First off, this is my 3rd Straight Talk android phone. The first was the LG Optimus Q. Good phone overall, but horrible service being that it was a Sprint network phone. The second was the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. Great overall phone, but it was missing just a few things I wanted, which is why I bought this phone.
Now, on to the ups and downs of this LG Optimus Extreme (which is what the phone is really called on the box, not LG L40G). First off, the upside to this phone compared to the previous two. It has Android 4.0.3 so it's the only ST (ST from here on out vs Straight Talk) phone that I know of that has ICS. The downside, however, to ICS is that it doesn't support App2SD, which is the ability to move certain apps, such as Netflix or Words with Friends, to the SD card to save phone memory/space. The upside to this, though, is that you can actually disable some bloatware apps, such as Google+, Play Books, and so forth, so if you never plan on using those apps like me, then you can disable them, in a sense freeing up the phones memory.
Another great feature that I like about this phone, which is one of the main reasons I switched back to an AT&T based phone, is that they're the only provider that will allow you to use 3G based internet while you're on the phone. Of course the other phones that aren't AT&T will allow you to use internet via WiFi, but not if you're away from a WiFi source. So to me, that in itself is a huge plus.
Another cool feature is that this is my first phone with flash. You can download apps that will allow you to use the built in LED flash as sort of a flash light. Of course it's not super bright, but it could come in handy when you really needed it, for example if you dropped your keys at night, or if you were in a room and the power went out.
Finally, what surprised me about this phone is that the battery life is way better on this phone that the previous two I had. You can really almost go the whole day without having to have this thing on the charger all the time.
So, to sum it up, the perks are: Android ICS, flash, ability to disable bloatware, 3G while talking, and really good battery life. The downs, in my opinion: not being able to move some apps to the sd card, not having HDMI out (which not many phones do), and the fact that WiFi hotspot is not accessible in the system menu.
Oh yeah, I know the features listed says FM radio, but I don't think that's true, because I haven't figured out how to use it, nor do I see an icon or anything for a radio app. Hope this review helped! Maybe one day ST will finally release some phones that are 4G. Now that would be really cool.
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