Cricket offers first 4G LTE phone, LG Optimus Regard

The LG Optimus Regard has a 3.5-inch touch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and runs on Cricket's nascent 4G LTE network.

LG Optimus Regard
The LG Optimus Regard on Cricket. Cricket Wireless

While Cricket's 4G LTE network continues to (glacially) roll out, the carrier is offering its first LTE device today on its site. Known as the LG Optimus Regard, the handset is equipped with a 1.2Ghz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 3.5-inch HVGA display made from Corning Gorilla Glass.

It also has a VGA front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that's capable of shooting 1080p video.

Powering the phone is a 1,700mAh battery, which reportedly delivers 5.4 hours of talk time.

In addition, since it features LG's Optimus 3.0 user interface, the phone includes LG's note-taking function, QuickMemo, and a voice-action shutter control known as "Cheese Shot."

Of course, because Cricket's 4G LTE network is still in its nascent stages, the Optimus Regard's LTE speeds won't be particularly useful unless you live in one of a handful of towns in Texas, Tucson, Ariz., or Las Vegas. Still, it's good to see the carrier is making some progress, however slow, with its network technology.

About the author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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