If you're experiencing a bit of deja vu right now, don't fret. The LG Thrive does look exactly like the Android phones, and looks and feels a lot like the rest of its affordable cousins.--they're actually the same phone, except that the LG Phoenix is available paid from , while the Thrive is strictly a prepaid handset. This means the Thrive is yet another addition to the LG Optimus line of entry-level
The LG Thrive is also the first smartphone available for AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service. Other prepaid Optimus phones include theand the , but the Thrive is the first GSM model to be offered prepaid. It does require a GoPhone smartphone data package--$25 for 500MB, $15 for 100MB, or $5 for 10MB--which doesn't seem like a lot of data. You might want different prepaid phone like the LG Optimus V if you want to save money on data. Still, for an entry-level product, we think the Thrive is a good start for those who want to try out an Android phone without spending a lot of money. The LG Thrive is available for $179.99 without a contract.
As the LG Thrive is the same exact phone as the LG Phoenix, we'll point you tofor most of the design and feature details; for this review, we'll focus mostly on performance. The only exception is that the LG Thrive does not have mobile hot-spot capabilities or data tethering support, while the Phoenix does.
We tested the LG Thrive in San Francisco with AT&T Wireless. Call quality was decent, though it wasn't perfect. We heard our callers clearly; their voices were loud without being blown out. We couldn't escape the occasional static, however.
LG Thrive call quality sample
Callers reported similar call quality, but complained that our vocal quality was a little muddy and fuzzy. Volume levels were decent enough, though they did ask us to speak up when on the speakerphone. We could carry on a conversation just fine if both callers were in relatively quiet environments. In a noisier situation, callers had more trouble hearing us. Static was an issue for our callers as well.