LG Max X160 Review: Full In-Depth Hands-On

LG in late July announced a budget oriented device called “LG Max X160” for the Indian market. The device offers a decent combination of hardware and software. The device was priced at Rs 10,500 but now it’s available for about 9,500 via various e-commerce websites. The USP of the device is the 5MP front facing camera with soft focus and near to stock software experience. So let’s find out if this device is worth your time and money in our LG Max X160 Review.

Packaging

The device comes in a compact cardboard box with the front featuring the device. Once you dive inside the box you have the device right on top. Further inside you get a 2540mAh battery, a flip cover, quick start guide, warranty card, a microUSB 2.0 cable, a pair of entry level earphones, an 850 MilliAmp round pin wall adapter.

Design and Build

The device is all made out of plastic and is on the chunkier side with about 9.6mm of thickness and about 158gms of weight. The device has this aluminum kind of matte finished plastic ring around it. The textured back feels very nice in hand and doesn’t attracts fingerprints.

The device features a 5 inch FWVGA screen (854 x 480p) with no Gorilla Glass protection. Above the display you the 5MP front facing camera, sensors and ear piece. On the left resides the volume rocker while on the right you have your power button. On top lies the 3.5mm jack and down below you have the mouthpiece and microUSB 2.0 port. On the rear side you have the 8MP camera module accompanied by LED flash. Further below the camera you have the LG branding and to the bottom left corner you have the speaker grill. Removing the back flap reveals the slots for battery, dual Sim cards and the microSD card. The back flap is moderately tough. Overall a very consumer friendly design and build quality although not exactly tough and premium.

Display

The device sports a 5 inch FWVGA screen giving it a pixel density of mere 196ppi. The screen doesn’t supports adaptive display technology. The screen at the very first sight looks pixelated but still is bright enough. The display renders colors decently but the blacks weren’t exactly dark enough. The viewing angles were just about okay. However you have this silvery tone over the screen suggesting that it’s a TFT screen. Overall a poor display.

User Interface

The device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG’s on skin on top. In our RAM test we found that even when no apps were running in back ground about 560MB out of 1GB of RAM was free, which is a pretty decent. The app drawer consists of default Google apps, a few in house tools and a very few third party bloatware. The user interface is genuinely smooth most of the times, but it does lag even when there are only a few apps running in background.

Performance

The device is powered by 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor. The device is boosted with 1GB of RAM and comes in with an on-board storage of 8 GB out of which about 2.5 GB is available for the user. The storage can further be expanded up to 32 GB using the microSD card.

Multimedia

The device has Google Play Music as its default music app. The sound output via the speaker was loud enough but was flat at the same time. Placing the device on a flat surface obstructs the sound output. In the video playback test we found that the loudness decreases considerably in video mode so as to balance the 3D and surround sound effects. The vocals were good. Overall a below average speaker quality.

Camera

The device houses a 5MP front facing camera and an 8MP rear camera. The camera UI is pretty standard. The shutter speed is decent. The front facing camera isn’t very bright. The front camera also features a flash which isn’t actually a LED flash instead when you turn on the flash, the camera screen shrinks and the leftover space brighten ups providing you the soft focus. We checked out the image and video quality and they were on the softer side. The images lacked details even in enough light. The images were okay for social media upload but definitely not for printing. The videos were relatively sharp in the center but quite fuzzy towards the edges. Under low light conditions the image and video quality dropped drastically.

Battery

The device draws its power from a removable 2540mAh battery which in our tests was enough for a day of moderate to heavy usage mainly because of the low res display.

Verdict

So should you get the LG Max X160? At just about 9,500 this device has a hell lot of competitors with much better specs and overall performance. Moto g 2nd gen, Zenfone 5 are available around this price point and they are beasts when compared to this device. Devices like the K3 Note, Lenovo A7000 also present a great challenge to this device. The major downsides for this device are the low res screen, poor camera performance and below average speaker output. The USP of this device the 5MP camera isn’t exactly an USP as it is a pretty usual thing for Indian and Chinese manufacturers to include it in their budget devices. Apart from that a near to stock android experience is one thing going in its favor.

4.5 Total Score
Can be avoided

The LG Maxx X160 is a below average device lagging behind competition in a lot of ways

Packaging
5
Design and Build
6
Features
5
Performance
4.5
Camera
5
Battery life
6.5
Value for money
4
Availability
6.5
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