Since messaging takes center stage on the Rumor Touch, we like that the phone supports threaded text messaging so you can easily view a back and forth conversation. Aside from that, you also get mobile e-mail, which supports AOL, Gmail, Windows Live, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, as well as your own personal and work e-mail. You also get quick access to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace via dedicated apps.
The Rumor Touch comes with EV-DO Rev. 0, which also gives it access to Sprint's 3G services like Sprint TV, which lets you watch live TV and on-demand video, and the Sprint Music Store, which lets you purchase and download songs over-the-air for only 99 cents per track. The music player has a rather simple interface--you can set songs on repeat or shuffle, and you can create and edit playlists on the fly. The Rumor Touch has 52MB of internal memory but it has a 32GB microSD card capacity for additional storage.
There's also a HTML browser on here, which makes full use of the nice 3-inch display. It's not a super advanced browser--there's no tabbed browsing and you can't access your browser history--but you can change the font size, add bookmarks, turn the images on or off, and you can set Google as your default search option.
The 2.0-megapixel camera can take pictures in four resolutions and three quality settings. Other settings include brightness, white balance, color tone, fun frames, a self-timer, and up to 2x digital zoom when not at the largest resolution. Photo quality was average--though the images seemed sharp enough, they often looked overcast with a slight orange tinge when in low light. There's also a built-in camcorder--it can record videos in shorter video mail lengths or longer for-storage lengths, and in one of three resolutions. Other camcorder settings are similar to the still camera.
After taking your photos and videos, you can choose to share them via Sprint's Picture and Video Sharing service. You can share them with multiple friends and family members, and you can upload them to Photobucket, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube.
As for personalizing the phone, you can change out the wallpaper or screensaver on the welcome screen and you can download new ringtones--or record your own if you feel like it. The phone comes with a few games and apps: NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, and demo versions of Family Feud, Midnight Bowling 2, and The Sims 3.
We tested the LG Rumor Touch in San Francisco using Sprint's service. Call quality was quite impressive on the whole. On our end, we could hear our callers crystal clear without any harsh voice tones or crackly static. It was the same when we were outdoors or indoors.
Callers reported similarly great call quality. They said there was plenty of volume and we sounded really smooth and natural, almost that of landline quality. However, they said that our voice sounded a little muffled when in speakerphone mode. For us, they sounded just fine on the speakerphone--a little echoed, perhaps, but that's normal.
We found the 3G speeds to be quite adequate. We downloaded a 1.6MB song in around 30 seconds and loaded the mobile CNET page in just 22 seconds. Sprint's live TV service looked surprisingly good--action sequences did not suffer from a lot of pixilation. Music quality was OK--we would recommend using a pair of stereo headphones for better audio fidelity.