The handset is a relic of a time long forgotten. It was released in 2014, back when selfie cameras were still not a thing. It’s super affordable, but does this mean you should pick it up? In our LG 306G review, we answered this in-depth.
LG 306G Specs
3.72 ounces (105.4 grams)
4.08 in x 2.47 in x 0.47 in (103.6 mm x 62.7 mm x 11.93 mm)
3.2-inch (81.28 mm) TFT 320 x 240 pixels
LG Proprietary system
Expandable to 32 GB
Supported SIM types
Micro Sim (Single)
2G and 3G
Below, we thoroughly touched on the specs in our table.
It is small – really small. Its screen stretches 3.2 inches (81.28 mm) across. Even if you have petite hands, holding it will be hard. LG made it ergonomic, though. Its sides were curved well. The way it’s shaped reminded us of a more expensive unit, the Treasure. You can read more about it in our LG Treasure LTE review.
Considering its price, you shouldn’t be surprised that it’s made of plastic. Unfortunately, the plastic on it doesn’t feel the most expensive.
Its thickness is questionable. Its dimensions are as follows, 4.08 in x 2.47 in x 0.47 in (103.6 mm x 62.7 mm x 11.93 mm). Thankfully, it’s not heavy. It weighs 3.72 ounces (105.4 grams). If it were, it would be brick-like.
You can only pick it up in black. Manufacturers weren’t big on making phones colourful until recently.
Looking across its sides, you’ll see a MicroSD slot and 3.5 mm headphone jack. More expensive handsets these days don’t come with the two, so their presence is refreshing.
Will you be getting a fingerprint sensor? No, don’t hold your breath.
If it’s any consolation, there’s some cool texturing on its back. You won’t ever lose grip. We think the texturing makes it look a bit better too.
As it’s tiny, LG had to be careful with where they placed its buttons. They’re not in hard-to-reach spots. They’re also quite tactile.
Don’t expect a vibrant viewing experience. The panel on its front is TFT. A lot of cheaper units come with it. It especially gets annihilated by panels like Super AMOLEDs.
Sharpness-wise, it’s not horrible. You’re getting 320 x 240 pixels. It’s alright as its display is petite.
Be careful with its front, regular strengthened glass is in-place.
Sadly, we’re not told its screen-to-body ratio. It probably isn’t anything good, though. The device has some serious bezel action going on.
You won’t be able to use it outdoors. Its display doesn’t get bright enough to handle glare.
Thick phones usually have larger batteries. This is not the case for the 306g. Its battery is 1500 mAh. Expect it to fully drain in around a day. But you can get it to last a bit longer with its expert power-saving modes.
To charge it, you’ll be plugging a 10 W regular charger into a micro USB port. Micro USBs are dated. That’s why they’re not commonly seen anymore. The 306G takes well over 2 hours to fully charge.
You can remove its battery. Why would you want this? Because you’ll be able to snap it off, and force-close its insides when they act up.
We don’t know the name of its chipset. The manufacturer hasn’t made this public knowledge. We don’t the names of its CPU or GPU either. But we know how they perform. They are super basic. Don’t even think about running extensive tasks.
If it had more RAM, using it would be easier. You’re only getting 0.25 GB. Apps force closing will be a real issue. They won’t load fast either.
There’s a microSD slot present. You’ll be able to expand its ROM up to 32 GB. Hopefully, you know what carrier bloatware is. They’re applications that are alternative to Google’s. Sadly, you can’t uninstall them. The LG device comes with the software.
Here’s the deal:
It doesn’t run Android - it’s not a smartphone. LG’s proprietary software is in-place. This is one of the reasons it’s as affordable as it is.
There is a single shooter on its back. It is a 2 MP lens. You’re not getting a front camera. Selfies weren’t a thing back then.
In terms of how its back set-up performs, it’s not good. Shots are grainy and not vibrant. They get worse in low-light.
If it’s any consolation, you’re getting a bright LED flash, though.
You’ll be able to connect to 2G and 3G networks. You can share files with others through Bluetooth. However, we aren’t told its specific version.
What did you think about our LG 306G TracFone review? LG is not the most popular manufacturer around. That’s why you may not be the most familiar with their phones. We’ve reviewed them quite a bit on our site. We’re fans as they produce super affordable pieces. Just take a look at the 306G. You can purchase it for around $10 if you look around.
As it’s so affordable, it doesn’t come with the best specs. This is especially true as it’s old - it’s a device from 6 years ago. When you think about it, the features it offers make it a great choice as a handset for a child. They’ll have everything they need. And the phone’s affordability makes it an even better option for this.
Design-wise, it doesn’t look the best. But this probably isn’t something you’ll consider when buying it for a kid. Its small size makes it fit for them too.