LG Tribute HD Review – High-tech Too? Or Just High Definition? [2020 Update]

If you’ve heard of LG Tribute and Tribute 2, you might be wondering ‘when did LG Tribute HD come out?’ It came out right after the previous two devices were released in 2016.

It also may have been overshadowed by them. However, you can always trust LG to be reliable, if not anything else. With this device, you will find many more features and it is definitely worth the price. Don’t agree?

Check out this LG Tribute HD review, and let’s see if we can change your mind.

Design

The body is wholly plastic but the back has a glossy finish, which looks quite good. However, the glossy finish also means it will pick up fingerprints. There are no color options, so if you’re looking for a white phone, here is one.

The power button and the volume rockers are on opposite sides, which accounts for less error when you try to try to press one of them without looking.

The headphone jack and charging ports are at the bottom, and the speakers are at the back.

LG Tribute HD

Device Specs

This set is currently manufactured by Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, so you get a carrier-locked device. If you’re already a user of one of these, you have no reason to worry.

Let’s get into the details. Here is an overview of what you’re getting in this device:

Specs

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Dimensions

5.7 x 2.81 x 0.27 inches (144.78 x 71.37 x 6.86 mm)

Weight

0.27 pounds (125 g)

Screen size

5.0” (127 mm) diagonal

Resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

RAM

1.5 GB

Processor

1.3 GHz (quad-core) Snapdragon

Operating system

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Internal Memory

16 GB (expandable up to 32 GB)

Audio

3.5 mm headphone jack, loudspeaker at the back

Camera

8 MP (rear), 5 MP (front)

Battery

2100 mAh

Connectivity

Built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Display

The phone has a 5.0” (127 mm) LCD display. The resolution is not that great but works for the screen size.

You may not find an app drawer on the home screen when you start the device, but it does have the option. You just have to download it from Home Screen settings. There are several things you can do to customize your display, including switching positions for the navigation buttons on the screen.

Because this phone is not pure Android, there are many customization options – something I love. You can customize the icons, set themes for your phone, use different colors, etc. You can also customize your keyboard by changing its size or adding or removing shortcut keys.

System and Battery

It has a RAM of 1.5 GB and 16 GB internal memory. A lot of the internal memory is used up by the system, so you won’t have much to work with. Luckily, you can use a microSD card to expand it.

The 2100 mAh battery is okay for the low RAM but it still isn’t that great. With heavy usage, the battery runs out quickly, especially if you’re gaming.

So you might want to carry your charger or a power bank if you go out for a whole day. The Android 6.0.1 allows you to optimize your battery without an external app, but that only has a limited impact.

Media

If you’re just looking for an LG Tribute HD camera review, here we are now. For an 8 MP camera, pictures are pretty good. The images come out sharp and the colors are not too vibrant but are pleasant.

The front camera is 5 MP, which is mediocre. But there are several options like gesture shot, burst shot, panorama, selfie light, beauty shot, etc. which makes it fun to take pictures all the time.

The audio is decent. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and supports up to nine different types of audio file formats. The loudspeakers don’t get too loud and they are placed at the back, which makes it inconvenient when watching videos.

Pros and Cons

This device has some great features:

Pros

  • Light and slim. The device will feel almost weightless in your purse.
  • Customizable. You can modify many settings to suit your needs.
  • Removable battery. The best part about smartphones back in the day was the removable battery. It means you only have to replace the battery if it gets ruined, and not your phone.
  • Affordable. The features are pretty fine and I would say great for the price.

But not everything about it is great:

Cons

  • Slim and glossy back. It can slip easily, so it would be best to get a cover for better grip.
  • Battery life is not great for heavy usage.
  • Screen resolution is average.

One of the more fun things you can do with an LG phone (and this phone too) is to use the Knock Code to lock your screen – where you set a tapping sequence instead of a pattern or password. It’s not the most secure way to lock your phone, but it’s different and no one would know how to unlock it.

I would say it is priced right for an LG device. You don’t have to make a lot of compromises in the features for the low cost. If you are interested, check out the product on Amazon:

LG Tribute HD - Prepaid - Carrier Locked - Boost Mobile
Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories

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