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LG Optimus F6 Review

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Camera


While LG only equipped the Optimus F6 with a 5-megapixel main camera, it does feature back side illumination (BSI), which should result in clear pictures in low light conditions. Unfortunately this really didn’t pan out in our samples, where low-light pictures were basically worthless. Pictures in general turned out very soft, lacking crispness and overexposed. With even lighting or on the main subject of a shot color reproduction was good, but it really struggled with background and depth of field accuracy.


The camcorder is capable of recording videos at 1080p, and for a mid-range device performed acceptably. The mic was too sensitive, and it would benefit greatly from some image stabilization.



The camera interface is slightly customizable, allowing you to move some of the main icons around. All the features you’d expect are on board, such as ISO and White Balance adjustment, various filters and geo-tagging. LG has included their Time Catch Shot features, which captures moments before and after you snap a shot. This can be a nice feature to enable when taking action photos, such as shooting kids or pets. Unfortunately the screenshot function is disabled while using the camera, but check out our video for a look at the interface and customization features.


Multimedia


You’ll find LG’s music and video players preloaded on the Optimus F6, along with Google’s Music and Movies and TV offerings. The LG video player allows for pinch to zoom during playback, and has some other nice gestures like a horizontal swipe to control playback and a vertical one for screen brightness. Though we usually don’t care for duplicate apps, in this case LG includes some genuine improvements. Videos looked good on the qHD display with plenty of brightness. The music player unfortunately offers no enhancements over the stock option, with a more bland design and overall is wholly unnecessary. Like the browser, there are plenty of alternative multimedia apps in the Play Store.

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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: 437; 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: 241; 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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