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.
The package contains:
Quick Start Guide
Product Safety and Warranty Information
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
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
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
Volume rocker on the left
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.
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 360-degrees View:
Drag the picture or use the keyboard arrows to rotate the phone. Double click or press keyboard
Space to zoom in/out.
Drag the picture in the desired orientation to rotate the phone.