Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The LG G Vista's screen is 5.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

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

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

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 27 days standby time, 1560 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



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 

Reviews summary

6.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 6 reviews

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.

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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)


Brighthand

A perfectly functional Android phablet

from Brighthand

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 future-proof phablet, spend more and go with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6 Plus. If you want an inexpensive big-screen smartphone, the G Vista will suit your needs just fine. 

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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 future-proof phablet, spend more and go with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6 Plus. If you want an inexpensive big-screen smartphone, the G Vista will suit your needs just fine. 

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Cnet

Supersized phone without the supersized specs or price

from Cnet

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), but of the midrange phablets I've encountered, the Vista is one of the better ones, and it's swifter and more reliable than the ZTE Boost Max. As an Android phone, it has access to a wider range of apps than the Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520, and it runs a more recent OS than the older Samsung Galaxy Mega. In general, the device offers a smooth user experience and doesn't cost a fortune. 

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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), but of the midrange phablets I've encountered, the Vista is one of the better ones, and it's swifter and more reliable than the ZTE Boost Max. As an Android phone, it has access to a wider range of apps than the Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520, and it runs a more recent OS than the older Samsung Galaxy Mega. In general, the device offers a smooth user experience and doesn't cost a fortune. 

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PC Magazine

Delivers the big-screen goods for small budgets

from 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 is soon to be supplanted by the Note 4, but it doesn't have to at just $50 versus over $200 for the Note 3. The bloatware and low storage is a bummer, but neither are deal breakers by any means. Big-screen junkies on a budget will be well served by the G Vista.

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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 is soon to be supplanted by the Note 4, but it doesn't have to at just $50 versus over $200 for the Note 3. The bloatware and low storage is a bummer, but neither are deal breakers by any means. Big-screen junkies on a budget will be well served by the G Vista.

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iTechTriad

Big phone on a budget

from iTechTriad

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 can get the G Vista on Verizon for $49.99 on a two-year contract (currently free), for $19.99 on Verizon Edge, or for $399 off-contract.

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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 can get the G Vista on Verizon for $49.99 on a two-year contract (currently free), for $19.99 on Verizon Edge, or for $399 off-contract.

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PC Magazine

Delivers the big-screen goods for small budgets

from 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 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 this writing, Verizon lists the G3 at $100 with a two-year contract—it's only slightly smaller with a 5.5-inch display, but blows the G Vista out of the water in every other way.

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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 this writing, Verizon lists the G3 at $100 with a two-year contract—it's only slightly smaller with a 5.5-inch display, but blows the G Vista out of the water in every other way.

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Phone Scoop

An inexpensive, big-screened Android smartphone that scores well on most features

from Phone Scoop

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 simplistic almost to a fault, especially as far as adjusting the video camera is concerned. Both lack advanced functions, but that's hardly a significant fault.

Other than that, the G Vista is a solid effort from LG. Verizon sells it for $50 with a contract, $20 per month for 20 months with Verizon Edge, or $400 at full retail. You'll be hard pressed to find a better dollar-for-value at these price points. 

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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 simplistic almost to a fault, especially as far as adjusting the video camera is concerned. Both lack advanced functions, but that's hardly a significant fault.

Other than that, the G Vista is a solid effort from LG. Verizon sells it for $50 with a contract, $20 per month for 20 months with Verizon Edge, or $400 at full retail. You'll be hard pressed to find a better dollar-for-value at these price points. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/700/2100 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.48 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1560 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 27 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 258 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Windows Live, Hotmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
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
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG VS880, D631, G Pro 2 Lite, Gx2

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