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LG G Vista
LG G Vista
LG G Vista
LG G Vista

Informr score
The LG G Vista currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Display offers good viewing angles and bright colors
  • Smooth processor performance
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Too large to fit in pockets or use one-handed
  • Slightly low resolution display
  • Slight noise and smudges in low-light photos

The phablet market continues to grow and this time LG throws their hat into the ring with the G Vista. As a phablet, the G Vista is not small by any stretch of the imagination. It measures 5.99 inches tall, 3.12 inches wide and 0.36 inches thick. Despite its relatively large dimensions it weighs only 168 grams. That light weight combined with the rounded edges and back gave it a very ergonomic design, according to critics. Still, due to its large size they could not handle it one-handed nor could they easily fit it in their pockets.

The 5.7-inch, 720P LCD display offers a pixel density of 258ppi. While reviewers still consider it fairly sharp, they also note that the lack of a true HD 1080p display is noticeable especially on text-heavy sites and even on the homepage icons. Besides this slight bit of pixilation, experts were satisfied with the other aspects of the display pointing out its wide viewing angles, vibrant colors and overall brightness levels as positives.

At its core is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. It might not offer top-of-the-line specs, but reviewers didn't have run into any performance issues during basic or more intensive tasks. Still, Brighthand points out that mid-tier devices tend to show their age sooner. They add, "Those on a 2-year upgrade cycle will likely be cursing the Vista G by…2016. There will likely be…high-end apps it won't be able to handle." Included on the device is 8GB on onboard storage, and of that, only 3.76GB is actually available out of box. Luckily, it does support microSD cards up to 64GB.

Battery-wise, it comes with a very large 3,200mAh battery. Thanks to the relatively lower resolution display and weaker processor, reviewers were able to get a full day of light usage and around 6 hours during their battery draining tests.

The 8MP rear-facing camera comes with the same autofocus feature as on the LG G3 phone. Experts point out the image quality isn't quite as good as the G3, but in good lighting they were satisfied with the sharpness and color fidelity of their photos. Unfortunately, it fell flat under indoor and low light and critics were only able to produce smudged, slightly noisy images though colors remained accurate.

Although it has a couple faults, reviewers still consider the G Vista a decent mid-tier phablet for consumers looking to get their first smartphone. Android Headlines states, "If you really want a big screen, but don't want the price tag, then the LG G Vista is the one to get…I loved everything about [it]…" CNET adds, "…if you want a capable device that's budget-friendly, get the G Vista…the device offers a smooth user experience and doesn't cost a fortune."

Operating system
Operating system
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
3200 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The LG G Vista is the phablet for those with modest smartphone needs and a modest smartphone budget. At launch, it’s a perfectly functional device that cuts the right corners. Yes, its plastic build feels greasy, the display resolution is a bit low, and the camera is merely acceptable, but tho...

- Jamison Cush, Brighthand

Given its midrange specs, the LG G Vista for AT&T and Verizon is a solid buy if you want a big "phablet" at a low cost.

- Lynn La, Cnet
PC Magazine
PC Magazine

The LG G Vista has three things going for it: a big screen, a big battery, and a small price tag. It's not quite as large as the Samsung Galaxy Mega, but it's got more modern Android software, faster performance, and costs half the price. The G Vista can't hold a candle to the Galaxy Note 3, which i...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine

The G Vista is definitely not a bad device, but I would only recommend it to a select group of people. That group would be those who are on Verizon, and aren’t going anywhere else, who want a phone with the screen size of the Galaxy Note 3, but can’t quite afford the Galaxy Note 3. You c...

- iTechTriad team, iTechTriad
PC Magazine
PC Magazine

Though it doesn't quite rehabilitate the tainted Vista name, the LG G Vista has a lot to offer for big-screen fans on a budget. The 720p display is on par with phones in this price range, like the Huawei Ascend Mate2 or HTC Desire 816. You're not getting a ton of power, especially compared with phab...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G Vista user manual here.

LG backs up the G Vista with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your G Vista has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The LG G Vista's screen size is 5.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 27 days standby time.

G Vista Specs

Release Date July 31, 2014
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1536 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.48 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 258 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 27 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.9 x 0.9 cm (6 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 168 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): LG VS880, D631, G Pro 2 Lite, Gx2
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