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LG Mach Review

LG Mach

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LG Mach Review
Callers rated the LG Mach as “run of the mill,” complaining that there was a slight vibrato and unnatural voice reproduction. They also noted that we were very clear and easy to understand though, and rated us 8/10 overall. On our end callers sounded quite good, with plenty of volume and clarity.

The removable 1700mAh delivers a claimed 9.5 hours of talk time and almost 13 days of standby, though we were charging our test unit every few nights with moderate use. Still, if offers plenty of juice to get through the day and can be swapped for a fresh one in a pinch, something the Motorola Photon Q can’t do.


Adding it all together we are fairly impressed with the LG Mach as a mid-range device. With a $99 on contract price it is half of what Sprint wants for the Photon Q but is definitely more than half the phone. In our testing the Mach can go toe-to-toe with the Photon Q in just about any category and will usually come out ahead. In fact, thanks to the S4 plus processor the LG Mach can match the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC EVO LTE pretty closely as well. It sounds a bit odd to say, but with the Optimus Elite, Mach and Optimus G LG might just have the best Android phone in each market segment on Sprint right now (entry level, mid-range, high end.) The Mach isn’t without its shortcomings (the camera), but overall it is one of the better mid-range devices we’ve reviewed.

Android 4.0.4
Software Version LS960ZV6

LG Mach Video Review:


  • Fast, fluid performance
  • Good 5 row keyboard
  • Quality design and construction


  • Poor camera and video results
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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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