LG G Pro Lite Review: Grander than the Competitors

The LG G Pro Lite is an affordable dual SIM version of the original LG Optimus G Pro. With the launch of this phone LG Electronics has created a buzz in the price segment of 15-20k INR.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is the aging star of this segment and with the launch of G Pro Lite, LG wants to snatch its throne. With the asking price of ₹20k in the open market, G Pro Lite has all that you might expect from a mid-range branded phone.

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Along with the regular features it also packs some goodies like Quick Translator, Quick Remote, KnockON etc. We’ll get back to these extra features in the later part of the review.

Front_LG G Pro Lite

LG G Pro Lite

  • Big display
  • Excellent audio level
  • Great features
  • Secondary mic for noise cancellation

  • Poor gaming performance
  • Average Camera

 

 

User Experience

 

Design

As the name suggests, it is the younger sibling of LG Optimus G Pro and looks almost identical from the front.

The plastic back-panel has glossy finish and a thin chrome plated bezel runs around the periphery of the phone. The back-panel texture separates it from the cheap local phones and its Samsung counterparts. I’m not siding with LG on this but that’s how Samsung’s low-end phones look.

 Owing to its extra large display for a phone, it doesn’t fit very well into a regular jeans pocket.

 The capacitive buttons located at the bottom of the display are very responsive and make for a very smooth experience.

As unwieldy as the original Optimus G Pro

 

LG Optimus G Pro Review

 

Those of you who ride two-wheelers might not like it as it doesn’t fit into the jeans pocket comfortably. Some part of it is always left outside which will make you worry more about the phone than about the object ahead.

 

User Interface

The LG G Pro Lite runs on the rather outdated android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s proprietary Optimus UI 3.0 on top.

The homescreen and lockscreen can be customized and also the Screen swipe effect can be changed to any you like from the given effects. There are 4 themes to be chosen from among- Optimus, Biz, Cozywall and Marshmallow.

 

Display

The LG G Pro Lite boasts a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display supporting a resolution of 540×960 pixels which in turn translates to a pixel density of 200 ppi approximately.

Being an IPS display it is able to showcase the photos with natural colors- nothing less and nothing more. When I first looked at the display I was not able to make out if it has a lowly pixel density of 200.

I won’t say that it is gorgeous but you wouldn’t be disappointed by it unless you compare it with a full HD 5 incher.

The viewing angles are nothing short of excellent and your friends will not grab the phone from your hands to enjoy that video.

 

Typing

The G Pro Lite has a humongous display of 5.5 inch so I was under the impression that it must be really a great experience to actually type on such a phone but expectations and real world performance are two different things.

Typing in portrait mode is just okay. In the landscape it becomes better but still not what anyone would expect.

It will take some time for you to adapt to the keypad.

 

The path input (similar to gesture input) works like a charm and makes typing a truly great experience.

LG has also added tons of functionalities like Auto Capitalize, Auto Punctuation, Voice typing key, auto correction and prediction, one hand operation, split keyboard, Extend keyboard and Fuzzy pinyin to make the keyboard adjust to your requirements.

It also has a couple of keyboard themes to match your style.

 

 

Browsing

Scrolling through heavy media rich webpages is not butter smooth but it also doesn’t take ages to render the content. The stock browser in the LG G Pro Lite comes with regular goodies like pinch-to-zoom and double tap to zoom too.

On the contrary, the browser lacks incognito mode. To make up for less features in the default browser, it comes with Chrome and Opera Mini pre-installed.

 

Though the browsing is not silky smooth, it is really an enjoyable experience on such a large and colourful display.

 

 

Extra Features

The LG G Pro Lite has a lot of extra features. Let’s discuss about a few in brief:

  • Guest mode-It lets you select a different pattern for guest mode and the ability to allow certain apps only.
  • SmartShare– Lets you play and share content between DLNA certified devices.
  • KnockON– Unlike the LG G2, the KnockON feature is not present in its full glory here. Double tap locks the screen but the same is not true while unlocking the device. We tried a number of combinations and found out that if you tap the display 4 times then you will have a higher success rate in unlocking the phone.Using half-baked KnockON can be irritating
  • Quiet mode– It is another nifty feature which helps you get a good sleep at the night by turning off all the un-necessary audio notifications.

 

  • Quick Translator– Can be used to translate text from one language into another. It supports single word, sentence and block translation.
  • QuickRemote– It makes the G Pro Lite work as a remote for TV, DVD and Blu-ray player.

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Camera

Rear Camera_LG G Pro Lite

It boasts an 8MP AF camera on the rear and a 1.3 MP camera on the front. The primary camera can capture pictures with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels and do videos 720p at 30fps.

Many websites claim that it can shoot full HD videos too but our demo unit was only capable of shooting 720p videos at the max.

The camera has standard shooting modes like Night, Sports, Beauty etc but it misses out on some of the essential modes like HDR and Macro mode.

The captured photos retain good amount of details but lack in dynamic range and colors.

Zooming results in acceptable images up to 2x but beyond that the details get lost.

A very strong LED flash accompanies the main camera for taking photos in Low/No light conditions. As it is very strong, care needs to be taken while taking photos in low light conditions or you’ll lose the details. It is advisable to hold the phone at least 1m away from the object that you want to capture while using LED flash.

Front Camera_LG G Pro Lite

 

Downscaled Camera Samples at 90% Quality

LG G Pro Lite

Zoom Test

Night photography

LED Flash Test

 Night Zoom Test

HD Video Recording Sample

Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:

Camera start-up time ~ 1.17s

 

Multi-media

 Bottom_LG G Pro Lite

Audio

The bottom side flanks dual speakers capable of producing very loud volume and of course they don’t get occluded/muffled so easily.

The stock music player has standard options like shuffle, repeat, make favourite etc. The audio effects (equalizer) however work only when the headset is plugged in.

Audio Format Support

  • mp3- Y
  • aac- Y
  • wma- Y

 

Video

The seek bar in the default video player supports tap to seek, stretch, lock display and Qslide to resize the window and watch the video even while doing your work.

Videoplayer layout

Video Format support

  • 480p (avi, flv, mp4, mkv)- Y, Y, Y, Y
  • 720p mp4- Y
  • 1080p mp4- Video resolution not supported. MX player can play it with S/W decoder but the frame rate is not sufficient for immersive Full HD experience.
  • 4k mp4- Video resolution not supported

 

GalleryGallery

 

There is nothing new in the gallery. It has standard options to arrange the media according to their Locations, Timestamp and Albums.

 

Notifications

The G Pro Lite does not have any notification LED so you’ll have to rely on the ringing and vibration to answer calls and texts.

The ringtone volume is loud enough for you to recognize in the city traffic that your phone is ringing. You can also choose from these vibration types to suit your needs:

Long lasting, rapid, short repeated, standard and Ticktock.

 

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Hardware performance

First things first, the phone does the daily tasks like browsing, texting, audio and video playback very well.

 

The gaming performance sucks. I mean literally.

It couldn’t even play Temple Run Oz in high graphics settings. The frame rate dropped beyond playable which left too disappointed to test high end games like Modern Combat 4 and Asphalt 8 on it.

 

Here are some timing benchmarks which might come in handy:

Activity

Approx. Time

Startup time

23.95s

Reboot time

35.13s

 

Apps & Games

  • Default Apps– Dictionary, Quick Remote, Quick Translator, RemoteCall Service, Safety Care, SmartShare, Polaris Viewer 4, Opera Mini and Google Chrome.
  • Default Games– None

 

Battery

The 3140 mAh Li-Ion battery is sufficient enough to make the LG G Pro Lite last for a single day on normal usage. It also doesn’t heat up a lot and hence makes the phone suitable for prolonged use.

You can also use Power Saver to automatically turn off WiFi,  Auto-Sync, Bluetooth at a pre-defined battery level. The display brightness and screen timeout can also me adjusted as per user’s requirements.

These settings wouldn’t make the battery last significantly longer if you know how to use smartphones but for newbies they are a must configure settings after unboxing the phone.

Battery_LG G Pro Lite

 

 

Connectivity

The phone has standard connectivity options that you might expect from an INR 20k phone but the presence of IR LED make it stand out in the crowd.

What is has:

  • IR LED
  • HSPA+
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth

What it lacks:

  • NFC
  • HDMI
  • 4G

Final Verdict

Gamers, stay away from it

The LG G Pro Lite is good phone to buy if you love large displays, don’t play games and of course are out of money to buy the Galaxy Note 3.

Some other worthy alternatives to this phone are Panasonic P51, Micromax Canvas 4, Xolo Q1000s and Samsung Galaxy Grand.




  • A movie buff
  • A regular user looking for branded phone with large display

  • Love gaming
  • Watch FHD videos
  • Travel to crowded places frequently
  • Like photography

 

 You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?

 

Specifications:  LG G Pro Lite Dual D686

 

Hardware

LG G Pro Lite Dual D686

Chipset MediaTek MT6577
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz dual-core, Cortex A-9
GPU PowerVR SGX531
RAM 1 GB (free on startup- ~520 MB)
Display Type IPS LCD, 16M colors
Size & Resolution 5.5 inch, 540×960 px, 200.26 ppi
Primary Camera 8MP, AF, LED Flash Stills- 3264×2448 pxVideo- 720p @ 30fps
Secondary Camera 1.3 MP Stills- 1280×720 px Video- 720p
Android OS v4.1.2 JB
Battery 3140 mAh Li-Ion
Memory Internal- 8GB (user available- 4.27 GB) , microSD up to 32GB
Connectivity- NFC No
USB Micro USB v2.0
EDGE Yes
HSPA+ Down- 7.2 Mbps, Up- 5.76 Mbps
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA
Bluetooth v3.0
GPS Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
FM Radio Yes, with support for Recording
Dimensions 150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4 mm
Weight 161g
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Dual SIM Yes
Colors White, Black
Online Price INR 18300/-

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29 Comments

  • gopaul says:

    Great job. This is d best website i saw a needful complete review recording whether we want to PICK /KICK a phone. Better than gsmarena, phonearena

  • Bartg says:

    Hi, can anybody tell more about stylus? It looks like regular capacitive stylus but some tells that i’ts active in some way. What are the author thoughts on g pro lite stylus usability? That info would be helpful.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Bartg,
      The stylus works only when it touches the display. So i believe that it is a passive stylus. Also it doest not work on the navigation (capacitive keys) located at the bottom of the display.

  • Madhu Kannan says:

    How good is the can compared to galaxy grand

  • sid says:

    can u see any pixelation in screen..
    and plz post benchmark nenamark test.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Nope. I didn’t find any pixelation in the display. If you take it closer to the eyes then you can clearly discern the individual pixels. But who would do that?
      Sid, we don’t believe in benchmark tests. They are often gamed by manufacturers. Please go though our Why we are different page to know why.

  • sandeep says:

    I have a ten day old g pro lite..which has wifi range issues i.e when i move between rooms the wifi goes out of range. Have u noticed any issues like this with your device or do i have to replace the pcb as suggested by the unfriendly lg service support.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      No, we didn’t experience anything like this. Anyway, we are eligible to get the PCB replaced for free. You can also reach out to LG India about this on twitter.

  • Sandeep says:

    I want to buy dual Sim phone with a spend around 20K.. My personal choices are:
    1. Sony xperia C
    2. LG G pro Lite
    3. Samsung Galaxy grand duos
    What is your take? You can suggest any other available phone under the given criteria..
    Thanks in advance

  • mahbub says:

    Does this phone has any call issues , such as call droping. Pls let me know.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Mahbub,
      I didn’t had any dropped calls while using the phone for a couple of days.
      Dropped calls also depend on the network provider.

  • dioney says:

    hi this phone has gorilla glas

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Dioney,
      Sadly the G Pro Lite doesnt have gorilla glass. But you can always install a good quality screen-guard on the display to protect it from the scratches of daily abuse.

  • Ricardo says:

    Hello. Do I can use 3G data connection in sim 2 and receive a call from sim 1 (or vice-versa) simultaneously? Or while on 3G data connection another sim goes “offline”? Thanks.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi,
      It is dual SIM dual standby phone. So if one SIM is busy(calls or 3G) then the other is turned off.
      For not having any missed calls on the SIM2 when you are using SIM1 you can forward the calls from SIM2 to SIM1 when SIM2 is switched off and vice-versa. Don’t forget to activate calls waiting on both the SIM cards.

  • naz says:

    Hello Sir,

    I am confused which mobile purchase LG pro lite or Sony Xperia c ..which phone is better for me Please take me into things….Thanks.

  • carlos says:

    It has gorilla glass?

  • MoDy says:

    what about the front camera ? is it decent for skype calls ?

  • abhay singh solanki says:

    the description which u gave is awesome reason…
    1. explained each component very clear.
    2. no fake comment,like “heavy gamers dont buy it”
    3. after reading ur review doubts are crystal clear.
    just like to mention one thing,is the camera shots are good for reading a document and does it support HDR FOR CAMERA.
    THANK U.KEEP IT GOING.waiting for reply
    best jury of mobile.

  • Ronaldo Manzoli says:

    Hello, greetings from Brazil!!!

    Very nice review, the user experience is all that matters, not the spec sheet, and i agree with everything you said about this smartphone: it has a nice display (if you dont put it side by side with a full HD one), very nice battery, does a good job browsing, texting and using apps but sucks for gaming.

    I hate gaming on a touchscreen (i’m more of a PC guy, to be honest), so for me this is not a problem.

    Cheers!

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