Straight Talk LG Treasure LTE Review

Specs – Straight Talk LG Treasure

lg_treasureStraight Talk LG Treasure Check Availability
Dimensions Height 5.6″ x Width 2.8″ x Thickness .34″
Weight 4.95 Ounces
Form Factor Medium Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology CDMA LTE with WiFi/Activates with Verizon
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/5 mp front facing camera/LED flash
Screen Size 5″ Diagonal
Battery Life 11 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 $99.oo

About the LG Treasure

The LG Treasure is a handsome mid level device retailing for $99. Worthwhile features here are the nicely sized 5″ screen which falls under the “just right” size in my book, 1.1 ghz Quad Core processor and 5mp main rear camera. It also features fast LTE data speeds and comes with the fairly new Android Lolipop 5.1 os. Note that this phone would be activated with Verizon. As with many of the latest LG devices, this one comes with the floating on screen Android buttons instead of the true physical touch variety. The phone is fairly attractive with some nicely beveled left and right edges. One of the more impressive features for me at this price range is the 5mp front facing camera since the last batch of Straight Talk LG’s were sub 1 mp yet were still priced about the same as this one. In terms of specs, this one of the better selections if you’re looking for a phone in the $100 range.

Design and Build Quality

I was initially underwhelmed by the design based on the initial images of this thing but when in hand it feels and looks much better than the images suggest. For starters, the phone has nicely beveled screen edges which suggests a much higher price than what was really paid.  This gives the illusion that the screen is almost edge to edge (at least on the sides) and also make the screen appear as though it is made of glass when in fact it is plastic.  Another impressive thing about the screen is that it is quite smooth for it being plastic. I would have said this was a gorilla glass phone if I didn’t know any better. One design feature is that the power/volume buttons are on the back of the phone so there are not buttons on the sides of this phone. The charge port and head phone jack are on the bottom.

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As far as fancy trims are concerned, this phone comes with a chrome look trim that goes all around the bezel. The side chrome look trim has a nice hammered type texture to it. The back is plain dark charcoal plastic with a very thin chrome look bezel around the camera and buttons.  As I mentioned earlier, this one has the floating Android buttons so there are no physical buttons on the front which give you a bit more screen real estate to work with.

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Overall, the most impressive thing about this phone really is its build quality because it really does feel like a much more expensive phone than it really is.

Performance

Performance here is excellent. The phone has a 1.1 ghz quad core processor which is more than enough juice to run just about anything.  Another nice thing is that the phone is only 1 Android version behind the current (as of this writing) so it comes with Lolipop 5.1. There may be some getting used to this Android version along with the on screen floating Android buttons as they tend to disappear in some apps when using certain features. For example, they disappear in YouTube when watching a video full screen. It is a matter of taping the screen to get them back. Also, the buttons disappear when the phone is locked so you need to either press the rear lock/power button or double tap the screen to turn the screen back on.  Sounds trivial but may take getting accustomed to if you are coming from an older Android version.

Video quality here is quite nice. The 5″ screen makes for some nice viewing because it’s clear and bright. As I mentioned above, I like that the Android buttons hide away when the video is in full screen which frees up quite a bit of real estate. I would say this is one of the strong suits of this phone. Sound quality is good though not great. Overall, this is a very good multimedia phone. Below is a screen grab from the phone which I would say is indicative of the video quality you can expect from this phone.

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Camera

One great thing on this phone is the front camera. The last batch of Straight Talk LGs came with some very low resolution front facing cameras. This particular model bumps up the front facing camera resolution to 5mp, making it just as good as the main rear facing camera. Here is an example of two similar images, the first taken with the main camera and second with the front camera. Both images result in identical size and resolution.

treas_f_b_picsCamera editing options are good and you do get geo tagging with your images. Exiting has standard options for Auto Adjusting, Brightness and Color. There are two additional options called pop and vignette. Below are examples of each with pop on the left and vignette on the right.

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Lastly are some screen grabs of what all the camera options look like. In addition to the above there are various filters you can apply to your images.

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Conclusion

Of the current $99 phones on Straight Talk (as of this writing there are 3), this is probably the best choice in terms of specs and I believe the only one that can be activated with Verizon 4g LTE coverage. Namely because of the 5mp front facing camera and Android 5.1. The build quality on this phone so you will be hard pressed in fining another one that’s as good as this. The other option that may be slightly better than this one in terms of hardware is the LG Access namely because the Access comes with a Gorilla Glass screen. That said, the LG Access has Android 4.0 which is pretty dated now so would require some upgrading on your part.