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Review: LG G Vista for Verizon Wireless

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The G Vista features a 5.7-inch screen with 1280 x 720p resolution. It still qualifies as HD, though it's not full HD, nor is it the amazing Quad HD screen found on the G3. At this size, 720p screens start to get a bit fuzzy as far as clarity is concerned. "Fuzzy" is probably overstating it, but I can pick out pixels with my bare eyes. For the most part, though, text and graphics look fine on the Vista thanks to LG's fine-tuned LCD technology. I just wish it were a smidge sharper. Brightness is excellent and there's no color change or brightness drop-off when the phone is tilted side-to-side. Fingerprint smears impeded visibility outside a bit, as did glare, which seemed more problematic to me on the Vista than other phones I've tested recently.


The G Vista performed excellently on Verizon's LTE 4G network. It never dropped down to 3G during my review period, and it always showed at least two bars of LTE. The Vista had no trouble connecting calls, no matter how strong or weak the coverage. It didn't drop calls, nor did it miss any. Data speeds via 4G were solid, though not the fastest I've seen from Verizon. Weak coverage didn't appear to affect speeds at all. Most people shouldn't have any trouble with the Vista's ability to connect.


Phone calls passed through the G Vista's earpiece were excellent. I found both quality and volume to be above average when compared to other Verizon devices. The earpiece produced clean and clear sound. Voices sounded warm and present. You should be able to hear the bulk of calls with the volume set at about 60%. If you put it all the way up, you run the risk of damaging your hearing. When I dared set the volume at the maximum, I was easily able to hold conversations in noisy bars with music blaring, as well as walking along busy city streets. General household or office noise ain't got nothing on the Vista. Much of the same praise can be leveled at the Vista's speakerphone. I thought calls sounded very good through the speakerphone, and volume was more than loud enough for most environments. Those I spoke to through the Vista said I sounded good, for the most part. Ringers and alerts are quite loud; definitely loud enough to be heard in spaces you might inhabit. The vibrate alert is a bit gentler than I'd like it to be.


The G Vista's battery life is incredible. At 3,200mAh, the power cell is massive. The Vista may have a large screen, but the lower resolution helps as far as power consumption is concerned. I had no trouble getting a full day of battery life out of the Vista, with plenty of power to spare come bed time. I threw everything at it: calls, music, video, messaging, photography, and so on. Nothing appeared to trouble the battery in the slightest.

The phone includes LG's battery saver software, which you can use to further extend the useful uptime of the phone. You can control when the battery saver comes on (30% battery life, 20%, etc.), and which applications it shuts down to conserve power. Combined with the huge battery, you shouldn't have any problems with the G Vista's battery life.


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