The LG G Vista is a phone that has gone a bit under the radar as it’s been overshadowed by the release of the LG G3 and future release of the iPhone 6. That being said, it’s more than worthy of being your daily driver.
The first thing you’ll find inside of this AT&T box is the LG G Vista itself and it looks like a larger version of the LG G2 which is a good thing. Next you’ll find the charging cable and power brick to charge up the device, and lastly we have some AT&T paperwork going over warranty information and whatnot.
When it comes to the build quality of the Vista it’s about what you would expect from LG. The back is made of a nice slick plastic material that feels solid in the hand. It can, however, get a little slippery at times, so for that reason I would recommend using a case or skin on it to give the device a little bit more grip. When it comes to the weight of the G Vista though, I was really really surprised, it’s only 168 grams which is pretty darn light for a phone as large as the vista.
Speaking of the form factor, I did expect the Vista to be a bit larger considering it has a 5.7 inch display, but LG did a fantastic job fitting in as much screen real estate into as small of space as possible. I still have some trouble one handing this device since it is so large, but that’s pretty much expected.
When it comes down to the pure power this phone has, it’s no where near what you get compared to a Galaxy S5, or HTC One (M8) but the low price tag reflects that. The LG G Vista houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor, 1.5GBs of RAM, and the Adreno 305 GPU. Sure the Vista doesn’t contain the most powerful internals, but these are more than capable of running the Android operating system quickly and fluidly.
Here I’ll show you guys a little bit of gaming on the Vista with a game called Racing Moto, it’s not very graphic intensive but it runs really smooth and nicely, so this phone should do a solid job with all your day to day tasks.
Moving onto the software, I’m not really a huge fan of LG’s custom skin but there are a lot of really cool features that most people probably don’t know about. The first one is knock code which allows you to make a pattern of taps to unlock your phone. It’s really convenient and something I wish the HTC One (M8) had. It keeps the quick convenience of double tapping the device to unlock, but adds another level of security to it. Along with that there’s also some other cool features you can use to silence calls or pause videos, I haven’t really found myself using them, but they are there.
The display on the AT&T LG G Vista measures 5.7 inches diagonally and it really is large. That being said, it’s only 720p resolution which means it doesn’t look quite as clear as something like the Galaxy S5. For me the display did look a little bit grainy when compared to the HTC One (M8) but I asked a couple of people who had the Moto X and iPhone 5S to compare the differences, and they said both displays look about the same. So unless you’re already used to looking at an ultra high resolution panel, you’ll love the LG G Vista.
Something most people might not know about the LG G Vista is that the buttons are actually placed on the back, which I’ve found to actually be really convenient. I’ve previously used the LG G2 which had rear facing buttons and I really enjoyed them. To me, having soft rounded edges makes the phone look much nicer, and rear facing buttons are much more easy to navigate to. It’ll take a good couple of weeks to get used to, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it.
Right above those two volume rockers you’ll find an 8 megapixel camera that supports geo tagging and does a decent job of taking pictures. It’s certainly no iPhone 5S or Galaxy S5 but it’s good enough to take a quick pic to upload to Instagram or other social media, just don’t be disappointed if it takes a couple tries to get that perfect shot. The video is just about the same story, it shoots full 1080p video but lacks auto stabilization and sometimes the white balance can get a little bit off at times.
One of the best things about the LG G Vista is the incredible battery life. Somehow LG has managed to squeeze a 3,200 mAh battery into this thin form factor which is extremely impressive. Getting through a full day of battery life won’t be an issue and most days I would end up with around 35-40% left. Most of this is thanks to the 720p resolution which allows the phone to expend less energy on the display compared to the amount of energy it would use if it were 2k or 1080p.
Anyway, the LG G Vista is a solid mid range device that you really can’t go wrong with. It offers a large beautiful display, some really cool built in software features, and some of the best battery life around. That being said, it really is on the larger side and the specs are a bit out dated. If you’re interested in checking this phone out, you can do so from the link in the description. If you enjoyed this video be sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe for more content like this. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you all, next time.