Windows Phone diehards have seen their handset choices reduced to a trickle recently, and few would have guessed that LG would be behind the newest release. Alas, those awaiting a brand new flagship level smartphone can proceed holding their breath—the $120 Lancet on Verizon Wireless boasts few bells or whistles. It is essentially a Windows based retread of the Android-powered LG Tribute, bearing a strikingly comparable design and an entry-level specification sheet. The LG Lancet is a serviceable, budget riendly option that rounds out Verizon Windows Phone lineup, providing basic performance at a low worth to complement the midrange Lumia 735 and high-end HTC One (M8) Windows.
LG Lancet: Design
Small and compact, the Lancet is comfy to carry and simple to maneuver with one hand. Its build quality is strong and dense, with out feeling too heavy. Because the top and bottom edges of the device are outward and the battery door is matte plastic, the handset seems to be like a thicker, more pocket friendly Nexus 5.
On the left edge is a thin volume rocker, while up top houses a 3.5 mm headphone jack. On the suitable is a sleep/power button and on the bottom is the Micro-USB port for charging. Situated on the back is the main camera with its flash to the right. To the bottom is a small grille for the audio speaker. Utilizing the Micro-USB as an opening, you may pry off the back plate and access the battery (with the SIM card underneath) and the microSD card slot on the right.
LG Lancet: Display
The 4.5-inch, 854-by-480-pixel LCD seems to be decent for this price range. Windows Phone’s user interface helps mask some display screen deficiencies, however text-heavy web sites look grainy and the viewing angle is relatively slim. Brightness and contrast begin to shift after about 30 degrees off-angle, and I observed some backlight bleed towards the display’s edges. Contrast and colour depth additionally leave something to be desired.
LG Lancet: Camera
Photo quality for the Lancet was commendable, given than this’s a budget device with only an 8 MP camera. For the most part, objects were sharp and in-focus, though photos did start to blur outside the central focus point close to the outer edges. Colours were true to life and in well lit environments, lighting looked even & appropriately exposed. The camera additionally operated rapidly, with little to no lag between my moving of the handset and the feedback I saw on the viewfinder.
LG Lancet: Software
The Lancet runs Microsoft’s mobile OS, Windows Phone 8.1. Commonly used apps (that you can additionally select) seem as animated live tiles in varying sizes, and populate the home screen in 3 columns. A swipe to the left lets you view all your remaining apps and tools. On the bottom of the display are 3 hotkeys for home, back and search. Long-pressing the back key calls up recent applications, which you’ll swipe away to quit.
LG Lancet: Battery
The battery has an estimated talk time of eighteen hours and a standby time of seventeen days. During our own battery test for continuous talk time, the handset lasted a whopping ninteen hours, which is very impressive. Continuous video playback, however, was not as spectacular, although still decent, lasting nine hours and fourty three minutes. After being completely drained, it took about 2.5 hours to completely charge with its stock charger.
LG Lancet: Specification
- OS: Windows Phone 8.1
- Body: 129.8 x 64.8 x 10.7mm
- Weight: 143 g
- Display: 854×480 pixels , 4.5 inch
- Memory: 8 GB internal, 128 expandable, 1 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
- Camera: 8 MP, VGA secondary
- Battery: 2,100 mAh
LG Lancet: Verdict
As a starter Windows device, the LG Lancet is a decent option for cost conscious Verizon customers. Its $20 (on-contract)/$120 (off) price ticket is especially affordable compared with the premium HTC One M8 for Windows Phone, which costs 5 times as a lot because of its high caliber hardware and luxurious design.