Best runt in the litter of dumb (a.k.a. feature) phones... April 1, 2012
Reviewer: Res ipsa loquitur - "Curt" (San Francisco, CA USA) -
I've been a feature phone user with Sprint for over 4 years now. Over that time, I've used the Palm Centro, the HTC Snap and the Samsung Reclaim. This is my first LG phone, and also my first touch screen phone. I own an iPad3 and an iTouch, but I don't want a smartphone like an iPhone or Android because I don't want to pay a higher monthly fee/cost.
I've used this new Rumor Reflex phone for 4 days now. I give it an overall 3.5 stars rating that breakdowns as follows on the particular areas:
4 stars for the case/phone body - feels solid, not too thick, easy to pop off/on the back to remove/insert the battery and microSD card. GREAT that the phone can take a microSD card of up to 32GB!
4 stars for seemingly no problem with reception/drop calls, or sound quality on calls.
4 stars for an easy to understand and utilize user-interface.
3.5 stars for lcd touch screen - colors are bright and sharp, fonts appear clear and sharp, and the touch sensitivity of the lcd screen is decent (though not nearly as responsive as that screen of the iPhone or iPod Touch).
3 stars for the qwerty keyboard - the buttons are barely raised, they don't give good feedback when you press on them, and their placement doesn't seem natural. However, I think I will get used to it and type faster after a few more weeks of use.
2 stars for the battery. I barely get 24hrs of use even with the vibrate function turned off, with the screen brightness at level 4 (10 is the brightest), and I don't talk or text very much. I'm pretty disappointed with the battery life while the battery is brand-new, I worry how the battery will hold up after 9 months or a year of use - since I'm planning to use this phone for two years until I get another credit to upgrade with Sprint by renewing my two year service contract.
2 stars for the weak camera - haven't taken many pics but they don't look very good so far - colors are off and pics aren't very clear/sharp.
The above being said, it's still probably one of the top 3 low cost "feature phones" (non-smart phones) now on the market and if I wasn't using the Rumor Reflex, I'm not sure what feature phone I would go with. I got it for $29 after various rebates from Sprint for renewing my two year contract.
If you want a low cost feature phone that has a large touch screen and qwerty keyboard, and can live with charging your phone every night, you'll probably be happy with this phone.
Great phone for non-smartphone users April 5, 2012
Reviewer: RealSoulMusicLover "blackbooksetc" (Virginia) -
I'm against paying for a data plan on principle, so I've never owned a smartphone. I need a phone for calling/texting, and previous had the LG Lotus. I LOVED that phone and wished that LG had kept it, but you can only get them used now, so I decided to upgrade. I was going to get the LG Rumor Touch, but when I went to the Sprint site, I saw the Reflex.
So far, so good. I'm new to the touchscreen, but I'm getting used to it and I think I will love it. The 3" screen is a good size, the camera is decent and the battery only has to be charged every 3-4 days, which is the best I've seen from the phones I've owned. Best of all, I love the fact that this phone can be locked and doesn't unlock when a text or call comes in, therefore there's no butt or purse dialing.
its okay March 30, 2012
great sound on calling (other phones you cant even understand the person)
very cheap.. i got a 2 year contract
easy to use... well after i got used to it
loses coverage a lot.. thats probably sprints falt though
live tv isnt very good
ringtones and screen savers are WAY to much... 2.50 for a screen saver that i can just send from my ipod to my phone for free... ringtones are the same price
over all this phone is pretty good quality for my first cellphone
Do NOT Buy This Phone! Worst Phone Ever Offered By Sprint December 9, 2012
Reviewer: Gentle Deer Lion Tamer (Houston, Texas, USA) -
I upgraded to the LG Rumor Reflex Phone when my contract was ready. I figured I would be getting a decent phone even though it is not a smart phone. The phone has major issues. A Google search of the Sprint forums will prove this out. You will find hundreds of complaints about this phone, if not thousands. It will suddenly reboot when on the internet, it will also do the same at times when you click to use the camera. Just a sudden reboot. Other times it will reboot while attempting to access the web.
Support for this device from Sprint is a joke and they will not offer you a solution. What they will tell you is that you need to take it to a Sprint store for an evaluation, and when you get to the Sprint store they will tell you that they do not service that phone at that location. Then Sprint will advise you to send the phone in and they will attempt a repair as long as you are willing to pay 35.00 for such a service.
The phone has had issues since day one. I have had it now for six months. Sprint will NOT replace the phone with a similar or like phone, nor will they offer a solution to the problem. Basically if you purchase this phone with the two year contract, Sprint tells you, "live with it for the next two years."
We pay for the unlimited data but when we can not sue the internet nor even take photos much less sent photos to others, one has to wonder why Sprint is scamming folks with this phone.
I would never, ever recommend this phone nor would I ever recommend Sprint to anyone, not even my worst enemies.
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE! November 29, 2012
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE! This phone has a defect where the phone shuts off every time you check your email. The phone locks up constantly and you can't get on the internet. I have tried contacting Sprint about this problem and finally called LG-the manufacturer of the phone.
No one is willing to take care of this and I have only had my phone since June 4th and have been calling on this phone for 2 months!
Do not buy this phone!
Also the sprint authorized store customer service was aweful! Rude employees-was in there an hour and not satisfaction.
LG knows they have these problems and are still unwilling to send me a replacement.
Spring store in Fairview Heights, IL told me that this phone is "known" for having this problem shutting off when checking your email.
LG wanted me to pay shipping, send in my phone for-who knows how long? Aweful customer service from Spring and LG!!!
This is my last LG phone EVER. And when Spring contract is up-I am done!
Lots of internet reviews on this phone shutting off and locking up.
Lots of disappointed customers.
Lg Rumor Reflex September 15, 2012
I've been having this phone for awhile now and I dont understaind what everyone on here is talking about.
1. I get four bars everywhere I go.
2. my battery life spand lasts over a week if I dont txt on it or if I dont have it on vibrate. even then If I talk, text, put my phone on vibrate, It dosen't die in four hours, it dies like in eight hours.
3. Pictures, okay people it will be crappy because you are on a phone camera. The most impressive pictures I've seen on a phone is on the new iphone which are clear and bright.
4.Recordings, I think its excellent because I decided to go outside in the recient hurricane we had,which I recorded without a problem, the sound was clear and the video came out clear.
5. The touch screen is very good you dont have to pound on it like other touch screens that I played with.
The only things I dont like about this phone is listening to the mp3's that you just downloaded to your sd card which is annoying that you have to go back and click on each song you want to listen to. 2. Ringtones, you cant add your own so you have to spent $2.00 which is overpriced for one ringtone.
And if your battery dies in four house 1, you need to get a new battery some of these phones they use recycled batterys so give your mother back her pink panties and get a ney battery. 2 you bought a used phone, which is dumb because you don't know what happend to the phone.
A phone with much promise but VERY disappointing April 14, 2013
I tried really hard to like this phone.
I received it as a replacement for my damaged but much-loved Samsung Rant, so perhaps this review is a bit of an unfair comparison. But the Rumor Reflex just does not measure up to the Rant, even though it's several years newer.
I love the Rumor's big screen, and I love having a touch-screen - touching the screen is just so much easier than trying to manipulate cursor-control keys. But I'm afraid the good news ends there. This phone just feels like LG should have tried just a little harder -- just a bit more effort and this could have been a great phone, but this thing feels like no engineer ever bothered to use it to see if it's suitable for humans. Because, frankly, it's not.
I use a phone about 80% for texting/messaging, maybe 15% for talking, and 5% for web-related tasks. I assume that anyone who purchases a phone with a slide-out keyboard is probably, like me, big time into texting. So the keyboard on a slide-out-keyboard phone should be well engineered - it should work really well, or why bother including it?
This phone's keyboard is its worst feature.
First of all, the soft plastic keys barely provide tactile feedback - I can barely tell if I've pressed them. (If I didn't need tactile feedback I'd just use an on-screen keyboard, right?) The key layout of this keyboard is all messed up because the bottom alphabetic row is split by the space bar, making it awkward to find the keys you're looking for -- it's just not a TRUE QWERTY keyboard. (Actually, the space bar isn't a bar at all, it's just two keys with a single cover over them.. don't press it in the middle or it won't register - you need to press it in one of two sweet spots..). And because the keyboard layout is mucked up, you need to be able to see the keyboard very clearly or you'll wind up with the wrong key. But unfortunately the only way you're going to be able to see the keys clearly is if you're in full-bright sunlight or total darkness (so the keys' backlighting is visible). In any other lighting conditions - and I mean ANY other lighting from a cloudy day to a brightly lit room to a dimly lit room - the glare off the face of the keys will have you squinting and angling the phone back and forth in front of your face so you can see what you're typing. THIS is supposed to be a texting phone? No way!! (I admit I may be spoiled by the Rant, and its well-laid out keyboard with very tactile keys that are easy to see in any light..)
Speaking of the Rant, I truly do miss that phone's built-in instant-messaging capabilities (Yahoo and AOL and, now obsolete, MSN). The Rumor has no such feature - it's SMS/text messages or nothing. (An unrelated feature I loved on the Rant, missing on the Rumor: built-in Google Maps.. a few keystrokes and it produced a map complete with Google's live traffic display.)
Using this thing to talk does leave something to be desired, too, but it's not as bad as trying to do texting. As others have noted, the phone basically locks up as soon as you take a call (I assume this is to prevent your ear from unintentionally ending the call or performing other mischief on the touch-screen).. this is a little clumsy but I noticed that I pretty quickly adjusted to the idea that I had to press the unlock button atop the phone to light the screen back up so I could access features (like speaker phone, or ending the call). If this were the phone's biggest shortcoming, I think I'd keep it and learn to deal with it.
But there's one more big strike against this phone, and that's its lack of a missed-message/missed-phonecall indicator. With other phones I've owned, if I don't respond to a text message or I miss a call, the phone tries to bring my attention to that fact by, at the very least, flashing or blinking in a noticeable way. The Rumor has a status light that seems to do pretty much nothing other than confirm that it's plugged in and the battery is charging. Under normal operation (when not charging), the light flashes quickly every 10 seconds, indicating - well, I'm not sure what it indicates, but it flashes. If you miss a call, the phone does: absolutely nothing. If you miss a text message: nothing. And I have not found a way to configure it to do something other than nothing.
So I really wanted to like this phone, because I like its big beautiful touch-screen. But no, I've already called Asurion (Sprint's insurance partner) and told them that the phone they sent me to replace my Rant does not cut the mustard because it (a) does not have the same features, and (b) the features it DOES have do not work very well. (To their credit, they did not argue, they just agreed to send me another model!)
LG Rumor Reflex, not recommended January 30, 2013
This is a terrible phone! As soon as you dial a number, the screen locks and has to be unlocked while the call is ringing to get to the speaker button or to use the dial pad for extensions or codes.
When answering the phone, the screen locks before you can put it on speaker and again have to unlock it to get to the speaker. There are no settings to extend the lock screen timer while the phone is active. The lock mode is only for when the phone is not in use. Not very user friendly.
The tiny mute button is right above the end call button. I have accidentally hung up during conference calls so many times. just when it was my turn to speak!
When accessing contacts, have to hit the contact 4 or 5 times before the contact is selected.
Be careful holding the phone once it is unlocked as your fingers on the side of the phone too close to the end call button will trigger the call to end or activate other functions. Will be trading this model in as soon as my company allows an exchange.
Awful Phone an experience in frustration January 2, 2013
Reviewer: Angela T
This phone was supposedly an "upgrade" from the one I use to have with Sprint and was one of only two available for my plan since I don't have a massively expensive data plan. This phone is absolutely terrible. I'm going to have to go out and buy this thing a hands free headset and not for my comfort or safety but simply to make it usable. You can not hold this phone up to your face without accidentally pressing it's screen, it's screen goes to sleep within seconds at odd times and the pull out keyboard consists of light blue letters/numbers on a grey background which is a nightmare to see unless you tilt it just right. Also a huge disappointment is that it has no built in MP3 player which is a "downgrade" from my last phone and from all the phones in the last few years. It supposedly does have MP3 functionality but only if you have internet access, which if I had a more expensive plan with data I wouldn't have gotten this horrible phone. The best thing I can say about it is that it does come loaded with a boatload of ringtones. I'm just waiting now for my upgrade period to roll around again so I can unceremoniously dump this thing in the garbage can at the Sprint store where it belongs.
Good.. However.... January 12, 2013
Hello, my name is Erika and I got this phone about a year ago, and I think it is time to write a review on it.
If you are hoping to use this as somewhat as a SmartPhone because it has internet features, think twice. And it drops calls all the time, and does not notify you when .
the calls have been droped or ended.
Otherwise, Wonderful for people wanting a simple easy-to-use cheap phone.
lg rumor reflex fail September 14, 2012
[[ASIN:B007HHZT6E LG Rumor Reflex Phone, Black (Sprint)]]
There are many cell phones out in the market today. If you are looking for a cell phone that is text friendly and easy to navigate through, than the LG Rumor Reflex is not the phone to buy. The LG Rumor Reflex has so many faults that it will leave you wishing that you had never agreed to that long term contract with your carrier. The LG Rumor Reflex is a phone that is not user friendly and will lead you to rather switch to a flip phone for the ease operation.
Let's start out by the lack of battery life this phone offers. With just one call to your boo, the phone will start to lose its battery power. It only allows 5 hours of talk time, making it unreliable to get throughout the day. Another terrible part about this phone are the dropped calls. In a middle of a nice calming conversation, expect to suddenly loose the call. The touch screen is another annoying part about this phone. Sometimes it's too sensitive and sometimes it just doesn't work. It literally freezes when you are trying to get the dial pad to pull up. The complexity of this phone continues when the back light fades away and goes into a lock state. Making phone calls to those toll free numbers is a lot more complicated with this phone. With the screen locking out in a few seconds, pressing those digits to reach customer help is a hassle. Text messaging would seem simple by the looks from this phone but it is harder to text than an old flip phone. In its normal position, there isn't any button to get to the text messaging screen. When you slide it open, the open does not allow the user to directly text message their intended person. You have to first write out your message and then find the name of the person you want to text to. The media options are one of the only plus sides to this phone. It allows you to email and go on Facebook easily with just a click of a button. Another upside to this phone is the size of the dial/text pads. They are large enough that one would not be struggling to find the letters on the phone. However, the emotion option on the phone isn't the best. It does not give you many options of smileys to choose from when you are texting with that significant other. The phone's camera isn't bad either for those who are looking to get by with just taking a few pictures. The built in 2.0 mega pixel is an ideal camera for non-smart phones. It also allows you to take video with an unlimited time slot. The overall interface of this phone is quite complicated. The home menu button only displays 3 icons leaving the user to waste time finding their desired phone function. For instance, to just get to the tip converter, the user has to literally press many buttons to finally access that tool on the phone. If you do not want to spend large amount of money on a smart phone but are looking to get by on a simple but text friendly phone, than LG Rumor Reflex is not the way to go. This phone offers the features that are expected from a slider, but in a very intricate way. The complications of this phone will leave you squandering your time away on just figuring on how to simply text your best friend or how to access the calculator. Even for those die hard LG fans out there, I would recommend investing your money on the LG Xenon or the LG Optimus. The LG Rumor Reflex is a complicated cell phone out in a fast and efficient tech savvy society with
LG Rumor Reflex Phone, Black May 14, 2013
I love this phone, I think its a great phone if you are looking for a simple phone for talk and text. The battery life is great I haven't plugged my phone in for a day and a half and the battery life is still 100%. The speaker phone on it is nice and loud. I can't complain I really like this phone and all the features, it's everything I was looking for!
I would definitely recommend this phone to my family members and friends for sure, specially if your looking for a nice basic phone that doesn't require the data plan.
This phone sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!! August 18, 2012
Reviewer: LOVE TO READ "D.H." (talladega, alabama United States) -
Dropped calls, have to go outside to use it. The touch screen is awful and freezes up. You have to unlock it everytime you get a call and by the time you've done that the call is lost. Do not buy this phone, I'm going back to verizon as soon as the store opens.
If it was possible I would give a minus 5 star.
With the months I used this phone I couldn't wait for an upgrade March 26, 2012
Reviewer: joseph j. vitello "EPIC" (niagara falls, new york, US) -
First off getting unlimited data for this phone is like getting unlimited toppings on 1 slice of pizza. Second off it calls it texts and it watches video with terrible audio and video quality! I have yet to figure out how to put a passcode on it so when I left this phone at someone's house on accident they got on it and texted my friend saying 'I wanna feel your body all night long'.
Overall: 1 out of 5