LG Optimus F6 review

6.5/10 AVG.
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6.5/10
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The LG Optimus F6 currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Decent performance without lag
  • Good viewing angles and color reproduction
  • Excellent call quality through earpiece

What's bad

  • Low resolution display leads to pixelization
  • Camera takes very poor low-light images
  • Very limited internal memory

Targeted towards the budget market, the LG Optimus F6 offers a fairly basic smartphone experience from its design to its hardware. Measuring in at 5.04 x 2.59 x 0.4 inches at a weight of 130 grams, which is similar to other budget phones like the HTC Desire 601.

According to reviewers, the design does little to stand out from the crowd and, despite its good build quality and comfort, is easily forgettable.

The focal point of the phone is its 4.5-inch IPS display. With a resolution of 540x960, it only offers a 245ppi pixel density. Reviewers did notice some slight pixelization around icons and texts and when watching trailers, though they go on to praise the device's color accuracy and good viewing angles. Still, Phone Arena says, "…it does not compare to even last year's flagship devices and their HD displays."

Running the Optimus F6 is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Although not as fast as any flagship phones, in everyday use experts did not notice any lag when going scrolling through the home screen or when opening and using apps. However, when put through various benchmark tests, the phone scored much lower than all of the category averages and even lower than the similarly priced Hydro Edge.

The device also offers much less storage than the average smartphone at only 4GB. With the OS and added software, that is further reduced to only 1.1GB out of box, though this can be expanded thanks to a microSD slot.

The 5 megapixel camera was a mixed bag for many reviewers. In even lighting conditions, some critics noticed issues with depth of field and background accuracy. PC Mag also notes problems with focusing and overexposure. Pictures taken in low-light condition were, "basically worthless" according to Phone Arena as they turned out soft and lacked crispness.

The one area that the Optimus F6 does excel is call quality. Reviewers were pleased with the volume and voice reproduction, comparing it to an actual landline when using the earpiece. Phonescoop did notice distortion once the calls were routed to speakerphone.

While LG might have skimped out on key features to lower the price tag, reviewers still consider the Optimus F6 a solid phone for budget-minded consumers. CNET states, "Users can get themselves a great Android smartphone without breaking the bank." Laptop Mag adds, "If you're looking for a lightweight phone with…plenty of handy apps, the LG F6 is a solid pick."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The software all works well. LG's customizations to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are extensive, and give owners plenty of control over the functions and features. All the basics are covered in spades, but the F6's camera falls a bit short. There are plenty of other smartphones in T-Mobile's roster that ar...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Cnet

Competitively priced and stocked with respectable hardware specs, the LG Optimus F6 is a worthy buy for T-Mobile customers who are big on value.

- Lynn La, Cnet
PhoneArena

As you would expect LG has made some compromises to keep the Optimus F6 affordable, but for a mid-range device they have put together an overall nice package. The device is well-built, has a good display for its class and incorporates many of the software features from LG’s higher end devices....

- Brian K., PhoneArena


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Common Questions


LG released the Optimus F6 on September 6, 2013.


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LG backs up the Optimus F6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.5"

The LG Optimus F6's screen size is 4.5 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8930 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2460mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2460 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 17 days standby time, 1170 minutes, 380 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Optimus F6 Specs

Overview
Release date September 6, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8930 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.98 W/kg
Body: 1.28 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2460 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 420 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 380 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1170 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 6.2 x 1.0 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 115 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 207 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Exposure compensation, Scenes, Voice activation, Time catch shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (Polaris Viewer 4)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG D500

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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

An entry-level smartphone that covers the basics and not much else

from Phone Scoop

The software all works well. LG's customizations to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are extensive, and give owners plenty of control over the functions and features. All the basics are covered in spades, but the F6's camera falls a bit short. There are plenty of other smartphones in T-Mobile's roster that...More

The software all works well. LG's customizations to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are extensive, and give owners plenty of control over the functions and features. All the basics are covered in spades, but the F6's camera falls a bit short. There are plenty of other smartphones in T-Mobile's roster that are superior to the F6, but they carry much higher price points. That makes the Optimus F6 a good buy for the budget-minded.

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Cnet

Reliable Android handset for the price-conscious

from Cnet

Competitively priced and stocked with respectable hardware specs, the LG Optimus F6 is a worthy buy for T-Mobile customers who are big on value.

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Competitively priced and stocked with respectable hardware specs, the LG Optimus F6 is a worthy buy for T-Mobile customers who are big on value.

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PhoneArena

The device is well-built, has a good display for its class

from PhoneArena

As you would expect LG has made some compromises to keep the Optimus F6 affordable, but for a mid-range device they have put together an overall nice package. The device is well-built, has a good display for its class and incorporates many of the software features from LG’s higher end devic...More

As you would expect LG has made some compromises to keep the Optimus F6 affordable, but for a mid-range device they have put together an overall nice package. The device is well-built, has a good display for its class and incorporates many of the software features from LG’s higher end devices. While the camera performance wasn’t great, it was acceptable for Instagram and Facebook shots, and the call quality was outstanding. It was rightly overshadowed during the G2 announcement, but if you’re in the market for an affordable, mid-range device the Optimus F6 is worth a look.

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