Straight Talk LG Rebel LTE Review

Specs – Straight Talk LG Rebel

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Dimensions Height 5.00″ x Width 2.50″ x Thickness .49″
Weight 4.1 Ounces
Form Factor Medium Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology GSM 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 1.1 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 5 mega pixels/2 mp front facing camera/LED flash
Screen Size 4.5″ Diagonal
Battery Life 9 days stand by & up to 9 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 $79.oo

About the LG Rebel

The LG Rebel is what I would call a premium entry level phone as it shares most of the same features found in the $99+ level phones minus a few minor items. The Rebel is a 4.5″ screen device yet comes with a powerful 1.1 ghz quad core processor. One nice feature that is a nice upgrade over most of the other phones at this price is the 2mp front facing camera and the Android 5.1 Lolipop operating system. The design is a bit on the dated side in that there is nothing particularly special or noteworthy about it other than maybe the floating Android buttons.

Design and Build Quality

As I said in the intro, the Rebel design is pretty much nondescript. It has the typical oval design we’ve been seeing for many, many years. The front is gloss black with silver trim, volume is located on the upper left, power is upper right and charge/headphone jack are on the bottom. The back is like a dark slate gray. The phone does have the floating Android buttons which I like and makes the phone feel a bit more modern despite the vanilla design. I don’t think it’s a bad design, it’s just that I have seen it at least 100 times before. That said, it wouldn’t stop me from buying this phone though I think there are better options out there if you don’t care about the front camera resolution. I think a fine option instead of this would be the LG Sunset as it has all the same basic features though the Sunset has a sub 1mp camera.

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Build quality is great as is always the case with LG phones. The phone is the typical all plastic construction just like every other phone in this price range. Don’t expect gorilla glass here because the screen is all plastic as well.

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Performance and Usability

Performance is on par with the more expensive $99+ LG models. The phone does have a 1.1ghz quad core processor which is plenty powerful for any app you may want to run and also makes the user interface quite quick and easy to use.

One strange thing about the phone which was a bit annoying was the fact that you couldn’t rotate maps in the Maps app. I couldn’t find any setting that disallowed this so I think this is a limitation of the phone.

Next, is the video quality which is about average as is always the case with smaller screened phones. The screen has some dark spots if you look at it at certain angles so viewing is best done head on.  Having just reviewed the LG Premier and the LG Treasure which have much larger screens, the difference is quite striking which may be the reason this phone’s video quality feels just about average. Sound quality is good for a phone this size.

There is nothing in the Performance/Usability department that I would say is poor on this phone other than the Maps rotating thing. As I said above, the video quality is about average but not what I would call horrible.

Conclusion

As of this writing there are exactly 4 Straight Talk phones in the $79 price point. 2 are Android 5.x (including this one)while the other two are Android 4.x. So the Rebel has the slight edge over the $79 lot simply because the front facing camera has a better resolution and comes with a fairly new Android operating system..

My basic conclusion is that this is probably not a phone worth upgrading for but it would make a fine device for a first time phone, particularly if you care about the higher front camera resolution. If you don’t care about that, then you may be happier with the LG Sunset as I mentioned.