- Analysis by KJ David
An LG-branded prepaid smartphone that was initially carried by TracFone and Net10, the LG Journey is destined to sit alongside other entry-level smartphones featured here on Phonerated, at least when it comes to technical pros and cons. For starters, it offers a 5.45-inch 720p-only facade that has a wide 18:9 solution -- the conventional screen solution at the time we were reviewing its specs is 16:9.
The Journey's cons also include an 8-megapixel main camera that does not stand out whatsoever and an even more basic 5-megapixel front cam that won't be plugging it into our list of the best smartphones for selfies any time soon. Note that some of its 2019 contemporaries tout 13-megapixel rear cams and at least 8-megapixel selfie shooters. Also, it passes up on a typical back-mounted fingerprint scanner , which was a rather popular facet among entry-level Android phones when it was released.
When it comes to hardware, the LG Journey's 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 engine and 2GB RAM count are not that promising, especially when taking into account the ocean of 2019-released eight-core-powered phones. That being said, its 3000mAh battery power is an outright pro to us, seeing that many other models with its kind of processing components do not even pass the 2500mAh battery power threshold, although some models with 4000mAh cells crop up every now and then.
Adding to its low-end features is a 16GB native memory and a 32GB-only external memory allowance , the latter of which sounds paltry, compared to the 128GB or even 256GB top-up memory ceilings boasted by a few models within its price group -- it was initially pegged at 80 dollars, by the way.
With the Android 9.0 Pie platform, 4G-LTE network compatibility, and the brand's signature Aurora Black finish tying its pros and cons together, the LG Journey will likely find its way into the pockets of budget-cautious shoppers or those who are looking for a well-rounded introductory smartphone.
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