Awesome interface, Great dual-SIM implementation
The LG Optimus L7 II is a dual-SIM handset at heart, meant for developing markets where the feature is hugely appreciated. It arrives for a relatively affordable price of $280 off contract (280 euro in Europe), right at the start of the mid-range segment.
Responsive, precise touchscreen
As was the case with the LG Optimus L5 II, the Optimus L7 II remains rather unremarkable, sporting neither obvious highlights nor glaring weaknesses. This may be a problem for the L7 II since there are already a lot of other great devices on the highly competitive smartphone market.
There are some advantages to LG's new mid-range phone. It is a very functional device capable of running almost all apps smoothly.
Affordable $50 price point, Fast overall performance
After being impressed by the Pantech Flex recently, our expectations regarding entry-level smartphones has been heightened. Well, we have to admit that LG also has a formidable model that shouldn't be taken for granted, as it competes nearly on the same level with its performance. Out of everything, it's still rather difficult to choose this over Pantech's offering, mainly because its design is so blah compared to the Pantech Flex.
Great performance, Sharp 4.3-inch display
At first glance, the LG Escape seems like a sure thing for budget-minded buyers. It runs Android 4.1 extremely well, with a sharp screen, comfortable-feeling design, very solid battery life, and impressive 4G LTE service. For a device available for just a dollar with a two-year deal, it seems quite excellent in most respects.
But the storage problem is a deal-breaker, and a surprising one at that.
LG is known for slow/no software update
LG has been known for not supporting their software upgrade. You may get the latest android right now. But you are going to stuck with that android version for the rest of your smartphone life. Don't buy LG, you will regard it next year when everyone is using Android 5.0. I am a victom of the G2X, they promised to upgrade it when it was released 2 years ago.
Great browsing experience
We can definitely say that the LG Escape raises the standards and expectations regarding entry-level smartphones (as did the Pantech Flex recently). The device offers great value for a $50 on-contract smartphone including great browsing experience and call quality, as well as a good battery life.
Delivers top-shelf performance and style
In terms of bang for your buck, you can't really do much better than the LG Escape. It's got super-fast performance, blazing LTE speeds, and a style that takes its cues from LG's current superstar, the Optimus G. But at that price, LG had to make some sacrifices, and the camera will leave you wanting more. If you are serious about sticking to budget, there really isn't a better option on AT&T this holiday season.
Build quality is fantastic
As I've said before, you can't make a budget device without making a few compromises to get the price down. The trick, of course, is to sacrifice the right things in the right places. That's exactly what LG has done with the Escape: check all the right smartphone boxes, and yet cut only a few mostly minor corners. With good specs and build, great performance, and a relatively low price, the Escape is the best budget device I've ever reviewed.
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