LG X Power

AN EN­VI­ABLE BAT­TERY AT­TACHED TO A SO-SO HAND­SET.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ PAUL TAY­LOR ]

LG’S BUD­GET (IF you can re­ally call $349 ‘bud­get’) phone has a blunt mis­sion state­ment: to get you through the day with a bat­tery that won’t leave you in the lurch. A whop­ping 4,100mAh unit pow­ers the light­weight X Power, a fairly stock Android phone with only a few LG con­ve­niences and odd­i­ties thrown in on top (LG’s cloud backup and ‘SmartWorld’ en­ter­tain­ment store, for ex­am­ple).

Ad­mirably, you do get about two days out of a full bat­tery charge, and you can take the kid gloves off, too. Fire away on the cam­era, use Google Maps, check email — the X Power will han­dle it all with­out leav­ing you scram­bling for a charger. How­ever, that comes with com­pro­mises. At this price, it means you only get 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age for apps, pho­tos and mu­sic, so in­stalling your own mi­croSD card (the hand­set sup­ports up to 2TB cards) is ba­si­cally a must.

While the exterior and OS are both func­tional and com­pe­tent, they’re the wrap­per around in­ter­nals that strug­gle to pro­vide a smooth ex­pe­ri­ence. The X Power’s pal­try 2GB of RAM and slow pro­ces­sor mean that, even though they’re only pow­er­ing a 720p screen, the in­ter­face is sluggish, stut­ter­ing as it switches be­tween apps. That dis­play’s also a bit lack­lus­tre; colours are a shade too flat, and it feels like the whole thing needs the con­trast turned up to bring some life into the whole af­fair. The rear cam­era’s fine in good light, though our shots were grainy when taken in­doors with­out nat­u­ral light, and we’d rec­om­mend turn­ing the front-facing snap­per’s ‘beauty’ mode down to min­i­mal.

Still, sheer prag­ma­tism is of­ten un­der­rated — or at least under ap­pre­ci­ated — and any­one who just wants a work­horse of a phone that will give them the ba­sics should gladly wrap their hands around this.

LG X POWER $349 www.lg.com/au CRIT­I­CAL SPECS Android 6.0.1; 5.3-inch IPS LCD @ 720p; ARM Cor­tex A53 CPU; 2GB RAM; 16GB stor­age (can be ex­panded with mi­croSD to 2TB); 4,100mAh bat­tery; 13MP and 8MP cam­eras; 148.9mm x 74.9mm x 7.9mm; 139g

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