Review: LG Optimus F60 for MetroPCS
Low-cost phones rarely have impressive screens, but the F60 holds its own. The display measures 4.5 inches across the diagonal and LG used IPS LCD technology. The resolution measures 800 x 480 pixels. While a bit on the low side, the smaller screen size helps keep the pixels packed closer together. You can tell right away that you're not looking at an HD screen, but it does a good job for a $60 phone. Like most of LG's displays, the F60's is plenty bright. I had no trouble using it indoors nor out.
MetroPCS operates on T-Mobile's network. The F60 supports data on HSPA and LTE where offered by T-Mobile/MetroPCS. It really performed well in the metro NYC region. I was pleased with how quickly the F60 connected calls, and it didn't drop nor miss any while I tested it. LTE data speeds for MetroPCS customers aren't as fast as those available to T-Mobile customers, but the F60 is quick enough to satisfy most people. I had no trouble doing real-world stuff, like sending emails, uploading Facebook posts, or enjoying Instagram. If you need to update apps, however, I'd do that via WiFi at home.
Call quality was excellent via both cellular and WiFi networks. The earpiece produces loud, clear conversations that are easy to hear and understand in most environments. I was very pleased with call performance across the board. You should be good to go in places such as coffee shops, malls, and moderately busy city streets. People I spoke to through the F60 said I sounded really, really good. The speakerphone is good, too. It offers plenty of volume and excellent clarity. I can't imagine you'll miss calls thanks to the F60's blaring ringers and alerts. The vibrate alert was a tad weak in my opinion.
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The F60 has a 2,020 mAh battery inside, providing about a day of battery life. The smaller, low-res screen helps keep battery drain down. I never had any trouble getting a full waking day (8AM - midnight) with a solid mix of calls, browsing, messaging, and YouTube viewing. I was careful to keep the screen's brightness set to about 50%, though. If you keep it pegged at 100%, you'll see battery life drop to about 12 hours.
If you get into trouble, the F60 has a battery saver tool to help you manage power consumption. You can set the battery saver tool to come on automatically at 10%, 20%, 30%, or 50%. You can pick and choose which services are turned off at that threshold, such as email sync, WiFi and Bluetooth radios, brightness, screen timeout, and vibrate. I found the battery saver tool easily buys you a few extra hours.
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