Our friends over at LG have sent us the AT&T LG Escape for us to review. AT&T has plenty of lower-budget devices currently available, but the LG Escape is a new device in this category. It comes in at just $49.99 with 2-year contract. Yet, it still has some nice features like 4G LTE speeds, Android 4.0, a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, and much more! This device is very similar to the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid(Click Here To See Our Full Review). But, should the AT&T LG Escape be your next smartphone? We will answer that in the full review, which begins right now!
LG has been known for making some very nicely designed smartphones. And I am glad to say that I personally like the AT&T LG Escape. This siding is mainly a black plastic with a design built-in to it and on either side it has a thin aluminum edge. The black plastic siding offers some grip for the smartphone, and this does come in handy. The back is a shiny plastic surface, that has an interesting textured design, that looks almost carbon fiber like. However, this design is under the clear plastic, so this does not help with the grip. On the back as well you have a LG logo, speaker, and 5 megapixel camera. For some reason they did not decide\ed to include an LED flash on the Escape. If you pop the back cover off you will find the AT&T Sim Card slot, micro SD card slot, and a 3.8 V Li-ion Battery. The plastic back is tougher than most other devices, as it has NFC(Near Field Communications) built-in, so you should be careful with the back cover. On the top of the device you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack, while the micro USB port can be found on the bottom of the device. Your power/sleep button can be found on the right hand side, and your volume rocker lives on the left hand side. Below the display you have 3 touch buttons, those being back, home, and menu. Above the display you have an earpiece, AT&T logo, LG logo, and the 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. The main issue I have with the design is that the power/sleep button is sometimes hard to use. It would be nice if it was pushed out of the more, as it would be easier to use. The volume rocker is much easier to use and they should have kept the design the same for both buttons. Besides for the power/sleep button the design of the AT&T LG Escape is very good.
The thing that lower end devices have begun having are some lower end hardware mixed with some new hardware, and giving it one of the newer flavors of Android. And the AT&T LG Escape just does that, you get speed from AT&T’s 4G LTE network and the 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor. This keeps the device going whenever and wherever it has to be. AT&T’s has a large backend, you can run on their 4G LTE, 4G HSPA+42, or even their 3G network. This way you can access data from almost anywhere. Keep in mind that data speeds depend on AT&T’s coverage in your area. The 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor gives the Escape a very strong software experience. It does not lag unless you have many heavy applications running at once and swiping back and forth between home screens is very smooth. The animations of the operating system are quite smooth as well. In terms of space to store all of your data you get around 4GB of Internal Space and you can expand thanks to the micro SD card slot. Now, let’s move onto the screen you get a 4.3-inch qHD IPS touch screen display that has a resolution of 960 X 540. Now, granted this display is not as good as the LG Nitro HD for AT&T, but it is not the worst display on the market. The colors look very vibrant, even when the brightness is on low. Images look real and very crisp, but it could be better. However, for a lower-end device this is a very nice display. I was very surprised that they decided to not put an LED flash along with the 5-megapixel camera on the Escape. And yes, in my opinion this is pretty much the same camera that is on the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid. Due to the fact that there is no flash, it kinds of removes your options from getting good photos that you take in darker lighting conditions. This is an everyday camera that takes some nice shots in well-lit conditions. The 1.3-megapuxel front facing camera takes very nice “selfies” or portrait shots and video chatting is very nice. Overall, LG and AT&T did a nice job with the hardware on the Escape.
The AT&T LG Escape is running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with an LG User Interface. This adds some cool features to the basic Android operating system. For instance you get LG QuickMemo, this allows you to take screenshots and customize them. This application/widget is one of the main features on the Verizon Wireless LG Intuition. You can compare it in some ways to S-Note on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. It is nice to see that LG is including it on some of their other lower-end devices as well. You can take a screenshot of a map and then customize it with what ever you would look to write on it. From there you can share it in an email, text message, social networks, and much more! You get a nice weather and clock widget, that comes in super handy. You can also sign in using the LG Facebook and the LG Twitter applications, this way you can access social media right from inside the application. Then you come to the pre-loaded applications, and there are a good amount on the LG Escape for AT&T. You get Amazon Kindle, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Locker, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Ready2Go, AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, Google App Suite, Facebook, Live TV, Messages, myAT&T, Polaris Office, Qik Lite, SmartShare, Twitter, Video Wiz, YouTube, YPMobile, and more! So, some of these you may never use but, others you will end up using quite frequently. These are the usual AT&T applications that come pre-loaded on devices, and for instance myAT&T will help you keep track of your bill. The good thing is that these applications perform very well on the Escape thanks to it’s 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor!
The AT&T LG Escape is a very nice lower-end Android smartphone. It comes in at an awesome price point of just $49.99 with a 2-year contract. For this price you get some features that pack a punch and others that don’t quit do as much. I personally like the design of the LG Escape a lot, expect for the one minor issue with the power button. It is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with LG QuickMemo pre-loaded. You get speed from AT&T’s 4G LTE and a 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor and inside you get 4GB of internal storage and micro SD card slot. You get an okay 4.3-inch qHD IPS touch screen display and a not so good 5 megapixel back camera. However, if you are looking for a low-end Android smartphone, that packs a punch with certain feature you should definitely consider the AT&T LG Escape. For More Information On The AT&T LG Escape, Please Click Here. We would like to thank LG USA Mobile for providing us with a copy of the “AT&T LG Escape”.