LG K8 review
Affordable yet Stylish
The LG K8 is a very affordable Android smartphone that has an appealing design and several LG enhancements. The LG K8 is available on contract in the UK from £7.50 per month, which is very cheap when we compare it to the higher-spec LG X Screen, available from £12 per month in the UK.
Design - Arced glass and woven back
The first thing that this LG K8 review reveals is a design that suggests that this phone is more expensive than it actually is. On the front there is 2.5D arced glass and this meets a woven back cover that gives a firm grip.
On the back we find a rear-mounted speaker grill and a multi-function key. Positioned for the index finger, this power/lock key can be tapped or pushed up or down to adjust the volume. The ridged shape of this key makes it easy to locate.
Hardware - HD display and MediaTek processor
The 5” HD touch display has a resolution of 720x1280 pixels and IPS in-cell technology makes the display bright and viewable indoors, outdoors, under bright sunlight and from wide viewing angles.
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The 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, with 1.5GB RAM, performs very well indeed and is good enough to play 3D games, Pokemon Go and multitask, rivaling the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors used on similarly priced smartphones.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Security
The LG K8 benefits from a series of LG security services:
- Knock Code - This service allows the user to create an unlock code using a combination of screen taps. A big benefit of a Knock Code is that users can use the same sequence of knocks even when the screen is off, to unlock the phone.
- Smart Lock - This feature is designed to make life a little easier for those that use either a Knock Code or PIN. Smart Lock can be set to keep the LG K8 unlocked when a Bluetooth device is connected, when the phone recognises your face or when the phone is in certain locations such as work or home.
- KnockON - Here the user experience is improved with the option to double tap the screen to turn it on or off, which is a good solution for those who don’t want to locate the rear key to perform these actions.
Memory - Storage and backup
The LG K8 suffers from a minimal internal memory of 8GB and of this, only 3.4GB is available to the user. Thankfully a microSD card slot is available and this supports memory cards with a value of up to 32GB. The cost of microSD cards has fallen sharply in recent years, so this shouldn’t be a point that deters you from making a purchase.
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For those who wish to manage their photos, music, videos and documents using a PC, a free download of the LG Bridge software is available and this can connect to the LG K8 using Wi-Fi or data. To backup and restore data a USB cable is required and this is included in the box.
Memos - Capture+
Capture+ is LG’s tool for easily creating memos, no matter what you are doing on the phone. When the screen is off, the Capture+ featured can be accessed quickly by pushing the volume key up twice. Memos can even be created during a call and can have pictures attached to them.
OS - Android Marshmallow
The Android Marshmallow operating system is pre-loaded and this gives the LG K8 a series of useful apps from Google that includes the Chrome web browser, Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Google Voice Search, Drive and Google Voice Typing.
The Google assistant can be used for all manner of tasks such as creating reminders and Now on Tap makes life even easier, by at the touch of a button, offering links relating to the content shown of the display. These links could be for hotel and restaurant reviews, YouTube videos or virtual 360 tours of mentioned locations.
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All of these services work in conjunction with the LG K8’s GPS, Wi-Fi and 4G.
Camera & Video
Photography - Gesture and voice control
The shutter of the 5MP selfie camera can be controlled by making a hand gesture or by using a voice command such as ‘smile’ or ‘cheese’. These commands start a 3-second timer, giving you plenty of time to pose. When light is low, the Flash for Selfie illuminates your face by using the light emitted from the screen.
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The 8MP main camera has good colour reproduction and the camera can be activated quickly when the screen is off, by pushing the volume button down twice. The user can adjust the countdown timer for staged shots, get in close with 4x digital zoom or record video at a quality of 1080p.
Power - Removable battery
The 2,125mAh battery offers up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 12 days of standby. If power is usually an issue for you, then the battery saver will help you get the most out the LG K8’s reserves. As the battery is removable, it is also possible to buy a second battery and swap it out when needed.
Final thoughts - LG has done a good job with the K8 and if you are looking to spend as little as possible then this is a good choice for those who like the unique looks of an LG phone and want Android’s latest OS.
Written by: Michael Brown