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LG L70 Short Hands On Review

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LG remains active when it comes to competing with local brands in the affordable and entry level arena. One of their smartphones, the LG L70 offers decent specs at an affordable price. We had a chance to play around a demo unit and here’s our first take on it.

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LG L70 specs:

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 processor
  • Adreno 302 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5-inch WVGA IPS LCD display (480 x 800 pixels) 207 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • 3G, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • SRP:  P9,290
  • Status: Available on LG Mobile stores, kiosks and retailers

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We do find the design a little boring for our taste but we do love the soft matte finish at the back. It makes the phone pretty comfortable to hold.  On paper, it could be disappointing to see the display’s  low resolution of 480 x 800. When looking at the screen we were impressed by the bright and vibrant display. It may be one of the best WVGA displays we’ve seen. Why are we not surprised? LG makes the best displays for smartphones and tablets. One of Apple’s display suppliers for smartphones and tablets is LG.

On the software front, we were never fans of LG’s UI. It is a little bit cluttered and sometimes confusing especially if you’ll be using an LG smartphone for the first time.  We do hope that LG could do an overhaul of their UI.  Don’t expect so much on the phone’s dual core processor. It can do all basics tasks but it cannot run intense games and extreme tasks.

Photos taken from the 5 megapixel camera are decent. Period. It won’t give you breathtaking and impressive pictures but photos are perfect for posting on social media.

Verdict – At P9,290, is it practical to get a lower speced smartphone from a global brand or better get a smartphone with far better specs from a local brand at the same price? Well, that remains a debate among users. If you care so much about branding but does not have the budget for a high end device, the LG L70 will best suit you.