- Lynn La , Cnet
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.
- Display offers good viewing angles and bright colors
- Smooth processor performance
- Long battery life
- 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."
Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)
A perfectly functional Android phablet
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 those are all things users can easily tolerate considering the LG G Vista runs just fine, and LG’s Android tweaks are actually kind of decent.
We worry how the LG G Vista will hold up a year or two from now, but that’s the case with just about any gadget. If you want a more fu... Full review
Supersized phone without the supersized specs or price
If you want a high-end phablet that can do it all, don't buy the LG G Vista. Though it costs more money both on- and off-contract, you're better off with the workhorse Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for productivity and power. Or better yet, wait for the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. Launching next month for $300 on-contract, it will be equipped with a Snapdragon 805 processor, a quad HD display, and a 16-megapixel camera.
However, if you want a capable device that's budget-friendly, get the G Vista. Cheaper phablets do exist (the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G costs $300 unlocked, for instance)... Full review
Big phone on a budget
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 phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but for most tasks you probably won't notice a difference. Spending that extra $50 for the Note 3 is definitely worth considering, as that phablet has a sharper 1080p AMOLED display and unbeatable built-in stylus. It's also worth noting that at the time of thi... Full review
An inexpensive, big-screened Android smartphone that scores well on most features
The LG G Vista is a bargain. As far as mid-range devices go, it nails just about every feature. The screen is big, and basics such as signal, sound, and battery performance are excellent across the board. The hardware is quite good, and definitely a step above the low-cost competition. The user interface is flexible and allows for plenty of customization. There are a ton of apps on board for finding and consuming content.
My biggest two gripes are performance and the camera - but they're minor ones at most. The Snapdragon 400 processor was sometimes sluggish. The camera app is s... Full review
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Manuals / User Guides
- LG G Vista Manual (PDF)
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