LG Thrive is the nice looking slim Android smartphone by AT&T. The smartphone is for targeting the prepaid customers. Thrive is similar to LG Phoenix except that Phoenix is for postpaid customers. LG Thrive is the AT&Ts first prepaid smartphone. The GoPhone data package provides bit limited download facility. The package offers 10MB for $5, 100MB for $15 and 500MB for $25. Other prepaid smartphones by LG include LG Optimus M and LG Optimus V but LG Thrive is the first prepaid GSM smartphone. Those who want to taste the Android experience without spending much money can try this smartphone that is available for $179.99 and without any contract.
LG Thrive design includes Candybar Form Factor and is available in Gray color with internal antenna. The smartphone is 4.47 inch tall, 2.32 inch wide and 0.53 inch thick with weight 130g. Thrive has LCD display with resolution 320×480 pixels. The display size is 3.2 inches and supports 262,144 colors. Moreover, its display is capacitive touchscreen with Multi-touch and Proximity sensor. The design of the smartphone is similar to that of LG Phoenix.
LG Thrive provides Internet Browsing that supports HTML, XHTML and WAP 2.0 but it has no support for Flash. The smartphone provides built-in online services support for Facebook and Twitter. Regarding multimedia Thrive has Music Player that supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV and AMR formats. Music is filtered by Album, Artist and Playlists. Other Music Player features are Album art cover and Background playback. Moreover, Thrive has the Video Playback facility, FM Radio, Audio/Video streaming and YouTube player.
LG Thrive provides Location based services of type A-GPS with navigation. Regarding connectivity, the smartphone has Bluetooth with version 2.1, WiFi, microUSB for USB charging and connecting mass storage device and 3.5mm headphone jack. Moreover, the smartphone has all the messaging features that include SMS, MMS, Email and instant messaging through Google Talk.
Organizer has Calendar, Alarm and Calculator. Phonebook has Caller groups, Ring ID, Picture ID, Multiple numbers per contact and Contact search through first and last name features. Moreover, Thrive has 3.2 MP Camera with Auto focus and Digital zoom features and also has video capture capability. Thrive has 150 MB built-in memory and that can be expanded through microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32 GB.
LG Thrive is running on Android OS 2.2 Froyo with 600 MHz processor. Though the processor is not much powerful but the navigation through screens and menus is smooth. Performance sometimes is bit slower while launching some applications and videos but it is ignorable.
Call and voice quality is also fine but is not outstanding or perfect. Sometimes user can experience some unclear sounds. The 3G coverage of the smartphone is reasonable. Thrive is powered by Lithium-ion battery of capacity 1500 mAh that provides 7.5 hours talk time and stand-by time of 20 days.
LG Thrive by AT&T is a good addition to the Android smartphones and is a good choice for those who want to have the taste of Android platform without spending much money.