There are flagships and budget devices. Then some cost almost nothing. LG has a bunch of affordable, compact, simple devices that cost way too little. Here is an LG Phoenix 3 review to tell you what you need to know.
5.7 x 2.9 x 0.3 in (144.8 x 73.7 x 7.6 mm)
0.3 lbs (136.1 g)
5.0 in (127 mm) IPS LCD
854 x 480 pixels
16 GB (expandable)
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
5 MP (main), 5 MP (front)
2500 Li-ion mAh
Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, FM radio
If these specs seem good enough for you, there are other options from LG – you can check out the LG Rebel 3 review too.
Given the LG Phoenix 3 release date, which was in 2017, the exterior is quite ordinary. It has a plastic body with a textured back. It provides a good grip but doesn’t look high quality. On the other hand, the plastic also ensures almost little no scratches if dropped. The height-width proportion is comfortable, unlike the taller phones we have these days.
The LG Phoenix 3 M150 has a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor and low RAM. So you don’t get a powerful performance from this device. It is not the best choice for multi-tasking. The Android version is quite old and further updates are not expected. But you can use most Play Store apps, online and offline – so you’ll get good use out of it.
The LG Phoenix 3 camera has some great features like auto-focus, burst shot, face detection, 1080p video recording, live shots, multiple shutter options, and more. You can take still photos while recording video as well as screenshots of running videos.
You can even switch between back and front cameras by just swiping. You will enjoy using it but the results are disappointing given the current standards.
Audio quality is average with a single loudspeaker at the back. It does have a headphone jack and a music player with an auto-stop feature. It supports up to 12 different audio file formats.
The LG Phoenix 3 battery capacity is average. You can get about 14 hours of talk time and over 2 weeks of standby time on this. This works because of the low RAM and slow processor. The system does not use a lot of power to operate and hence, you get good battery life.
The phone has a fingerprint scanner at the back and several gestures to improve your user experience. LG’s Knock Code system lets you create a tapping pattern to unlock your device. You can tap on the screen to wake your phone and even respond to notifications right from the lock screen.
This phone has some good features:
- Super light
- Easy to use with one hand
- The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is pretty good and quick
- You can expand the storage up to 32 GB
- It costs less than $100
And some not so good ones:
- Only 9.3 GB from the internal storage is usable and the rest is occupied by the system
- Camera quality is pretty poor
- Resolution is mediocre at best. Given the size of the screen, the resolution should’ve been a little higher at least.
LG has discontinued production and this phone is currently only available from AT&T. So even if you happen to find an unlocked version, chances are, it is not unlocked.
Despite the mediocre LG Phoenix 3 specs, you might consider this device if:
- You need an extra phone just for work calls
- You just lost a new phone and immediately need something else
- You have a child or a nephew who tends to play with your phone a lot
- You would like to try out an AT&T but don’t want to spend a lot