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This week, the LG Optimus Fuel, Spirit and G3 are our recommendation for best LG phones. The first one is a Android smartphone, the second one a Android smartphone and the third one, a smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
LG's Optimus Fuel (L34C), with its 3.5-inch screen, is a basic Android that operates on the KitKat platform. It comes preloaded with LG's proprietary QuickMemo application, allowing you to plug in photo captions or jot down quick notes for later use. A built-in Guest Mode lets you set access restrictions for secondary users, while the Quiet Mode disables notification sounds on preset times. Its specs also include a sole 3-megapixel camera, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and S-GPS location assistance.
The 4.7-inch LG Spirit is a step forward for previous LG Androids of roughly the same name, as it sports an in-cell touch display and an 8-megapixel rear camera -- a 5-megapixel version is also available. Its mid-tier specs are backed by either a 1.2GHz or a 1.3GHz quad-core engine with 1GB worth of RAM to match. We also found an 8GB on-board memory as well as a 2100mAh battery on this 4G-enabled smartphone. It was unveiled alongside three other budget Androids from LG, namely, the Magna, Leon, and Joy.
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Sitting among the royals of 2014 smartphones, the LG G3 is an Android 4.4 KitKat boasting an array of high-level features. It runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, doubling up the market average in processing speed in theory. It also boasts an up-to-2TB memory expansion and a 3000mAh wireless-charging-capable battery, both among the highest capacities out there. Fronting it is a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen matched by a 13-megapixel OIS camera on the back. LG adds contrast to this phone by equipping it with a simple UI, as their "simple is the new smart" slogan suggests.
LG's 2014 release, the LG Volt is a mixture of arty smartphone features and mid-level specs under the hood. It sports an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera (same type as the iPhone), a Corning Gorrilla Glass 2 panel (found on rugged phones) and several of LG's signature features including the Knock Code and Guest Mode. It runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, not to mention 4G LTE capability. It also boasts an up-to-24-hour talk time with its 3000mAh battery, which is among the highest capacities for Androids within this class.
LG's G Flex series makes a 2015 comeback with the 5.5-inch G Flex2, a 64-bit 2GHz octa-core-powered model whose ultra high-end specs are sandwiched inside a curved P-OLED Full HD display and a self-healing back cover. The meat in between includes an LTE Cat9 adapter with a 450Mbps maximum data rate, a 2GB RAM capacity, and a whopping up-to-2TB support for external storage. It sports a 13-megapixel laser autofocus rear camera that records 4K videos, and packs a 3000mAh battery that promises to charge up to 50% in just 40 minutes of charging.
LG runs its typical entry-level formula with the 4.5-inch Tribute (LS660) whose hardware is led by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. Some perks include HD Voice for in-call noise reduction as well as LG's classic up-to-eight-point Knock Code. The Tribute sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a pretty prehistoric VGA front-facing one. Its native storage caps off at 4GB, while the RAM stands at 1GB. Also under the hood is a 2100mAh battery that promises up to 15 hours of calling time. Finishing it off is Bluetooth v4.0, the Smart Keyboard feature and LTE connectivity.
Likely finishing third out of four mid-level contenders pitched by LG in line with the MWC 2015, the 4.5-inch LG Leon offers a 1.2GHz or a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM, and a 1900mAh battery. It mimics the other models with its preloaded Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and LTE Cat.4 network reach. Depending on the region, it sports an 8- or a 5-megapixel back camera, though both versions settle for VGA-class imaging up front. Also joining its specs is an 8GB internal memory with support for up to 32GB worth of extra space via a microSD card.
LG might have intended to offer their signature features with an entry-level Android, as the F60 does just that. The up-to-eight-point Knock Code, popular among LG smartphones, protects your safeguards your phone access. Despite having quite unimpressive camera resolutions (5- and 1.3-megapixel), snapping photos with hand gestures sounds like a pretty nifty touch. The F60 is also an LTE-ready device, which has somehow made its way as an entry-level standard as of its 2014 release. Its hardware includes a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 2100mAh battery.
An Android 4.4 KitKat model featuring the Knock Code, Guest Mode and Q-slide multitasking app -- the same mix found on other 2014 LG releases. The LG Optimus Exceed 2 sports a multi-functional 5-megapixel camera, which is somehow a standard feature among middle class Androids. It could potentially outlast the first Exceed phone, as it uses a 2100mAh SiO+ battery. It did retain some features from the first model including processing power (1.2GHz) and display resolution (800 x 400), with a slight drawback on on-board memory.
The G3 Stylus, as made obvious by its name, comes with a dedicated Stylus pen for writing notes or making sketches. It also appears to be a mid-range alternative to the G3, running on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with a 1GB RAM. LG does not mention the laser-autofocus feature with its 13- and 1.3-megapixel cameras, but does offer a gesture-shooting function. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery under the hood, while a protective Quick Circle case allows you to access functions while the rest of the screen is hidden. LG's signature Knock Code and Smart Keyboard features finish off this mid-level Android.
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