LG Rumor review: LG Rumor

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The LG Rumor has a lovely design, with a built-in hidden QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging. Features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, Bluetooth, and more. It provides easy access to Facebook, plus it supports Sprint Navigation.

The Bad The LG Rumor does not have EV-DO, and surfing the Web can be quite slow. The screen has poor resolution, and the camera has no flash.

The Bottom Line Though the LG Rumor is not as fast as we'd like, it's still a great messaging multimedia device for those who don't need a lot of speed.

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The LG Rumor is Sprint's answer to those who want the convenience of a QWERTY keyboard without the complexity of a smartphone. A successor to the LG F9200 (which was for Cingular/AT&T last year), the Rumor is an attractive handset with a hidden slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus a few advanced features like a megapixel camera, a music player, and Sprint Navigation support. We really liked how easy it was to use, especially when sending text messages and e-mails. You can even access social networking sites like Facebook in just a couple of clicks. We wished the Rumor had EV-DO for faster Web surfing, as well as a better screen resolution, but the Rumor is still a great phone, especially if you're a messaging addict. The LG Rumor retails for $279.99, but you can get it for $79 with a two-year contract and a $50 rebate.

Design
At first glance, the LG Rumor looks like a rather bulky candy-bar handset. Measuring 4.3 inches by 2 inches by 0.7 inch, the Rumor definitely does not fit comfortably in a pants pocket, and at 4.13 ounces, it's heavier than most phones its size. But there's a reason for its heft; the LG Rumor has a hidden slide-out QWERTY keyboard. To reveal it, you have to slide the phone's front face to the left lengthwise, at which point the screen orientation switches from portrait to landscape mode. You can then reposition the phone horizontally so that you can thumb-type on the keyboard. The slider mechanism felt quite solid, and we opened and closed the phone with ease. Overall, the phone is quite attractive, with curved corners, clean lines, and a nice feel in the hand.


The LG Rumor has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

On the front of the Rumor is a generous 2-inch diagonal display with a rather disappointing 176x220 pixel resolution. Colors didn't really pop and images appeared a tad washed out, even more so under bright sunlight. You can change the backlight time as well as font size, but not the brightness or contrast. On the left spine is the volume rocker and dedicated camera key, while the headset jack and microSD card slot are on the right. The camera lens sits on the back.

The navigation controls of the LG Rumor consist of two soft keys underneath the display, plus a five-way navigation toggle that doubles as shortcuts to a new text message, the music player, the My Content folder, the calendar, plus the Menu/OK key in the middle. There are also two soft keys to the right of the display that act as the screen's soft keys when the QWERTY keyboard is slid so that the screen's orientation switches to landscape mode. To either side of the five-way toggle are a dedicated speakerphone key (it also doubles as a Recent Calls shortcut), a Back key, and Talk and End/Power keys. The overall keypad on the Rumor is vastly improved over the F9200. Not only is it much roomier, the capsule-shaped buttons are raised enough above the surface to allow for easy pressing and dialing by feel.


The LG Rumor has a 1.3-megapixel camera.

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Where to Buy See All

LG Rumor - black (Sprint)

Part Number: 260BLKSPT
Low Price: $249.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 270 min
  • Combined with With digital player
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Weight 4.1 oz
  • Technology CDMA
About The Author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.