Lg x power đánh giá

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Low-resolution screenMediocre processorCamera performance is dullNot ideal for demanding apps và games

The danh mục of things you can vị with a điện thoại thông minh seems khổng lồ get longer every couple of years, but one bugaboo that always seems lớn stand in the way is battery life. Keeping the lights on & the data flowing requires more and more under the hood, which explains why điện thoại thông minh battery capacity has been creeping up faster than before.

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LG leapfrogged others with the X Power, cramming a huge, 4,100mAh battery into a relatively small frame, climbing to the đứng top of the battery-life food chain for mid-range handsets. Its name feels appropriate, but how much “power” is there in this phone otherwise?

A battery with a shadow

It’s important lớn put the LG X nguồn in context: This phone is a far cry from the company’s flagship G5, và the only thing “bigger” or “better” here is the battery. Corners had to lớn be cut everywhere else khổng lồ make the X power nguồn really competitive on price (it’s $150 at Cricket).


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Ted Kristonsis/Digital Trends

That largely explains the 5.3-inch IPS display, which is only 720p HD resolution (and 277 pixels per inch), the measly 2GB of RAM, và the relatively slow 1.3GHz MediaTek M6735 64-bit processor. The low price tag also explains why there’s only 16GB of internal storage – we look for a baseline of at least 32GB these days because 16GB is too little for all your pictures, music, and videos. At least there’s a MicroSD thẻ slot that can handle cards up khổng lồ 2TB. The rear 13-megapixel camera is on par with image sensors nowadays, as is the 5-megapixel front-facing camera — though quality in both respects isn’t going to lớn wow anyone.

The non-removable back is made of plastic, with a slight texture that makes it a little easier lớn grip. It’s not rubberized, though, so sweaty paws will make it feel a little slippery. It’s a fingerprint magnet in any case, và with the lens and flash flush with the rest of the back, the X nguồn has a very flat and smooth rear that gives it a refined look belying its humble finish. The SIM and MicroSD giới thiệu the same slot on the left side, with the volume buttons above, while the right side has the nguồn button. The bottom has the 3.5mm headphone jack & Micro USB charging port.

The battery is the standout feature by a long shot, overshadowing anything else the phone offers. LG included Quick Charging 2.0 to speed up recharges; it takes just a tick over two hours khổng lồ go from empty khổng lồ full with the included charger and cable.

I should also mention the weight, or lack thereof. With such a huge battery, the X Power’s 139-gram weight doesn’t feel hefty at all. It’s a lightweight for its form size and the extra battery capacity.

Software lite

LG opted khổng lồ use its LG UX 5.0 overlay on vị trí cao nhất of Android, albeit with some caveats. Luckily, the look và feel of this version of apk 6.0 Marshmallow is almost the same as the software on the LG G5, which raised some eyebrows when it removed the ứng dụng drawer (it’s since been restored). The X nguồn offered me the choice the first time I hit the home button after setting up the device: I could either go with or without the app drawer. Personally, I didn’t have a major preference, but at least the option is there for those who want it.


Choosing one or the other does alter the home screen a little, rearranging the apps that already live on that screen. That’s because the phầm mềm drawer icon on the bottom row adds room for five apps across each row on the grid. The screen without the app drawer reduces that khổng lồ four, leading lớn larger icons. It’s entirely an aesthetic shift, but one that could make a difference if you’re a stickler for stuff lượt thích that.

What LG seems to lớn have removed are the ancillary features và apps it offers elsewhere. Naturally, there’s no fingerprint sensor on the X Power, but apps lượt thích LG Health, QuickRemote, & Recently Uninstalled Apps are also missing. Screen-sharing and file-sharing options from the notification shade are gone as well. Since the X power nguồn doesn’t have NFC, any features related to lớn that, lượt thích Android Beam or sản phẩm điện thoại payments, simply can’t work here.

That leaves a more bare-bones software experience. Google’s OS isn’t stifled here, since the main features, like app permissions, Google Now on Tap, and Doze mode are available. Indeed, Doze mode can stretch out the battery even further, though that built-in feature really only works when the phone is unplugged, stationary, và with the screen off for a period of time.


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Otherwise, there are no surprises here. The limits of the screen were fairly obvious once I started viewing content on it. The IPS panel does help with viewing angles, but it doesn’t stop the screen from having a washed-out look. It is an LCD, after all, so the brightness is fine, except that colors and tones aren’t pronounced — the lower resolution may be part of the reason for that.

Staying on, without pushing hard

The screen played a role in assessing overall performance, too. Whether it was viewing a clip on YouTube or playing a casual game, the X power nguồn handles the basics well enough. But when asked lớn lift more weight, it starts feeling the pressure. It can get a little hot under those circumstances, providing a tactile warning that the device is stretching toward its limits.

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Then again, the X nguồn clearly wasn’t designed khổng lồ push pixels. Demanding games won’t bởi well, & even apps that require memory, like repeated social media usage, can have an impact. Simple messaging isn’t a problem, và posting photos or images doesn’t take a lot out of the performance. But compound that over the course of a day, địa chỉ in usage with other apps, và the one saving grace is that battery life doesn’t fall over a cliff.

To be fair, LG didn’t thiết kế this phone for demanding users. The combination that works here is of a phone that functions best with moderate usage, coupled with a battery that can keep it going for a full day & then some. For example, if your day consists of email, texting, some social media, a gọi or two, & a little website browsing, the X nguồn will have plenty of battery left the following morning. Intersperse that with doses of online video, Pokemon Go, và photography and the battery will take an extra hit, yet still be alive the morning after.

The processor isn’t going to eat away at the battery if it isn’t pushed hard, and data usage can be impactful, too. Pokemon Go comes khổng lồ mind for the latter. But suffice it to lớn say, the X power is among the last to lớn need a charge after a long stint chasing Pikachu.

Not so colorful camera

Camera performance has improved across the board with smartphones, so mid-range devices have khổng lồ step it up as well. Unfortunately, the X nguồn is not an impressive shooter. LG understandably limited the options in the camera app, removing the manual controls seen in the flagship G line & going with a more basic offering.

While not terrible, photos in daylight or bright light appear washed out — brighter, with reduced contrast. And the white balance isn’t always on the ball, either. The resulting images appear dull & lack color. Even in optimal conditions, where it’s overcast or later in the afternoon when the sun is facing from one direction, the X Power’s rear camera just can’t bring any “pop” lớn the pictures it captures.


This is no doubt a consequence of the image sensor used, but I suspect that software interpolation may have something to vị with it. Could an update fix the problem? I’m not sure, but LG, please try.

In addition, when the lights dim or night falls, the X Power’s camera struggles more. This wasn’t a surprise because mid-range phones rarely vày well under these conditions. It was only recently that flagships started to get it right, so those components and features haven’t trickled down yet. Low-light images are noisy & overwhelmingly wash out sources of light. Shooting a street scene will invariably lead khổng lồ a street lamp that looks lượt thích a flash of light. It’s not natural, và it distracts from the rest of the image. If there is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode in the X Power, I didn’t find it, as it wasn’t available under any settings. Having one could have helped with the highlight và contrast issues.

LG did include the same film filters it introduced in the G5, & they can add some artistic merit lớn images, but the best option is to try và edit a photo in a third-party photo program afterward. The filters are more for experimentation with a camera like this.

Most of the gimmicky stuff is relegated to lớn the front-facing camera. These include making a fist to lớn set up a selfie, a “cheese” trigger for a selfie, or a four-shot selfie interval shot.

Conclusion

The LG X nguồn has a name that may suggest powerful performance, but it’s all about the battery. This mid-ranger isn’t a device made to impress, and it’s really meant for users who don’t bởi vì that much on their phones yet often complain about battery life. If messaging and social truyền thông are your primary uses, whereas gaming and đoạn phim are not, the X nguồn is well suited for you.

It’s up against some stiff competition, however. Motorola’s moto G4 offers a purer version of Android and could be a better all-around performer, though it won’t beat the X nguồn on battery life. Other handsets in the same price range, or slightly pricier, could also give the X nguồn a real run for its money — though again, it will probably trump all of them on battery life.

At $150, LG’s X power is a bit cheaper than the moto G4 và the xe máy G4 Plus, though, so it could be a good khuyến mãi for those on a tight budget. The only downside is that you have khổng lồ be on Cricket Wireless in the U.S. — otherwise, you’re out of luck.