LG Mach Review

Not too long ago we told you that the QWERTY was dying, but Motorola didn’t get that memo and put a pretty excellent keyboard on the Photon Q, their high end device for Sprint. LG went the more tradition all-touch route with their hero device, the Optimus G, but launched the QWERTY-touting Mach alongside the Optimus. The LG Mach is by all accounts a mid-range device, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it when using it thanks to the dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0, 4G LTE and a respectable feature set. Can the LG Mach find a home in Sprint’s growing Android lineup? Read on to find out


The LG Mach is an updated version of the LG Viper, one of Sprint’s LTE launch devices. With a 4” display, it is slightly more comfortable to use than Motorola’s 4.3” Phonon Q. The overall construction of the Mach is reassuring, with a smooth yet sturdy spring-assisted slide and quality materials all around. Once again, this is not up to the standards of LG’s Optimus G or Nexus 4, but the LG Mach will not be confused for a cheap device despite its low price. The Mach isn’t the thinnest device out there, but at less than half an inch thick it won’t be straining your pockets too much.

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Around the edges you’ll find the usual array of physical buttons - all of which are easy to find by touch and have good travel - and three capacitive buttons below the display. As usual, LG has replaced the standard Android multitasking button with a menu button, and the multitasking menu is accessed with a long press of the home key. One interesting note about the Mach, there is not a single Sprint logo to be found on the device. Do you hear that, Verizon?

QWERTY keyboard:

The 5 row keyboard on the Mach is easy to get used to and we were quickly typing accurately, but it did not have the inviting quality that the Photon Q’s keyboard had. The keys are well spaced, but adding the 5th row makes them a little shorter than we’d prefer. Still, we’d gladly trade those few and far between accidental presses for the presence of the dedicated number row.


It retains the same 4” display and 480x800 resolution (good for 233ppi), but ditches TFT technology for the much more eye pleasing IPS technology. Though it may not have the best resolution or the unbelievable clarity of the Optimus G’s IPS panel, the Mach’s display is very good with accurate color reproduction and steep viewing angles, and stands up to most any lighting conditions.

LG Mach 360-degrees View:



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"...there is not a single Sprint logo to be found on the device. Do you hear that, Verizon?" I wish i could say 'Aye Aye Captain Brian'. :)

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wouldn't put my name on it either...

3. OGman

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"with the Optimus Elite, Mach and Optimus G LG might just have the best Android phone in each market segment on Sprint right now" Agreed. Times are changing, Lg is stepping up.

4. Naviiin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

This gets an 8, but the Samsung Galaxy S Relay with similar specs/higher clocked processor gets a 7?

7. Brian.K

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Naviiin, we do admit that ratings are subjective to an extent, but if you haven't yet check out our guide on how we rate phones: phonearena.com/howdowerate In this particular case, the phones do seem very similar on paper but as you can see from the benchmark results the Mach scored much higher, plus in general I feel the Optimus UI is better than TouchWiz (again, subjective.) Another factor in the 8 rating is that it out-performed "high end" Sprint devices, specifically the Motorola Photon Q which is the Mach's main competition on the carrier.

8. Naviiin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Okay, seems fair enough. Your comments make the review a lot more clear. I was just thinking from an off contract point of view, and I'd like to add (even though it's not relevant for this Mach review) that I ran an AnTuTu benchmark on my own Galaxy S Relay yesterday with all of the T-Mobile exclusive apps disabled and it did a score similar to the Mach's 10000+ (though I don't know how a benchmark actually works, if it had to do with all of the disabled apps). But that takes a lot of disabling. And subjectively, I like the way the Relay's built a lot more than the Mach's build. I just thought the difference between the phones is not worth a whole point, but maybe like a half point. But that's just me, isn't it? :)

10. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Brian, I have the photon Q right now and enjoy it pretty well. Which camera would you say is better between the Q and Mach? I like LG better then Motorola in the past! Then Motorola passed LG, but now it sounds like LG has made a comeback. What are your thoughts if you had to choose between the Q and Mach? Thanxz

5. Scottjnsn

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I've seen rumors that this device will be released by Virgin Mobile as well. Can anyone confirm this and the price?

6. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

That would be interesting. At this moment, I can't find anything regarding the Mach appearing on Sprint's prepaid carriers yet. Given their trend of putting several of their most well-known devices on prepaid (Galaxy S II, EVO 3D, Transform Ultra, EVO Design, etc.), I wouldn't doubt it. It would be a solid choice on either Virgin or Boost. I'd expect it to be about $299. Now to see if they actually do it...

9. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I'm assuming the Motorola Phonon Q is a variant of the Motorola Photon Q that was never released?
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(9.5h talk time)

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