LG Escape P870 review: Decent entry-level Android

posted at 08 November 2012 by Paul

After AT&T threw the more than decent Pantech Flex in the fierce battle of the entry-level market not long ago, it is now LG Escape’s turn to make an appearance on the carrier’s line-up for an appealing price of $50 on-contract. Besides the very affordable price, the Escape also comes with a solid design, strong call quality, 4G LTE support and a dual-core processor. But let’s see if all this is enough to make it a notable competitor in an already crowded market segment.

LG Escape Review

What is in the box:
- The LG Escape P870 smartphone
- microUSB cable
- Wall charger
- Quick Start Guide

In terms of design we can’t say that the LG Escape is very distinctive, as it follows the footsteps of many other LG devices. It has an all-plastic casing and, at 4.5 oz, it is pretty lightweight and easy to grasp with one hand.

The Escape sports the usual three capacitive buttons below the display, while the earpiece, proximity sensor, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera all sit above it. Around the sides you will find its dedicated power button, volume control, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, noise-canceling microphone, and microUSB port for data/charging connectivity.

LG Escape Front view

The Escape comes with a sizable 4.3-inch qHD 540 x 960 IPS LCD screen, with a decent resolution of 256 ppi (at least considering the price point) but, unfortunately, with rather poor viewing angles, and weak outdoor visibility.

On the back of the smartphone, there is a 5-megapixels auto-focus camera with no flash, capable of recording video in 1080p. If you remove the glossy plastic rear cover, you are given access to its microSIM slot, 2,150 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

LG Escape back view