A lot of people these days aren’t looking for a phone that will cost them upwards of $400. Some don’t even consider buying one for more than $200, and with new budget phones coming out, it’s getting easier to find phones like that. One of the more recent phones that meets that criteria is the LG Escape 2, the smaller version of the LG G4, LG’s flagship of 2015. Coming in at $179 with no contract, this might be a good choice if your in the market for something under $200 that isn’t a piece of garbage. Let’s take a look.
- 4.7″ Inch 720p IPS Display
- Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 Processor
- 8GB Internal Storage (w microSD expansion)
- 1024MB RAM
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 2100 mAh Battery (removable)
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1MP front Camera
- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
- UMTS: 850/1900/2100
- LTE Bands: 17/5/4/2/7
Hardware & Design
With a plastic body, the phone feels a little on the cheaper side. With the curved back, though, the phone eels pretty ergonomic and nice to hold. It doesn’t get uncomfortable to hold it after a while and has a nice weight to it. The bezels are pretty big with a chin at the bottom with LG’s logo taking up that space. there’s a speaker on the back along with the back buttons which makes this a unique budget phone. The back buttons are found on the G line and make for an awesome experience with them.
Software & Performance
With most budget phones, performance tends to lack. With a Snapdragon 410 processor, a lot of the speed on a flagship is missing. But that’s ok. It doesn’t hold back too much and isn’t a burden to use on a daily basis. It is up-to-date with Android 5.0 Lollipop and runs pretty smoothly on it.You can see a little lag while browsing the internet or scrolling through apps, but not much. It does also have a double-tap-to-wake feature which is a nice touch to the software.
With an 8MP camera, it’s not going to be great or even good. It’s a budget camera and those are almost always lacking. In each shot there isn’t much detail or color and it feels like everything is mushed together. Other than that there isn’t much to say about the camera at all.
Colors are decent, kind to the eyes, and tend to be bright. The lack of 1080p isn’t too noticeable and it doesn’t take away from the whole experience at all. I’m also a little impressed with the viewing angles on the Escape 2. Touch sensitivity is pretty good, although it might take you a try or two to get the touch-to-wake feature working properly.
The speakers are ok. They aren’t amazing and the sound feels a little too crunchy. I usually don’t use speakers on phones anyways but it’s still something to note. Another thing i already mentioned is that it’s on the back.
Battery life is pretty good. The phone isn’t a powerhouse so it should last you at least a day and on standby a pretty long while. I left it on standby for a good while and had about 3 or 4 days until it died.
If you are looking for something under $200 and don’t mind sacrificing a good camera and tiny buit of performance, this should work well for you. I didn’t have major issues while using this phone and I don’t mind recommending it, but it’s not necessarily the best phone $179 can get you.
– The LG Escape 2 was provided for review by AT&T