Trying Out Android

I thought I'd NEVER leave Blackberry but I did. I just got the new LG Escape smartphone and it's actually very nice. I cheated a little though and got to test it out for month before buying.



photo courtesy LG.com


The Escape measures 4.96 by 2.54 by 0.37 inches and weighs just 4.5 ounces. It's made of shiny black plastic with a light pattern printed on the back and a smoked chrome ring around the battery cover and display and looks and feels like a quality device. The design is minimalist-sleek. There's a volume rocker on the left edge, a power button on the right, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, and a microUSB port on the bottom. That's it. 



There's about half an inch of bezel on either side of the 4.3-inch, 960-by-540-pixel IPS LCD, which looks beautiful. It gets very bright, and its 256 pixel-per-inch density makes for sharp text and images. The phone is light and comfortable to hold, and typing in both portrait and landscape mode is fast and fluid. It has both a rear (5 megapixel) and front-facing camera for video chatting. Its running on AT&T's 4G LTE network, and features 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and runs incredibly fast data speeds, with downloads averaging 18Mbps, and uploads just over 12Mbps. Call quality is really good. Battery life seems very good so far averaging at 6 hours but will have to see how it does while running multiple applications.  It has a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960L processor so speed shouldn't be an issue. It's also running Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich," along with LG's Optimus UI overlay. 

 And now for the little extras that I love about the Escape. For those fun self portraits, when turning that camera around on yourself you don't have to worry about positioning your finger just right to press the photo button, simply say "Cheese!" and it automatically snaps the photo! Yes it's very cool! There's also photo editing functions built right into the phone that in the past I've had to use 3rd party apps for. Additionally on video recordings you can eliminate shutter lag with the "Time Catch Shot".

There's also "Quick Memo" where you can write directly on your screen or on media that you want to text or email out to others.


I'm still discovering more but for a phone that was $49.99 it packs quite a punch.  


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