LG X Cam review
LG X Cam: Dual Camera
The LG X Cam is from LG’s new X series of smartphones that have been designed to bring a select ‘premium phone feature’ to mid-range buyers. In this case, the premium feature is a dual-camera and the details of this can be found in the camera section of this LG X Cam review.
Design - Arced glass
The LG X Cam has a front that is made from 3D arced glass. At the top and the bottom, this glass has been shaped to create a tapered finish and this does give this LG phone a somewhat unique look, and one that we can embrace.
This double wedge design starts thin enough in the middle of the phone, where it is 6.9mm thick. It then drastically thins by another 1.7mm to give an edge measurement of only 5.2mm.
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The visible portions of the frame on the front have a brushed metal looking finish and this catches and reflects the light, accentuating the arced design further.
Display - Full HD
This mid-range LG phone has a 5.2” Full HD display. This gives a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which equates to 424 pixels per inch. This is more than enough resolution to be blown away when watching TV and films.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Internet, email and navigation
The LG X Cam can be set up in just a few minutes, through the settings menu. Here you can connect to your home Wi-Fi to save you allowance of 4G internet data. If you have Bluetooth wireless accessories that these can be paired at this point too.
If you have a Gmail account, or want one, then this can be set up through the Gmail app. If you have any other email, or more than one (including Gmail), then instead add these email accounts through the Mail setting, found under Accounts in the main settings menu. Doing so will give you one unified email inbox.
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The Google Maps app is pre-loaded but if you want to use GPS navigation without an internet connection, then you should visit the Maps app first and download the free UK map, preferably over a Wi-Fi connection.
OS - Android Marshmallow
The operating system on the LG X Cam is Android Marshmallow and this brings with it several must-have features:
Google Assistant - The voice assistant really takes the work out of many tasks and because it understands natural conversational dialogue, there isn’t a strict list of commands to learn. The assistant can set reminders and alarms, make Google searches and even type you messages for you.
Now on Tap - This intuitive feature is one not to be overlooked. On any screen, make a long press on the home key and Now on Tap springs into action. The feature first of all scans the content on the page and then it presents the user with next action options. For example, if a hotel is mentioned then you will get icon links to call the hotel, take a 360 degree room tour, begin navigation to the hotel or visit the hotel’s website.
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This whole experience is powered by a 1.14GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. The 16GB internal memory can, if needed, be expanded by inserting a microSD card of any value up to 128GB.
Camera & Video
Photography - Dual camera
The premium feature on this X series phone is the dual camera, which LG originally debuted on the LG G5. The dual camera lenses sit side-by-side and includes a 13MP lens with a standard 78 degree field of view and a 5MP lens with a 120 degree wide angle field of view.
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In the viewfinder, both lenses are used and because of this it is possible to zoom out as well as zoom in. This feature comes into its own when taking photographs indoors. With limited space to move backwards, zooming out makes it easy to get everyone into the photo.
Once the shutter button is pressed, the LG X Cam takes two pictures simultaneously, one through each lens. These can be used to create unique results with frame-in-frame effects through the Pop-out Picture feature, which also gives Fisheye, Lens Blur, Vignette and B&W effects.
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The dual lenses also work with Tall and Wide Panorama. Once captured, it is possible to move through the panorama image, both sideways and up and down.
Selfie photography hasn’t been forgotten and we find a third 8MP camera lens to take care of this. The features are pretty standard with the addition of Gesture Shot, where a simple hand gesture begins a three second countdown timer.
Power - Battery optimisation
The 2,520mAh battery is pretty typical for mid-range phones and when needed there is a power saver and extreme power saving mode. In the history setting of the power menu it is possible to see the predicted battery life left, based upon previous usage, which is pretty useful and more informative than the battery indicator in the notification bar.
Final thoughts: The LG X Cam is unquestionably a great mid-range smartphone and its dual-camera makes it stand out against other phones that just have a stock Android experience.
Written by: Michael Brown