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LG Optimus F6 Review

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Interface and Software


LG has brought many of last year’s high end features like Q-Slide and QuickMemo to the Optimus F6, but understandably doesn’t feature this year’s crop of software enhancements. The UI is familiar if you’ve used an LG device over the past two years, with a plethora of customization options throughout. It would be easy to make the argument that the UI is overly cluttered (a quick swipe down of the notification shade confirms this), but it does not seem to affect the performance in the way that TouchWiz does.

Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
Q-Slide - Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review
QuickMemo - Interface of the LG Optimus F6 - LG Optimus F6 Review

Q-Slide

  

QuickMemo

Interface of the LG Optimus F6


Between LG and T-Mobile there are a number of bundled apps. As usual, LG has reworked all of the fundamental Android apps such as the contact list, messaging, dialer and calendar. It is not awful and there is some functionality added, but they would have been fine to stick to the stock experience. There are also a number of other LG apps like a remote app that takes advantage of the IR port, a translator, task manager and file viewer. The only non-LG or T-Mobile apps installed are Lookout Security and Polaris Viewer, which is for Office documents.

As usual, LG has reworked all of the fundamental Android apps - LG Optimus F6 Review
As usual, LG has reworked all of the fundamental Android apps - LG Optimus F6 Review
As usual, LG has reworked all of the fundamental Android apps - LG Optimus F6 Review
As usual, LG has reworked all of the fundamental Android apps - LG Optimus F6 Review

As usual, LG has reworked all of the fundamental Android apps



Processor and Memory


The LG Optimus F6 runs off a dual core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. This is paired with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, only 1.3GB of which are available to the user. Storage can be expanded via microSD, although the device ships without one. While the processor and memory specs are on the lower end, they deliver a smooth UI performance. The limited internal storage is a long-term concern however, as over 400MB of the available 1.3GB is taken by the pre-installed apps. In fact, despite only having 5 common apps running in the background Vellamo warned us that our internal memory was low, and GFX Bench gave us a similar warning even though it was the only app running.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GFXBench Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
LG Optimus F6 5044 13733 2745 / 24 fps 2056 / 500
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 6783 13341 3762 / 33fps 2088 / 685
LG Optimus F7 5708 10917 2038 / 18 fps 2192 / 614

Internet and Connectivity


There are two browsers available out of the box on the Optimus F6, Google Chrome and LG’s stock browser, which is a variant of the old stock Android browser. Both work well with familiar gestures, though we prefer Chrome due to the synchronization with our Google account. There are of course many other browsers available in the Play Store if either of those don’t suit your needs.

The Optimus F6 runs on T-Mobile’s LTE network and offers every connection option that you’d expect. It is equipped with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, IR and DLNA. It is quad band GSM and WCDMA, and tri-band LTE on bands 2, 4 and 17, making the Optimus F6 a global device.

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posted on 12 Sep 2013, 04:39 1

1. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


LG copycat of copycat's

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 06:14 3

3. wumberpeb (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Go home

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 09:14 1

9. robatmid (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


If LG was merely just a copycat... that would be the least of their worries, but they are selling a very poorly designed phone and trying to pass it off as a smart phone. It should be illegal to call this phone smart, since its anything but smart. A smart phone should automatically use the external SD when there is no more internal storage available. The LG F6 does not use the External SD, so your phone will lock up constantly because its constantly out of storage. The pre-installed apps pretty much use up all the internal storage, so you then have to manually rename Folders or Files and then move them to your external SD card. Until this is done, your LG F6 phone is pretty much in a useless state.

"I believe" the only folks that give this phone a good review is because they only use it for calls and minor texting. "If" you wish to use a Smart phone's features to any degree... DO NOT BUY THE LG F6 !!! This phone is absolutely HORRIBLE.

p.s. I've returned 4 F6 phones already and on the 5th one... they all work this way. So its not a bug of one or two specific F6 phones, its just a major design flaw.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 22:52

11. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Why would you keep purchasing this phone, only to return it? Are you trying to make a point, or are you just stupid?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 06:34

13. robatmid (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


It's the carrier's policy to exchange the same model only... plus they claimed they were defective units, which isn't the case. But yes, I've had my share of stupid moments... like this one - being wasted replying to you.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 06:14 1

2. Kalevro (Posts: 56; 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:08

5. GTR722 (Posts: 235; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


SamsungArena

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:51 5

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!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:37 1

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.

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 15:10

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.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 15:49

8. robatmid (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


The person that reviewed this phone obviously didn't spend very much time using it. It has serious design flaws or bugs... take your pick.

DO NOT BUY this piece of junk. The LG F6 Optimus will not use external SD card when it should, and runs out of memory and storage constantly. The Errors you will continue and constantly receive are "Low memory space" and "Storage space is running out". So you have to constantly manually move photos, files and other items from the phones internal memory to the external. I am very upset with this purchase!

As for the general aesthetic features of the product... they are fine.. Call quality is only fair.

Note: I've returned the phone 3 times on 4th LG F6 Optimus Phone now, and that Mobile carrier that starts with a "T-" won't exchange it for a different model due to policy. Buyer BEWARE!!! Both of the carrier and this phone model.

FYI: I am a very experienced user and in IT... I've owned and used many Android phones, and never been disappointed with any of them... from top of the line Samsungs to bottom of the line free phones, this one is the worst!

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:14

10. Gumbo (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)


sir , I don't believe that you ever purchased this phone because if you did , you would've realized that this phone uses a micro SD that is to be inserted in the back of the phone near the sim card area

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 06:29

12. robatmid (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Wow... if I only knew! Thanks for the genius advice. You should write reviews of phones.

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LG Optimus F6

LG Optimus F6

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.03 x 2.59 x 0.40 inches
(128 x 66 x 10 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery2460 mAh, 19.5 hours talk time

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