LG Spirit Phone Review
Hands-on with the new LG Spirit smartphone
We didn’t get to see the successor to the TrustedReviews award-winning LG G3 at MWC. What LG had in store instead was two new smartwatches including the WebOS-based Urbane LTE and four new mid range smartphones.
The pick of the bunch is the LG Spirit, which is going to be exclusively available in the UK on Three until June. Like the LG Magna, Leon and Joy unveiled alongside it, the Spirit is 4G LTE-friendly and sees some of the design features and specs filter down from LG’s top end handsets like the G3 and even the G Flex 2.
That includes a gently curved back, not as extreme as the G Flex 2, and a matte finish instead of the glossier look on LG’s more expensive smartphone. It’s significantly thicker than LG’s flagship handsets, so you miss out on the slim profile. There’s the LG G3 back buttons in tow while the sharp, 4.7-inch 720p HD screen has nice, slim bezels down the side.
There’s an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1-megapixel front camera to take care of photos and like the other three handsets, it runs on Android Lollipop 5.0. So you get all the benefits of features like the new lock screen options, expandable notifications and redesigned recent apps section among other things. New LG software features like the selfie-centric Gesture shot and Glance view are also included, which have only previously been available in LG’s flagships.
Powering the Spirit is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and there’s a decent sized 2,150mAh battery. There’s 8GB of internal storage to store content but sadly no microSD card slot support to expand on that, which is disappointing.
With competition so fierce in the mid-range phone market, the Spirit is a solid, albeit far from ground-breaking phone. I like the G3-inspired design and the inclusion of LG’s more interesting software features although the camera is not the best of the mid-range bunch.
If it’s priced right, the Spirit could be an affordable 4G option for someone who likes LG’s design and software approach but can’t stomach the more expensive price tag of a G3 or G Flex 2.
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