 3.2 ounces the LG Phoenix is "the lightest Optimus variant by far," Lendino says. The Phoenix is encased in a soft-touch material that PhoneArena.com's reviewer says "keeps the handset clean while repelling additional debris from caking onto it." It comes in two colors, slate blue and silver.
The LG's 600 MHz processor impresses most experts, who praise its speed and the phone's user interface (though many of those same reviewers complain that the preloaded AT&T apps can't be removed). The Phoenix can serve as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices (for an extra $15 a month).Memory is stored on up to 32 GB microSD cards. The Phoenix's battery life lasts a full day with average use.
Photos captured by the Phoenix are adequate at best, while videos "were pretty terrible," according to Myers. Some chief drawbacks are the phone's lack of a dedicated camera button, the browser's inability to play Flash videos and AT&T's spotty 3G coverage. Experts have mixed opinions on both sound quality and reception.
Lendino suggests the Apple iPhone 3GS (*Est. Free with contract) as a better alternative and to "keep an eye on prices for higher-end Android phones" such as the HTC Inspire 4G (*Est. $100 with contract) and Samsung Captivate (*Est. $0.01 with contract). PhoneArena.com's review is well supported by a variety of photos, and CNET's Nicole Lee covers nearly every aspect of the Phoenix, making her review the most useful.
Jamie Lendino likes the Phoenix, saying "this is the best entry-level Android phone," but he also advises that it "may be worth it to pay a little bit more up front for a more powerful phone."
Review: LG Phoenix (AT&T), Jamie Lendino, May 24, 2011
According to Nicole Lee, although the LG Phoenix is "not a high-end Android smartphone by any means," it's "still a pretty good option for those who want to dip their toe in the Android pool without spending a lot of money."
Review: LG Phoenix (Blue, AT&T), Nicole Lee, May 13, 2011
PhoneArena.com's anonymous reviewer says the LG Phoenix is "the perfect gateway device in moving people up from feature phones." He points out, though, that several higher-end smartphones are selling for about the same price.
Review: LG Phoenix Review, "John V.", May 19, 2011
Sydney Myers says the Phoenix is "the best mid-range phone on the market today." Her conclusion is backed up by tests showing long battery life and a responsive interface.
Review: LG Phoenix Review by Sydney, Sydney Myers, April 28, 2011