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Review: LG Mach for Sprint

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Screen

The Mach’s display has 480 x 800 pixels, which is below-average by today’s standards. But the size of the Mach's 4-inch display - also below-average - is probably its saving grace. Stuffing those 384,000 pixels into the smaller 4-inch space makes for denser pixels that look sharper. The result is a good display, not a great one. It's plenty bright, but outdoor viewing was sometimes difficult.

Signal

The Mach performed better than most other Sprint devices I've tested in the metropolitan New York City region in recent months. It consistently showed a stronger connection to the network and never gave me any network-related problems, such as dropped calls or timed-out data sessions. During my time with the Mach, it was a trusted communications platform. Unfortunately, due to extremely limited coverage, I was unable to test the Mach on Sprint's LTE 4G network.

Sound

In general, the phone calls I made with the Mach sounded good. The majority of calls were free of noise and feedback, though I did notice some scratchiness from time to time. The earpiece produces good volume for most environments, but loud places, such as a noisy bar, will probably overwhelm it. I left it set up all the way all the time in order to be sure I had the best chance of hearing conversations. The speakerphone is similarly good for use at home or in a quiet office, but a loud TV could easily drown it out. Ringers and alert tones always let me know the device had an incoming call or message, and the vibrate alert is quite strong.

Battery

After testing the Mach for more than a week, I can say with confidence that you won't have any trouble getting through an entire waking day with the device. It will easily last from emails during breakfast to your last Tweet about the game that's running into overtime and keeping you up past bedtime. Keep in mind, I didn't have a chance to test the Mach on Sprint's LTE network, which will likely have an impact on battery life.

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