Straight Talk LG Premier LTE Review

Specs – Straight Talk LG Premier

lg_premierStraight Talk LG Premier Check Availability
Dimensions Height 5.75″ x Width 2.94″ x Thickness .34″
Weight 4.4 Ounces
Form Factor Medium/Large Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology CDMA LTE with WiFi
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 processor
SD Card/Internal Storage SD card not included/Capable of up to 32gb micro SD card
Android OS Android 5.1 Lolipop
Digital Camera 8 mega pixels/5 mp front facing camera/LED flash
Screen Size 5.3″ Diagonal
Battery Life 11 days stand by & up to 14 hrs talk
Button Types Floating on-screen Android buttons
USB microUSB v4.0
Audio Jack & Charging Standard 3.5mm iPod type / micro usb charge/data
Price $129.oo

About the LG Premier

The LG Premier is a largish 5.3″ screen device with some nice features despite the relatively low $129 price tag. The features I like are the 8mp main camera and a nice 5mp front camera which makes this the highest combined camera resolution phone at this price point. I think many will like the size on this one because it is fairly large without being obnoxiously big. That is to say, it will still fit in your pocket.

Note that this phone is a CDMA phone so you will need to have Verizon LTE coverage for you to use the LTE data speeds.

Design and Build Quality

At first, the design on this phone looks rather basic but on closer inspection I think the design is pretty good. The main thing of note in the design department is the lack of the typical power and volume buttons on the sides and top. Instead, this phone has the power and volume buttons all on the back.  It takes a little getting used to but I like it. The back also has the camera of course as well as an led flash. The charge port and head phone jack are on the bottom.

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The other cool thing about this phone is that it is super slim. The phone measures just .35 inches thin so it is quite thin. Finally, the last cool feature worth mentioning is that the screen plastic goes just about all the way to edge of the device. While the screen does not go all the way to top and bottom, it does go just about to the left and right edges. There is only about 1/8″ bezel on the left and right hand sides of the phone. Though the screen does not expand to the very top and bottom of the phone, the screen real estate is larger than you would expect since there are no physical buttons on the phone. Instead, the phone uses the floating type buttons that the phone hides when necessary and are shown when you tap the screen (depending on the app of course).

As expected, the phone is all plastic construction including the screen. That said, the screen feels like a quality unit as it is quite smooth unlike some cheaper phones which have a bit of texture to their screens. The front of the phone is mostly all gloss black since the screen material basically takes up the entire front.  There are two very slight chrome looking trim pieces on the left and the right. The back is all black with a lightly textured battery cover. There is a very think chrome trim around the back buttons and camera.

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Performance and Usability

The 1.2 quad core processor makes the Premier a super solid performer. Navigation from screen to screen is fast and seamless.  Apps on the phone all perform great. You will be hard pressed to find an app this phone does not run. Of course LTE speeds certainly help as well but make sure you have CDMA  Verizon coverage in your area.

The one stand out item on this phone is video. The screen is bright and very crisp. It helps that the screen expands to the left and right edges of the phone. Unfortunately, the screen edge does not expand to the top and bottom as there is approx. 1/2″ of space above and below the screen.

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My one complaint in the usability department is that the floating buttons disappear in certain apps and you are left to guess on how to get them back. In youtube for example, the buttons will hide when a video starts and can be brought back by tapping the screen. On the camera app, on the other hand, the buttons disappear completely and do not return until you exit the camera app. It does another thing when you edit images on the photo Gallery app.  So this takes some getting used to.  One last item of note is that the keyboard icons are quite small when in portrait mode so be aware of this when texting and/or searching Google, YouTube, etc.

Camera

The camera on this phone is pretty good. Most impressive is the fact that it has a 5mp front facing camera. The main camera is 8mp so it’s quite good as well.  The first image below was taken with the main 8mp camera and the second was taken with the front facing camera so you can see there is not much difference in quality. This is a far cry from some of the older LG Straight Talk phones whose front facing camera was way below 1mp.

images_front_rearThe camera has some decent options for editing your images.  You can Auto adjust, brightness, color, pop and vignette. The first 3 are pretty self explanatory, the pop option kind of makes your images more vivid and the vignette makes it kind of tunnel vision. You can also crop and rotate. Lastly, the phone has numerous filters you can apply. Below are most of the options you can get.

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Conclusion

I think the Premier is a fine phone that’s perfectly priced for the performance. I really liked the slimness of this phone , the great looking screen and the great overall LG quality. If I were to choose a mid range phone currently on Straight Talk, the Premier would be it. At $129, the phone is super affordable yet has similar specs and performance to the $149+ models.