The LG electronics has been struggling get a slice in the mid-budget smartphone segment in the Indian market. Announced in the mobile world congress 2015, LG's two brand new smartphones are now available in India for sales. We have been regularly asked by readers to suggest some good quality low budget smartphones besides iconic the G-series devices.
Finally, with this article, we are ready with a comprehensive review of two brand new smartphones featuring the latest smartphone technology and LG's signature features for Indian smartphone lovers.
The LG Spirit smartphone was teased along with the LG Magna, LG Leon and LG Joy at MWC in the month of March this year. It took more than a month for this smartphone to become available in the Indian market. Currently, the LG Spirit smartphone is listed on Flipkart.com with a price tag of 13999 INR. It packs some interesting specs, but the price still seems to be on the higher side. However, this smartphone deserves a review as it was showcased at such a big event.
The form factor this phone comes with results in a great level of comfort. It is slightly curved that helps in operating this device with just a single hand. The back panel of the phone does not attract fingerprints easily, but feels a little flimsy. At 10 mm this phone is not as thin as you would expect a phone of this price segment to be. The sides of the phone are clean as the power key and volume rockers are placed on the back.
The LG Spirit sports a 4.7 inch IPS display with a HD resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. Its comparatively low screen size results in high pixel density of 312 ppi. Everything on this display appears sharp and it becomes hard to notice any kind of pixilation. Thanks to the IPS panel colors and brightness don’t distort much even when you look from steep angles. Also, the capacitive touch panel is merged into the display itself because of which the graphics appear closer to eyes.
On the back this phone features an 8 MP Auto focus shooter. The performance of this camera is decent and you can also record full HD videos at 30 frames per second with it. However, in low light the quality of the shots go down considerably and the noise start to fill up.
Unfortunately LG has placed a low resolution 1 MP camera at the front that is not capable of doing anything great except providing a video conferencing support.
This phone also comes with LG’s famous Gesture Shot feature that lets you capture the image by just making a fist.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks, Gaming and Everyday Usage)
The LG Spirit features a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor (MediaTek MT6582 chipset) with 1 GB of RAM. This phone struggles to give a quality experience as this processor fails to manage intense situations. You get 8 GB of onboard storage with an option to expand it up to 32 GB via a micro SD card.
In Nenamark 2 this phone gets a score of 55.1 fps which should be enough to run most of the games available on the Play Store. This device performs pretty badly in AnTuTu benchmarking as it manages to get score of 16196 only, which is much below than today’s standard.
You will experience frequent frame drops and stutters while playing high-end games on this phone. Shadows don’t roll out fully in the games like NOVA 3 and Asphalt 8. However, on everyday usage you will not find much issues.
LG has launched only the 3G version of this phone in India, which is a little disappointing. But the good thing is that both the SIMs of this smartphone support 3G networks. Other connectivity features of the LG Spirit include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB and FM Radio.
The list of sensor on this phone includes Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and Magnetic Sensor.
The LG Spirit comes with a 2100 mAh battery, which is certainly not that attractive. On a normal usage this phone will last not more than a day. However, the battery is removable so you can carry an extra battery along.
Like most of the LG smartphones launched this year, the LG Spirit also runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. LG’s custom UI is fully customized to match the feel of the new Android OS. You also get many options to change the User Interface according to you.
- Attractive design
- High pixel density of 312 ppi. In-cell touch panel
- Dual SIM with 3G network support on both
- Android Lollipop
- Comes with features like Gesture Shot and Knock Code
- Customizable User Interface
- Front camera captures more light to give bright result
- Low light imaging is not attractive
- Interface is not smooth
LG might be trying hard to get attraction of budget smartphone lovers, but its effort is not returning good results. This phone does not pack the specs you pay the price for. The demand for the day is of performance and this phone lacks in that very aspect.
|SIM||Dual, Micro, GSM, 2G/3G|
|OS||Android v5.0 Lollipop|
|Screen||4.7 Inches, TFT, HD, 312 PPI|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SD-Card Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 1MP[F], LED, ZOOM|
|Body||9.9 mm [Th]|
|Connectivity||3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|
The brand LG has not been able to perform much in the budget segment and it seems that the brand is a little serious this time. During MWC this year, we witnessed the launch of LG Magna which came to be a surprise as every other brand was launching its flagship. However, as it turns out that it was a strategy for LG to attract budget customers. At the end of April the LG Magna became available in India for the price of 16,500 INR which was slightly high for the specs that this phone packs.
This phone comes with a curved profile that feels pleasing to the eyes. It is not a thin device as it measures 10.1mm in thickness. The power key and volume rockers are placed below the rear camera, which has become the ideal position for most of the smartphones manufactured by LG these days. There is nothing on the chin except LG’s branding as the soft keys are placed on the screen itself. All the edges are slightly curved because of which it becomes more comfortable holding this phone in the hand.
The LG Magna comes with a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. All the graphics appear crispy and fine because of the high pixel density of 294 ppi. The IPS panel results in wide viewing angles and relatively high contrast ratio. It is an in-cell display that means the touch sensor and the display are merged into one because of which the screen appears to be floating on the phone.
This phone sports an 8MP camera on the back, which is capable of full HD video recording at a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. Shots taken with this camera pack nice details, but appear to be a little dull. In low lighting conditions noise level gets increased that results in grainy pictures.
However, the 5 MP camera on the front is really attractive. It takes nice shots with great level of details packed in. Surprisingly, you can record full HD videos with this camera also. It also comes with a Gesture Shot feature that enables the user to capture images by just making a fist.
Performance (Storage, Performance, Gaming and Everyday Usage)
The LG Magna sports a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8 GB of onboard storage of which only 3 GB remains available to the user. You can expand the storage up to 32 GB using a micro SD card.
This phone does not impress much in the benchmarking tests. In AnTuTu benchmarking it only manages to get a low score of 16002, which is definitely a result of low processing power.
You will not find any kind of problem on everyday usage. But when it comes to gaming and intense processing, the limitation of this phone start coming up. Actually heavy games like NOVA 3 and Modern Combat 5 do not run smoothly on this phone as there is frequent frame drops.
It is good for Indian customers that this phone supports dual SIM cards. There are actually two variant of the LG Magna, one comes with LTE support while the other is limited to 3G only. Unfortunately, LG is selling the 3G only version in India.
However, the smartphone comes with all other needed connectivity options like OTG, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB, GPS and FM Radio.
The LG Magna comes with the sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, G-Sensor and Magnetic Sensor. Lack of Gyroscope might prove to be a little disappointing for many.
The phone is powered by an average size 2540 mAh battery. And, you will be able to spend one day with this phone on a normal usage. If you are a gaming guy or like to use your phone a lot then it would be better that you carry a power bank with you.
This phone runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with LG’s custom UI on top. Thanks to LG that it has tried to match the interface of this phone with that of Lollipop. The phone also comes with some of LG’s premium features like Glance View and Knock Code.
- High resolution display with in-cell touch panel
- Curved design
- Great front camera with full HD recording
- Comfortable position of power key and volume rockers
- Decent battery backup
- Android Lollipop
- Comes with features like Glance View, Gesture Shot and Knock Code
- Loud audio
- Highly overpriced
- No 4G support (Indian version)
This phone really seems like a failed attempt of LG to attract budget customers. Its features and price do not match in any way. There are other low priced smartphones that come with better specs than this phone like Moto G 2014 and Micromax Yu Yureka.
|SIM||Dual, Micro, GSM, 2G/3G|
|OS||Android v5.0 Lollipop|
|Screen||5 Inches, TFT, HD, 294 PPI|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, MediaTek MT6582|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SDCard Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 5MP[F], LED, ZOOM|
|Body||10.2 mm [Th]|
|Connectivity||OTG, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|