MetroPCS makes the LG Spirit 4G official – a $200 4.5-incher with Android 4.0 ICS

by: AdrianJanuary 31, 2013

LG Spirit

They say you have to be objective and fair with everyone when working in the media industry, but we’re all human, so we’ll be straight with you. We’re big fans of MetroPCS. Maybe not fans in a groupie kind of way, but we like Metro.

When it comes to prepaid wireless providers in the States, they’re definitely the bomb. They have a really nice and wide selection of Android phones that includes beasts like the Samsung Galaxy S3, but also dirt-cheap little fellows like the Galaxy Admire 4G or LG Motion 4G. Their prices are hot, their plans are fair and they’re even doing their best to spread LTE across the country.

But starting today we have one more reason to be MetroPCS fans – the LG Spirit 4G. The newest budget-friendly device on the network costs only 200 bucks while sporting a fashionably large 4.5-inch display.

That’s $200 off contract, of course, and, besides a big-ass display with Corning Gorilla Glass, you also get a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE speeds, a 5 MP rear-facing snapper, a 1.3 MP front-facing cam, 4 GB of internal memory, microSD support, and a 2,150 mAh battery.

LG Spirit-2

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on, do you really get all that for 200 bucks? That’s crazy! Well, it is and it isn’t, because there are a few things off about the Spirit. For starters, there’s no mention of the display’s resolution yet and that’s never a good sign.

You also only get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and we know how slow LG is with software updates. As for the $200 price point, that’s only after a 70 bucks mail-in rebate, so you’ll have to cough up $270 upfront after all.

Nah, that still doesn’t make this big guy look bad. Not even if you forget about the rebate. As for ICS, let’s drop the act, Jelly Bean is cool and all, but we can live without Project Butter and Google Now, can’t we?

All things considered, are you ready to let the Spirit haunt you?

  • Nope, I’ll stick with my Connect

    • Sanjay Wilson

      And me with my esteem

  • Maranello Santiago

    Seems kinda like a cdma version of the Optimus L9 which can be had for $200 on T-Mobile Prepaid.

  • I have a motion 4G. I really don’t see why 720p or 1080p on a 3-4.5 inch screen makes a difference, my netflix works great, so does crunchyroll (reading subtitles) on my little screen. It is funny too because one of my co-workers has a Galaxy SII from sprint and we were testing 4G speeds and he was pulling 1.3 Mbps and I was pulling 5.8Mbps. I pay $55 a month and he pays $90 a month. I did the math, and that is why I am with MetroPCS. Though I will say their 3g network (or should I say 2g) really sucks, but the 4GLTE is not bad at all.

    • MasterMuffin

      There’s a huge difference, I’ve compared my old sgs2 with sgs3. Sgs2 with 4,3″ 800×400 screen versus sgs3 with 4,8″ 720p screen and I can’t believe how big the difference really is, even with the pentile thing in sgs3 compared to samoled + in sgs2. And if you make it DNA vs sgs2, you can REALLY see the difference!

  • FrillArtist

    For $100 more, you can get a Nexus 4. Think about it.

    • Adrian Diaconescu

      You can… today.

  • chopzz

    I hope this isn’t like my phone LG Motion 4G which doesn’t allow moving apps from internal storage to the microSD storage. Consider the fact that it only got 4GB. Mine has 6GB and this one has even less, 4GB. That huge display does make me drool tho lolol