LG has been an extraordinarily active player in the Android smart phone market. LG recently announced the LG Mach exclusively for CDMA service users. The phone is also known as LG Mach LS860. The phone can support 2G, 3G and 4G networks over a CDMA network.
Another thing that will instantly grab your attention is the QWERTY keypad. Let us explore this phone in more detail via the following review.
Features Of LG Mach
LG is going to blow life into the hopes of customers (in the CDMA market) who have been longing for an Android phone with a hard keyboard. One this is for sure, with the launch of LG Mach their wait is clearly over. This QWERTY phone is not the smallest of phones available today. In fact, it is bulky. The design of the phone is a pretty standard one.
Addition of the hard keyboard takes over the possibility of enhancing the design. All said and done, the phone looks decent enough.The dimensions of the phone are 117.9 x 65 x 12.2 mm. The weight of the phone is somewhere around167.8grams. The sole color choice that you will have for LG Mach is that of bold Black.
The display of the phone is certainly one the highlights of this phone. The screen size of this phone is 4-inches. The display of the phone is an IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. The resolution offered by this display is 480 x 800 pixels. The pixel density stands at 233 ppi approximately.
The display supports multi touch. However, the screen doesn’t come with AMOLED or Corning Gorilla Glass features, hence, the phone cannot be considered as good as the likes of LG Optimus 8. You need to buy a protection film in order to mitigate the impact from external agents.
LG Mach doesn’t have any competition in the CDMA market; still it has features that are at par with the GSM phones. The hardware configuration is generously assembled. First of all, this phone has Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset.
This chipset is highly flexible and reliable. Second, we have the immensely powerful Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait CPU. The combination of the two hard ware is undeniably one of the best that we have today. With such solid core hardware, LG decided to power the phone with a 1GB of it.
After reading this, you shouldn’t have any questions about the multi-tasking capabilities of the phone.For gaming, there is a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) integrated on the chipset itself.
This GPU is called Adreno 225. The internal storage of this phone is of 8GB capacity and the external memory slot supporting MicroSD card can be used to expand the memory up to 32 GB. This phone operates on Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and can be upgraded to Jelly Bean from Android.
Messaging And Other Applications
QWERTY keypad will make life easy for people who simply cannot live without. The messaging options that this phone has are SMS with threaded view (by default), MMS, Email, Push Email, Instant Messenger etc. The Google products like Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Talk are present in the companies default package.
Apart from the above, personalization applications are also available, which will help you organize your life. These applications include document viewer, calculator, calendar, music player, video player, voice recorder, voice commands, predictive text input and SNS.
Camera And Multimedia
LG Mach is loaded with two cameras, primary and secondary. The primary camera is a HD camera of 5 MP capability. The maximum resolution offered by this camera is 2592 x 1944 pixels. The primary camera comes along with LED flash for low light photography.
The videos can be shot at FULL HD resolution of 1080 p. Other features of the camera include auto focus and geo-tagging. The secondary camera is a VGA camera which can be used for video calling and using it as a make shift mirror.
LG Mach has another dent in the audio section as the sound quality is not that impressive. It certainly could have been better. The phone has been provided with loudspeaker and 3.5mm audio jack.
LG Mach is a CDMA phone supporting all 3 major network variants, namely, 2 G, 3 G and 4 G. 2 G Network is supported on CDMA 800 / 1900, 3 G Network is supported on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, and 4 G Network is supported on LTE 1900. The phone operates on a mini SIM only.
The wireless connections can be established over Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP. LG Mach supports NFC (near field communication) too.
There are a host of other features that are supported by LG Mach. The sensor department is filled by Accelerometer, proximity, and compass. The GPS is helmed by A-GPS support. The phone supports JAVA based application via Java MIDP emulator. The browsing of the phones is controlled by HTML5. This phone doesn’t have FM support.
The screen size of this phone demands a heavy duty but surprisingly LG has settled this phone with a standard battery of Li-Ion 1700 mAh capacity. This is going to be one of the critiquing points of this phone. Without a doubt, the battery should have been stronger.
A battery of 2150 mAh would have been apt. Any way, that is not the case, and we have to live with it. The standby time of this phone is up to 12 days 21 hours (CDMA) and lowers to 10 days 3 hours (LTE).It is likely that this battery delivers up to 9.5 hours of talk time on a single charge.
Price And Availability
LG Mach is available in the United States of America. The cost of this phone is $400.
LG Mach is certainly a boon for users who can’t live without QWERTY keypad, making this phone an out and out winner. Otherwise, too, the phone has a good hardware and software capabilities which will work in favor of this phone. An impressive and responsive touch screen, HD camera, competitive price and 4 G network support are some of the highlights of this phone. The few shortcomings would be the bulkiness and mediocre audio quality. Now that you know it all, go make your choice.