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LG Mach Review

0. phoneArena posted on 17 Dec 2012, 10:11

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.

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posted on 17 Dec 2012, 10:21 1

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 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'. :)

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 11:10 2

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:28

3. OGman (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:34

4. Naviiin (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:32

7. Brian.K (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Dec 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:


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.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 06:58

8. Naviiin (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Oct 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? :)

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:04

10. doublej1970 (Posts: 28; Member since: 16 Apr 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

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 19:30

5. Scottjnsn (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 22:57 1

6. BREvenson (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 May 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...

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 20:33

9. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

I'm assuming the Motorola Phonon Q is a variant of the Motorola Photon Q that was never released?

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