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  1. Phil42

    Phil42 Well-Known Member

    If you've got this model - what do you think?

    Is it a good value for the money?

    Does the phone work well?

    Have you come across any bugs?

    Is tech support from T-Mobile or LG any good on this model?

    Share your experiences!

  2. MrDangerous

    MrDangerous Well-Known Member

    My mom got one for $1 on upgrade at Walmart. She really likes it, the screen is very bright and it seems to get pretty decent battery life.

    It's not as fast in benchmarks as my LG Spectrum, but it does well enough. The interface is smooth and I like the thinness and squared off design.

    My mom thinks the camera is great, and at least the pictures that I've seen on her screen turned out well.

    Two small complaints:

    1. It doesn't come with a memory card so you'll need to buy one eventually.
    2. I don't like the T-mobile icon constantly stuck in the notification bar. Sure it is handy to pull it down and check your minutes but I just don't like things in my notification bar that you can't dismiss.

    Lg overall is not well known for providing timely updates, I'm not really sure if the L9 will ever get Jellybean, but it would be nice.
  3. mingkee

    mingkee Active Member

    It works rather well and fast regardless the slow CPU.
    Like other 4.x devices I have, I changed font to Windows 7 type.
  4. jjshamoon

    jjshamoon New Member

    I just got mine a few days ago and i love it except that the CPU fills up fast. I have a 32 gb SD card and am trying to figure out how to transfer stuff over to it. Functionally though it is a great phone.
  5. cbcbrass98

    cbcbrass98 New Member

    You can turn that notification off. When I first got my phone last night, that was the first thing I did. I think I just clicked on the notification and it sent me to a screen that one of the options was to change notification settings. Done.:)
  6. saltydogtony

    saltydogtony Member

    I am a fan so far. seems legit. got the phone free with the 78 dollar a month plan (after taxes ) lil more expensive then my boost phone i had. but screen is nice, it feels more feminine to me for some reason. lol but anyway is there any developers out there useing the l9?
  7. K01N

    K01N New Member

    This phone has been absolutely great so far! Picking it up for $1 at Walmart is what really makes this phone a steal. It's very snappy and smooth with a great screen and has a ton of RAM.

    I think all of the current owners are just waiting for easier solutions to root on the 10e versions currently selling. If you get one that is 10a through 10c or d your in luck, because that can already be rooted if you do some digging around. Didn't work for me though.

    Scratch that- the root method explained on this forum worked for me! See here:


    Really the only downfall is the darn bloatware! But, this is not uncommon in most phones I suppose.

  8. steamingbiscui

    steamingbiscui New Member

    I like mine, seems fast and responsive. Camera is good. Was able to root and swap internal/external sdcards, so now I have 32gb internal storage. Makes me happy.
  9. ddyourself

    ddyourself New Member

    Well, looks like I am the one who is disappointed at it. Compare to my 2 year Droid X2, the only real improvement is the weight.

    However, the camera is simply a mess, can't take any reasonable, not even to talk about decent, pictures under low light. At the same, even my cheap HTC one v can take a shot. On L9, you see dark screen, that's it.

    Complain #2, the touch screen seems quite unresponsive. I had to touch twice sometimes three times while I never I had to do this with other phones even with screen protectors.

    Complain #3, no auto display light adjustment, r u kidding me LG?

    Overall, I'd say for $200, I'd rather go with a droid x2 or equivalent in good condition. But, everybody knows that GSM phones are more expensive than CDMA ones on the used market, for example, droid x2 goes for $100 at this time.
  10. creedean

    creedean New Member

    I think for the price it's a great phone. I got it for $200 as a prepaid phone and am using it on my value line at t-mobile. I didn't want to deal with the possibility of buying a used lemon. It doesn't have a ton of internal storage but once I figured it out it's been easy to move stuff to an external sd card. The camera is not great but I wonder if something is wrong with the previous poster's camera (have you turned on the flash?) because it isn't horrible. Photos come out somewhat grainy under low light conditions but they aren't black. I'm having to get used to the back button being on the left and the settings button being on the right but I'm sure I'll adapt. The screen looks great for what I've read isn't supposed to be a great screen. Call quality has been good. I like that I was able to "disable" most of the bloatware without having to root. Hulu+ works nicely but I haven't been able to play anything with Netflix. Battery life is somewhat better than my last two phones. I'm a heavy user and haven't had to charge it during the day although it has gotten low. I personally like that it displays my minutes at the top since I'm on a 500 minute plan. GrooVe IP also works well except for incoming calls it seems to get confused (but it did that on my previous phone as well). Smart Tools is also fully functional and I wasn't expecting it to be.
    Edit: I forgot to mention the LG swype-like keyboard. It was much less accurate than swype beta for me, so I installed swype beta. To change the input method install the one you like, open up a text and swipe down the notifications.
  11. NeXuS4

    NeXuS4 Well-Known Member

    Nexus 4 user (obviously) but we just got this phone in a few days ago and it actually looks pretty sweet for $199.99 (PROTIP: Always buy off contract)

    Anyway before we had this I had to recommend Samsung Galaxy SII that still ran garbage Gingerbread but it's nice to see this phone caters to those looking for a big screen at a small price.
  12. psychoace

    psychoace Well-Known Member

    The SII on T-Mobile has been officially upgradable to Ice Cream for awhile and is about to get Jelly Bean real soon.
  13. NeXuS4

    NeXuS4 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this. Mistook the T-Mobile and Straight Talk SII.
  14. StanO360

    StanO360 Well-Known Member

    App2SD will do the trick for you
  15. jm101

    jm101 Well-Known Member

    I am thinking of purchasing this phone eventually. Currently I have the Optimus V through Virgin Mobile and am thinking of buying the L9 prepaid through T-Mobile. Would the upgrade be worth it?

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