LG Optimus F6
Design The Optimus F6 sticks to the basic design principles that LG has used on previous mid-range devices, and while it may not grab your attention the F6 is a good looking device. It is more rounded than the Optimus L9 it replaces, but the two devices share many other design elements including the physical home button below the display.
Around the edges youâ€™ll find the usual array of buttons and ports, with two exceptions. The first is an IR port next to the headphone jack up top, and the second is a dedicated QuckButton key above the volume rocker on the left. By default the QuickButton opens LGâ€™s QuickMemo, allowing you to make notes or doodle over the current screenshot, but the button is configurable and can launch any app installed. If you set it as a camera shortcut it will double as a physical shutter button.
While the button placement is a bit odd, we really like the customization offered here. We would prefer the volume rocker be a bit larger and for a bit more travel to the side buttons, although there is a tactile click when you activate one.
The dark blue battery cover has a subdued digital pattern to it. The 5 megapixel camera with LED flash resides up top, and the phoneâ€™s single speaker at the bottom. The Optimus F6 is constructed entirely out of plastic- not out of the ordinary for midrange phones- but avoids feeling cheap. The build quality is good, with tight seams and no plastic creak. It feels good in the hand, if not a bit slippery, and is up to par with similarly-constructed Samsung devices.
Display The Optimus F6 features a 4.5â€? IPS display, which we really like, but only a 540x960 (qHD) resolution. That makes for a slightly underwhelming 245ppi, although there are certainly worse displays out there. It is easy to read at extreme angles and in harsh light, with good color and strong brightness. Thanks to these secondary features media generally looks natural and crisp, although individual pixels can be seen if you look. It is one of the better displays you can hope for on a mid-range device, although it does not compare to even last yearâ€™s flagship devices and their HD displays.
Processor and Memory The LG Optimus F6 runs off a dual core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. This is paired with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, only 1.3GB of which are available to the user. Storage can be expanded via microSD, although the device ships without one. While the processor and memory specs are on the lower end, they deliver a smooth UI performance. The limited internal storage is a long-term concern however, as over 400MB of the available 1.3GB is taken by the pre-installed apps. In fact, despite only having 5 common apps running in the background Vellamo warned us that our internal memory was low, and GFX Bench gave us a similar warning even though it was the only app running.
Interface and Software LG has brought many of last year’s high end features like Q-Slide and QuickMemo to the Optimus F6, but understandably doesn’t feature this year’s crop of software enhancements. The UI is familiar if... click here to keep reading