- Analysis by KJ David
Carried by Cricket Wireless (Check out some of the best Cricket phones here), the LG Fortune 2, which apparently also goes by the name of Risio 3, is a pretty unfortunate 2018 smartphone when it comes to hardware, emphasizing its entry-level profile of pros and cons by running on an elementary Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core 1.4GHz processor that's at least paired up with 2GB of RAM -- many of its low-end contemporaries stick to measly 1GB RAMs.
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Its hardware cons also include an up-to-32GB-only external memory allowance (It comes with 16GB of internal memory), which is highly off-putting, knowing that similarly-specked Androids that support 128GB microSD cards were no longer that rare around the time we were writing this specs-driven review. We here at Phonerated also cannot help but wish that it packed more than 2500mAh's worth of power , especially since cousins like the Premier LTE, which entered the market in the same month, lug more than 2800mAh of raw power.
The Fortune 2 tries to make up for its lack in processing power by squeezing a bunch of signature LG software into its assortment of pros and cons. These include the QuickMemo+ and Capture+ memo applications as well as Smart Cleaning , a preloaded app that monitors and optimizes the phone's storage space and battery usage.
While its 5-megapixel selfie camera is definitely a weakness with regards to resolution, it sounds flashy compared to most others, offering perks like HDR (High Dynamic Range) , which we don't observe too often on low-end smartphones, much less on the front-facing cameras, and the Selfie Light display flash function. On the other hand, its 8-megapixel primary camera, which comes with a standard LED flash and an FHD-1080p video-recording function, just about passes 2018 entry-level yardsticks. Although LG did not explicitly indicate it as of this write-up, this model has a circular fingerprint reader sitting right underneath its rear camera.
Greeting users is the Fortune 2's 5-inch TFT HD (1280 x 720) display , which we marked as a slight selling point, but only because a lot of other low-end alternatives still opt for less-than-HD definitions, for instance, qHD (540p) and FWVGA (480p). It comes with standard 4G LTE connectivity (Get to know the newest 4G phones here) and it runs on the Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system out of the box.
All said, despite being quite unlucky in terms of hardware composition, the LG Fortune 2 sounds like a reasonable choice for Android newbies.
** This phone is also known as: LG Risio 3
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