Straight Talk LG Access LTE Review

Specs – Straight Talk LG Access

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Dimensions Height 5.00″ x Width 2.60″ x Thickness .40″
Weight 4.5 Ounces
Form Factor Compact Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology GSM 4G LTE (Activates with AT&T or TMobile)
Calling Plan Straight Talk $45 Unlimited
Downloadable Apps Yes, all apps available through Google Play store. Comes with Youtube, Google Maps, GPS Navigation.
Processor 1.2 ghz Quadcore
SD Card/Internal Memory SD Card not included, supports up to 32gb
Android OS Kit Kat version- 4.4
Digital Camera 5 mega pixels with LED flash & .3 mp front facing
Screen Size 4.5″ Diagonal
Battery Life 10 days stand by & up to 7 hrs talk
Button Types Capacitive Touch with center push button
USB microUSB v2.0
Audio Jack & Charging Standard 3.5mm iPod type / micro usb charge/data
Price $229.99

About the LG Access

lg_access_4The LG Access is an all new 4G LTE phone for Straight Talk. Highlights on the Access are 4g LTE data, Gorilla Glass screen, 1.2 ghz quad core processor, handsome design and extra apps such as Infra Red TV/Cable/Satellite remote app. The LG Access is an excellent phone with features typically found on higher end devices.

Specs

The base specs on the Access are excellent beginning with the 4G LTE fast data. Additionally, you get a Gorilla Glass screen and a fast 1.2ghz quadcore processor. This device comes with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) so you get one of the latest Android Operating Systems out there.

While the price tag on this phone seems a bit high, you do get some extras not found on any other Straight Talk Android device at this price range. One of the coolest, is the built in Infra Red TV/Cable Box/Satellite remote which gives you the ability to control said devices directly from your phone. Programming the remote is quite easy as it guides you through the entire process. I was able to program it for my Sony LED TV and it worked great!

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I also found some surprising little features in the settings as this phone comes with the face recognition capabilities so that it knows when to pause videos when you are not looking at it.  Finally, the last cool feature I found is the so called knock code. This allows you to program a sequence of touches to 1 of 4 quadrants on the screen. When this is programmed, you can bring the phone right out of sleep/lock by simply entering the touch sequence on the screen.

A bit of a let down was the 5mp camera as the resolution is a bit low for a phone at this price tag. I think this phone should have come with an 8mp unit. You do get an LED flash and a front facing .3 mp camera as well.

While there are other Straight Talk LTE devices for less money and similar specs, this is the only Straight Talk device I have found with the TV remote app.

Design & Look Feel

The Access design can be summed up as handsome. While this isn’t a super flashy design, it is what I would call attractive. What I really like about the Access is the size as this phone falls in the just right department. In other words, this phone is not too small that you can’t watch videos but it isn’t super large that you can carry it in you pocket.

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Design elements include an aluminum look trim in between the screen bezel and battery cover. The phone bezel is a dark gray color that’s almost black.  The layout is as follows: volume button is on the upper left hand side, power/lock on the upper right hand side, head phone jack is on the top left and the charge port is on the bottom center. The android buttons are both capacitive touch and physical push. The touch buttons are to either side of the physical push one. Unlike similarly designed Straight Talk LGs, this one does not have the multi colored LED light surrounding the physical push button. Additionally, the capacitive touch buttons are not back lit. Lastly, is the gloss dark blue almost black patterned battery cover.

Overall, the design is minimal yet sophisticated. I liked the fact that it’s not solid black as it has just the right amount of design trims to break it up a bit. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of back light on the Android buttons but this was by no means a deal breaker for me.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I found the Access to be quite a nice little phone. I really liked the little remote control app simply because I have never found this capability on other phones, at least not without having to pay extra for an app. The Gorilla Glass and LTE speeds really set this phone apart from other similarly designed LG phones. That said, I did find a bit overpriced but I think it’s mostly because I have come to expect most Straight Talk LGs to be priced in the sub $200 price range.