The Good The LG Volt 2 is not cheap and will launch many popular Android games and apps just fine. The phone also has Android Lollipop.
The Bad The camera strikes out images that are dim and lifeless. Boost Mobile’s performance in San Francisco is also sluggish. There is only about 4GB of storage.
The Bottom Line The LG Volt 2 is a reliable performer, but there are better options to ask for this price.
The LG Volt 2 is not an exciting smartphone. But $ 150 on Boost Mobile – without a contract – is also not very expensive.
It’s a device that will make the most of everything a modern smartphone needs, without being particularly fanciful or flashy. You get an LTE connection, a processor that doesn’t suffocate in popular Android games or 720p video, and a 5-inch display that looks pretty good, despite the disappointing 1280×720 pixel resolution.
If you are looking for a new device or live in an area with powerful Boost Mobile service and don’t want to spend a lot of money, Volt 2 can earn you a shortlist. But you have a lot of options – and the best ones, which won’t cost much more.
Check out the LG Volt 2 (pictures)
Design and build
- 5-inch display, 1280×720 pixels resolution
- 5.5 by 2.75 by 0.4 inches (139.7 by 69.9 by 10.2 mm)
- 294 pixels per inch
- 136 grams
LG has a bit of a curved device (see: the LG Logos ), and that doesn’t change with Volt 2. I’m not convinced that the gentle curve adds a lot in the way of added comfort or utility. It’s also a very small curve – one that you barely notice when it is in your pocket or hands. Otherwise, the phone is quite simple: a simple black plate with a rim that is not too expressive.
On the spine are the only physical buttons – the power button is locked between the volume controls. They are good for fingers and probably ease the curves of the phone, but I still prefer the buttons in a more traditional place.
The Volt 2 has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It’s not full HD, which is disappointing, but unless you’re a sticker for 1080p streaming video, you’ll be fine. Pixel density is 294 pixels per inch, and text on web sites looks clear and crisp. The colors in the photos also stay true, and I didn’t notice any contrast deterioration when turning the phone.
OS and apps
- Android Lolipop 5.1.1
- Not too many pre-loaded programs
Volt 2 runs Android Lollipop 5.1.1, the latest version of the operating system (as of this text). It’s not very common for a phone at this price point, and quite commendable – you’re getting the latest may be offered by the Android operating system .
The LG Optimus UI Android skin runs the show, replacing familiar icons with LG-approved alternatives, and repairs all operating system menus. I prefer a pristine Android review, but if you’re not very specific or just unfamiliar with Android, your experience here should be great. Too many preinstalled programs; You will come across the usual fee for managing your Boost Mobile account, but most of the rest can be simply deleted.
Cameras and video
- 8MP camera
- 5 megapixel front camera
- 1080p video recording
The LG Volt 2’s 8MP camera produces good, if not particularly exemplary, shots. And by default, up to a 6MP aspect ratio of 16: 9. You can put more stuff in a shot, but the quality reduction is noticeable – it’s best to bring it down to a 4: 3 aspect ratio that shoots at the highest resolution of the camera.
The images you will capture with the Volt 2 are not great, but they will be made extremely. The colors look a little flat and whites are easy to swell even in humble sunlight, but there are still plenty of details that should make it well suited for snapshots on the social network.
You can use Gesture Shot to set up a simple selfie – squeeze or comb your hand in front of your phone to start the selfie timer. If you prefer hand-hooking, you can activate the Cheese Shot, and the camera shutter will fire when you say Cheese, LG, Smile, Kimchi, or Whiskey. The Volt 2 also records 1080p videos. No effort here, but you can click to focus while recording if you need to adjust the exposure or monitor the action.
Productivity of equipment
- 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- 8 GB internal storage (4 GB); 1 GB of RAM
- Up to 32GB expandable
- 2,450mAh battery (removable)
The Volt 2 has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2 GHz processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. That’s about the price, if not particularly impressive. Performance in new Android games, such as Modern Combat 5, is not bad, but a casual rate like most my favorite games for android , runs fine.
You will have a lot more problems with a scant 8GB of storage: you can only get about 4GB after logging in to the operating system. If you plan to receive applications, you will definitely want to pick up a microSD memory card – your phone can support up to 32 GB cards.
The performance on these synthetic tests meets the exact equipment and our expectations. Volt 2 edges past both Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and the LG Logos , but these devices are a little cheaper.
And when you remove from the front of the phone to insert a memory card, you’ll find a 2,540mAh battery. It is removable, so you can change stock if you need more juice. The battery snapshot test on CNET video playback took an average of 9 hours 54 minutes. This is quite a bit of a predecessor – the original Volt had a larger 3000 mAh battery and averaged 16 hours and 21 minutes.
Call quality and data rate
- CDMA: 800/1900
- LTE: 700/850/1700/1900/2500
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n
Volt 2 runs on Boost Mobile, and overall network performance is not stellar here in San Francisco. I saw an average of 2.9 Mbps down and about 4.2 Mbps. These speeds depend on your location and time of day, so as always, be sure to check the coverage map before making any decisions.
During call tests, I never experienced any canceled calls, and I did not receive any complaints about static or other anomalies. I have been told that at times it seems a little distant to me – but your experience will depend on a wide variety of conditions.
Not surprisingly, many smartphones are fighting for the great position of the best cheap phone. And while the Volt 2 is not a bad phone, there are too many competitors that offer all the same features with small apps.
If you want to stick with Boost Mobile, GSM only Motorola Moto E 4G starts at $ 99. It’s a bit smaller and less feature-rich, but offers a fun, compact experience. I would recommend Motorola Moto G , which starts at $ 180, but offers several additional benefits, such as Motorola Ass from Motorola. Better yet, you get a mostly unbroken Android Lollipop experience – always a plus in my book.
If you are looking for a budget phone and get settled on the LG Volt 2, you will not be disappointed – this is not a bad phone! But first, look for better options.