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LG Power L22C Review

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LG Power L22C Review

James Shisiah


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What we love

  • Comes with a Hearing Aid.
  • Has a powerful processor
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • External microSD card slot for expandable storage.
  • Removable battery

Overview

LG Electronics always tries to impress users with innovative designs. Meet the LG Power L22C, another innovative gadget from LG Electronics offered under Straight Talk Wireless plan. The LG Power L22C is a CDMA phone, 4.5-inch, that runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

One thing I have to bring to your attention is that, LG Power L22C is identical in design and features to another LG device known as LG Destiny L21G. They only defer in the networks they use – LG Destiny uses GSM while LG Power L22C uses CDMA. They both work with Straight Talk Wireless plans but you have to know which home network coverage you have in your area. LG Destiny that has GSM will work in an area with AT&T coverage while the other LG Power L22C that has CDMA will work in an area with Verizon coverage.

LG Power L22C is a unique phone, in that it doesn't have power or volume buttons on the sides like other phones. Interesting. It also has a cool way of turning the screen backlight on/off. I have had the device for a while, and I have found other cool features on it. Read on to find out.

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Unboxing

LG Power L22C is available from Straight Talk or Tracfone Wireless websites. Cutting open the box reveals the LG Power L22C packaged nice and secure in the right side, and the left side of the box cover shows the different Straight Talk plans. Pulling out the phone holder reveals other items as well. There are several manuals in various languages. We have the phone accessories like the wall adapter, standard USB cable. The battery is not installed at the time of purchase. So you insert the battery, add the back cover, and there you have your device ready to use.

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Design

The LG Power L22C comes with a unique design. It's a 4.5-inch device and slightly curved on the back. Here is the uniqueness, and what really impressed me. It does not have buttons on the left nor the right side of the device. Neither are there buttons at the top nor the bottom. Creative of LG Electronics.

The volume and power buttons are all on the back cover of the phone.
The arrangement is that we have the back camera and flash at the top side of the back cover, then just below it, we have the volume up button, the power button in the middle and the volume button below - arranged vertically.

We also have the rear facing speaker, at the bottom left side of the back cover. The back cover is also removable to reveal the battery. A microSD card slot is on the left side, shown after removing the back cover. The LG Power L22C is a CDMA phone, so it lacks a SIM slot.
We have the headphone jack and noise cancellation mic on the top side of the device which is typical for most phones. The micro USB port and another mic at the bottom side of the phone. Am glad LG maintained this design, so you expect to find the headphone jack at the upper side, and the USB port on the lower side. It does have a beautiful design; the back finish looks cool.

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Camera

LG Power L22C comes with a powerful 5MP back camera and a 0.3MP front camera. The back camera has autofocus feature, it takes fairly good pictures, and it also has a flash for low light environments. The front camera is quite short on pixels, but it does good work in bright surroundings. The camera also has some great features to beautify the photos taken. LG rates its video recording capability at 1080P. It's a pretty good for a mid-entry phone.

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Storage

Onboard the LG Power L22C we have an internal storage capacity of 8GB. There’s also an external microSD card slot that you can use to expand the storage capacity up to 32GB. This is a pretty large capacity to hold your apps, photos, videos and music.

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Display

The LG Power L22C has a 4.5-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The phone fits well in one hand, in that it's not too big, nor too small. The screen size is just enough for watching content like YouTube which I certainly enjoy. Pictures also show up clearly.

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Battery

It comes with a 1900mAh battery. The battery is also removable, and you can replace it in case it runs out. But the battery life won't just run out that quickly; it has a talk time of up to 10 hours. It can survive through a day of typical usage; like chatting, making a few calls, replying to emails, browsing through social media profiles. Given that this is a compact device, that battery just lasts long enough.

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Performance

The performance of the LG Power L22C is quite okay. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Quad core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The phone is capable of multitasking thanks to the quad-core processor. It has cryptic navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen; they are floating buttons as a standard for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Yes, it does come with the smooth Android 5.0.  Google Play is already installed, so you can download thousands of apps from Playstore.

I didn't find any issue in performance. Switching between apps is fast. I can access recently launched apps using the recent apps navigation button and to switch to them is quick.
I had no issue with browsing. Although it has 3G, I didn't notice any sluggish in loading web pages. Responsiveness is way above average for a mid-level phone.

One feature that impressed me is when it’s in sleep mode, and you double tap on display, the screen powers on. Double tapping on the screen also puts the phone back into sleep mode. Like, you don't always have to press the power button on the back.
Other connectivity features of the LG Power L22C include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and GPS capability for navigation. Also, it is worth mentioning that the LG Power L22C is a CDMA phone.

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Specifications

  • 3G/Wi-Fi/CDMA.
  • 4.5'' Display fully touch screen.
  • 5 MP back Camera, 0.3 MP Front Camera.
  • Talk time up to 10 Hours.
  • Internal Memory: 8 GB. External SIM slot capped at 32 GB.
  • 5.11''(Height) x 2.55''(Width) x 0.43''(Depth) inches.
  • Bluetooth 4.1.
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Processor.
  • GPS Capable.