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LG G Vista Review

James Shisiah

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What we love

  • A long-lasting 3200mAh battery
  • Superb design
  • A powerful quad-core processor
  • Smooth performance
  • Large and bright 5.7-inch display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection

Overview

The phablet market has actually expanded over the years. However, flagship phones such as the iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus comes with the same screen size as the LG G Vista but with a bigger price tag. The LG G Vista targets people who want a budget phone with the big screen experience. This is a 5.7-inch phablet with an impressive battery life. This phone gives all the right impressions of a flagship phone starting with the incredible design and thin bezel. For a budget phone, we can see some very interesting specs such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 together with pretty decent cameras.

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Unboxing

The LG G Vista is an entry level phone available on Verizon. The box comes with one LG G Vista, a travel charger, a USB data cable and a user manual. This is an Android powered phone which comes with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat by default. The setup process is relatively easy and straightforward. In the case of any issues, the user can refer to the quick set up guide included in the box.

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Design

The LG G Vista is a massive smartphone with an incredible 5.7-inch display. This device measures 5.99 x 3.12 x 0.36 (inches) making pocketing to be a bit harder than normal. Also, due to the large screen, operating the phone, on the one hand, can be a problem. Thankfully, however, the phone isn’t as thick as it looks because it weighs a mere 5.93ounces making it easy to carry around without feeling the extra weight.

The screen dominates a large part of the front making it look better than what its mid-range price would suggest. With a stunning 74% screen-to-body ratio and tiny bezels on the side, this phone looks incredible. At the top of the phone, we have the earpiece outlined by a thin metal strip. Right next to that we have the Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

It’s important to note that the LG G Vista doesn’t have any back or home soft keys as many Android phones of its size do. In its place, we simply have the LG logo at the bottom center together with the Verizon logo right under the ear piece. It, however, has the floating navigation keys as seen in later Android versions.

On the upper back side of the LG G Vista, we can find the power buttons, volume modules, and the camera. The sides of the phone are mostly featureless except for the little space used to remove the back cover. Under the cover, you get a removable 3,200mAh battery and a micro SD card slot.

The top of the LG G Vista features a 3.5mm headphone jack coupled with an IR blaster and a microphone pinhole. Due to its all-plastic body, the phone feels very slick but without any rubber, texture to help with the grip.

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Camera

The LG G Vista being a budget smartphone, we don’t expect a flagship type camera. The LG G Vista has an 8MP rear camera equipped with Laser Auto-Focus. This is not the best camera on a smartphone, but it’s exceptional for a budget smartphone. The Laser Auto-Focus comes as advertised. The camera focuses really fast on object hence taking a decent shot as quickly as possible.

In ideal conditions with plenty of light, the pictures come out bright enough. In less ideal situations, the objects' outlines were quite blurry which is expected of a phone in this price range. The focus was considerably softer, and color appeared to be muted at times. The camera's flash, on the other hand, does an outstanding job to provide as much light as possible when taking a photo. The camera can shoot excellent 1080p videos. Moving and motionless objects were in focus and had true to life colors and audio.

The front facing camera has 1.3-megapixels only. This means that it works ideally in good lighting conditions. There’s no LED flash accompanying the front camera lens to compensate for the time there is no light. Instead, the front camera has been equipped with a "beauty meter" that improves selfies by correcting the lighting and blurriness of a photo. The front camera also comes in handy during video calls. Surprisingly, even with the limited pixel specification, it can record 720p videos at 30fps.

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Display

The LG G Vista features a huge 5.7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280x720 and pixel density of 258ppi. This screen doesn’t compete with the likes of LG’s or Samsung’s flagship smartphones that come with 1440p screens, but for its price range, the HD screen is more than a good bargain.

For protection against easy breakage and scratches, the LG G Vista display is strengthened by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Watching media on the phone is quite comfortable because of the HD screen, and the fact that it’s large to give more room for viewing. The phone has adjustable brightness which makes it easy to use even in direct sunlight.

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Battery

The battery is one of the major highlights of this great device. The LG G Vista brags of an impressive 3,200mAh power cell. Some might assume because of the huge screen the power doesn't last very long, but it’s untrue. Given that it has a lower resolution screen, the battery is not drained as fast. With this powerful battery, you can be sure that you'll get a full day of power with plenty to spare by the time you go to bed. The phone also has an intelligent power saving option that helps prolong the battery life.

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Storage

Given that this is a budget smartphone, we do not expect it to have a huge internal memory. The LG G Vista comes with 8GB of onboard storage. The internal storage is quite adequate for regular users. However, for those that love gaming and would want to have more data on the phone, the LG G Vista has a dedicated slot for a micro SD card that supports a memory card of up to 128GB. This gives the user more than enough storage space for media, games and other required files.

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Performance

The LG G Vista by default runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat which though not the latest, still supports over 500,000 apps on Google Play Store. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with four cores that clock 1.2GHz. This is coupled with 1.5GB of RAM that gives the phone enough power to run smoothly without any lags. The Vista also has an Adreno 305 GPU to handle the graphics. With that GPU, you are sure to have a smooth experience running moderately heavy games and media. I enjoyed playing ‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ from Electronic Arts with no freezes whatsoever. Even while handling some graphically intense games, the LG G Vista was very impressive.

Multitasking on the LG G Vista is efficient. The capable quad-core processor and multitasking features implemented into the operating system like split screen takes the experience to another level. The long-lasting battery will keep your phone powered up for as long as possible to ensure you finish your daily tasks.

The LG G Vista is 4G LTE enabled which has been the fastest mobile telecommunication technology. This means fast internet load speeds hence a great video streaming experience. If you have access to a Wi-Fi hotspot, the phone has Wi-Fi support. I noticed even longer video streaming on Wi-Fi than on the mobile internet. Bluetooth 4.0 is available for sharing files between nearby devices or listening to music on a Bluetooth enabled stereo system.

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Specifications

  • 4G LTE/CDMA/Wi-Fi.
  • 5.7-inch HD display, ~258 PPI, ~74.4% screen-to-body ratio.
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat.                                                                             
  • Camera: 8 MP laser autofocus back, 1.3MP front.
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400)
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 3200mAh
  • Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP
  • GPS capable.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass.