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- Slim body design.
- Crisp 5.0-inch HD display.
- Incredible storage capacity.
- A powerful quad-core processor.
LG Tribute HD is another budget smartphone from LG Electronics with an extremely slim body build. It packs some nice features including a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, decent 8MP and 5MP cameras, and a high definition 5.0-inch display. The slim arc design of the body is one of the most impressive things on the LG Tribute HD. I was also impressed that it came running the recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is unlikely to find on prepaid smartphones that do not have the option to upgrade. Let’s dive into the review.
The LG Tribute HD is available from the Sprint Wireless website for ordering. In the box, you will find the LG Tribute HD, battery, wall adapter charger, phone manuals and a quick setup guide. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, setting up is fast and straightforward.
The first thing you notice when you pick up the LG Tribute HD is the slim arc design and how lightweight the phone feels. It's one gadget that will ensure you impress at every occasion thanks to the clever design that fits perfectly in your hand. A metallic strip goes around the edges, a slight curve to the back, and the slightly rounded corners. While it's majorly plastic, the device does surely look premium.
Unlike other LG smartphones that have buttons on the back, the LG Tribute HD has buttons on the sides. The power button is on the right edge, while the volume rockers lie on the left edge. To the bottom of the LG Tribute HD, you will find your micro USB charging port, headset jack, and the microphone. The top edge hosts the noise cancellation mic.
The front panel has the 5.0-inch HD display surrounded by thick bezels on the top and bottom. To the upper part of the screen, we have the front camera lens, proximity sensor, and the earpiece. The bottom of the screen is just the bezel with the LG branded logo and the floating navigation keys.
The back of the LG Tribute HD is a white matte plastic cover which holds the rear camera, LED flash towards the top left corner and the hands-free speaker on the bottom. The back cover is user removable; for inserting or changing the battery, SIM or microSD card. That sums up our tour of the hardware around the LG Tribute HD.
The cameras on the LG Tribute HD include a 5MP front shooter and an 8MP back shooter. For the camera performance is quite impressive for a phone within this price line. The rear camera has auto-focus capability and a LED flash for capturing pictures in less lighting. The photos come out bright and pleasing.
The front-facing camera is also very impressive. It takes clear pictures and videos in good lighting with no noticeable noise. The only downside is the lack of a LED flash. It won't work as good in limited light, although the screen brightens up to illuminate the face. The front camera also has an auto shot feature with face detection capabilities. When turned on, the camera will automatically capture pictures when it detects a face.
The rear camera will record 720p videos at 30fps. However, image stabilization capabilities are missing given this is a budget smartphone. The front camera can record videos as well, but it’s best suited for video calling.
For the price of the LG Tribute HD, the 5-inch HD display is great. It has a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294ppi. Text, icons, and graphics are sharp enough. Amongst the entry-level smartphones I have reviewed, this gadget features a screen with the best viewing angles. Items on the screen are mostly visible from the side, even after extreme tilting, hence the appropriate naming HD -Tribute HD. But that's all for indoor visibility. Outdoors, the screen becomes dim while in direct sunlight, which is understandable for a phone on the lower end. You probably don’t plan to be using the phone a lot in direct sunlight anyway.
The LG Tribute HD performs incredibly on storage. It ships with an onboard storage of 16GB with about 10.5GB available to the user. I find this great because 10GB is quite sufficient for all my must have apps, and I will still have space for music files and photos. The microSD slot that's revealed after removing the back cover can work with a memory card of up to 256GB perfectly. For gamers, this is the perfect option.
Given the other great features of the LG Tribute HD, the battery is a compromise the company had to take so as to bring the price down. It comes with a 2100mAh battery which will give you about three and a half hours of screen time if you are an intensive user. While a regular user who only needs to make a few calls, check emails, and a little bit of browsing - it would give close to a full work day. This is definitely not the best. Luckily enough, the battery is easily removable. This means you can have a spare battery for swapping when your primary battery runs out. By the way, there’s the LG X Power that offers significantly great battery life with a slightly higher price tag; you might want to check it out.
The quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor powering the LG Tribute HD gives an overall good performance. The processor is paired with an ample runtime memory of 1.5GB which is impressive for an entry-level gadget. The phone comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow which gives you access to over a million apps on Google Play Store. And of course, amazing features like Google Now on Tap and enhanced multitasking capabilities of Android Marshmallow are available to you.
The phone will handle all your major utility and social media apps smoothly. The LG's UI layer runs on top of the Android operating system. Although the layer is a bit heavy for the processor, you will notice the unique notification panel and the settings menu. There's no app drawer; just app icons splashed across the screen. You may, however, install an app drawer from the settings menu. You will, of course, find some preinstalled apps from Sprint Wireless, which is expected of prepaid phones.
Call quality on the Sprint network is great. Additionally, the phone is 4G LTE enabled, meaning great internet load speeds. You can stream and download apps faster. With faster internet, you can watch high definition videos with ease. The phone will play 720P YouTube videos without stuttering which is impressive. Other regular connectivity features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Sensors on the LG Tribute HD include proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, and compass.
- 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/CDMA/GSM/UMTS
- 5.0-inch HD TFT Display.
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- Battery: 2100mAh removable Li-Ion. Talk time up to 15 hours.
- Camera: 8MP back with LED flash. 5MP front-facing with Auto Shot.
- Internal Storage: 16GB. External memory expansion up to 256GB with a microSD card.
- RAM: 1.5GB.
- Processor: Quad-core 1.3GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon.
- GPU: Adreno 304.
- Bluetooth 4.1.
- GPS/A-GPS capable.
- Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, compass, ambient light.