LG Escape Review

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:
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • 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. 

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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.

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.

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.

LG Escape 360-degrees View:



7. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

I think it deserves a better score, mainly for the dual core S4 + $50. Then again, the lack of LED flash is a deal breaker.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Chatterboxes will surely enjoy conversations with this smartphone, mainly because it delivers one immaculate call quality. Through the earpiece, it produces extremely loud and audible voices that are distinct in tone and distortion-free." finally, a phone that has the best important basic feature in a phone! :D /s The display angle looks scary!

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nokias have had that feature, so while I disagree with "finally", it is good to have even introductory-level smartphones have that feature as well

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Sarcasm bro!!! But yes, it's good to see an Android phone that going this way. I don't mind the looks but visibility under directly sunlight is a biggie for me...and this here, seems like a drag.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

*Direct Sunlight!!

2. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

the button icons are not bad... idk why would any1 think its ugly...

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

horrible button icons!!
  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2150 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1
    LG Optimus UI

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