L70 Dual, LG longer an option for those seeking an affordable smartphone

PROS

  • For the appliance category, the camera records good photos
  • Intuitive control of SIM cards – includes a button to quickly switch between them

CONS

  • Internal storage of only 4 GB, 1.5 GB available for user
  • Screen with a resolution of only 800×480 pixels

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Launched last June in Brazil, the LG Dual L70 is a smartphone with support for dual chips that sits between the categories of low and medium cost. It is therefore more an option for those who are coming out of simpler phones or want to replace your current smartphone, but without spending much.

Naturally, devices of this type have ups and downs. In the case of LG Dual L70, the screen is 4.5 inches, but resolution of only 800 × 480 pixels, while the RAM has 1 GB capacity, but the internal storage is only 4 GB, with less than half it free to use.

In these circumstances, what matters is whether the whole work pleases. Does the L70 Dual is a good alternative to models such as Moto And Xperia E1, Lumia 630 or, suddenly, even the trendy Moto G? The phone’s camera is good? Its battery can handle a full day of use? The performance convinced? The answers you give in this review.

Design and footprint

To catch it, you will not be fooled if you have the impression that the LG Dual L70 is lighter than it appears: although not small – its dimensions are 127.2 mm x 66.8 mm x 9.5 mm – The model weighs only 126 grams.

This feature is mainly due to the construction of the device. With the exception of the screen, the LG L70 body is made almost entirely of plastic, the same goes for the back cover. This may convey a sense of fragility, but soon the user to replace the convenience factor: lightness, combined with salient and matte texture of the cover, make nice device to hold.

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LG has taken every side of L70 Dual: the right contains the button turns on and off; the left, the volume control; at the top of P2 are input for headphones and external microphone; the USB port is on the bottom, with its slot also serves as support for the removal of the rear cover.

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Since this is a low cost device, it can not wait “luxuries” like a button for instant access to the camera, but like other recent smartphones from LG, at least the L70 Dual offers a “shortcut” just below the screen that allows the user to quickly switch between the SIM cards installed. Works so well that it would not be bad if other manufacturers adopt the idea.

It’s a shame that this and the buttons that appear next to not have backlighting: get used to this condition is not long, but it’s getting annoying looking for the desired button in dark environments.

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There is also no access to slots for the wings. You will have to remove the back cover if you want to insert a microSD; SIM cards for placing, besides the cover, it is necessary to take out the battery. But, as we are not talking of tasks to be performed constantly, these “rituals” do not get to be a problem.

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Screen

The Dual L70 is composed of an IPS panel reinforced with Gorilla Glass technology 2. its size of 4.5 inches enough to please people who do not appreciate very large screens, but also do not like the content displayed “squeezed” way screen.

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The color fidelity is very good, the saturation convinces even in shades of black, you can view content in a satisfactory manner from different angles or in environments with high incidence of sunlight and the response time to taps not disappoint.

The weak point of the screen is just because of the resolution. The combination of 800 × 480 pixels (207 ppi density) is sufficient to view photos, play games and use various apps, but you can not deny that a resolution of at least 720p would make huge difference.

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As a consequence, it is not possible to visualize all the details of a high-definition video as well as just not being difficult to distinguish pixels on the screen. It is true that we are talking about a low cost device for medium, but even this category is not already too want a slightly better resolution.

Software and Multimedia

LG did not commit the mistake of putting an older version of Android to offset the cost of the device, since the L70 Dual is shipped with version 4.4.2 (KitKat) platform. The company just could not say whether there will be upgrade to version 4.4.3 or higher, but there is always the expectation, while the LG does not have a very good reputation regarding updates.

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Despite having joined from time to KitKat Android, the interface of the LG Dual L70 differs little from the standard adopted in previous LG models. At least this is functional customization: some transition effects, widgets and commands for specific touches this interface, but nothing eccentric enough to disrupt the user experience.

In the multimedia part, the L70 provides the basics. The audio player, just called “Music” plays formats like MP3, WAV and FLAC in a simple interface, but intuitive. You can organize tracks by artist, album and genre or even custom playlists.

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The video player, in turn, is a little more incremented. The program runs as AVI and MP4 formats, allows you to quickly adjust the brightness and audio with the video running from taps on the screen and displays subtitles no wonder with accentuation. You can still make the video be displayed in miniature while another app is running in the foreground. This feature, that is, also works with other apps like the dialer and calculator.

The smartphone also has an application that lets you record FM radio broadcasts. In contrast, no digital TV – this feature is present in the L80 model .

A feature that LG highlights including the packing L70 is the Knock Dual Code, which is also present in other current smartphones of the company, as the sumptuous G3 . It is a sequence of four rings determined by the user that is used to unlock the device, even if the screen is off.

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If you make the correct sequence, the device immediately displays the home screen. The feature works well because you need to decorate only mentioned four steps and there is no specific points on the screen to make it clear what sequence of rings. If you forget a certain order, you can access the device informing your password.

Camera

With 8 megapixels, the rear camera of the LG Dual L70 sold in Brazil (in some countries, the camera model has 5 megapixels) is not ugly for its category, surpassing even the main intermediate sensor market benchmark, the Moto G .

In well-lit environments, Dual L70 can record pictures with little or no noise and good color intensity, and not severely compromise the details do not need a very heavy post-processing.

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On the other hand, just missing a little bit of light to the noises become readily apparent.At this point, the illumination of the LED flash offsets, but it is not always convenient to use it.

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Photos with the camera gives the L70 Dual spent with videos is better not to create expectations: the component can only shoot at resolutions up to 800 × 480 pixels, no resources that help stabilize the image and the mic was more sensitive winds than normal. At least you can record with the flash light on.

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQO0rIxU94I

The camera app seems to have not understood very well with the hardware L70 Dual sometimes taking precious seconds to leave the component or ready to display the image after shooting. The compensation comes in the ease of use of the tool and the ability to adjust ISO, white balance, color effects, among other parameters.

It should be stressed that the L70 also comes with dual front camera, but as usual, with much lower quality, allowing photos with a resolution of just 640 × 480 pixels.

And hardware performance

The LG Dual L70 is equipped with a 200 chip Snapdragon 1.2 GHz dual-core (Cortex-A7), Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB of RAM, a setting no more than average, enough to account for the most basic tasks. Switching between home screens, using social networking apps, access the web, listen to music and view pictures are examples of activities that are performed without choking.

Heavier applications are also well tolerated by L70 Dual, but not always with the desired fluidity: the tests, the device was “thinking” a few seconds to open or execute certain functions of Google Maps and video player, for example; the game Dead Trigger 2 ran well with basic graphics settings, but has fought in more advanced settings.

Below, a comparative performance of the L70 Dual with other models in Quadrant Standard and AnTuTu. The Vellamo, another program we use to benchmark, was discarded by its parameters have changed and invalidate the comparison with previous tests.

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What bothers even L70 Dual is the internal space for data storage: only 4 GB, with approximately 2.5 GB is occupied by the system and factory-installed applications. It is true that the smartphone supports microSD up to 32 GB, but as you can not store apps on memory cards (except for the use of any artifice), you soon realize that you can not install much in L70.

In smartphones, even the most advanced models, you can not expect great performance from the external audio output, but this aspect of the L70 Dual can be worse than average. Located at the rear, the speaker reproduces sound muffled way, and even if the volume is not at the maximum level, it is not hard to notice distortions. Headphones are definitely a must in this model.

Connectivity, the L70 Dual does not run from trivial: Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, micro-USB 2.0 port, 3G and the aforementioned FM radio that to capture signal, requires the use of headphones.

Battery

LG has equipped the L70 Dual with a removable 2,040 mAh battery, capacity that is within the current basic standards. Gives up to use the smartphone for a whole day keeping it away from the socket, but it is necessary to take care not to access applications demanding long.

In the first test battery, L70 Dual shot a video via Netflix 42 minutes with activated screen and Wi-Fi at maximum brightness. After six executions followed, the load had increased from 96% to 36%.

Trying to simulate a normal day of use, I did the following for the second test: I ran a video of 120 minutes of Netflix, ran the audio player for 50 minutes via a speaker, ran the game Dead Trigger 2 for half an hour, made ​​a connection of 10 minutes and surfed the web and social networks for about an hour. All these executions consumed 64% battery charge.

The recharge time is consistent with the average of other smartphones: with the device being in airplane mode, the battery took two hours and 32 minutes to go from 5% to 100% load.

Conclusion

Overall, the LG Dual L70 is a device that can cater well to the needs of those seeking a dual-SIM smartphone that is little more than an entry model: its performance is acceptable, the rear camera is decent pictures, autonomy battery life is about average and the interface, while not the most current LG, flows well and has a good set of features.

The “Achilles Heel” of the model is undeniably its capacity of data storage. With 4 GB – 2.5 GB is already in use – even the execution of pre-installed applications can be affected, since there is little space for temporary data.

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Anyway, Specifications L70 Dual position the unit as a potential rival to models like Moto E and Lumia 630 , though no digital TV. Your suggested price of $ 699, however, puts the same level of Moto G , and if we take into account the features of both, the latter takes great advantage, losing only in the aspect of the camera, probably.

Fortunately, it is no longer difficult to find retailers offering the L70 Dual values ​​below £ 600, range much fairer price. Still, it is not advisable to consider whether it’s worth spending a few tens of dollars more to get the Moto G, whose dual-SIM version can already be found priced between R $ 600 and R $ 650.

Yes, it’s repetitive but inevitable comparison to the model of Motorola ceases to offer the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.

Technical Specifications

  • Battery: 2040 mAh;
  • Camera: 8 megapixel (rear) and VGA (front);
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0;
  • Dimensions: 66.8 x 127.2 x 9.5 mm;
  • GPU: Adreno 302;
  • External Memory: microSD card support up to 32GB;
  • Internal Memory: 4 GB (1.5 GB user available);
  • RAM: 1 GB;
  • Weight: 126 grams;
  • Platform: Android 4.4.2 KitKat;
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200;
  • Sensors: accelerometer, proximity;
  • Screen: 4.5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels (207 ppi).