LG K10: Hands-On Overview

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LG Electronics Inc is a Korea-based company that manufactures electronic products. LG is famous for its range of Liquid Crystal Display televisions, LCD monitors and plasma TVs, besides which it also has a mobile business that deals both with communications and handsets. The LG Stylus G4 is one of the more popular models launched by LG in recent times. The LG India brand has built its reputation on the strength of its vast retail and sales network in the country and the durability of its product offerings. We check out one of the latest smartphone launched by LG-The LG K10.

Design & Display

LG K10 has a 5.3 inch IPS display with 2.5D Arc Glass Design. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The arc design ensures that the display screen is not flat but gently rounded and sloping down towards the edges. The unique design ensures clear visibility, and also makes the phone drool worthy. The sloping edges makes the phone very easy to grip. Moreover, The entire backside of the phone sports a pebble-like design allowing for firm grip, thereby ensuring that the phone never slips out of your hand. The LG K10, like all other LG models is conspicuous by the absence of home button at the front bottom. (Instead it appears on the rear just below the camera.) The volume control buttons are also positioned above and below the rear home button. The microUSB port and the 3.55 mm headphone jack are at the bottom of the phone. The overall design of the LG K10 is easily one of the best I have seen in any of the middle segment phones that have been launched of late.

Speed and Performance

The LG K10 is powered by a 1.2 Ghz quad core MT6582 processor with 2GB DDRRAM3, and is also accompanied by Mali GPU. There is 16 GB in-built storage which is expandable. It is a really joy to operate the controls on the LG K10. It was smooth, and typing was especially a pleasure-some experience given that the keypad is extendable to cover a greater portion of the screen. The K10 also allows users to create their own buttons and choose symbols he is most comfortable with. The easy navigability coupled with the flexibility afforded works in favour of the LG K10 as far as operable comfort is concerned. The processor is powerful enough to sustain itself even when working with resource-intensive apps, with no accompanying lag. The 2 GB DDRRAM3 performance is on par with 3GB RAM on most other phones in its class.

The LG K10 is Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based along with LG’s now UI layered on top. The phone has attained a GeekBench score of 1178 in multi core benchmark test, and is seen to perform well even on AnTUTu benchmark tests.

Sound & Camera

The LG K10 comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front selfie camera which responds to various kinds of gestures-showing a fist was one of the ways to take a selfie! Both The rear and front selfie cameras come with features such as autofocus and LeD flash. Apart from this, there are a range of other features that the LG K10 offers, few of which are mentioned below.

Geotagging allows tagging of photos as per the location they were taken at. Nowadays, we have advanced geotagging software making use of Artificial Intelligence technology, such as the ones that Google photos employs. The LG K10 phone also allows touch focus which is self-explanatory, apart from the which there is also face-detection and Panaroma effects offered.

The phone makers have tried to market this as an ideal selfie phone, as evidenced by the features offered by the front camera and the testimony from the phone makers themselves. The clarity of the pictures that I took were awesome. The videos played very smoothly with no accompanying lag. Also, the sound quality on the LG K 10 was superb.

Battery

A removable Li-On 2300 mAh battery powers The LG K 10. It packs reasonable power to keep the phone going for long even under heavy stress-load. At the price-point it comes for, the battery is pretty much average compared to other phones in its category.

Other Features:

All standard connectivity options are offered by the LG K10 including WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The phone comes with accelerometer and proximity sensors. Most of the latest software comes bundled with the LG K10 including document viewer, photo/ video editor, messaging apps, MP4/MP3 players, etc.

Final Verdict:
All said, the LG K10 is a chic piece that boasts of a good camera. With its unique designing and superior selfie camera, it has primarily been targeted at the young audience. The phone packs decent power, enough to let you get over with your day to day browsing, gaming needs and narcissistic tendencies. The battery is also decent provided multiple applications are not opened at the same time that might result in battery drain issues.

Undoubtedly, The display of the LG K10 is a highlight of the phone which is understandable considering display technology is what LG specialises in. Not only does it have aesthetic value but is also built to last. Existent LG users who own other LG products-LG plasma TVS, LCD screens-will vouch for it. But the phone does come across as a tad too highly priced when compared to other phones in its category. Unless you are taken over by the beauty of the phone, and rank the drool worthiness of a phone alongside other parameters like battery and processor performance, you should consider other options, which are available aplenty.

The Breakdown


Design & Display
8
Speed & Performance
7.5
Camera
7.5
Battery
7
Value for Money
6.5