- Analysis by KJ David
A successor to the 2017 LG Aristo that offers practically no upgrade over its predecessor, the 5-inch LG Aristo 2 is made up of many budget-tier pros and cons, probably making it fit for the Android shopper with practicality in mind.
Its biggest drawback comes in the form of an old-fashioned 5-megapixel front-facing camera , which obviously flounders in comparison to the 8-megapixel selfie cams rocked by several tantamount models. If a low-resolution camera is just not for you, make sure to check out our list of the best selfie smartphones. Going back to its cons, the Aristo 2 modestly-runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor , despite eight-core smartphones being widely available when it came out, even in the budget-tier end of the Android spectrum. Also, it settles for only 1.5GB of RAM , though MetroPCS also indicated 2GB in another part of their website as of this data-driven review, but that would still be nothing to call home about.
For its strong points, the Aristo 2 brings back its base model's 13-megapixel rear camera clubbed with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) , which is somewhat a favorable mismatch for its low-end quad-core CPU. That said, most models in our list of the best camera phones go well beyond 13 megapixels. We also found its 1020-minute maximum talk time and 344-hour standby time , both of which are above the corresponding averages as of its market entry, reassuring, especially because its 2410mAh raw power capacity does not exactly fit our definition of generous -- check out some full-fledged heavy-duty phones here.
Also among its specs are a decent (relative to its overall profile of pros and cons, that is) 5-inch HD-720p display and a facial recognition system dedicated to device security. Lastly, it comes with 16GB of on-board memory that weirdly supports only up to 32GB of expansion .
With all that said, much like the original LG Aristo, the Aristo 2 is geared towards pragmatic users who appreciate above-average battery scores and a respectable primary camera.
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