LG L70 D325 Smartphone Price: Rs.14,000

The LG launched a device in the budget smartphone category, so you can imagine how delighted we were to see the L70. First launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, it arrives in the Indian market to take on the likes of the Moto G and a bevy of other affordable Androids. But will it be able to do so?

Sturdy and compact The LG L70 is not an extraordinary looking device but is smart enough. It is sturdy and fits in your palms at ease, unlike some large screen devices which seem to be made for massive hands. Sleek of build, it has a 4.5-inch display with four touch capacitive keys below it for back, home, option and SIM shift. The top of the device has 3.5-mm jack for headphones, while the power/display button is on the right. On the left is the volume rocker, while the micro-USB slot can be seen at the bottom with a mic right next to it. To facilitate video calling and clicking selfies, there is a secbondary VGA camera on the top right corner of the display. The textured back houses a 5.0-megapixel camera with an LED flash, an LG logo in the middle and a speaker at the bottom right corner. A metal band running along the sides gives the phone a solid look.

Peeping inside the L70 This dual SIM device sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating to steer it clear of scratches. Despite the textured back, the L70 is a bit of a slippery customer and we suggest you put a cover on it or use a case to prevent it from falling from your hands. In terms of user experience, the device was a delight with no lags and decent performance. It runs Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, backed up by 1GB of RAM, which make it capable of handling most routine tasks with a degree of ease. It comes with a 2,100 mAh battery which kept it ticking for quite a while even when we watched a fair number of videos on it. It also charged remarkably fast.

The L70 also has the LG’s Knock On feature which allows you to lock and unlock your device with a certain knock pattern and there are several knock combinations using which one can lock their devices. A simple tap and the device sleeps. Tap again and it comes back to life. There are also other features on the device like LG Backup, RemoteCall service, Guest Mode and LG SmartWorld.

The multimedia side The LG L70 is, however, nothing exceptional in the multimedia department. The 5.0-megapixel camera is capable of taking good pictures, if you are ready to be patient with it and use the numerous features on-board. Even so, we would recommend using it in good light conditions - in low light or at night, the camera frankly disappoints, notwithstanding the flash. On the feature side, the camera comes with multifocus, which allows you to focus on multiple subjects while clicking a picture and can generate surprisingly good results once one gets the hang of it. In terms of sheer consistency, however, the camera on the L70 does not match up to the likes of the one seen on the Moto G and the Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini, both of which are priced in its vicinity. The phone scored on the sound front, with clear and loud sound on speakers as well as headphones. However, the relatively low resolution of the device restricts its utility when it comes to viewing high-definition content or playing graphicrich games.

Specifications

• Size: 127.2 x 66.8 x 9.5mm
• Weight: 126.6 grams
• Memory: 4GB, microSD
• OS: Android OS v4.4
• Screen Size: 4.5-inch, Capacitive
• Battery: Li-Ion 2,100 mAh
• Talktime/Standby | Up to 4.6 hours/Up to 490 hours
• GPRS/3G/BT/WiFi | Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
• Camera: 5.0-megapixel
• Others: Dual SIM, Backup,RemoteCall

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