LG L70 Smartphone Review

Michael Moser (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 06/20/2014

Knock knock, L70 here! LG positions their L70 in the lower-middle class as an entry-level device for those who are new to smartphones. A 4.5-inch display, dual-core SoC from Qualcomm and chic design mingle with 4 GB of internal memory and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. A removable battery completes the package. But the smartphone has its deficits too.

For the original German review, see here.

LG's L series is comprised of entry-level smartphones. The L70 is the newest member of this brigade: A 4.5-inch device with an IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 dual-core SoC that clocks at 1.2 GHz, and 1 GB of RAM. Further features include: 4 GB of internal flash memory (expandable by up to 64 GB with a microSD card), Android 4.4.2 KitKat, WLAN b/g/n and UMTS. The battery can be switched out, and the device boasts of a 5-megapixel lens for photography fans. The recommended retail price is currently 200 Euros (~$270). The LG L40, which offers many of the same components, only costs about half as much -- is our test device twice as good?

The LG L70 comes up against a plethora of competitors, including the Huawei Ascend G610, the Kazam Thunder Q4.5, the Motorola Moto G, and the Nokia Lumia 630. LG's own somewhat larger LG L90 also counts among the contenders.

Case

The LG L70's manufacturing quality is very good.
The LG L70's manufacturing quality is very good.

In terms of its design, the LG L70's case is closely related to that of the LG L40. It is pleasing to the eye, though somewhat unimaginative. However, there are a few differences between the two devices' cases. The front remains the same besides the shift to larger proportions, while the back cover is no longer roughened and thus provides less grip. The display's glass surface is not exceptionally resistant to pressure. We are fans of the rounded corners and the size, which feels ideal for users with medium-sized or large hands. The L70 "inherited" the L40's very good manufacturing quality and high degree of resistance to twisting. Considering the smartphone's size, its low weight of 126 grams (~0.28 lbs) is definitely a plus, as are its comparably compact dimensions -- thanks to the device's narrow display frame.

Connectivity

The connections the LG L70 offers are standard for its class. Besides a micro-USB 2.0 port and the obligatory 3.5 mm jack, the smartphone is also equipped with slots for both SIM and microSD cards. The physical keys function reliably and provide no cause for complaint.

Right side: Power button
Right side: Power button

Software

Like all the devices in the current L series, the LG L70 also runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Additionally, LG overlaid the OS with their own Easy UI, familiar from the LG L40.

GPS Test
GPS Test

Communication & GPS 

LG equipped their L70 with WLAN b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 for data transfer over short distances. The WLAN reception is stable, though it could certainly offer a larger reception range -- compared to other devices the reception strength falls in the lower third. The smartphone also offers GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) and UMTS dual-band (900/2100). 3G enables the user to download at 21 Mbit/s and upload at 5.76 Mbit/s. The 3G reception strength is good.

The GPS Test app attests that the A-GPS module's reception strength is quite good. In our navigation test, compared to the professional Garmin Edge 500, the LG L70 deviated further from our actual course in difficult environments, like our path through the forest, or along more curvy stretches. Ultimately, however, the A-GPS module's performance is good enough to be attractive.

LG L70: overview
LG L70: overview
LG L70: bridge
LG L70: bridge
LG L70: forest
LG L70: forest
Garmin Edge 500: overview
Garmin Edge 500: overview
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: forest
Garmin Edge 500: forest

Telephone Function & Speech Quality

Unfortunately, everything we said about the LG L40 is still true here. Compared to said predecessor device, neither the speech nor the audio quality has improved. The dull, tinny timbre of the sound is disappointing.

Cameras & Multimedia

While the LG L40 had no webcam, our test device has gained this feature. However, due to its low resolution of 0.3 MP and correspondingly terrible image quality, the webcam is practically useless. The main camera on the L70 now has a higher resolution of 5 megapixels (2560x1920 pixels) and also offers an LED flash. The lens can still only record video at 800x400 pixels.

Directly compared with the competition, the L70's main camera is clearly deficient in some areas. The photos appear a little overexposed, the colors are weak, and the details lack sharpness. This is more or less acceptable for snapshots, but users who enjoy taking photos will not be pleased with the camera's image quality.

LG L70: fruit
LG L70: fruit
LG L70: scene
LG L70: scene
LG L70: environment
LG L70: environment
Apple iPhone 5: fruit
Apple iPhone 5: fruit
Apple iPhone 5: scene
Apple iPhone 5: scene
Apple iPhone 5: environment
Apple iPhone 5: environment
Nokia Lumia 1020: fruit
Nokia Lumia 1020: fruit
Nokia Lumia 1020: scene
Nokia Lumia 1020: scene
Nokia Lumia 1020: environment
Nokia Lumia 1020: environment
Sony A57: fruit
Sony A57: fruit
Sony A57: scene
Sony A57: scene
Sony A57: environment
Sony A57: environment

Accessories

Here the LG L70 offers nothing more than the few accessories that are standard for its class: Alongside the smartphone, you will find just the battery, a quick-start guide and a modular power supply.

Warranty

LG outfits their L70 with a 24-month warranty. The battery is only covered for 6 months.

Input Devices & Operation

When it comes to input devices, only the display size distinguishes the LG L70 from the LG L40 we previously reviewed -- thus, we direct you to our comprehensive review of the predecessor model for an extensive discussion of this topic. Very briefly: The multitouch screen works reliably and very precisely, and the Knock Code and Knock On features are on board again.

Due to the fact that the display now measures 4.5-inches on the diagonal, the L70's keyboards are of course larger than the L40's, which makes it even easier to write without typing errors.

In both portrait...
In both portrait...
...and landscape format, there is enough room to type.
...and landscape format, there is enough room to type.

Display

The LG L70's 4.5-inch IPS display has a resolution of 800x480 pixels and displays image content relatively sharply. At an average of 339.4 cd/m², the screen glows rather brightly -- though in comparison to the rest of the devices in its class, it once again lies in the lower third. The Kazam Thunder Q4.5, the Motorola Moto G, the Nokia Lumina 630 and even the LG L90 all surpass the L70 in brightness. The Huawei Ascend G610 is the only competing device that falls short of our test device's maximum brightness level (by about 40 cd/m²). Interesting detail: When the system is under a high level of load -- in our case, after we ran our benchmarks -- the LG L70 only reaches 90% of its maximum brightness level. This is the result of the device's higher temperatures under load.

At a 91% similarity across the screen, the display's brightness distribution is good. Almost all the smartphone's competitors do slightly worse here, except the LG L90, which comes in a tad ahead.

321
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
340
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 352 cd/m²
Average: 339.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 346 cd/m²
Black: 0.52 cd/m²
Contrast: 665:1

The display's black value of 0.52 cd/m² and contrast ratio of 665:1 are respectable for this price class, though the LG L90 and the Kazam Thunder Q4.5 do considerably better here. Subjectively, the L70's display is appealing overall.

Our measurements with the X-Rite i1pro 2 colorimeter and CalMAN software reveal that red tones are displayed somewhat weakly, while blue tones come across too strong. The average DeltaE deviation of 7.17 in mixed colors is a little too high, and the colors tend to have a slight greenish-yellow cast. The gamma value of 2.5 and color temperature of 10,363 K are much too high. At 7.42, the average DeltaE deviation in the grayscale is also higher than it ought to be. The grayscale is shrouded with a distinct blue cast. Even so, subjectively and in everyday use, these deficits will be hardly noticeable.

Color reproduction
Color reproduction
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation

In principle, the maximum brightness of 352 cd/m² is easily strong enough for outdoor use, but the lack of an ambient light sensor for automatic brightness control and the highly reflective display surface are both limiting factors here.

The panel's IPS technology guarantees a high degree of viewing-angle stability -- only at extreme viewing angles does the brightness diminish somewhat. Though IPS technology causes dark images to glow a little, this is hardly noticeable in everyday use.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The LG L70 is equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 SoC with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz, an integrated Adreno 302 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. This is a lower entry-level SoC, which explains why the smartphone's application performance is not exactly what you would call exceptional.

Compared to other members of its class, our test device comes in substantially behind its competitors in almost every benchmark. The only exceptions are the Huawei Ascend G610 and the Kazam Thunder Q4.5, which the LG L70 outstrips in some tests. However, in the AndroBench 3 storage test, our test device does quite well. Not good: Though apps can be stored on the microSD card, because the 1.41 GB of internal storage available to the user proves to be straight-up puny, larger applications cannot even be downloaded in the first place.

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
LG L70
4248 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G
5438 Points ∼4% +28%
Huawei Ascend G610
2773 Points ∼2% -35%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
3091 Points ∼2% -27%
LG L90
5761 Points ∼4% +36%
LG L40
4371 Points ∼3% +3%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
LG L70
4304 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G
5237 Points ∼1% +22%
Huawei Ascend G610
2333 Points ∼0% -46%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2636 Points ∼0% -39%
LG L90
5388 Points ∼1% +25%
LG L40
4482 Points ∼1% +4%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
LG L70
4062 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto G
6279 Points ∼12% +55%
Huawei Ascend G610
8145 Points ∼15% +101%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
7811 Points ∼14% +92%
LG L90
7606 Points ∼14% +87%
LG L40
4023 Points ∼7% -1%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
LG L70
2247 Points ∼2%
Motorola Moto G
2771 Points ∼2% +23%
Huawei Ascend G610
1321 Points ∼1% -41%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2049 Points ∼2% -9%
LG L90
2894 Points ∼2% +29%
LG L40
2285 Points ∼2% +2%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
LG L70
1995 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G
2392 Points ∼1% +20%
Huawei Ascend G610
1067 Points ∼0% -47%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
1691 Points ∼1% -15%
LG L90
2457 Points ∼1% +23%
LG L40
2033 Points ∼1% +2%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
LG L70
4033 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto G
6229 Points ∼13% +54%
Huawei Ascend G610
7893 Points ∼17% +96%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
7902 Points ∼17% +96%
LG L90
7655 Points ∼16% +90%
LG L40
4031 Points ∼8% 0%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
LG L70
3687 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G
4399 Points ∼3% +19%
Huawei Ascend G610
2215 Points ∼2% -40%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2897 Points ∼2% -21%
LG L40
3804 Points ∼3% +3%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
LG L70
3545 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G
4068 Points ∼1% +15%
Huawei Ascend G610
1834 Points ∼1% -48%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2450 Points ∼1% -31%
LG L40
3678 Points ∼1% +4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG L70
4289 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto G
6150 Points ∼12% +43%
Huawei Ascend G610
8140 Points ∼16% +90%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
8022 Points ∼16% +87%
LG L40
4322 Points ∼8% +1%
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG L70
12951 Points ∼30%
Motorola Moto G
17360 Points ∼40% +34%
Huawei Ascend G610
13783 Points ∼32% +6%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
17349 Points ∼40% +34%
LG L90
17147 Points ∼40% +32%
LG L40
13137 Points ∼31% +1%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
LG L70
325 Points ∼9%
Motorola Moto G
341 Points ∼10% +5%
Huawei Ascend G610
322 Points ∼9% -1%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
353 Points ∼10% +9%
LG L90
342 Points ∼10% +5%
LG L40
325 Points ∼9% 0%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
LG L70
608 Points ∼5%
Motorola Moto G
1169 Points ∼9% +92%
Huawei Ascend G610
1049 Points ∼8% +73%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
1153 Points ∼9% +90%
LG L90
1129 Points ∼9% +86%
LG L40
603 Points ∼5% -1%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
LG L70
1738 Points ∼28%
Motorola Moto G
2414 Points ∼38% +39%
Huawei Ascend G610
2125 Points ∼34% +22%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2360 Points ∼38% +36%
LG L90
2212 Points ∼35% +27%
LG L40
1759 Points ∼28% +1%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
LG L70
3466 Points ∼9%
Motorola Moto G
7468 Points ∼19% +115%
Huawei Ascend G610
8348 Points ∼22% +141%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
9807 Points ∼25% +183%
LG L90
6912 Points ∼18% +99%
LG L40
3479 Points ∼9% 0%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
LG L70
3948 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto G
9223 Points ∼24% +134%
Huawei Ascend G610
3455 Points ∼9% -12%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
9119 Points ∼24% +131%
LG L90
7878 Points ∼20% +100%
LG L40
5026 Points ∼13% +27%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
LG L70
1498 Points ∼27%
Motorola Moto G
1724 Points ∼31% +15%
Huawei Ascend G610
1639 Points ∼30% +9%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
1834 Points ∼33% +22%
LG L90
1842 Points ∼33% +23%
LG L40
1629 Points ∼29% +9%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
LG L70
2199 Points ∼44%
Motorola Moto G
2448 Points ∼49% +11%
Huawei Ascend G610
2366 Points ∼48% +8%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2363 Points ∼48% +7%
LG L90
2441 Points ∼49% +11%
LG L40
2780 Points ∼56% +26%
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
LG L70
591 Points ∼27%
Motorola Moto G
765 Points ∼35% +29%
Huawei Ascend G610
668 Points ∼30% +13%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
678 Points ∼31% +15%
LG L90
646 Points ∼29% +9%
LG L40
540 Points ∼25% -9%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
LG L70
53.09 MB/s ∼32%
Motorola Moto G
103.28 MB/s ∼62% +95%
Huawei Ascend G610
47.35 MB/s ∼28% -11%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
40.4 MB/s ∼24% -24%
LG L90
90.3 MB/s ∼54% +70%
LG L40
57.91 MB/s ∼35% +9%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
LG L70
6.82 MB/s ∼12%
Motorola Moto G
12.54 MB/s ∼22% +84%
Huawei Ascend G610
7.13 MB/s ∼12% +5%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
5 MB/s ∼9% -27%
LG L90
7.72 MB/s ∼13% +13%
LG L40
9.91 MB/s ∼17% +45%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
LG L70
9.83 MB/s ∼47%
Motorola Moto G
13.61 MB/s ∼65% +38%
Huawei Ascend G610
11.99 MB/s ∼57% +22%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
12.1 MB/s ∼58% +23%
LG L90
14.6 MB/s ∼70% +49%
LG L40
9.87 MB/s ∼47% 0%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
LG L70
0.63 MB/s ∼22%
Motorola Moto G
2.52 MB/s ∼86% +300%
Huawei Ascend G610
0.55 MB/s ∼19% -13%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
0.3 MB/s ∼10% -52%
LG L90
0.48 MB/s ∼16% -24%
LG L40
0.77 MB/s ∼26% +22%

Legend

 
LG L70 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
 
Motorola Moto G Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
Huawei Ascend G610 Mediatek MT6589, PowerVR SGX544, 4 GB Flash
 
Kazam Thunder Q4.5 Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 4 GB Flash
 
LG L90 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
LG L40 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
 
Nokia Lumia 630 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD

The tables turn in the browser-based benchmarks, as the LG L70 is strong here and can hold its own against the competition at large. In everyday use, our test device's surf performance is good.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
16461.2 ms * ∼28%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
15698.5 ms * ∼26% +5%
LG L90
15100.6 ms * ∼25% +8%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
16366.4 ms * ∼28% +1%
Nokia Lumia 630
25790 ms * ∼43% -57%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
1746 Points ∼7%
Huawei Ascend G610
1403 Points ∼6% -20%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2117 Points ∼9% +21%
LG L90
1905 Points ∼8% +9%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Nokia Lumia 630
1085 Points ∼5% -38%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
643 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto G
488 Points ∼8% -24%
Huawei Ascend G610
554 Points ∼9% -14%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
610 Points ∼10% -5%
LG L90
689 Points ∼11% +7%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
1169.8 ms * ∼29%
Motorola Moto G
1413.8 ms * ∼35% -21%
Huawei Ascend G610
1568.8 ms * ∼39% -34%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
0 ms * ∼0% +100%
LG L90
1096.8 ms * ∼27% +6%
LG L40 (Google Chrome)
612.9 ms * ∼15% +48%
Nokia Lumia 630
1412 ms * ∼35% -21%
WebXPRT 2013
Overall Score (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
150 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto G
188 Points ∼13% +25%
Huawei Ascend G610
136 Points ∼9% -9%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
191 Points ∼13% +27%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
143 Points ∼10% -5%
Nokia Lumia 630
138 Points ∼10% -8%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
1970.3 ms * ∼22%
Motorola Moto G
1699.8 ms * ∼19% +14%
Huawei Ascend G610
1991 ms * ∼22% -1%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
1639.2 ms * ∼18% +17%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2333.1 ms * ∼26% -18%
Nokia Lumia 630
2075 ms * ∼23% -5%
Face Detection (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
5098 ms * ∼42%
Motorola Moto G
3045.7 ms * ∼25% +40%
Huawei Ascend G610
6294.3 ms * ∼52% -23%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2898 ms * ∼24% +43%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
5365 ms * ∼44% -5%
Nokia Lumia 630
5885 ms * ∼49% -15%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2379.1 ms * ∼64%
Motorola Moto G
2218.7 ms * ∼59% +7%
Huawei Ascend G610
2299 ms * ∼61% +3%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2222.3 ms * ∼59% +7%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2391.6 ms * ∼64% -1%
Nokia Lumia 630
2429 ms * ∼65% -2%
Offline Notes (sort by value)
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2484.7 ms * ∼52%
Motorola Moto G
2074.4 ms * ∼43% +17%
Huawei Ascend G610
3015.7 ms * ∼63% -21%
Kazam Thunder Q4.5
2126.4 ms * ∼44% +14%
LG L40 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2420.3 ms * ∼50% +3%
Nokia Lumia 630
2738 ms * ∼57% -10%

* ... smaller is better

Games

Because the LG L70's SoC is only an entry-level card with an integrated Qualcomm Adreno 302 graphics processor, it is incapable of running games that demand high graphics performance, but it can still handle a game here or there. Additionally, both the touchscreen and the position and acceleration sensors always function reliably.

Both Angry Birds Go! and...
Both Angry Birds Go! and...
...Dead Trigger 2 run well with very few delays.
...Dead Trigger 2 run well with very few delays.

Emissions

Temperature

Short and sweet: At surface temperatures of about 30 °C (86 °F) in both idle mode and under full load, with a maximum temperature of 36 °C (96.8 °F) in one spot, the LG L70 shows how to keep cool.

Max. Load
 34.3 °C29.9 °C27.4 °C 
 36.0 °C30.9 °C27.8 °C 
 33.6 °C29.6 °C27.2 °C 
Maximum: 36.0 °C
Average: 30.7 °C
26.4 °C28.7 °C33.5 °C
26.4 °C29.5 °C34.6 °C
27.0 °C30.2 °C32.0 °C
Maximum: 34.6 °C
Average: 29.8 °C
Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

Unlike the LG L40, the L70 has an extra mono speaker on its backside. But even so, the smartphone's sound is dominated by high tones and lacks bass, while its mid-tones sound distant. The device outputs sound via the 3.5 mm jack plug at a high maximum volume with a relatively low level of background noise.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Like the L40, the LG L70 uses very little energy. Its energy consumption rate lies between 0.4 and 1.1 Watts in idle mode, and it reaches a maximum of 2.2 Watts under load. These numbers are in some cases considerably lower than the consumption rates we recorded when we tested the smartphone's competitors, including the Huawei Ascend G610Kazam Thunder Q4.5Motorola Moto G,  Nokia Lumina 630 and the LG L90. These results bode well for the device's battery life.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 0.4 / 0.9 / 1.1 Watt
Load 2 / 2.2 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The LG L70 is equipped with a 7.98 Wh / 2100 mAh removable battery. Compared to the rest of the competition, only the LG L90 and the Huawei Ascend G610 offer more here. In our WLAN test, with the display brightness set to 150 cd/m², our test device kept plugging along for 8:39 hours. This result places the L70 a good way ahead of some of its competitors, but the LG L90, the Nokia Lumia 630 and the Motorola Moto G all leave our test device in the rearview mirror. Under full load, with the Stability Test app running and at maximum display brightness, the L70 peters out after 4:15 hours. Here our smartphone triumphs over all its rivals.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
8h 39min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 15min

Verdict

In Review: LG L70
In Review: LG L70

A smartphone in the 200 Euros (~$270) price class simply cannot have everything. But let's start from the beginning and weigh the pros and cons of LG's light, compact smartphone.

The LG L70 is stable, cleanly manufactured, and composed of well-selected materials -- which is not true of every device in this class. Additionally, the smartphone is outfitted with a genuinely bright IPS panel with stable viewing angles and respectable color reproduction. Unfortunately, the fact that the brightness sinks when the system is under high levels of load is twice as bad in conjunction with the reflective display surface. Together, these two factors limit outdoor use. The lack of automatic brightness regulation, however, is easily sufferable.

Overlaid with LG's Easy UI, the current version of Android's 4.4.2 KitKat operating system looks quite nice. Software features like Knock-On make the user experience even more agreeable. Because the device's operation is so intuitive, even first-time smartphone users will learn the ropes quickly. The entry-level SoC from Qualcomm is no skyrocket of a processor, but it offers enough performance for most tasks under every level of load. Thanks to the device's long-lasting and swappable battery, the smartphone can keep performing for quite some time. Also, the LG L70 always keeps a cool head.

The camera modules and speaker are definitely less satisfactory. But those problems fade into the background behind the smartphone's biggest deficits: Its speech quality is below average, and its internal storage space is much too small. Though it is possible to save apps and media files on a microSD card, 1.41 GB of available storage space is simply too little. With this space limitation, some apps cannot be installed in the first place. We docked the LG L70 a percentage point for this shortcoming.

As you can see, our verdict is mixed. At a recommended retail price of 200 Euros (~$270) in 2014, what the LG L70 has to offer is simply not quite enough. Competitors like the Motorola Moto G or the LG L90 offer considerably more and cost the same or nearly the same.

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In Review: LG L70. Review model courtesy of LG.
In Review: LG L70. Review model courtesy of LG.

Specifications

LG L70

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB, LP DDR2
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
4.5 inch 16:9, 800x480 pixel, Capacitive, Multitouch, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
4 GB Flash, 4 GB , 1.41 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: MicroSD (up to 64 GB), Sensors: A-GPS/GPS, Acceleration sensor, Proximity sensor, Digital compass,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth, GSM quadband (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS dualband (900/2100), Wireless standards: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, Bandwidth (download/upload): 21Mbps/5.76Mbps (UMTS)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.57 x 127.2 x 66.8
:: Weight
0.126 kg
:: Battery
7.98 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2100 mAh, 3.8 V
Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 480 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 480 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 460 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 460 h
:: Price
200 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
:: Additional features
Webcam: Main camera: 5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 4x digital zoom, LED flash, Videos in WVGA at 800x480 pixels; Front camera: 0.3 MP, Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, FM Radio, KnockCode, QSlide 2.5, Easy UI+, Guest Mode, QuickMemo, ThinkFreeViewer, LG Smartworld, RemoteCall Service, Intelligent Display, 24 Months Warranty

 

In review: The LG L70 smartphone, available in white...
In review: The LG L70 smartphone, available in white...
...or black.
...or black.
The manufacturing quality is very good...
The manufacturing quality is very good...
...and LG chose good materials as well.
...and LG chose good materials as well.
The main camera on the backside has a resolution of 5 megapixels.
The main camera on the backside has a resolution of 5 megapixels.
The webcam only offers 0.3 MP.
The webcam only offers 0.3 MP.
The display measures 4.5-inches and has a resolution of 800x480 pixels.
The display measures 4.5-inches and has a resolution of 800x480 pixels.
Thanks to the panel's IPS technology, the display's viewing angles are very stable.
Thanks to the panel's IPS technology, the display's viewing angles are very stable.
Because the Android system keys are integrated into the frame, the full display is available for image content.
Because the Android system keys are integrated into the frame, the full display is available for image content.
Unfortunately, under high levels of load, the maximum screen brightness drops.
Unfortunately, under high levels of load, the maximum screen brightness drops.
The LG L70 runs the current version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, polished up with LG's Easy UI.
The LG L70 runs the current version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, polished up with LG's Easy UI.
An optional guest mode allows the master user to set their own limitations on a guest account.
An optional guest mode allows the master user to set their own limitations on a guest account.
The LG L70 runs on a dual-core SoC from Qualcomm.
The LG L70 runs on a dual-core SoC from Qualcomm.
For 200 Euros (~$270; recommended retail price), overall the L70 offers a respectable package.
For 200 Euros (~$270; recommended retail price), overall the L70 offers a respectable package.
The mono speaker on the backside of the device is mediocre.
The mono speaker on the backside of the device is mediocre.
The picture is deceptive: LTE/4G is not available on the LG L70.
The picture is deceptive: LTE/4G is not available on the LG L70.
A good mood theme on the screen; does it prove to be a good smartphone in our tests?
A good mood theme on the screen; does it prove to be a good smartphone in our tests?
Definitely solid, but not outstanding: The LG L70
Definitely solid, but not outstanding: The LG L70

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Pro

+Android 4.4.2 KitKat
+FM radio reception
+Compact and light
+Good manufacturing quality
+Stable case
+MicroSD storage expansion
+Removable battery
+Good battery life
+Bright IPS display
+Low energy consumption rates
+Low surface temperatures
 

Cons

-Tiny internal storage space
-Bad camera module
-Poor speech quality
-Mediocre speaker
-Reduced brightness under high system load

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What we like

The long-lasting removable battery and the big IPS display.

What we'd like to see

A little more performance.

What surprises us

The tiny amount of internal storage space.

The competition

Huawei Ascend G610

Kazam Thunder Q4.5

LG L90

Motorola Moto G

Nokia Lumia 630

Rating

LG L70
06/13/2014 v4
Michael Moser

Chassis
76%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
94%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
52 / 75 → 69%
Application Performance
20 / 65 → 31%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
52%
Add Points
-1%
Average
65%
78%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Michael Moser, 2014-06-20 (Update: 2014-06-20)