LG Optimus F6 Review
It was with great fanfare that LG introduced its flagship device this year, the G2. Lost in the shuffle at the time was T-Mobile’s announcement that it would be joined by the Optimus F3 and F6 on the carrier, giving smartphone buyers a choice at each step of the smartphone spectrum. The Optimus F6 falls squarely in the middle of the high end G2 and entry level Optimus F3. Features include a 4.5” IPS display, LTE support and a dual-core Snapdragon processor, but can they outweigh the compromises made to keep the device affordable?
The Optimus F6 sticks to the basic design principles that LG has used on previous mid-range devices, and while it may not grab your attention the F6 is a good looking device. It is more rounded than the Optimus L9 it replaces, but the two devices share many other design elements including the physical home button below the display.
The LG Optimus F6 sticks to the basic design principles that LG has used on previous mid-range devices
127.9 x 65.9 x 10.2
4.37 oz (124 g)
131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm
4.41 oz (125 g)
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)
124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm
3.77 oz (107 g)
Around the edges you’ll find the usual array of buttons and ports, with two exceptions. The first is an IR port next to the headphone jack up top, and the second is a dedicated QuckButton key above the volume rocker on the left. By default the QuickButton opens LG’s QuickMemo, allowing you to make notes or doodle over the current screenshot, but the button is configurable and can launch any app installed. If you set it as a camera shortcut it will double as a physical shutter button. While the button placement is a bit odd, we really like the customization offered here. We would prefer the volume rocker be a bit larger and for a bit more travel to the side buttons, although there is a tactile click when you activate one.
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The Optimus F6 features a 4.5” IPS display, which we really like, but only a 540x960 (qHD) resolution. That makes for a slightly underwhelming 245ppi, although there are certainly worse displays out there. It is easy to read at extreme angles and in harsh light, with good color and strong brightness. Thanks to these secondary features media generally looks natural and crisp, although individual pixels can be seen if you look. It is one of the better displays you can hope for on a mid-range device, although it does not compare to even last year’s flagship devices and their HD displays.
2. Kalevro (Posts: 55; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Still the Samsung Galaxy Core gets a 8.0 rating. I think phonearena will update their site for people to preorder Samsung devices easier.
4. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Can someone explain why a pixel density of 245 is low (this phone) and a density of 162 on the iPad mini is average? (phonearena.com/phones/Apple-iPad-mini_id7523) Everyone agrees that a pixel density below 180 is very poor! Yet they rate the mini as average and this phone as poor? Whats the middle ground? Does PA think that Apple products with crappy screens are good, but when the pixel density goes to 250 its still low for everyone else! PA needs to rethink their standards, its all over the map!
below 200 - poor/low
200-300 - average/mid range
300-400 - good/high
400-500 - excellent/outstanding
HOWS THAT FOR A PROPER STANDARD? THAT ALL PHONES / TABLETS FOLLOW!
I know that I have a much higher level of education than most of the journalist/editors at PA, but I shouldn't have to make a chart that you all should follow and understand. You need to improve your standards because your work is below average for a professional organization!
6. liebezeit (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)
Yes, I can explain, but you might want to seek explanation before you go on an uninformed rant next time.
The reason tablets follow a different standard than phones is that you hold the tablet farther away from your eyes than a phone. The visibility of pixels is directly related to the distance the screen is viewed at. The whole reason anyone cares about pixel density is directly related to the visibility of pixels. Once this visibility level reaches "retina" level the image is as sharp as possible, leaving aside other factors.
7. kairos21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
hi Brian, great review. any way to follow you - Twitter, G+ etc? Thanks for the great reviews.