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LG Destiny L21G Review

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LG Destiny L21G Review

James Shisiah

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What we love

  • High speed 3G HSPA+
  • Supports 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 Destiny L21G, another innovative gadget from LG Electronics offered under Straight Talk Wireless plan. It is a GSM phone, 4.5-inch running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Now one thing I have to bring to your attention is that, LG Destiny L21G is identical in design and features to another LG device known as LG Power. They only defer in the networks they use – LG Destiny uses GSM while LG Power 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 L21G that has GSM will work in an area with AT&T coverage while the other LG Power that has CDMA will work in an area with Verizon coverage.

LG Destiny L21G 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 waking the phone from sleep by double tapping on the screen. 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

It comes in a nice Straight Talk Box. Cutting open the box reveals the LG Destiny L21G 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 Destiny L21G 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. I find this to be very 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. It has a SIM slot also since it’s a GSM phone.
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.

It doesn’t have physical navigation buttons, instead, it has floating navigation buttons embedded into the operating system. They show up at the bottom of the display.

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Camera

LG Destiny L21G comes with a 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 pretty good for a mid-entry phone.

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Storage

Onboard the LG Destiny L21G 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 songs.

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Display

The LG Destiny L21G 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 resolution is fairly good. 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 10Hours. 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 Destiny L21G 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. The box says it has 4G, but in reality, it has an enhanced 3G HSPA+ which is faster than just 3G. HSPA means High-Speed Packet Access. Web pages load real fast. Even browsing through YouTube videos is smooth and there’s no buffering when you are still within your Straight Talk data plan. More information on Wireless Plans at the end of the review. 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 Destiny include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and GPS capability for navigation. Also, it is worth mentioning that the LG Destiny L21G is a GSM phone.

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Specifications

  • 3G/Wi-Fi/GSM.
  • 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.