A lot of budget phones come and go, and almost each and every phone of them straddles the fine line between delivering a phone with a satisfying amount of functionality and cutting the costs. LG Volt is one such phone. Its price is quite low, which gets you LTE or 4G connectivity, along with great battery life. But you get stuck with middling cameras and a very low-resolution display. It is not the phone which you can show-off in front of your friends or play latest HD games or take wonderful pictures. It is a phone which is aimed strictly for people with tight budgets. If you do not want to spend much money on a cell phone, then this is the right phone for you. It comes with limited functionality and average cameras. You also get LTE connectivity at a very low price, which is coupled with a long battery life. It will be a satisfying experience for people with tight budgets.
The material used in the designing of the device is generic plastic. The LG Volt has a 4.7-inch display. It has 960 x 540-pixel resolution, with 234 PPI pixel density, which means that you cannot watch any HD videos or look at high-resolution images on this device. But the display is just fine. Viewing angles aren’t wide, but the colours look clear and consistent.
The dimensions of LG Volt are 131.6 x 66 x 10.4 mm (5.18 x 2.60 x 0.41 in), and it weighs 136.1 gm. There is a very simple looking oval home key on the front, with capacitive buttons on the either side. On the right, there is the volume rocker, while the power button is provided on the left. On the top, there is 3.5 mm headphone jack, and beside it is an infrared emitter. The microUSB charging port and stereo speakers are at the bottom of the device. It has the front camera on the top right, along with proximity sensor. At the back, it has the primary camera with flash on the top center. The microSD card slot is under the back panel, and there is also the removable battery. The design of the device seems uninspired and suits the price of it.
LG Volt runs on 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The internal memory is 8GB. You cannot expect this specs to win any prizes, but they line up with the price. Hardware intensive games will trouble you on this phone, but casual games will work just fine on this device. The benchmark results of LG Volt are right in line with competitors. But these synthetic tests do not translate the phone’s performance in the real world. The benchmark scores of this device are Quadrant 8802, 3DMark Ice Storm 2873, Geekbench 3 (multicore) 1153 and Geekbench 3 (single core) 341. The performance is quite average, as the specs are also just average.
There’s only 8GB of internal storage available, but under the back panel, there’s a microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB of extra storage. The phone supports CDMA and LTE, and the SIM card slot accepts micro-SIM. It is a single SIM phone. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which is tweaked by LG Optimus UI. The LG Optimus UI hasn’t changed much in the stock Android, and it has primarily focused on swapping out icons and has tweaked the colour scheme a bit. There are some LG owned apps which are quite useful. The Quick Remote turns the phone into a universal remote for your TV, which works with the help of infrared emitter. Also, this is a Boost Mobile phone, which means that you have to wade through some preinstalled apps. Most of them are just shortcuts to Google Play Store so that you can clear up your device in a few minutes.
LG Volt has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chats and selfies. Well, you cannot take selfies with a 1.3 MP front camera, there will not be any clarity in it. The rear camera also does not have much to offer. If there is strong and indirect sunlight falling on a static subject, then you will get a usable, albeit a noisy image. The camera just struggles to offer anything beyond that. Images do not quite have the right colours and, look dull and faced, which is disappointing. The front facing camera disappoints equally and faces the similar problem. It gives dull and muted skin tones. Although the rear camera is capable of recording 1080p videos, it suffers the same problems as the still camera.
The LG Volt has a 3000 mAh battery underneath the hood, which is removable. You do not need to carry a spare battery with this phone. The battery works just fine. The phone has 24 hours of talk time and an average time of 16 hours and 20 minutes in video playback battery drain tests. You can play casual games on LG Volt for hours. The battery backup is good.
It is a single SIM phone which supports CDMA and LTE networks. The SIM slot accepts micro Sim. As this is a budget phone, connectivity is essential here. You are getting LTE network support on this phone, at such a low price. Other basic connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS; NFC; and FM Radio.