LG AKA Review, Massive Fun!

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The smartphone that I chose for reviewing today isn’t the kind that you usually see every day, in the hands of your friends or family. Unless they’re teenagers, kids or just not-so-serious adults. I’m talking about the LG AKA, a cute handset which is kind of unique among smartphones, as it features its own… personality. Yeap, that’s right, this fella has a pair of pretty eyes on its display and can change its expression when you wave around the front-facing camera. But the thing that defines each AKA is its mascot, and you can choose between four of them: YoYo, Soul, Wooky and Eggy. Of course, they come in different colors. The LG AKA can do a lot more, besides being funny (or creepy, for some of you), being a smartphone, after all. It’s a great attention grabber, so it definitely deserves a place here, especially due to the fact that I’m writing about it with a smile on my face. Follow the next review and find out more about it, as it holds some capable features under its playful hood.

Inside its retail package, the LG AKA comes accompanied by its charger, a microUSB cable for making data transfers, a pair of headphones and a rubber toy, which is your AKA mascot.

The LG AKA measures 138.7 x 71.9 x 10 mm and weighs 135 grams, being of a reasonable size and weight for a handset that carries a 5 inches display. Its design is pretty simple and consists in a rectangular shape with rounded corners. Its rear side features a matte finish and offers a very good hand grip, also keeping away fingerprints and smudges. The handset comes with a glossy case, which is the AKA’s “mask”, covering the display until reaching the mascot’s eyes. If you grow tired of it, you can choose between other accessories from LG for personalizing the frontal and back sides of your phone, which will sense the new “personality” through an identity chip.
The handset seems to be quite solidly built and is a pleasure to handle.

The frontal part of the AKA body is occupied by a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, which offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 ppi. The image quality offered by the AKA is very good, with punchy colors, deep contrast and wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very decent.

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In terms of software, the LG AKA comes loaded with Android’s 4.4.2 KitKat, which was significantly customized by LG, especially for matching with this crazy new mascot idea. The mascot’s eyes are extremely suggestive and will look down below the mask if you tap the screen and you have notifications, change their colors according to different emotions and so does their background for suggesting the battery state. The weather also influences the mascot, which will freeze or sweat when the temperature is high or low.
The interface is the usual LG affair and is initially customized with the AKA theme, but you can choose a more serious one if you desire. The homescreen supports wallpapers, effects, shortcuts and widgets. Your apps are held by the App drawer and can be rearranged and uninstalled from there.
The notification area holds your notifications (naturally), a brightness slider, a Settings shortcut and the Q-Slide shortcuts for supported apps.

At the hardware department, the LG AKA features support for a midrange Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. Being a midranger, the handset will deliver a very pleasant user experience if used for regular tasks, but you might want to avoid playing power-hungry games.

Inside its connectivity backpack, the LG AKA features support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G and LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

The LG AKA features a great 8 megapixels camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, features lases assisted autofocus and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The pictures produced will reveal a great image quality, with beautiful colors, great contrast and an impressive amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also an excellent performer and will deliver some very pleasant 1080p videos @30 fps.
For taking selfies or making video calls, there’s also a 2.1 MP front-facing camera on board.

Some other handy tools offered by the LG AKA are two very good media players for audio and video playback, Google Chrome and the Android browser for offering a nice browsing experience, a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, an FM Radio and more.

The LG AKA comes with a 2,610 mAh battery inside and will last for almost three days under a moderate usage.

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