LG has been manufacturing budget segment smartphones for quite some time now, and they seem to keep getting better at it. The best part about budget segment LG smartphones is that they offer a high utility and provide a decent value for money. The demand for entry-level smartphones is gaining traction day-by-day, and smartphone manufacturers are trying their level best to obtain a piece of this market. In their quest to attract entry-level smartphones, LG, launched its “LG Tribute 2” smartphone in July 2015. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life.
The phone has a rather appealing design looks attractive for a budget segment of the smartphone. LG Tribute 2 has a curved design on the back panel and provides a comfortable grip when held in hand. The 66.2% screen-to-body ratio provided in the phone seems decent for an entry level smartphone. The external dimensions of the phone are 5.11 x 2.56 x 0.43 inches, which makes the phone very handy. The phone weighs around 140 grammes, which again is fantastic. The phone is available only in one colour variant, i.e., Blue. Talking about the display of the phone, the phone features a 4.5 inches FWVGA IPS display that provide a screen resolution of 480X854 pixels and corresponds to a pixel density of roughly 218-ppi. For an entry level smartphone, the screen seems to be decent enough to provide a pleasurable viewing experience. The viewing angles seem decent enough, and so is the sunlight legibility. For an entry level smartphone, the design and display seem to be fantastic.
This phone features with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 that is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset. The processor is competent to provide a seamless Android experience. However, general performance of the phone could be sluggish at times. One may not play heavy apps or games on this phone, as then the phone shall lag or stutter too much. The phone works on Android version 5.1 i.e. Lollipop, which is common for an entry level smartphone. A 1GB of RAM is provided in the phone, which we think is more than enough for a budget segment of smartphones. The internal memory provided in the phone is 8GB and could be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone offers single SIM support only. The best part about this phone is the fact that it supports 4G networks.
The phone features a 5MP primary camera that is supported by a LED flashlight and digital zoom. A 0.3MP VGA camera has been provided in the front. The images captured by the camera are okay but not that great, as many a time the user has to take several clicks to get the desired results. The image quality worsens in dim lighting conditions. The front shooter can only be used for video calling, as the pictures captured by it are not workable at all. The camera could also do 1080p quality video recording. The phone features with a loudspeaker which gets loud enough, and a 3.5 mm audio jack has also been provided in the phone. Talking about multimedia, video player has been given on the phone that can play video formats like 3GP and MP4. The music player can play MP3, AMR, MiDi, WAVE songs and ringtones include polyphonic. The phone features with KNOCK CODE features that allow its users to unlock and wake their device by simply using a unique pattern of taps that they can create, rather than using a traditional swipe or PIN number.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 1900mAh Li-Ion battery and is user replaceable. The battery promises talk time up to 16 Hours. When the battery was tested in real time, we found that the battery was not able to last for a complete day with heavy usage. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth version 4.1 and microUSB 2.0. The warranty of this phone is 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty & 6 months warranty on accessories.