LG X Screen review
Always-on display at an affordable price
For shoppers on a budget, the LG X series is the best thing to happen this decade. The ethos is to bring key premium features to the market but without the price tag and the LG X Screen is the first to do this.
The key premium feature in question is the always-on second screen and we will take a detailed look at this in the features section of this LG X Screen review.
Display - HD in-cell
The main display on the LG X Screen is a 4.93” HD in-Cell touch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which equates to 298 pixels per inch.
In-cell displays have been around since 2012 and combine all of the screen elements, such as the touch sensors and display pixels, into one layer. This is important as it allows smartphone manufacturers to create both light and thin phones.
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This is shown off to its best effect on the LG X Screen which measures only 7.1mm thick, making it as thin as most modern flagship smartphones.
Design - Glass fibre
The LG X Screen has an all glass front that is paired up with a glass fibre back, making the transition between front and back almost unnoticeable. Glass fibre is more impact resistant than glass, giving this phone tough and durable qualities.
The exterior has clean lines and a sleek looking design and this isn’t broken up by the power and volume keys, which sit almost flush with the body.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Android Marshmallow, memory & navigation
Getting started on an Android Marshmallow smartphone is pretty easy. Owners can set up a Gmail email account through the Gmail app. Existing email accounts can be added through the preloaded email app and through this, multiple email accounts can run through one unified inbox.
Android Marshmallow comes with the Chrome web browser and this automatically brings across bookmarks, previously saved using the Chrome browser on other devices, such as a laptop or computer.
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Apps, music, games and media can be downloaded onto the 16GB internal memory, which can be expanded upon through the microSD card slot. Android security is top notch and offers the choice of a PIN, pattern or password protected lock screen.
The whole experience is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and with GPS and Google Maps it is possible download maps for offline navigation.
Second display - Always-on
The LG X Screen gains notoriety through its second display, which is always on. This sits above the main display and measures 1.76” with a resolution of 520 x 80 pixels.
In many ways, the secondary display is more useful than an all-in-one always-on display. This is because the secondary display is always visible, even when using apps or streaming TV.
The secondary display shows message notifications and the touch surface can be used to answer calls or skip music tracks, among other things. The battery status and time are visible in this area, making it perfect for use as a bedside clock.
The always-on display on the LG X Screen can be used to show quick action settings, making it really easy to turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off or capture screenshots, which can then be drawn upon.
The area is fully customisable, so users can drag up to four apps onto the secondary display or place their name or a favourite motto there.
Camera & Video
Photography - Better than expected
The camera on the LG X Screen is far better than what is typically seen on smartphones in this price bracket. The 13MP lens has all of the resolution that you could desire and this is very useful when cropping images, as the definition remains clear and brings detail into focus that isn’t visible when viewing the whole image on a 5” screen.
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On the opposite side of the phone is an 8MP camera and once again this is better than that typically found on budget friendly camera phones. Face Detecting Auto Shot makes it easy to capture selfies with a natural pose and the main camera can be used to capture 1080p high definition video.
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As the LG X Screen is powered by Android Marshmallow, users have access to the Google Photos App. This can be used to backup photos online and gain access to them from any device, as well as offering a photo editing tool.
Power - Always-on power drain
The LG X Screen has a 2,300mAh battery, which gives the power reserves needed to get through the day.
Here it is worth noting that the always-on display consumes 0.8% of the battery each hour. This is offset though against the fact that the user doesn’t need to power up the whole display to check the time or see notifications. So, all-in-all the standby times are still on a level playing field with phones that do not have an always-on display.
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Final thoughts: Count up the number of times that you pick up your smartphone and check the time and notifications each day and it is soon apparent that of all the premium phone features that you could have, this is by far the most useful.
Written by: Michael Brown