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Review: LG Tribute 5 for Boost Mobile

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I'm torn on whether or not I should recommend the LG Tribute 5 to anyone. The phone's retail price is $100. Boost Mobile is selling it right now for $85. Inexplicably, Boost is still selling the LG Tribute 2 also for $85. It's also selling the LG Volt 2 for $70, the LG Volt (1) for $85, and the LG Tribute (1) for $70. The Volt 2 is the best of these handsets, no doubt. Moreover, if you're willing to spend $100 - $110, the ZTE Warp Sync and Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE are much better options.

Where does that leave the Tribute 5? If your priority is a handset that delivers a good in-hand experience that is also inexpensive, attractive, and flexible (battery, memory card), then the Tribute 5 fits those bills. I found the screen and sound quality lacking, but battery life is quite good. The Android operating system functions well enough, but it stutters from time to time and some apps (camera, maps) are too slow for me. The camera, by the way, is not up to par for a $100 handset in this day and age.

In light of Boost Mobile's current lineup and the T5's mixed performance, I can't tell you to run out and buy the Tribute 5 from LG. I just can't.

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Our Ratings

2.5
Overall
3.5
Reception
3.5
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
2.5
Display
2.5
Interface Speed
3
Audio Volume
2.5
Camera
 

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