Hello, welcome back, today I want to do something a bit different than I would usually do in my blog. I decided to do a review about a smartphone, I already use it for about more than 2 years, actually I also wanted to review my other phone before this one but unfortunately I sell that one out a long time ago.
So here it is, LG Magna, I bought this around November 2015. Dual simcard, one sdcard slot.
Internal memory 8GB, with external memory slot.
For the detail of the specs, I think I will put that at the end of this post, I forgot I haven’t copy that information from their website, will update that later.
Anyway, here’s the look of the phone. The images are from LG website. I pick the gold one. They have 3 colours, Gold – White – Dark Grey.
It slightly curve at the top and bottom, and that makes the camera and the speaker are free from scratch if I put it on the table (for example).
But, the volume and power button position is a bit annoying, I regularly touch my camera lense when I try to push the volume button, and also because I love to take screenshot which is using power and volume down button (press and hold for a second and then release), the position makes me press my camera lens quite often, eventho after that I realised that it’s camera not a volume button, so I didn’t press it that hard, so my camera is still fine.
Speaker, the quality is quite good, eventho I think it’s not the best, but considering the price which is cost me around 150 dollars, I think it’s not too bad.
Since the phone’s body is curvy, when I lay my phone flat on a table, there’s a gap between table and speaker, so that makes the speaker still able to “speak” properly.
Curvy body, makes it unstable if I play around with it on a table with one hand touching the screen, the phone keeps turning around when I drag the screen, and also jumpy when I click on the bottom and top part of the screen.
Camera, it has front and rear camera.
Some photos in different lighting and places.
INDOOR LOW LIGHT
The camera can capture the image quite properly but mostly it looks quite dark. When I click the focus on the object, the lighting could be brighter or darker, I don’t know why but the camera make those decision, not me.
INDOOR LOW LIGHT WITH SPOTLIGHT
Sometimes I use this for taking photos of products in my room because I don’t have ring lights or some kind of things like that.
It still can focus on the object but darker on the outer part of the frame, remind me to vignette.
INDOOR PROPERLY BRIGHT LIGHTING
This picture was taken inside a shopping mall, it looks good with proper lighting, eventho sometimes it can be a bit washed-out (is it the right term? Correct me if I’m wrong :D).
For outdoor photos but with soft sunshine , it looks great, I really like it, the bokeh effect also works quite well there (the plants behind the object feels a bit bokeh, right?).
When the sun is shining so bright, it’s a bit too bright because sunrays give too much lights on the object (people also usually squinting their eyes in this kind of situation , if they’re not wearing sunglasses).
Here is the bird eye view shot.
MACRO SHOT – INDOOR
The issue is when I took a picture of an object in up close, the camera cannot focus on the object properly, it keeps on focus on the background.
I usually put the object around 30cm from the camera so that it can focus on the object.
It’s a bit annoying when I’m taking pictures of ingredient list, I prefer close up photo for ingredients so that it will be easier to read, but my camera cannot focus :'(. While my old phone can focus in a very up close photo, I just need to touch the focus button on screen on the object, and it’s done just in a split second.
Screen sensitivity is good, quite responsive.
I don’t have any issue about the screen. Even my screen guard is still flawless. 😎
The other issue that I have is, the internal memory.
Because it’s only 8GB, phone system already takes up about 3.4GB, so I’m only have 4.6GB left.
I love to use quite lots of apps, I did move it to the sdcard if it’s able to be moved (eventho some of it is still on internal memory of course).
If it’s under around 350MB left, it cannot sync email. So, I cannot receive new email if it’s under 350MB.
Also, 1GB of RAM with “dying” internal memory also freeze up my phone quite often.
Usually that happens when I’m playing games and the phone memory is under 350MB.
So, for a regular user, if they only need for phone call, sms, chatting apps, rarely take photos or videos, then it’s a good option with a friendly budget.
But for a user with lots of apps installed, take photos or videos quite a lot with many kinds of shots, gamers, wants a fast multitasking phone, then this will not be a good option.
Details from LG website :
LG MAGNA LTE
GENTLY CURVED DESIGN
12.7CM(5.0) HD DISPLAY WITH IN-CELL TOUCH
1.5GHZ QUAD-CORE CPU
8MP REAR AND 5MP FRONT CAMERA
2,540MAH LONG LASTING BATTERY
GLANCE VIEW, GESTURE SHOT, TOUCH & SHOOT
Capacity / Type 2,540mAh / Li-ion
Receiver/Speaker1206 / 1511 (1W)
# of mic.2
Internal RAM1.0GB LPDDR3
ExternalSDHC (up to 32GB)
3GHSDPA+ 42Mbps / HSUPA+ 5.76Mbps B1, B8
4GCSFB B3, B7, B8, B28
Okay, that’s all for my quick review about LG Magna.
Hope you guys find it useful.
Thanks for reading.