There's also Bluetooth 3.0, a music player, and text, picture, video, and voice messaging. For texting, you can still type without sliding out the keyboard, though the touch pad will be in a condensed setting (where three letters share a key. Also included is a My Verizon app, which lets you quickly access your account and plan information, and a Media Center that enables you to buy ringtones and wallpaper.
Under the app icon, you can purchase games and apps. The handset is already preloaded with Pac-Man and Poker. Other apps include Mobile IM, V Cast Tones to buy and load more ringtones, and Daily Scoop, which gives you info about local daily deals.
Again, with feature phones like the Extravert, a data plan is not required. If you get one, though, you're able to use the on-board Opera Mini Web browser. The device also has a mobile e-mail client, where you can add your Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, or AOL account.
The homescreen has three pages: one for messages, another for your favorite media files, and the main page, which lets you place widgets for your alarm clock, calendar, memo pad, or a bunch of other task management apps. Though there isn't room to display all the shortcuts, you can drag and drop these widgets wherever you like on the screen, much like how you do on an Android device. A small tab with a star icon in the corner lets you access the rest of your widgets not on display, as well as your top contacts. A dock at the bottom of the screen gives you one-touch access to your mail, phone, apps, and address book.
The handset's 2-megapixel camera features a brightness meter and a settings menu where you can customize your photo options, which include: five white balance choices (auto, sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, and glow); a self-timer; a night-mode toggle; four resolution settings that range from 1,600x1,200 pixels to 320x240; and five color modes (normal, negative, aqua, sepia, and black-and-white).
The same white balance options, color modes, and brightness meter are seen in video recording as well. In addition, users can also customize their video quality (choosing between high, medium, and low); recording duration (choosing "for send" lets you record a 15 second video, choosing "to save" enables you to initially record an 18 minute video, but as internal memory gets eaten up, this max time lowers); and video resolution (either 176x144 or 320x240 pixels).
I tested the dual-band (CDMA 800) LG Extravert in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless' services. Call quality and connection were strong. I didn't experience any dropped calls, extraneous buzzing, or audio clipping in and out. When I talked to people while I was both indoors and outdoors, my friends sounded loud and clear. Friends told me that I could be heard fine and that my volume was ample.
Listen now: LG Extravert call quality sample
For a 2-megapixel camera, the photo quality was adequate enough. Outdoor pictures weren't blurry, per se (perhaps it was because I had to keep the handset very still after I clicked the shutter); colors bled into one another and edges weren't crisp. There's no autofocus, either, so bright whites, like clouds in the sky, washed out. Indoor shots looked grainy, and colors weren't as vibrant as in real life, but objects weren't impossible to distinguish.
The quality of the videos is mediocre, but that's expected from a low-spec camera. Recordings were heavily pixelated, and voices sounded tinny and harsh. Feedback lagged behind my moving of the camera, but not significantly so. Since there was no focusing feature, bright hues were washed out, and it was hard to distinguish dark or black objects.
Like most feature devices running on Verizon's EV-DO Rev. 0 technology, browsing the Web wasn't quick by any measure. However, because Web pages are modified to load with their coding stripped away of complex graphics and images, some sites loaded in a reasonably amount of time. Our CNET mobile site took an average of 10 seconds, and The New York Times mobile site took 11 seconds. ESPN's mobile site loaded in 8 seconds. Links to these two publication's full sites were not available. Watching YouTube was unpleasant. In addition to recorded video shot on the handset, YouTube videos cannot play the full area of the display, and it only occupies about one fifth of the screen. This means I had to watch the trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" on an area as large as a postage stamp.
During our battery drain tests, the Extravert lasted 6.6 hours. Anecdotally, it had a solid battery life. It doesn't do much to begin with to drain the usage time anyway, but it was nice to only lose one battery notch after spending most of the day trudging through the Web, talking to my friends, and watching videos large enough for an ant-size drive-in. According to FCC radiation tests, the phone has a digital SAR rating of 0.96W/kg.
The LG Extravert from Verizon Wireless is feature device worth considering. I like it slightly better than the due to its ease of use. Putting the annoyingly unresponsive touch screen and design flaws aside, the keyboard is spacious, the call quality is solid, and the customization options are nifty. And after you sign a two-year contract, you can get it for the reasonable price of $50 (or free, if you're new to Verizon).