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Review: LG Optimus F6 for T-Mobile

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Screen

At one time, screens that measured 4.5 inches and offered 960 x 540 pixels were top-of-the-line. That time has since passed. The F6's screen cannot compare to the full HD displays on today's top phones, but it isn't meant to. Honestly, be thankful it's not rocking 800 x 480 resolution. As it is, the qHD resolution pairs well with the 4.5-inch diagonal and gives it a respectable pixel density. You can only see individual pixels if you look closely. As far as brightness goes, the F6's screen offers plenty of light to be read indoors and out. Colors look good, and viewing angles are excellent.

Signal

The F6 performed very well on T-Mobile's network in the greater New York area. It maintained a strong connection to the network. I had no trouble connecting calls even when coverage was weak, though call set-up times took longer than I would have liked. Data speeds on T-Mobile's LTE network were quickest under the best coverage conditions, but only slowed down a little bit when coverage was poor. On the whole, it performed above par when compared to other phones on T-Mobile's network.

Sound

The F6 can make calls over T-Mobile's cellular network and over Wi-Fi. Quality of phone calls was about the same on both, I noticed no real difference between the two. The clarity of calls coming through the earpiece was quite good. I found voices to be warm and free of interference. Volume was good, but not great. Set all the way up, I was able to hear calls in places like a bustling coffee shop, but busy city streets overpowered the earpiece's ability to push air into my ear. The speakerphone lost some quality due to what must be a bargain-bin speaker component. Calls routed to the speakerphone were scratchy and prone to distortion. The speakerphone's volume was decent, but only enough for use in mostly-quiet spaces. People with whom I spoke through the F6 said I sounded pretty lousy when using the regular phone. Ringtones and alerts managed to find my ears most of the time, and the vibrate alert was exceptionally rattling.

Battery

The F6 has a 2,460mAh battery and it provided just enough life to get through a day out-and-about. If charged overnight and unplugged when you head to work, you'll still have power left when you get home, but may need to plug it in again before going out to meet your friends for dinner. I rarely got the device to last from 7AM to 8 or 9PM, let alone make it all the way to bedtime. Battery life could definitely be better. (And yes, we tested it when connected to T-Mobile's LTE network.)

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