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LG Spirit 4G Review

While LG is mostly known for its flagships like the recent LG G4, it also makes other, more affordable phones. The LG Spirit 4G is a prime example of this. Retailing for £129.99 (or from £13 per month exclusively  on Three) it’s up against a number of other affordable phones, perhaps most notably the second generation Moto G with 4G.

A reasonably attractive design and some innovative features are a good start, but does the LG Spirit 4G get the basics right? Read on to find out.

Design

While most budget phones look as cheap as they are the LG Spirit 4G is actually fairly attractive, with a slightly curved back, which both makes it comfortable to hold and leaves it looking less like a generic rectangle than some of its peers.

The rear buttons found on LG’s pricier phones are also present and correct, which further help it stand out, though are less necessary on the relatively compact Spirit 4G than on LG’s larger flagship line.

There are three different finishes available for LG’s phone- Gold, White and Titan, though only the Titan one is stocked by Three and it has a metallic effect which looks nice but is clearly plastic in the hand.

It’s also worth noting that while the LG Spirit 4G is fairly compact it’s also quite chunky at 133.2 x 66.1 x 9.9mm, so a slim phone this is not.

Screen

The LG Spirit 4G has a 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 screen with a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch. That’s a reasonable size and resolution, smaller than what we’re seeing on the likes of the second generation Moto G and the EE Harrier, but plenty big enough to use comfortably.

While it could have benefitted from a full HD display that can never be expected at this price and resolution aside it’s quite impressive, with natural colours and decent viewing angles, thanks likely to its use of IPS LCD.

Power

There’s a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor powering the LG Spirit 4G. It’s a slightly underwhelming chip choice, as it’s entry level, though an improvement on the 32-bit Snapdragon 400, but then the LG Spirit 4G is barely above an entry level phone and coupled with 1GB of RAM it seems to speed along just fine in general.

As with almost any budget phone it will struggle with high-end games and the like, but for basic browsing, messaging, apps and media it gets the job done.

Camera

LG Spirit 4G Camera and Rear Buttons

The main 8 megapixel camera on the LG Spirit 4G is up to the task of snapping fairly detailed images, easily matching similarly priced phones in that area, but the 1 megapixel snapper on the front is rather less impressive.

That’s almost as basic as a front-facing camera gets so this certainly isn’t a phone for selfie fans, but it’s still just about up to the task of taking mugshots, just as long as they’re only going to be viewed on a phone screen.

Interface and Features

The LG Spirit 4G runs Android 5.0, which is always nice to see on low and mid-range phones, but over the top it’s got LG’s custom interface, which isn’t quite as slick as we’d like.

Still, there are some nice features, such as Knock Code, which lets you wake up and unlock the phone with a series of taps on the screen, which is both a convenient and secure option.

Then there’s its rear keys, which can be used to do things like adjust the volume and take photos. The idea behind them is that they lie under where your fingers are likely to be so you don’t have to adjust your grip to press them. This is true for the most part, but given the LG Spirit 4G is a fairly small handset you wouldn’t really need to adjust your grip anyway.

Battery Life, Memory and Connectivity

There’s a 2100 mAh juice pack in the LG Spirit 4G, which is fairly standard for a phone of this size and spec and it leads to fairly average battery life.

That is to say the LG Spirit 4G will last a day of moderate use, which is what we consider to be the minimum acceptable time. In most cases it will keep on going slightly longer than that, so you can be confident it won’t die on you if you’re out late, but it won’t make it far into a second day.

There’s just 8GB of built in storage, which again is fairly common on budget handsets but really isn’t good enough, as you’ll fill that up in no time. You can bulk it up with a microSD card, but that just adds to the cost.

The LG Spirit 4G fares better when it comes to connectivity options, as it supports Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Neither 4G nor NFC are at all guaranteed at this price, so they’re notable.

Conclusion

The LG Spirit 4G packs in some great features, like Knock Code and 4G, coupled with a fairly attractive design and a good screen, but it stumbles slightly on some of the basics, with average battery life, a weak front-facing camera, minimal built in storage and an entry-level chip. None of those are big issues on their own, but they add up.

They’re still not enough to make the LG Spirit 4G anything less than a good phone, but despite its prominence in the name 4G is no longer much of a selling point at this price and with stiff competition from the likes of the Moto G and the Microsoft Lumia 640 it’s a contender, but not necessarily a winner.

Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions : 133.2 x 66.1 x 9.9mm

Weight: 118.6g

Screen size: 4.7” (720 x 1280)

Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 display resolution

Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 312

Processor: Quad-core application processor

RAM: 1GB

On-board Memory: 8GB (microSD card support)

Camera: 8MP (rear) 1MP (front-facing)

Operating system: Android 5.0

3G / 4G LTE: Yes / Yes

Bluetooth / NFC : Yes / Yes

Battery capacity: 2100mAh

Colours: Titan, Gold, White

Launch Date: Out Now

Price: £155

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