LG has been doing their homework successful in creating entry-level smartphones. Recently, their phones have been started doing well too in the budget segment of smartphones. The never-ending demand for the budget segment of smartphones has pushed the smartphone manufacturers to produce better-performing smartphones. In the quest for producing a "Star Entry-level smartphone", LG, launched its “LG Phoenix 2” smartphone in the markets. The smartphone looks really good on paper and seems to offer almost everything to its users. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life.
The phone brings back the old chrome edged phone back to life. The rugged back provided in the phone makes sure that the phone provides a convenient grip to its users. The chrome edged phone is bound to get a lot of scratches and so it’s advisable to use a protective case. The external dimensions of the phone are 5.69 x 2.81 x 0.34 inches and it weighs 140 grammes. About the display of this phone, the LG Phoenix 2 features a 5.0-inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that shall provide a screen resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The IPS display shall have approximately 294 pixels-per-inch pixel density. The phone has a decent screen and proves to be lively enough to capture user’s attention. However, we are not sure if the display doesn’t get bright enough even at max brightness settings. The another issue we saw with the phone was its sunlight legibility, as it suffers in bright sunlight. However, we are talking about an entry level smartphone and considering that the phone has a decent design and display.
The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 8909 chipset. We are glad that a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset is used in the phone. The phone also feature a 1.5GB of RAM which is decent for an entry-level smartphone. The processor seems to work well when only one app is played at a time, as, things get a little sluggish when the phone’s ROM is loaded with several heavy apps. The Adreno 304 GPU provided in the phone makes sure that light games and videos are played without any problem. However, we did observed frame drops when big games were played on the phone. However, for an entry level smartphone, the processor works really well compared to other smartphones in its price segment. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal memory, which could be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone runs on Android OS, version 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). The phone offer single-SIM support and supports 4G/LTE networks.
The phone features an 8MP rear camera that shall support LED flashlight and auto focus. A 5MP front camera is also provided in the phone. We were really surprised by the picture quality of this phone. The rear camera surprisingly took decent pics in broad daylight. The images snapped in dim light were workable too. We must say that for an entry level smartphone, the camera works amazingly good. The videos recorded by the phone were decent too. About multimedia, the phone features a stereo loudspeaker and a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also provide support for MP4/XviD /H.265 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player, Photo/video editor and a Document viewer.
Talking about the battery, the phone features with 2125 mAh Li-Ion battery. The battery is user replaceable and promises a talk time up to 12.8 hours and standby time up to 15 days. When we tested the battery in real life, we found that the battery was not able to run for a complete day with heavy usage. We believe that the battery provided in the phone could have been better. The smartphone shall provide connectivity functions, such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.1 with A2DP, A-GPS, NFC and microUSB version 2.0. The phone shall feature sensors like accelerometer and compass.