The phone is very affordable, so you might think that it has bad specs. This is actually not the case. We reviewed it, comparing it with alternatives.
LG LM-x210APM Specs
4.93 ounces (140 grams)
5.70 inches x 2.83 inches x 0.31 inches (144.8 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm)
5- inch (127 mm) IPS LCD 720 x 1280 pixels
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
Supported SIM types
2G, 3G, 4G
Also known as the Phoenix 4, it is made from plastic. The plastic on its rear not only doesn’t feel cheap, but there’s texturing on it. LG does this quite a bit with their devices. It makes the LM-X210APM easy-to-grip and more expensive-looking.
We think the phone is super ergonomic. Its sides and rear panel are curved well.
What also helps is its dimensions. They are as follows, 5.70 inches x 2.83 inches x 0.31 inches (144.8 mm x 71.9 mm x 7.9 mm). As you can see, the Phoenix is thin. You normally see devices its price being chunky.
It is a featherweight. It weighs 4.93 ounces (140 grams). We would’ve loved it if it had more weight – it would feel more premium.
Its buttons are in easy-to-reach spots. They’re tactile. You’re also getting a giant fingerprint sensor on its rear. It’s underneath its camera, so your finger will easily reach it.
Its speaker panels are on its back. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know we’re not fans of this. Sound travels poorly.
Looking through its sides, you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well as a MicroSD slot. It’s good that it comes with expandable storage, the memory it offers isn’t the best.
On its front, regular strengthened glass is present. This isn’t a surprise – most budget devices don’t come with quality Gorilla Glass.
Speaking of its front, how does it do?
Its screen is small, so you’re not getting the most immersive viewing experience. The fact that there’s some bezel action going on doesn’t help either. We don’t know the specifics of its screen-to-body ratio. But it’s far from 100%.
The panel on its display is IPS LCD. It’s not the most vibrant. That being said, it’s better than PLS TFTs and TFT LCDs. If you’ve read our LG Phoenix 3 review before, you’d know it came with a TFT LCD panel.
Its screen is adequately sharp. It is 720 x 1280 pixels. You’ll notice anything iffy only if you look closely.
LG is known to place many temperature and colour settings into phones. If you’re not happy with how vibrant its display is, you can meddle with the settings.
The battery inside of it is removable. We’re fond of handsets like this – you can snap their battery out if their systems ever act up. The unit inside of it is 2500 mAh. It lasts around a day. 2500 mAh isn’t the best battery power, but its panel and processor aren’t the most taxing, so it’s fine.
If we didn’t mention it earlier, the device comes with a micro USB port. Newer more expensive counterparts don’t come with it. The port is not favoured as it makes phones take a long time to charge.
Get a good book ready, the LM-X210APM takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%. This is thanks to its 10 W charging capabilities as well.
As mentioned, you’re getting a MicroSD slot. However, the handset doesn’t come with the best storage. You’re only getting 16 GB of space. As the Phoenix is available from AT&T, it comes with carrier bloatware. If you don’t know what bloatware is, it is apps alternative to Google that you won’t be able to uninstall. 16 GB is already very little. You’ll be left with 9 GB because of the applications.
There’s 2 GB of RAM by your side. It’s not too bad. Even more expensive units come with such an amount. Force closing won’t be an issue.
The OS you’ll be working on is Android 7. You sadly won’t be able to upgrade the Phoenix 4 to Android 10. This is a shame as the new OS is super customizable.
Android will be run with LG’s UI. Frankly, we’re not fans of it. It’s heavy, causing its insides to be slower than they should be. Nokia’s known to place stock Android into units, that are even more affordable. We wish LG did this too.
Did we mention the processor present? It is the Snapdragon 425. We’ve seen it in many of our reviews. It can handle everyday tasks, just don’t get too extensive with it. As you can imagine, it won’t be fun for gaming.
You’re getting a single shooter on its front and back. Its back set-up consists of a regular 8 MP lens. Meanwhile, its front camera consists of a 5 MP sensor. There is an LED flash on its primary camera. You’re not getting one with its front set-up.
How does it do in the connectivity department? It can connect to 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. You can transfer files to other handsets through Bluetooth 4.2.
With that done with, we thought about reviewing phones similarly priced to it. This will help you decide on it.
Like the LG device, the Moto E5 Play was released in 2018. Although a bit more expensive than it, it’s still in its price range. It is made of plastic. This isn’t a surprise considering you’re looking at an affordable unit.
It’s heftier than its counterpart. It weighs 5.29 ounces (150 grams). The plastic on its back isn’t the regular kind, it’s polycarbonate. This helps it handle more beatings. If that’s not enough, the E5 Play is splash resistant too.
It's larger than its rival. Its display stretches 5.2 inches (132.08 mm) across. You’re familiar with the panel on its front. It is IPS LCD. As you know, it’s not the most vibrant. But it’s better than TFT LCDs and PLS TFTs.
The E5 Play has some serious bezel action going on. We’re told its screen-to-body ratio. It is 66.7%.
Its display is larger, however, it has the same screen resolution as its counterpart. This is why it’s not as sharp as it.
What about the glass on its display? It’s regular strengthened glass; be careful.
Let’s talk about its insides:
You’re getting Android 8 out of the box. Sadly, you won’t be able to update it to Android 10.
We’re fans of the processor inside of it. It is the Snapdragon 427. As its name suggests, it’s superior to the chipset on the LG phone.
You can expand its storage. This is appreciated as it doesn’t come with a great memory. You’re getting 16 GB of space along with 2 GB of RAM. The phone is available from AT&T, which is why there will be carrier bloatware inside of it. In terms of how much you’ll be able to expand its storage, we’re told the amount. It’s up to 128 GB.
Its battery is 2800 mAh. The E5 Play will last an hour or two longer than the Phoenix. You’ll be charging it through 10 W charging. This is why it’ll take over 2 hours to go from 0-100%. Is its battery removable? The answer is yes.
You’re met with a familiar set-up. There is an 8 MP lens on its back a 5 MP sensor on its front. You’re getting an LED flash with them.
The handset is eye-catching. It comes with a purple metal rear. You wouldn’t metal from such an affordable phone. There’s plastic on its frame, though. It makes it slippery, in our opinion.
The Ulefone is huge. It was released this year, so this isn’t a surprise. Newer phones are all about being over 6 inches (152.4 mm). Its screen stretches 6.1 inches (154.94 mm) across. As it’s larger, you’re getting a more immersive viewing experience. This is especially true as there’s barely any bezel action going on. Its screen-to-body ratio is 80.45%.
We have a problem with its display. Its sharpness isn’t very good. Rocking a 6.1-inch screen, you wouldn’t expect a resolution that’s less than the 5-inch (127 mm) Phoenix 4’s. Its resolution is only 600 x 1280 pixels. You don’t have to look closely to notice anything iffy.
What about the panel it rocks? It’s an IPS LCD. We met it in the LG device as well as the E5 Play.
Don’t get too rough with its front. It’s regular strengthened glass.
The battery in it is great. You’re met with a 3500 mAh unit. The handset easily lasts over a day. You’ll be charging it through regular 10 W charging. That’s why it’ll take over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.
As its rear is metal, you won’t be able to remove its battery.
We’re glad that you get a MicroSD slot. The storage it comes with isn’t good. There’s 16 GB ROM and 1 GB RAM. The Ulefone can be picked up from T-Mobile, which is why there’ll be carrier bloatware in it.
The 1 GB of RAM available is nail-biting. You’ll experience force-closing.
What about its chipset? The Mediatek MT6580 is present. Compared to the Snapdragon 425, it out-beats it. It’s still a basic processor, though.
The camera set-up on it is impressive. There are 3 lenses on its rear. The primary one is a 13 MP lens, the secondary one is a 2 MP lens, and the tertiary one is also a 2 MP lens. On its front, a 5 MP shooter is present.
For such a premium-looking phone, you’d expect a fingerprint sensor. It doesn’t come with one.
What did you think about our LG Phoenix 4 review? The handset is super affordable – it’s probably one of the cheapest LG phones we’ve seen. It comes with good specs for its price. However, we compared it to alternatives and they do better.
This is especially true for the Ulefone Note 7 (2020). We especially love the way it looks. It’s one of the best-looking budget phones we’ve used. The fact that it rocks a metal build is the cherry on top.