Our friends over at LG have sent us the LG Motion 4G for Metro PCS for us to review! This is one of MetroPCS’s newest 4G LTE devices, and while it be small in size it still packs a punch. It features a 3.5-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE speeds, and much more. Keep in mind that MetroPCS is a pre-paid carrier, they are similar to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. You but the device out right and then choose your monthly plan. The LG Motion 4G will cost you $149.99 for the device. But should the LG Motion 4G be your next device? We will answer that in the full review which begins right now!
The LG Motion 4G for MetroPCS is not a large device, in fact it is quite compact and small. The length of the device is around 4.37-inches and it is 2.39-inches wide. It should fit in most people’s hand fine, and it should be comfortable. The back has some texture to it, but not enough texture to provide the best grip. It has some thickness to it at 0.45-inches. It is not heavy at 5.64-ounces. However, you have to remember that is a very small and compact device. It could easily fit in your pants pocket or be thrown into a purse or clutch. Let’s start off on the back of the device, you have a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a MetroPCS logo, 4G logo, LG logo, and a speaker. The back cover is a little difficult to take off, and it has the same build quality as the rest of the plastic backs for devices on the market. Under the back cover you will find the 3.8 V Li-ion LG battery. Under the battery you will find the micro SD card slot and your micro SIM card slot. On the top of the device you will find the power/sleep button and headphone jack. The left hand side is home to your volume rocker and micro USB port. The bottom and right hand side of the LG Motion 4G are both empty, which helps to make design very simple. Above the screen you will find the LG logo and front facing camera. Below the screen are you’re 3 touch buttons, those being back, home, and menu. Going around the front of the device is silver aluminum lining, this adds a pop of color to the device. The siding going around the entire device is a shiny black plastic. While the logos and the siding around the front are the only real source of color. That is besides what is on the display. Overall, the design of the LG Motion 4G for MetroPCS is small and compact.
As I said before the LG Motion 4G packs a punch even though it has a small design. Let’s start off with the screen, it has a nice 3.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touch screen display. It’s resolution is a little low at 480 X 320, the image turns a little grainy when you zoom in or start looking at high-resolution photos. For the most part colors look very vivid and bright, and the screen looks the best when the brightness is turned all the way up. It has protection from its Corning Gorilla Glass layer, this is a big advantage for the LG Motion 4G over other devices that MetroPCS offers. For storage you get 5GB of internal storage, plus the micro SD card slot. It is always important to have the option to expand your storage. You get access to MetroPCS’s 4G LTE network, which will you give you faster speeds. It is not the fastest network out there, and does net yet compare to Verizon or AT&T’s 4G LTE network. However, web browsing and downloading applications goes by pretty quickly. Keep in mind that it all depends on the coverage in your area. The phone itself moves fast thanks to it’s 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, the phone is zippy and fast! Opening applications and swiping through different screens happens very quickly and for the most part no lag time can be found. On the back you have an okay 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. It features autofocus, tap to focus, speak to take a photo, panorama, HDR(High Dynamic Range), continuous shot, time catch shot, and much more. Quality of the image depends on your conditions, it performs very well outdoors with good lighting. While inside in either dark conditions or very bright conditions, there might be a yellow tone on the image. The front facing camera has around the same quality of the back camera, it comes in handy for video calling on the go. Overall, the hardware on the LG Motion 4G is pretty good.
The LG Motion 4G is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and this is always an advantage to have one of the newest operating systems. However, no word on when or if Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming to the Motion 4G. It does come with LG Quick Memo, this is an awesome application that was originally made for the Verizon Wireless Intuition by LG. Of course you don’t have a pen to use out of the box, but using your finger in this case is just as good. If you like to take screenshots or write on a photo, this application will come in handy. It will allow you take a screen capture and then customize it to your liking! Than you can save it your gallery, send it in an email or text message, and much more! LG also has included a simple user interface on the device, that as usual does make the device more simpler to use. Out of the box you have an interesting Metro PCS background and some pre-loaded applications. You get 4G Mobile Hotspot, AppStore, Backup, Emergency Alert, Google Chrome, Car Home, Google App Suite, guided Tours, IM and Social, Into Now, M Studio, mail@metro, Metro Block-It, MetroPCS Easy Wifi, Metro 411, MetroWeb, MyExtras, myMetro, Polaris Office, Pocket Express, Rhapsody, SmartShare, SmartWorld, Sportacular, Task Manager, Total Protection, Video Wiz, Weather, YouTube and More! LG And MetroPCS has also customized you home screens out of the box with widgets and application short cuts, and of course you can redo the customization to you liking. The speedy 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor keeps the LG Motion 4G running quick and fast. The main issue here is the amount of pre-installed applications, but hopefully you can remove some of them. Overall, the software included on the LG Motion 4G is nice.
Overall, the LG Motion 4G for MetroPCS is a nice device! It has a speedy 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor, 4G LTE speeds(where available) from MetroPCS, a clear 3.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touch screen display, a nice User Interface from LG running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 5GB of internal space plus a micro SD card, and more. The bad side of the Motion 4G would be the not-so-great camera and the many pre-loaded applications. But if you can get past those few minor things you may have found the 4G gem of MetroPCS smartphone lineup. You get Android 4.0 which is huge step up from 2.3.5, so you are already at advantage here and you get LG QuickMemo. The LG Motion 4G on MetroPCS is available for your purchase and will cost you $149.99 . And then since it is a pre-paid network you will then choose the monthly plan that best fits your needs. For More Information On The LG Motion 4G For MetroPCS, Please Click Here. We would like to thank LG USA Mobile and MetroPCS for providing us with a copy of the “LG Motion 4G for Metro PCS”.