LG Viper hands-on video: A budget phone with Google Wallet and LTE

Upon first glance, there’s nothing remarkable about the LG Viper. It runs an old version of Android (2.3) and looks, well, a bit boring, but if you’re a Sprint subscriber on a budget, this could be an affordable way to tap into some of Sprint’s new offerings. Despite being only $100 with a two-year agreement, it has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, comes loaded with Google Wallet and NFC capabilities, and will be able to connect up to Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network, which will eventually boost the carrier back onto a level playing field with Verizon and AT&T.

The rest is, well… what you see is what you get. This isn’t a flashy phone. Nobody’s going to think you’re super cool for owning it, but it does get the job done. We wish it ran Android 4.0, but hopefully Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) won’t be too cumbersome to use for another two years. Oh, and it does also come with a microSD slot and 50GB of free cloud storage on Box, which is guaranteed for the life of the device. Box is one of Dropbox’s larger competitors.

The Viper’s casing is made from 50 percent recycled plastic as well. You can pick up the phone starting today. It runs $100 with a two year contract, but has a $50 mail-in rebate.