LG Splendor – Review
The recently-released LG Splendor is a reworked version of the Korean tech giant’s Optimus L7 smartphone and has been positioned as a midrange handset. While this gadget might not be what power users are waiting for, the combination of a 4.3-inch screen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might appeal to a lot of users upgrading to their first touch-screen smartphone. A closer look at the specs of one of LG’s latest mobile phones, the Splendor are as follows:
LG Splendor Specs
Display: In Plane Switching (IPS) 4.3-inch screen with multi-touch and 800×480 resolution and Gorilla Glass
Pixel Density: Approximately 217 pixels per inch
Processor: 1 Ghz Snapdragon Scorpion (single core)
Graphics: Adreno 205
Memory: 768 MB RAM
Storage: 4 GB internal; expandable up to 32 GB with microSD cards
Bluetooth V 3.0 with A2DP
Data: CDMA 3G EVDO
WiFi: 801.11 b/g/n
Camera: 5 megapixel with touch focus and flash
Location Services: GPS
Operating System: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Google Play: Yes
Battery: 1700 mAH; up to 9 hours of talk time
A closer look
Looking at the LG Splendor, this stands out as a midrange handset that offers some fantastic features for the new smartphone convert. While the 1Ghz single-core processor and dated Adreno 205 graphics processor won’t be to everyone’s liking, the 768 MB of RAM should be enough for most users. The display seems fantastic – being based on an IPS panel. IPS panels are well-regarded for colour gamut and good viewing angles. However, the 800×480 resolution is very low by today’s standards. Luckily, the device comes with Gorilla Glass, which should make it quite scratch-resistant.
The connectivity options of the Splendor seem adequate for most users. However, the camera is quite a letdown. At 5 megapixel, the resolution is far below what users would like in a new phone, and the lack of full-HD video is also a disappointment.
Looking at the bright side, the Splendor comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the bare minimum users should accept in an Android phone. LG, so far, has not revealed whether the Splendor would be getting the latest version of Android – Jelly Bean.
Overall, the Splendor is a nice mid-range phone that seems targeted squarely at the new smartphone user. The big, 4.3-inch, screen should please all but the most demanding users; however, the single core processor and lack of fancy features found in the most popular phones today might disappoint many buyers.