LG’s flagship telephones do not promote properly right here in America, however the firm’s funds and entry-level gadgets are present in almost each pay as you go provider retailer. The latest funds telephone from LG is the Ok22, a sub-$100 machine at the moment unique to Enhance Cellular in the USA.

In a time when flagship telephones are simply surpassing $1,000, and tens of millions of individuals within the US (and elsewhere) need to lower your expenses wherever they will, telephones just like the Ok22 will probably obtain extra consideration than ever. I used to be stunned by how succesful the Ok22 was in my time with the telephone, however it’s about as low cost as a smartphone can fairly be, which suggests a lot of corners had been lower.

Design, {hardware}, what’s within the field

The LG Ok22 is certainly on the bigger facet, with a diagonal display screen dimension of 6.2 inches. It is virtually similar in dimension to the Galaxy Observe20, and barely shorter than the OnePlus 8T. It will really feel like a brick in your pocket, particularly if you happen to purchase a case.

Most of that dimension is to accommodate the 6.2-inch display screen, which has a notch on the prime for the 5MP front-facing digicam and a large bezel on the backside. The show’s decision is 1520×720, which is able to look barely fuzzy in comparison with the 1440p AMOLED screens of most flagship telephones, however it seems first rate sufficient. Brightness is adequate for viewing outdoor, with subsequent to no mild bleeding (not less than on my evaluation unit). Nonetheless, there would not look like any oleophobic coating on the show, which suggests fingerprints and smudges present up simply. You may find yourself wiping down the display screen pretty usually, except you purchase a display screen protector with a greater coating.

On the telephone’s left facet, there’s the microSD/SIM card slot and a devoted button for opening Google Assistant. LG would not have a method to change the operate of the Assistant button, or perhaps a swap to show it off. Fortunately, I did not by chance press it on a regular basis like I did with the Assistant key on the Nokia eight V 5G. The appropriate facet has the facility button and the quantity keys, and on the highest is the headphone jack.

There is a microUSB port on the underside, which is a bit disappointing — if $35 wi-fi earbuds can have a Sort-C port, LG most likely might have put one on the Ok22. There’s additionally no fingerprint scanner wherever. The LG Ok22 appears to help Qualcomm Fast Cost 1.0 (in accordance with the specs sheet for its SoC), however I could not take a look at real-world charging speeds, since my energy meter requires a Sort-C connector.

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Galaxy S20 (left) subsequent to the LG Ok22 (proper)

The again and sides of the LG Ok22 are coated in onerous plastic, which is actually higher in my e-book than the shiny plastic discovered on telephones just like the Galaxy A11 and Galaxy A21. Nonetheless, the rear casing does scratch simply. I’ve had the Ok22 for lower than per week, and although I have never dropped it (or finished anything that might usually trigger harm to a telephone), there are already just a few deep scratches.

Within the field, you get the telephone, a microUSB charging cable, a 6W USB wall adapter, and some instruction manuals.

Software program, efficiency, battery life

The LG Ok22 comes with Android 10, and if you understand something about LG, the probabilities are extremely slim that this telephone will ever obtain Android 11 (or past). Apparently, the Ok22 seems and appears like inventory Android — LG’s standard interface customizations and customized apps are nowhere to be discovered. It even makes use of Google’s telephone, messaging, and contacts apps by default. This is not Android Go Version, both.

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I used to be anticipating efficiency to be tough with this telephone. It makes use of a Qualcomm 215 chipset, which is so low-end that it would not even get the same old ‘Snapdragon’ branding, constructed on an previous 28nm course of (the Snapdragon 888 is 5mm). Purposes do take just a few seconds to open, however as soon as the telephone goes, it isn’t unbearably gradual. I wasn’t left ready for the keyboard to open or for Chrome to slowly load the New Tab Web page, that are points I’ve run into with different funds telephones. I additionally did not expertise any random slowdowns or crashes — I believe LG’s determination to stay near inventory Android helped there.

The LG Ok22 is completely able to watching YouTube movies, checking messages, and a little bit of net searching, which is healthier than I used to be anticipating for beneath $70. Nonetheless, any form of gaming is off the desk right here — the Ok22 struggled even with easy titles like Crossy Street. My evaluation unit from Enhance Cellular additionally got here with a staggering quantity of bloatware and pre-installed purposes, not counting the essential provider apps. I’ve listed those on my unit under, and the bolded gadgets can solely be disabled, not totally uninstalled:

  • Amazon Music
  • Amazon Procuring
  • App Highlight
  • Audible
  • Enhance Cellular Music Plus
  • Enhance Perks
  • Sweet Crush
  • Money App
  • Fb
  • FastNEWS
  • Information Break
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Solitaire
  • TIDAL
  • TikTok
  • WeatherBug
  • Netflix

For those who’re concerned with benchmarks, the LG Ok22 earned 9.93 in Speedometer 2.0 and a 302 in 3DMark’s Sling Shot take a look at. With Geekbench 5, the telephone scored 96 in single-core efficiency and 341 in multi-core (full outcomes right here). In all exams, the next quantity is healthier.

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From left to proper: Geekbench 5, Speedometer 2.0, 3DMark Sling Shot

Battery life on the LG Ok22 lives as much as the requirements set by different funds telephones. The three,000mAh battery is smaller than the packs seen in lots of different funds telephones (which regularly push 4,000 or 5,000mAh), and the massive show wants an honest quantity of energy, however it’s considerably balanced out by the low-end Qualcomm chipset. I ended most days with 50-60% battery remaining on the LG Ok22, so except you do not cost the telephone each evening (otherwise you actually wish to play video games, for some cause), you will not see the low battery indicator usually.

Digital camera samples

The LG Ok22 has two rear cameras: a 12MP primary lens, and a 5MP macro lens. To completely nobody’s shock, this $70 telephone doesn’t take nice photographs. Colours are washed out, it is tough to seize objects in movement, and the sky is often fully white in outside photographs.

It is clear LG solely added the 5MP macro digicam so the corporate might say the Ok22 had two rear cameras. The secondary lens is simply too low-resolution to seize any substantial element in photographs… which is the complete level of a macro digicam.

Do you have to purchase it?

Certain, if you happen to completely cannot spend extra money. The LG Ok22 is a reasonably spectacular machine, contemplating it is 14% the value of a Galaxy S20 Fan Version however nonetheless covers all of the necessities. Apps often do not take greater than 2-Three seconds to open, net searching and messaging is useful, and it may technically take photographs. The Ok22 would not have a lot competitors within the sub-$100 bracket: the $70 BLU Studio Mini has an older model of Android, the more-expensive Nokia 1.3 has half the RAM, and so forth. Nonetheless, the Ok22 will virtually assuredly by no means get an Android OS improve, safety patches will not be frequent, the again scratches simply, and also you’re caught with an influence connector that many of the cell world has now moved on from.

For those who can push your funds to the ~$150 vary, you will get one thing considerably higher than the LG Ok22. The $150 Moto G Quick has a a lot bigger battery, one other GB of RAM, and quicker {hardware}. There’s additionally the 2020 Moto E and Nokia 2.4 to think about, that are barely cheaper than the G Quick. Each of Motorola’s telephones ought to work on Enhance Cellular, however probably not the Nokia 2.4 (it would not help CDMA).

Purchase it if:

  • You may’t spend greater than $100.
  • You need a telephone with a stock-like Android expertise.

Do not buy it if:

  • You need a good digicam.
  • You need Android 11 and past — this telephone will probably keep on Android 10 without end.

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