We’ve been looking around for a new handset for quite sometime already and checked every other brand of devices to compare specs and of course its price. Though device’s specs means a lot to use tech savvy, we often go for the best that money can be but on the other hand, the price also plays an important rule when getting our favorite gadgets.
Just as we’re about to get a new handset for my partner’s sister, we were introduced to the new LG L Fino, If I could remember correctly, I’ve talked about this new handset a few months ago and now it’s already available in local retail stores in Cebu finally. At first we were all about the take a competing brand which basically has the same specs with a few differences. We pitted the LG L Fino against Samsung’s Galaxy Core 2 which has the same features but after comparing both devices we decided to get the LG L Fino. We’ll talk about the things that made us decide to have the LG L Fino over the competition after the break.
The LG L Fino is an entry-level handset and features a 4.5-inch IPS display with 480 x 800 resolutions, The front glass panel is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and compared to other L series devices from LG, the L Fino no longer has a touch sensitive buttons below the screen as it features an on-screen buttons where we have the freedom to customize the keys for our convenience.
It handset runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 4 GB built-in memory which is pretty occupied with the Android OS software plus LG’s own default apps leaving us with just 1.2x GB of usable storage. We haven’t bought any micro-SD card at the moment or have any unused card lying around so we’ll have to live with it until we’ll get a micro-SD card. So if you plan to expand the storage space of your LG L Fino which i bet you will, the handset supports up to 32 GB micro-SD cards and i would recommend getting the class 10 micro-SD cards for better performance.
For connectivity, the LG L Fino comes in a dual SIM setup and only supports micro SIM’s, that unit we got supports HSPA+ and 3G connectivity in addition to EDGE, GPRS over GSM networks. Other connectivity options includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth 4.0 + A2DP, micro-USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support, FM Radio with RDS.
Upon opening the box, we were welcome directly by the handset and as pictured above comes with the following included accessories. Inside the box contains the handset, 1 Li-Ion battery with 1900 mAh capacity, 1 micro-USB to USB data/power cable, a wall adapter charger, 1 stereo earphones and LG’s quick start guide.
Referring to the Quick Start Guide, getting the handset to turn on for the first time is easy, the back cover can be easily taken out without a hitch, put the SIM and the battery on the back then returned the back cover into place. Now all we have to do is start the handset, pioneered by LG G series, the handset’s physical keys are found on the back which includes the power button sandwiched between the volume rocker that sits right below the camera lens.
After going through the process of starting the handset for the first time which includes setting up the handset and creating an account on Google, the handset finally takes us to the home screen. The L Fino uses the default LG theme/launcher that sits on top of Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) which is currently found on every new LG handsets in the market today including the company’s flagship devices.
We then check out the camera as it comes with a main 8 Megapixel autofocus camera sensor with LED flash, the front is a rather basic camera module with VGA quality output. We’ve managed to play with the imaging capabilities of the handset in which we think is good enough as a daily driver. The front shooter features a camera light effect courtesy of the display which turns the display white while a smaller viewfinder window sits on the center of the screen, it also features gesture controls that tracks hand movements to take a photo.
The settings menu is quietly organized, it also support Guest mode functionality which allows us to let other people use our devices with predefined functionality and available apps. Other things that made us excited about is how easy it is to switch between two SIM cards. aside from the setting menu, LG devices will conveniently allow users to customized the on-screen buttons with one of the is the SIM switcher which provide convenience to us.
One thing that doesn’t really impressed me is the built-in loud-speaker which is in mono setup which doesn’t sound great at high volumes. The included earphones works ok and it’s the regular earphones not the in-ear earphone type, but still works ok and gives justice to the stereo output that the L Fino is capable with.
Connecting the handset to the PC is also breeze, using the supplied USB cord and after the usual software installs the first time we attached the device, our PC took us directly to the built-in storage directory of the device as the L Fino defaults to Mass Storage option for us. We were trying to add media contents to the L Fino and the speed is just everything we wanted for a device.
You might ask, is the LG L Fino a good daily driver? Well, At the end of the testing day the new LG L Fino being an entry-level device delivered more than what we expected on the device with minor disadvantage on the speaker. But who’s going to complain about it, as everything else is just right in place and for the price you pay, we’re already sold to that. What we need now is a good pair of speakers to bring out the crisp stereo output of the LG L Fino and running on a Prepaid SIM, we’re more concerned with topping our prepaid loads before trying everything else.