The recent unveiling of that LTE-loaded Galaxy S Lightray doesn't appear to have slowed down MetroPCS, as the Texas-born carrier's quickly following up with yet another 4G handset to bring to its growing smartphone portfolio. Enter the economical 3.5-incher LG Motion 4G. Unlike the aforementioned offering from Samsung, however, the wallet-friendly network's now betting high on selling this new handset on the cheap and, naturally, is flaunting the "4G LTE For All" unlimited access as one of the device's biggest traits. But how exactly does it stack up in the real world? Well, the good news is we were amongst a select group of folks gathered at Manhattan's Andaz, and were lucky enough to take it for a quick spin. So head on past the break to get a better feel for our first, early-on impressions of MetroPCS' newest Android slab.
For starters, the LG Motion 4G's already one big step ahead of other member of the MetroPCS family, simply by coming pre-loaded with Mountain View's Ice Cream Sandwich, or version 4.0.4 to be exact. That very flavor of Google's mobile OS is paired nicely alongside an undisclosed 1.2GHz, dual-core processor that makes for a smooth all-around experience when browsing anything from the web to a variety of applications on the tiny slab. Of course, that 3.5-inch display will be looked upon as a con within the device by large-screen buffs, though its other modest features might make up for the lack of real estate here. Speaking of which, the carrier's first ICS device is also sporting a 5-megapixel shooter on the back that's capable of 1080 videos and 5GB of onboard storage that can be expanded to 32GB via the microSD slot. As far as apps, MetroPCS didn't stuff too much bloatware inside LG's Motion 4G, but there are inclusions like the company's 411 service. All in all, not too shabby, especially when you take into consideration it's selling for $149 with no contracts attached. You can check out our hands-on video right down below.