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LG Mach Review

LG Mach

Posted: , by Brian K.



LG’s 5 megapixel camera on the Mach was disappointing. Images were very soft, with fuzzy details and unnatural colors even in strong lighting. Indoor images had significant grain no matter the lighting conditions, and went downhill very quickly as the lights dimmed. The Mach can record at 1080p, but video performance was similarly bad and even though we waited a second or two after starting filming to begin speaking, the Mach still clipped off the beginning of our audio. The camera performance was without a doubt the Mach’s weak point.

LG Mach Sample Video:


LG has included its own music player, as well as loaded Google Play music on the Mach. In generally we prefer Google Play Music for its cloud capabilities, but the LG player features Dolby Mobile (when plugged into a headset) which offered a noticeable boost produced a rich, compelling sound on our Bose over the ear headphones.

Playing music on the LG Mach - LG Mach Review
Playing music on the LG Mach - LG Mach Review
Playing music on the LG Mach - LG Mach Review

Playing music on the LG Mach

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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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LG Mach

LG Mach

OS: Android 4.0
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.64 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches
(118 x 65 x 12 mm)
5.92 oz  (168 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 9.5 hours talk time

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