Verizon and LG are giving the outdated flip phone a fresh new look--with 4G LTE connectivity and a bevy of new features. Presented as the carrier's "first 4G LTE basic phone," the LG Exalt LTE doesn't feature CDMA connectivity at all. Instead, it sports access to Verizon's nationwide network at wireless speeds similar to what you'll find on today's latest and greatest phones.
Apart from moving a simpler device onto a more advanced network, the phone packs improvements that should make phone calls sound better. The LG Exalt LTE is an excellent basic phone for kids or those who only use their mobile phone lightly. If you're looking for a stellar camera, a touchscreen, and millions of apps, you might want to look elsewhere.
Let's dive right into why you might want to consider buying the LG Exalt LTE.
The LG Exalt LTE sports a 3-inch internal display with 240 x 400 pixels, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.1 GHz. In addition to LTE, the handset features Wi-Fi, support for HD voice, Bluetooth 4.1, an integrated text-to-speech function, and a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording. Moreover, users will find a 1,470 mAh battery on board, as well as 8 GB of internal memory, plus a microSD card slot (for cards up to 32 GB).
Overall, the LG Exalt LTE offers pretty standard features you've come to expect from a basic phone. The internal memory may seem small initially, but without an App Store, you'd be surprised at how much space suddenly opens up. The battery is solid considering the size of the handset, with up to 10 days of power on standby mode but is rather mediocre compared to other flip phones in this price range.
If you really want an affordable LTE flip phone, then this handset is for you. If not, you might want to splurge a few extra dollars for a cheaper prepaid smartphone, which Verizon has plenty of.