If you decide to connect to the Web, the Revere also offers a rudimentary mobile Web browser, mobile instant messaging, and mobile e-mail support. Verizon's Mobile Email application does require a subscription to use, but with it you can easily access all the popular Web e-mail services, including your own POP3 e-mails, as long as you have the server information. It does require a $5 monthly fee if you don't already have a $9.99-or-higher data plan.
As more people flock to social-networking sites, it's no surprise that the Revere has a few social-networking options as well, for posting status updates to Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook. Unfortunately, these are not actual apps--they're essentially shortcuts to new text messages sent directly to a predetermined number. You'll have to set up your phone number with these services separately. Still, you can post more than just a quick text. You can upload photos directly to your Facebook account from the Camera application, for example.
Speaking of the camera, the 1.3-megapixel lens on the Revere is not much to write home about. It functions well enough to take simple snapshots, as long as you don't mind the mediocre quality of the pictures. Images are too pixelated and blurry for our liking, and the color seems a bit washed-out as well. It does have several settings to help improve the image, though. They include three different resolutions, a self-timer, five white-balance presets, five color effects, a night mode, and noise reduction, and there are three shutter sounds plus a silent option.
The Revere comes with two games--Sudoku Deluxe and Uno. You can get more apps, ringtones, and graphics from the Verizon Wireless Web store.
We tested the LG Revere in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless. Call quality was quite impressive on the whole. On our end, we heard our callers very clearly, without any distortion or crackling. Voice quality was clean and natural.
Outgoing call quality was good, too, according to our callers. They reported decent volume, with no hiss or static in the background. There was the occasional crackle in our voice, but it wasn't too bad. On the whole they said our voice sounded clear and natural. The same goes for speakerphone calls, though the echo effect was more pronounced.
LG Revere call quality sample
The LG Revere only has 1xRTT speeds, and no 3G. It has a rated battery life of 7 hours of talk time and 26.3 days of standby time. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 0.78 watt per kilogram.
The LG Revere delivers on its promise as an entry-level clamshell that makes phone calls its No. 1 priority. It does offer a few extra features like text and multimedia messaging, mobile e-mail, Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and the most basic of social-networking functions, but at the end of the day, it's the call quality that counts, and it does deliver when it comes to that. The LG Revere is quite affordable at only $49.99 in stores, but it's free after a rebate and a two-year agreement if you buy it from Verizon Wireless' online store.