LG AKA hands-on

Our smartphones match our personalities, so it’s no surprise that some business oriented folks might use a BlackBerry – or how a fitness conscious person might side with something with a rugged frame. For the younger crowd, the LG AKA has an intriguing factor with its hip and stylish design. What’s especially cool and different about the AKA is how it’s the first smartphone with “personality.”


Right from the get-go, the thing that instantly draws us to the LG AKA is the colored plastic cover that goes over the front of the handset – it doesn’t entirely cover the front, as the top is left exposed to show off some nifty eye animation (we’ll talk more about it in the interface section). Donning an all-plastic body, one that has a textured pattern that makes it easy to grip, it’s really cool that the handset is available in all sorts of colors. Not only do the front plastic covers match the handset’s paint job, but LG has gone further by coming up with nifty looking animal cartoon designs to give the handset that quirky appeal to the young.


On the front, the LG AKA is sporting a sizable 5-inch 720 x 1280 IPS display. We can’t complain much about it, as it perfectly fits the mold of an entry-level smartphone. At the very least, it’s detailed enough, delivers nice vibrant colors, and offers wide-viewing angles – the essentials in making it a decent offering.


Even though it’s running Android 4.4 KitKat, it’s running the same LG custom skin we see in many of its smartphones – like its flagship in the LG G3. However, seeing that this is primarily targeted to a younger audience, LG enhances the experience by adding in “personality” in the form of some cool looking animations. For example, as the plastic cover is placed over the display, these wandering eyes begin to animate. Even more animations are found throughout the UI to give it that quirky appeal, so it really caters to the younger crowd.

Processor and Memory

Under the hood, the LG AKA is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. From our quick look, the LG AKA manages to exhibit some smooth animations and doesn’t seem to suffer from any noticeable lag or slowdown. Then again, it has yet to be tested against some processor intensive applications – like running some of today’s 3D intensive gaming titles.

Luckily, the phone is accompanied with 16GB of expandable memory, which is more than sufficient in size for nearly anyone.


Around the back of the phone, there’s an 8-megapixel camera, which like the LG G3, is complemented by a laser auto-focus assist. Naturally, this should help the camera to quickly adjust its focus on the fly – to help minimize and reduce any blurriness. Something tells us that the younger audience will primarily be concerned about adding all sorts of effects to their shots.


The LG AKA is currently available in South Korea, so it’s up in the air at the moment if the handset will make its presence known anywhere else. Despite that, it’s one of those handsets that cleverly adds “personality” in the form of cool animal cartoon animations throughout the interface – while also sprinkling in these cool cases that give the phone some quirkiness. It’s not for everyone, of course, but for the younger audience, we can definitely see its appeal.



1. TechNeck

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The iPhone 5C of Android, but with a personality.

5. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I wouldn't quite compare this with the iPhone 5C, this phone looks like it's for the much younger audience, the iPhone 5C isn't so much.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I can imagine this selling well in Japan... They like this sort of stuff.

12. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Say something, AKA has eyes on you.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012


3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

These won't leave the Asian continent, and I'm fine with that....

4. Aliagha

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This is not worth buying

7. GeekMovement unregistered

I can see how a lot of people wouldn't like this, but I think it's pretty cool. The only thing I'd get a bit annoyed of is taking off and putting the front cover back on every time I'm going to use it, but maybe it's something that would come natural after using it. Nice of LG to keep trying new things!

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I thought that it's dedicated screen on the back not on the screen itself and it would make sense only if it's amoled, so the ips screen are on when the animation is turn on.. so useless!

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

if you want to operate the phone you need to remove the phone case and put the case Where? so if you so often check your phone every minute then? very unpractical.

10. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

you want something innovative and creative? this is it. you like it, you buy it, if you dont, well no one will force you. i bet this phone still have it's own audience. me myself found it interesting :)

11. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I ask my friend check at Korea the price and it is crazy over expensive! That price can get any high end phone. Not worth at all.

13. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

How much?

14. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

All phones in Korea are expensive.

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