LG Vortex VS660 review: Verizon Spin

posted at 02 May 2011 by Josh

The LG Vortex has the same LG software that can be found on all the other Optimus One phones, except for the Optimus S. LG has customized the bottom bar and added power and custom widgets. The software is well done and doesn’t slow down the phone at all, the Vortex being faster than first credited for, even with lots of apps loaded.

LG Vortex User Interface

The Vortex comes with 17 installed apps such as ThinkFree Office, Verizon’s Backup Assistant, Skype and Kindle.

However, there is no Google Maps, as Verizon is obviously trying to push up their paid VZ Navigator software.


The camera interface is easy to navigate, has decent options, with adjustments for ISO and white balance as well as different shot modes, color effects and geo-tagging. However, images came out mediocre, with enough detail but bland colors and noise in indoor shots.

LG Vortex Camera interface

Camera performance is quite disappointing with similarly bad video performance.

The LG Vortex comes with the default Android music and video players, but you can get alternatives from the market. However, Verizon has included VCast Music, Tones and Videos, providing the user easy access to purchase music, download ringtones or watch videos.

LG Vortex Internet Menu


The LG Vortex sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, with the standard Android browser working well and allowing for multitouch navigation. There are also other very good options available on the Market. GPS performance was outstanding, the Vortex achieved a lock in less than 10s indoors.