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Launched in December 2015, the LG Zero is a chic looking smartphone that has packed in a lot of features similar to those of high-end smartphones at a reasonable price. It was aimed to be a medium range smartphone for people and is a strong player in the game when compared with close competitors from other brands.
From launching its first ever smartphone in the year 2009, LG has come a long way in understanding the needs of the modern consumer and keeps its focus on making the phones useful for a wide variety of people. The aluminum back of the LG Zero phone was a particularly unique feature, as LG decided for the first time to shift focus to design and come up with a “Zero” model that is also good with performance.
It is the first time that LG gives us a phone with a solid aluminum back, thereby shifting focus to the design aspect of their products, keeping in mind all the good looking competitors to this phone. There is a choice of matte silver, black or matte-gold available with this model that features a 5-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 294 ppi). It is close to what most other manufacturers are offering these days in the same price range.
Though the LG Zero isn’t exactly the toughest or the sturdiest smartphone around, the Gorilla Glass 3 guarantees a fair amount of protection from minor accidents on the phone.
Overall, the feel of the phone is pretty good. It looks smart, and the new casing experiment that LG tried to do to attain a good look works fairly well and makes it look like a high-end phone. The only thing that users of other smartphones will find odd is the buttons on the rear of the phone (not on the side) that tend to jut out a little from the casing. Some users may not find this kind of placement to be comfortable, especially if they are used to other smartphones.
It’s a touch-screen phone, which means all your interactions happen on the screen and not with any buttons. LG Zero comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Marshmallow v6.0) and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset. The CPU is Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, and the GPU is Adreno 306.
The RAM is 1.5GB (close to most other smartphones in the same category) with an internal memory of 16GB, which is extendable with microSD.
Overall, the phone gives a smooth performance without lags. The processor ensures that you can run the phone smoothly for a long time without any hang-ups.
Most smartphones these days have started featuring two cameras and LG Zero does the same to keep up with the competition. The primary camera is that of 13 megapixels with autofocus and LED flash, while the selfie camera is of 5MP. Other features include geo tagging, touch focus, HDR, Panorama, and face-detection. Video recording on both the cameras can be done at 1080p @30fps.
LG Zero has accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors, pretty much like all other smartphones in the same range. However, one of the features that take the phone ahead from the others is that of FM Radio. It’s been a pattern then FM Radio features in lower-end phones with poor camera quality and lack of other features, while high-end phones give all great features except FM Radio. It turns out, LG noticed this and changed the game with the LG Zero.
There are an in-built photo/ video editor and document viewer, and one can play all the usual formats of audio and video files on the phone including MP3, WAV, MP4, XviD, AAC+, etc.
There is a 3.5mm jack for headphones or speakers, and LG Zero also has a loudspeaker facility.
LG Zero has a non-removable Li-Ion 2050 mAh battery that will give you an approximate talk-time of 10 hours on 3G. Connectivity features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Hotspot, etc. There is also microUSB v2.0.
Overall, the battery capacity and performance is slightly lower as compared to the counterparts of this device from other manufacturers, but it still manages to do a fairly good job and gives a decent performance.
While the LG Zero manages to be an impressive smartphone overall and has some brilliant features for personal and professional uses, one can’t deny the fact that the phone lacks some other things that have made it just short of perfect. Here’s looking at the pros and cons of the phone to make an informed decision.WHAT WE LIKED
Overall, if one looks at the many features that LG Zero brings with it, they will be satisfied because the phone manages to serve personal and professional tasks very well. Most of the features that it brings with it are matched with the industry standards, and LG Zero does manage to give a touch competition to some other good phones from different manufacturers. The choice truly depends on the user, who is aware of his/ her preferences and knows what he/she needs out of their smartphone.
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