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LG Leon review

Katharine Byrne
14 Aug 2015
LG Leon
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
120
inc VAT SIM-free

The LG Leon has decent battery life and is very cheap on contract, but the lacklustre display falls short of the competition

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Specifications

Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Screen Size: 4.5in, Screen resolution: 854x480, Rear camera: 5 megapixels, Storage (free): 8GB (3.45GB), Wireless data: 3G, 4G, Size: 130x65x10.9mm, Weight: 140g, Operating system: Android 5.0.2

Battery Life

One of the Leon's best features is its outstanding battery life. In our continuous video playback test, its 1,900mAh battery managed an excellent 14h 01m when the screen brightness was set to 170cd/m2. That’s almost 30 minutes more than the 2nd Gen Moto E, and nearly 3 hours more than the LG Spirit.

Camera

You’re never going to get masses of detail from a 5-megapixel camera, but the Leon’s outdoor pictures were very grainy indeed, particularly along object outlines. When viewed at full resolution, clean edges were few and far between, giving everything a fuzzy, unfocused appearance. Admittedly, colours were clear and accurate, but I wouldn't want to use it for anything more than quick social media uploads.

In fact, the Leon's camera is arguably more suited to indoor photography where compositions are usually a little less complicated. Shooting our still life, for instance, produced some pretty decent pictures for a 5-megapixel camera, and while colours were perhaps a tad murky, there were far fewer jagged edges. Naturally, noise increased when the lights dimmed, but its decent LED flash makes up for it.

LG Leon camera test

^ Colours were impressive for a 5-megapixel camera, but there wasn't much detail on show

LG Leon camera test indoors

^ With our external lamp turned on, object outlines were surprisingly smooth when shooting indoors

Conclusion

Ultimately, though, the LG Leon's bland grey plastic design just doesn't feel or look as good as the customisable 2nd Gen Moto E. The Leon is noticeably slimmer, but its sharper corners just aren't as comfortable in the hand. Likewise, the Moto E's side buttons are much easier to find than the Leon's rear power and volume keys. Combined with its poor screen, the Leon just doesn't quite measure up.

As a result, the 2nd Gen Moto E remains my budget phone of choice for those looking for an ultra-cheap contract. However, if you'd rather buy the phone outright and don't mind going for a large 5.5in handset, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is much better value for £125 on PAYG.

Hardware
ProcessorQuad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
RAM1GB
Screen size4.5in
Screen resolution854x480
Screen typeIPS
Front camera0.3 megapixels
Rear camera5 megapixels
FlashLED
GPSYes
CompassYes
Storage (free)8GB (3.45GB)
Memory card slot (supplied)microSD
Wi-Fi802.11n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0
NFCNo
Wireless data3G, 4G
Size130x65x10.9mm
Weight140g
Features
Operating systemAndroid 5.0.2
Battery size1,900mAh
Buying information
WarrantyOne-year RTB
Price SIM-free (inc VAT)£120
Price on contract (inc VAT)Free on £8.50-per-month contract
Prepay price (inc VAT)£85
SIM-free supplierwww.carphonewarehouse.com
Contract/prepay supplierwww.carphonewarehouse.com / www.vodafone.co.uk
Detailswww.lg.com/uk
Part codeLG H340N

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