When LG launched their G2 phone, they stamped their mark on the mobile scene with a definitive statement. Not only did they make a mobile phone, but they made a damn good one too. They also promised that there would be more devices to follow so when I received the LG G Pro Lite to review, I had high expectations.
Will the G2 be a one hit wonder or will LG have a decent product line ? I set to find out as I road-tested the LG G Pro Lite.
Look and Feel
When you handle the LG G Pro you realise that you have a nice quality product in your hands. It is on the “phabelt-ish” large side coming in at 161 grams measuring at 150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4 mm. You do have to do some finger gymnastics to use the phone with one hand however with two hands, the phone feels just right.
The phone’s 5.5 inch screen with a 540 x 960 pixels resolution is bright and icons, apps and videos all appear clearly even in direct sunlight. The large screens makes for great viewing of video clips and even the relatively slow 1 Ghz processor is able to handle large movie clips just fine with no lag.
A great feature that LG G Pro Lite can be proud of is its speaker system. It has dual-speakers located at the bottom of the phone which manages to blast out clear sound even when pushed to a high volume. This has a definite appeal to the youth market who want to have Rihanna screeching whilst they chill and they tell me that “its pretty sic” (I know that means its good!)
On the left side of the phone there is a dedicated screenshot button. That takes the screenshot of whatever you are looking at and then puts the images into the Quick Memo app where you can draw, write and share that memo with your social network or email or the pre-installed BBM and other apps too. Handy if you do a lot of that kind of stuff and doodle on your pics before uploading them to your favourite social network.
Underneath the screenshot button is the volume rocker and on the right side is the power button. At the bottom is the micro USB for charging and synching with the pc. All pretty standard.
On the back of the phone underneath the cover you will find the 3140 mAh battery which lasts most of the day on moderate usage. The microSD slot and the SIM slot are there too remembering that it is a regular size SIM and not a microSIM. The LG Pro Lite comes with 1GB of RAM and has 8GB internal storage which can be expended up to 32GB with the microSD card.
If you are expecting quality like the G2, sadly you will be disappointed. The LG G Pro lite has an 8 megapixel camera that does a decent job of capturing life on the go. Capturing images with good light always works best and close up are good too. When you start analysing the dark areas of the pics then you start to see it pixelate.
The camera has the various modes such as Panorama, continuous shot, beauty shot, sports and night and you can easily change the setting by tapping the options in the nicely laid out block menu. Images can be captured at 8 M (3264×2448) or down to 1M (1280×960). Being able to switch off the shutter sound is good when you want to sneak in those shots that you know you shouldn’t. (#justsaying)
The video mode has an HD mode (1280×720) and can capture 720p at 30fps. The sound and video capturing is nicely in synch and the quality is nice too.
The front facing camera for those selfies (not sure there is another reason for it) is only a 1.3 Megapixel camera and even with Beautify mode on, I couldn’t get a decent selfie out of it but that might be due to the subject that was being shot…
What is a nice little feature is that when you switch from Camera to Video, if you are in the front-facing mode it launches the video in front-facing so you don’t have to switch anything around. Handy if you are trying to pose with a celeb who has literally 15 seconds for you to snap the selfie and be insta-famous.
With the LG G Pro Lite, you get a multi tasking ability known as QSlide where you get to open two screens at the same time. You can not choose just any apps but are limited to the Qslide apps that include Video, Internet, Calendar, Memo and Calculator. Having two apps open at the same time is perfect when you want to quickly check your diary whilst watching a video clip or browsing the web – that is what a 5.5 inch screen is for after all !
I do like the Quick Remote app that comes with the phone. It uses the phone’s Infrared sensor to take over TV, DVD and Blue-ray and since we watch TV with the phone in hand it is great to be able to mute the TV when the kids are screaming for you from the other side of the house.
You do get access to LG Smart World where you download apps for your phone such as themes, games and other apps which have been tested to work optimally on the LG G Pro device.
There is also the stylus which I personally don’t get unless you are into writing on the screen. I would have liked to see a stylus specific app that gives you specific features that you can’t do with your finger. The stylus is locked into the phone at the top of the device for you to use or not as you wish.
So in Summary:
When it comes to phones we want value for money. The LG G Pro Lite is a nicely positioned phone which is well priced with Cell C including 300MB Data for R239. Anyone looking for a large screen Android phone running Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1) with good overall quality will enjoy this phone and not fee like they are compromising on anything.
Good to see companies taking high quality products to those who can not afford the high-end phones. There is stiff competition are the lower end of the market and those with good prices and good products will ultimately win.Regardless of how much you earn, you still want a value for your money and LG has delivered.