Apr 12 AT 8:33 PM Taylor Wimberly 38 Comments

Sprint opens up pre-orders for LG Viper, no one signs up


Sprint announced today that the LG Viper will hit stores on April 22nd for a retail price of $99 with a new two-year service agreement, and $50 mail-in rebate via annoying reward card. The device is expected to be one of Sprint’s first 4G LTE smartphones, along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that is rumored to launch on the same day.

Highlights of the LG Viper include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4 inch display, 5MP rear-facing camera with flash, VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, NFC, and a 4 GB microSD card. The specs are pretty decent for a smartphone from 2011, but unfortunately the device ships with the aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The LG Viper also includes several “eco-friendly attributes” including ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint, a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics, and packaging that is 100 percent recyclable.

I’m sure the LG Viper is a nice device, but we don’t see many Sprint customers signing up for the pre-order with the Galaxy Nexus launching on the same day and the HTC EVO 4G LTE just around the corner (pre-order begins May 7th). Sprint’s 4G LTE network will only be available in the limited markets of Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio by “mid-year”, so there is not much incentive to pick up the device at launch.

Check out the quick hands-on video from The LG Girl below and let us know what you think. Will you pre-order this device?

Source: Sprint

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  • Jay

    Question for you Taylor: I respect your opinion so I’m willing to ask you and go with your recommendation. I’m up for an upgrade on T-Mo right now, what do you suggest I do, go for the SGSII right now or wait for the HTC One S? I can’t decide, I’m digging the looks and the S4 CPU of the One S and I can get by easily without an SD card slot because my Nexus S currently doesn’t have one but I don’t know if I can do without the replaceable battery. I find myself always putting in my other battery if I’ve been using my phone constantly for 6+ hours…don’t want to bet my battery life hopes on the One S and its S4. The SGSII is a bit bigger too in terms of screen real estate although the One S is much slimmer. What would you suggest out of those two options? And what would you suggest if I added the option of buying an unlocked Galaxy Nexus off of Amazon? I could always upgrade and sell that phone and easily make back enough or close to pay full price for the GNex off of Amazon. So to summarize, what between the SGSII and One S? And what between all 3 phones? Thanks a lot Taylor.

    • Trev186

      Wait for the S3….Jay the HTC One S is barely an upgrade over the S2…Plus HTC Sense is horrible and they lock the bootloader so there is a lot less custom rom options

      • yankeesusa

        First off, its your opinion that htc sense is horrible. As far as unique ui done by a manufacturer I see in forums where people are more happy with htc sens than any other manufacturer ui. Second the next version of htc sense got praises from even the people who say android should be stock with nothing added. As far as the bootloader, htc unlocks the bootloader on every phone they come out with. Maybe tmo locks it down but that’s not htc’s problem.

        • Matt

          Yeah the guy asked for his opinion and he gave it…Unfortunately its not the same as yours..You should get over it..

          HTC does lock their bootloaders BTW.

          • msgnyc

            Trev186 is Taylor Wimberly?

      • jeff donuts

        haha i love how the HTC fanboys down vote u. stop hating cuz HTC phones suck at performance. all u guys have is that “design” hook. once the s3 drops game over HTC. true story

      • johnnycsx

        I have the GSII and love it, but you’re quite simply wrong on some things. HTC allows for almost every phone they have to be unlocked from their website. Hence being able to flash ROM’s now. Sure, the One S is not leagues ahead, but it certainly is an improvement. I like my screen size and interchangeable battery, and happen to love TouchWiz, so I won’t make that switch, but saying HTC Sense is horrible, despite agreeing personally, is pretty arrogant, and your bootloader comment kills every bit of your credibility.

        • johnnycsx

          May be an improvement* Can’t say ’til I get my hands on one personally.

    • uzunoff

      I am not Taylor, but that would not stop more from expressing my opinion.

      Between the two options i would go with the SGS 2. Just for the screen. And you know that it is very reliable phone. Better top of the line last year than mid range this year.

      Between the three options, go with the galaxy nexus.

      Overall wait for SGS 3.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Not sure what Taylor’s response will be, but if I had to choose between the Galaxy S II and the HTC One S, the One S would win. The S4 processor in the One S is nearly 40% more powerful, it features a much better camera with a dedicated imaging chip (arguably the best Android camera ever made), 7.8mm thin, aluminum body and you already have Android 4.0.

      The SGSII is on Android 2.3 right now and it’ll probably be another 2 months before it is upgraded to Android 4.0. You also have a much better chance of getting Android 5.0 with the One S than you would with the SGSII.

      The phone will be out in two week. Buy the One S and see how you like it. You have two weeks to return it to T-Mobile if it doesn’t meet your needs.

    • spazby

      I would wait for GS3. GS2 is dated at this point and even though One S is a great phone, i think SG3 will be a lot better even if only half the rumors are true

  • Lyude

    I’m sorry, but the preview picture for the Youtube video is beautiful

  • uzunoff

    Until LG fixes LG2X i wouldn’t look at another LG phone. No thanks

  • mdawg924

    what? i’m the only one that signed up for the viper?? haha jk..

  • walt_

    If Sprint doesn’t release this as a secondary launch device to the GNexus (primary), they’re majorly F’ing up!!!

  • thel0nerang3r

    I used to think that getting ICS wasn’t that big of deal… that being launched with GB was ok. Then I got the ICS update for my Nexus S4G.. wholly crap, a world of difference. I’m a believer now. Embedded youtube videos play smooth now (before they we either a slide show or jittery) and web pages don’t scroll like molasses. I don’t know if was the stars lining up or what,but a place that normally got Wimax dl speed of around 5MBits gives me now 8.4Mbits connections.

    • thel0nerang3r

      BTW, previous comment was meant to say “yeah, no phone should launch with GB in Q2 of 2012″

  • Joel

    Its too bad, the Viper has one of the worst launch dates I’ve ever seen. Horrible timing – If it wasn’t for the ‘LTE’ in the name this phone would have never made news.

  • SGB101

    just watched the video and my wife loves this, as she loves her sgs (one), and she said wow, its identical to mine, id upgrade to that one. frst time in two years she has said that.

    screen looks good, and i so wish we had LTE, or similar in the UK. however this phone isnt for me.

  • honourbound68

    why bother to have a pre-order page for this? just to save embarrassment, they should only have the pre-order page in the areas where they have LTE. otherwise, I think most Sprint customers would have learned by now NOT to buy a 4G phone in an area without service

    • yankeesusa

      Agree. Out of the last year of having my evo 3d I have used 4g probably a total of 3 times with 1 time being nothing since I kept losing the signal. At this point the only reason I had bought the 3d was because it was dual core. It wasn’t for the 4g or 3d. Although I use the 3d part all the time. Right now this viper release is not that great. They should have waited and released this after the nexus or evo lte due to people holding back. Then maybe the people who didn’t spend $200 on a new nexus or evo wouldn’t mind spending $99 on this phone.

    • malc milli

      I disagree. I’m on the fence about leaving for verizon or staying with sprint. If i stay with sprint, i’m still going to get either the Nexus or the Evo LTE, regardless of 4g availability to my area. At the end of the day, those phones are just better than others even with 4g taken out of the equation.

      • honourbound68

        i left sprint for verizon. hated having a 4g wimax device that i could only use outdoors (according to the coverage map my area in Edison, NJ was supposed to have Wimax in 1 story homes which I have). hated having to wait over a year for wimax and i was going to be damned if i had to wait another year for LTE service even if I had an LTE capable phone. As for GN or Evo LTE, newer and better phones spring up every quarter. if you’re sticking to Sprint because you think that their phones are the best (at the time), well that elation will only last so long. If you don’t really care for 4g and can live with 3g then stay with Sprint. They’re definitely cheaper and I’ve never had any problems with their customer service. But I needed a little bit more. I stream Pandora, Google Music, and Netflix all the time so I wanted 4g. In Verizon, I got a device with good specs (GN) that should last me the whole 2 year contract without wanting more as well as terrific 3g and very good 4g LTE coverage.

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  • Nathan D.

    Yeah, no

  • Slith

    Love the headline!

  • triangle

    There’s no reason for anyone in this audience to want to buy this phone. It doesn’t come with ICS and LG doesn’t have the best track record of updating their phone.

    The best thing about this phone is the price. It’ll also appeal to environmentally conscious people.

    I think the Evo 4G LTE is the phone to get on Sprint based on what’s been announced.

    • OnIn2

      LG…Updates…..Dang, Now I’ve got coke all over my monitor.

  • Matt

    They should have just thrown eclair on it and been done with it.


  • Ray

    S3 all day every day. Any other device compared to it is a CrApple product (kiosk mentality)

    • msgnyc

      While I’m waiting to hear about the GSIII, I just can’t figure out how or why people continue to believe/claim that its the best android phone without knowing a single detail about it.

      Im not doubting it will be a great phone, but or all anyone knows the One S and X could be better then it. At least we know the specs for them.

      • johnnycsx

        Have to agree. I love my GSII, and I have zero doubt that the GSIII will be awesome, but I can’t say anything will be better before official details are out. But if Samsung pulls through, it could be just as incredible as the other GS(x) models.

  • MarkMcCoskey

    I’ll wait. I already have a 4″ phone, VM Moto Triumph. I still have not heard Las Vegas mentioned in either phase 1 or 2 of the LTE roll out. Since my Triumph uses Sprints 3G, I don’t want an LTE phone with lousy 3G speeds. My download is often half of my upload speed. Not good. My VM cost only $40 a month, so I’ll continue saving money for now. I’d love to be on Sprints non throttled LTE network, but when it will actually appear for me is the big holdup. Besides, I want something with a 4.65 or so screen.

  • leo

    The htc one s for tmobile will run circles around the galaxy s2 because of the dual core s4 proccesor.

  • leo

    I have a galaxy s2 and the resolution is not as good as i belived it was but i would go with the htc one s because it has android 4.0 with sense and it has a s4 proccesor not like the tmobile galaxy s2 that has an s3 proccesor

  • toshistation

    I would rather get punched in the face than have an LG phone.

  • andres

    What day is the update for the lg viper 4g lte?

  • andres

    What day is the update for the lg viper 4g lte