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LG Escape Review

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LG Escape Review
Introduction:

By now, we’re very aware about the competitive atmosphere surrounding high-end smartphones, but interestingly enough, we’re seeing a similar battle over in the entry-level market as well. Already, we’ve been blown away by AT&T’s admirable offering with the Pantech Flex, as it showed us that basic doesn’t mean weak, but rather, it’s able to combine killer pricing with meaningful hardware. Well people, now it’s LG’s turn to show off its offering for the carrier’s entry-level lineup – the LG Escape! Naturally, its $50 on-contract price is lovable right from the onset, but it’s going to require much more than that to impress us nowadays.
LG Escape Review

  • The package contains:
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Information


Design:

Rather than stepping outside the box, the LG Escape traverses the usual beaten path with its design, since it employs the distinct elements of LG’s recent smartphone designs. In actuality, the Escape merely reminds us of a slightly larger version of the LG Lucid for Verizon. With its all-plastic casing, it feels a bit hollow and attracts plenty of unwanted smudges/fingerprints – though, it’s lightweight (4.5 oz) and easily grasped with one hand. 

The LG Escape employs the distinct elements of LG's recent smartphone designs - LG Escape Review
The LG Escape employs the distinct elements of LG's recent smartphone designs - LG Escape Review
The LG Escape employs the distinct elements of LG's recent smartphone designs - LG Escape Review

The LG Escape employs the distinct elements of LG's recent smartphone designs

LG Escape Review
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Never a surprising thing to find with most Android devices, the Escape is sporting three capacitive buttons below its display, which are spaced far away from one another to reduce accidental presses. Oppositely, the earpiece, proximity sensor, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera sit above the screen.

The capacitive buttons are below the display, while the 1.3-megapixel camera is above it - LG Escape Review
The capacitive buttons are below the display, while the 1.3-megapixel camera is above it - LG Escape Review

The capacitive buttons are below the display, while the 1.3-megapixel camera is above it


Around the sides of the LG Escape, we’re greeted with the usual suspects that consist of its dedicated power button, volume control, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, noise-cancelling mic, and microUSB port for data/charging connectivity. Despite the flat look of its physical buttons, they exhibit tactile responses when pressed.

The power button is on the right - LG Escape Review
Volume rocker on the left - LG Escape Review

The power button is on the right

Volume rocker on the left

The top houses the headphone jack - LG Escape Review
microUSB connector on the bottom - LG Escape Review

The top houses the headphone jack

microUSB connector on the bottom



In the rear of the smartphone, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera sans flash, which is capable of recording video in 1080p. Meanwhile, two notches towards the bottom tuck away its internal speaker. Removing the glossy plastic rear cover, we’re given access to its microSIM slot, beefy 2,150 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

LG Escape Review
LG Escape Review
LG Escape Review



Display:

On one hand, we like that the Escape is packing a sizable 4.3” qHD 540 x 960 IPS LCD screen, which is a decent resolution (256 ppi) considering the price point. However, we’re not digging its washed out appearance, poor viewing angles, and weak brightness output. In fact, tilting it slightly results in some noticeable distortion – plus, it’s ineffective against combating the sun outdoors. All in all, it lacks the wow factor and practical usage to make it stand out from the onset.

The display of LG Escape has poor viewing angles and washed out colors - LG Escape Review
The display of LG Escape has poor viewing angles and washed out colors - LG Escape Review
The display of LG Escape has poor viewing angles and washed out colors - LG Escape Review

The display of LG Escape has poor viewing angles and washed out colors



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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:41 1

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


horrible button icons!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:55 2

2. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


the button icons are not bad... idk why would any1 think its ugly...

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:08 1

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Chatterboxes will surely enjoy conversations with this smartphone, mainly because it delivers one immaculate call quality. Through the earpiece, it produces extremely loud and audible voices that are distinct in tone and distortion-free." finally, a phone that has the best important basic feature in a phone! :D /s
The display angle looks scary!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:16 1

4. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Nokias have had that feature, so while I disagree with "finally", it is good to have even introductory-level smartphones have that feature as well

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:40 1

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Sarcasm bro!!!
But yes, it's good to see an Android phone that going this way. I don't mind the looks but visibility under directly sunlight is a biggie for me...and this here, seems like a drag.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:45

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


*Direct Sunlight!!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 14:07 1

7. flexile (Posts: 66; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


I think it deserves a better score, mainly for the dual core S4 + $50. Then again, the lack of LED flash is a deal breaker.

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LG Escape

LG Escape

OS: Android 4.1 4.0
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.54 x 0.37 inches
(126 x 65 x 9 mm)
4.5 oz  (128 g)
Battery2150 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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