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If you’re having second thoughts about Samsung or the rest of the flagships, you must really take a look at LG V Series’ newest release, the LG V40 ThinQ. It comes with five (5) cameras that will definitely turn your camera experience around.

No, it’s not just hype; its 3 smart rear cameras will give you 3 different options in capturing a picture.

It has a huge 6.4” QHD OLED FullVision Display with a notch, and it’s powered by an Octacore unit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 64GB internal memory, built-in battery, and of course, the crowd favorite, a headphone jack.

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LG V40 ThinQ’s Build And Design

 

LG V40 ThinQ’s look came in four different colors—Platinum Grey, Aurora black, Moroccan blue, and Carmine red.

Standing 6.4 inches tall, this smartphone is comparably lightweight, weighing only 5.96 oz (169 g) following the standard weight for LG V series.

The screen is almost bezel-less except for a notch at the top. Trying to copy the iPhone X’s design may not be such a bad thing after all. As they say, imitation is the best form of flattery.

This smartphone uses Plastic OLED (P-OLED) instead of AMOLED which is the glass version of OLED. However, there are known issues of burn-ins in other models using P-OLED. We hope this will not happen in this flagship phone.

Its main feature is its 5 cameras: 2 in front and 3 at the back. We’re used to seeing dual lenses for wide angle shots, but LG chose to have a third rear camera solely meant for taking zoomed in portrait shots of your subject.

There are three (3) lenses located at the back of the phone—- 45˚ Telephoto Zoom Camera in 12 megapixels, 107˚ Wide Angle Camera in 16 megapixels and 78˚ Standard Camera in 12 megapixels.

They added a feature that allows you to take photos using the rear cameras at the same time and it is quite handy if you want to have the perfect angle for your pictures.

The two remaining lenses are located at the front—-Wide in 5 megapixels and Standard in 8 megapixels. They are perfect for selfie shots.

Also, the Cine Shot feature makes photos livelier and will surely be loved by Instagram users and aspiring filmmakers. This revolution in taking pictures is happening, thanks to LG.

Not only that, it is rated with IP68 water and dust resistance, so you can take on more pictures with your adventures.

And yes, LG V40 ThinQ is keeping the headphone jack- it’s not a common sight on most flagship phones nowadays, even on the iPhone Xs Max. LG is surely dominating the audiophile niche.

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LG V40 ThinQ vs iPhone XS MAX vs Huawei Mate 20

In the table are the features of the three newest released smartphones by their companies.

  LG V40 ThinQ iPhone XS MAX Huawei Mate 20
Display size 6.4 inches 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Dimension 6.25 x 2.98 x 0.3 inches (158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm) 6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm) 6.23 x 3.04 x 0.33 inches (158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm)
Resolution 1440 x3120 pixels 1242 x 2668 pixels 1080 x 2240 pixels
Pixel Density 537 ppi 458 ppi 381 ppi
Color Black, Silver, Blue, Red Silver, Gold, Grey Black, Gold, Green, Blue
Weight 5.96 oz (169 g) 7.34 oz (208 g) 6.63 oz (188 g)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 A12 Bionic Chipset

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HiSilicon Kirin 980
RAM 6 GB 4GB 4 GB
Internal Storage 64 GB 64, 256, 512 GB 128GB
Battery 3300 mAh 3179 mAh 4000 mAh
Camera (front) 8 mp 7mp 24mp

 

The pricing difference between these expensive phones is not too big. It all goes down in each phone’s specs and features.

If you love taking pictures and making videos, LG’s V40 ThinQ is your bestie. The upgrades they’ve done in this field really blew up other smartphone manufacturers. They have greater and clearer resolutions compared to iPhone Xs Max and Huawei Mate 20.

LG V40 ThinQ also has power and processor advantage, it’s a phone with a ginormous 6GB RAM and spacious 64GB Internal Memory.

In terms of outer appearances, the matte coating effect of LG V40 ThinQ is such a letdown. It looks so plain and cheap looking compared to the other two.

Moreover, if you already own V35 upgrading to V40 is not really advisable.

Yes, LG V40 ThinQ has new features that are not available to V35 but if you’re not into selfies or video making, you might not enjoy the fact that this phone costs around $920 when bought outright.

If you are looking for a budget phone with a good camera, advanced security features, fast processor, and the latest operating system, then you should definitely check out the Samsung J7 Star from T- Mobile.

The Samsung J7 Star (SM-J737T) is one of the few budget phones that came with a Facial Recognition feature. The phone retails at $250 on T-Mobile, and if you don’t buy it outright, you can also get it for $10 per month for 24 months with $10 down payment.

You will pay the remaining device balance if you cancel before the contract ends.

Do note that it comes locked with T- Mobile, so if you want it unlocked (for use with another carrier), you can definitely use UnlockBase’s service for Device Unlock App Permanent Unlock.

On the outside the phone looks nothing spectacular; it is available only on color blue just as the Samsung J3 Star is only available on color pink. We are assuming this phone was meant for the masculine market because it has a bigger battery than the J3 Star, which is more likely for gaming purposes.

Let’s first discover its overall features to help you decide whether the Samsung J7 Star could be your next phone.

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Samsung J7 Star vs Other Budget Phones

Below is a table that compares the key features of Samsung J7 Star to that of other budget phones that are also available through the T-Mobile network.

Features Samsung J7 Star  Moto E5 Plus LG Stylo 4
Display Size 5.5 in 6.0 in 6.2 in
Screen Technology TFT IPS LCD TFT
Screen Features Scratch- resistant Scratch- resistant
Front Camera 13MP 8MP with Flash 5MP with Autofocus HDR mode
Rear Camera 13MP 12MP 13MP
Aperture f/1.7 f/2.0 f/2.2
Video Recorder 1080p HD, 30fps 1080p HD, 30fps 1080p HD, 30fps
Build (body)  Material Plastic Metal
Ruggedness Splash Resistant
Security Features Facial Recognition Fingerprint Facial recognition, Fingerprint touch
Features Stylus
Colors Blue Black, Gold, Gray, Blue Black
System Processor Octa-core, 1600 MHz Octa-core, 1400 MHz Octa-core, 1800 MHz
RAM 2GB 3GB 3GB
Internal Memory 32GB 32GB 32GB
Storage expansion up to 400 GB up to 128GB up to 2000GB(2TB)
OS Android (8.0 Oreo) Android (8.0 Oreo) Android (8.1 Oreo)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 5000mAh 3300 mAh

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star Design And Build Quality

The J7 Star is a minimalistic looking phone; it could be because of the price or it could be just because they’re trying to keep it consistent with the J3 Star. It has more of a “2016-ish” design compared to the LG Stylo 4, which adopted a more 2018-like design.

The latter also has a bigger screen size, 6.2 in compared to 5.5 in on the Samsung Galaxy J7 star. The LG Stylo 4 also has a better 1080p resolution compared to the 720p resolution on the J7 star. This means that the visual experience with the Stylo 4 is going to be better than that of the J7 Star.

On the front, there is a 13MP camera, which makes it a winner in that department. Selfies with the J7 Star are definitely better than the Stylo 4.

There’s also a 13MP camera at the back with a f/1.7 aperture (a low f-stop means wider aperture and more light comes in). With a better aperture, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star will have better low light photos compared to the Moto E5 Plus and Stylo 4.

It has a scratch-resistant screen and a handy Home button below the screen

How To Set Up Face Recognition On Samsung Galaxy J7 Star

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star, unfortunately, doesn’t have any Fingerprint reader, so the only way to secure your phone is to setup a password/pin/pattern or to setup the Face Recognition feature.

But no worries, it’s fairly easy. Just like most Samsung phones, here’s how to get it done.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Lock Screen and Security.
  3. Tap Face Recognition.
  4. Tap Continue.
  5. Set Up A Secure Screen Lock (Pattern, Pin, Password).
  6. Tap Continue.
  7. Re-enter Your Screen Lock Security Key.
  8. Tap Confirm.
  9. Read Disclaimer. Hit OK.
  10. Tap Continue.
  11. Follow Screen Prompts To Setup Face Recognition.
  12. Tap Continue.
  13. Tap Turn On (Face Unlock).
  14. Tap Done.

Congratulations! You’ve setup your Face Recognition security successfully! If you ever have problems opening up your phone using the Face Recognition feature, you can always use your screen lock security key (password, pin, or pattern) to unlock your phone.

How To Unlock Samsung J7 Star For Any GSM Network

As mentioned in the earlier part of this article, the Samsung J7 Star from T-Mobile can only be unlocked using the Device Unlock App. This helpful app will be the only way to get your phone Temporarily or Permanently unlocked for use with any GSM network, and it will be granted as long as you qualify with T-Mobile’s unlock policies.

If you otherwise don’t, you can always use our services to get your phone permanently unlocked! To do it now, simply go to our T-Mobile Device Unlock App service page! Should you have any questions we’re always here, 24/7 to help you out!

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Star (SM-J337) is probably the least among the brand’s phone releases this year, but it is definitely worth the second look. Not only does this phone look chic on the outside, but it is also in every sense worth every penny.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star Tech Specs vs Other Budget Phones

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star Motorola Moto E5 Play LG Aristo 2 Plus T-Mobile Revvl Plus
Height 5.62 5.94 5.70 6.49
Screen Size 5.0HD Display 5.2HD 5.0HD 6.0FHD
Front Camera 5MP 5MP Autofocus 5MP 8MP
Rear Camera 8MP 8MP with LED flash 13MP Autofocus 13MP+5MP Dual rear cameras
Battery Size 2600mAh removable 2800mAh removable 2410mAh removable 3380mAh removable
Processor 1.4GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core 2.0 GHz
Operating System Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 7.0
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Internal Memory 16GB 16GB 16GB 32GB
Fingerprint Sensor No Yes Yes Yes

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Star doesn’t have any particular specs that make it stand out, and one of the major deal breakers we could easily detect is its lack of a fingerprint sensor.

Other phones in the same price range were able to have it, so why Samsung, why?

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: Chic Design

 

If there’s one thing more noteworthy on the outside for the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star, it is its chic design. It has a pale pink color, giving us an impression that it appeals to a more feminine market. It also has curved edges, giving it a smooth feel in the hands, and it is also lightweight weighing only 5.36 ounces. (Perfect gift for mom!)

All the quick access buttons are on the side. The volume rockers are on the left side, while the power button is on the right. It still has the home button located at its usual location.

This phone supports T-Mobile’s Band 71, assuring you of a better connection even when indoors.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: So-so Versatility

One thing is for sure, the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star is not the phone for gamers. Sure, you can play games, but if you use it for heavy apps and gaming you may not totally enjoy using it.

It is because the phone only has 2GB of RAM, which we believe is still fair for the price. We also do not expect budget phones (within the same price range as this one) to have a bigger RAM capacity because budget phones aren’t usually made for gamers. In a real-world experience, the phone would do great if you are doing pretty much just the basic stuff, which includes, emails, Facebook, Google, and some games.

But if you are going to multi-task and use several heavy apps at once, say Facebook and web-based gaming apps, you might experience certain lags. This phone is just not cut out for heavy gaming.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: Camera, UI Experience

The cameras on the J3 Star are also just on the so-so scale. Nothing spectacular or special about it, aside from the fact that we know Samsung cameras are always better, crisper, and clearer than most phones out there.

You can also play with your photos and enhance it, but you can always install other photo editing apps. The phone comes with a 16GB internal memory that is expandable upto 400GB so you can store pretty much a lot of data and pictures on this phone.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Star has a removable battery, so whenever you run out of battery, you can always insert a spare one while you have the other charged up for next use.

Good thing, this phone has a powerful 1.4GHz dual-core processor, which helps improve its power efficiency.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: Going Big with Bixby

Last but not least, the J3 Star has the Bixby assistant on board. Samsung’s infamous Bixby will help you with “social streaming.” It is not that helpful for you if you don’t like setting up or dealing with voice commands.

This is Samsung’s version of iPhone’s Siri. Bixby on the other hand just doesn’t have a specific personality like Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

Among Bixby’s most common uses are social media sharing, like snapping a selfie and sharing it on Facebook using your own voice in the process. Simply tell Bixby to “take a selfie” and “post this on Facebook,” and voila, the errand is done.

Unlocking the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star

People hate bloat apps, but there is one pre-installed app from T-Mobile that you should be thankful for, and that is the Device Unlock App.

With the Device Unlock App on board, you are able to choose between a Temporary or a Permanent Unlock on your device; all can be done if you pass T-Mobile requirements for your phone.

If you want a quick, easy, and affordable way to get your phone unlocked, you can always turn to UnlockBase to do it for you. Check out our list of supported phones for the Device Unlock App- T-Mobile.

Choosing a good phone is not an easy thing to do. Price always matters and we always end up sacrificing one good feature or more.

Good phones come in the shape of a flagship and they are oftentimes too expensive. Budget phones exist unfortunately, they only offer a good camera and not enough battery life or the other way around. We can’t seem to have the best of both worlds, especially in the budget phone department.

Good thing, those days are now over. And luckily, Motorola has created the phone that meets all of our needs.

And yes, that beast is the new Motorola Moto e5 Plus. Whether you game or vlog, this phone should be number one on your list.

Moto E5 Plus is a winner

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For starters, it has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera, but that’s not the most amazing thing about the Moto E5 Plus.

It has a whopping 5000mAh battery! For a budget phone, this is definitely a road less taken, and Motorola Moto E5 Plus is a certified trailblazer.

This phone also comes with 6” HD display meant for less scrolling, more fun, and wider gaming screen.

Camera and battery life? 100! You got the beast and the beauty all in one phone.

You’ll never have to compromise about the specs and the price, because you can get this phone from MetroPCS for only $49 if you port over. The phone comes locked to them, but you can easily have a temporary or permanent unlock using the Device Unlock App.

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You’ll never be sorry buying the phone outright because it’s only sold for $209.

Moto E5 Plus: A Certified Beast

This phone will always come handy for when you are travelling. Say goodbye to the not-so-nice sight of charging in the airport or losing battery when you are lost in a new city.  You will never have to look for an outlet and charge every hour just to make sure you have enough power until you arrive at your hotel.

For a gamer, a huge battery is great, but having a huge RAM is even better. Well, the Moto E5 will never disappoint you with a 3GB of RAM and 1.4GHz Octa-core processor.

This beastly phone will give you both the power and the speed even for an entire day of gaming.

And the phone is designed with an ergonomic weight; it looks and feels so compact you can’t even tell it has a huge battery in it.

Though it has a big battery, charging for 6-8 hours is not necessary because you only need 15 minutes to use it for another 6 hours non-stop.

All thanks to the TurboPower charger on board.

Moto E5 Plus: A Budget Beauty

You can also unleash your vlogger-wannabe side with this phone.

The 12MP Rear Camera with laser autofocus technology can help you capture sharp, bright, and livelier photos or videos in an instant.

Whether you are shooting inside your room or in any dark places, this phone will still encapsulate all the beautiful details of your selfie in the best light because of the 8MP front camera that has its own LED flash for the low-light environment.

Now, you don’t have to worry about blurry pictures, you can take them anywhere and anytime!

Though it is truly a big phone, it still comes handy and can be use with one hand because it has a slim design that can fit in your pocket or palm. The 6in edge-to-edge screen is packed with a Max Vision display that will help you enjoy the “crazy-wide” landscape view.

One of the things we so love about the Moto E5 Plus is the fingerprint scanner. You don’t always see a budget phone that offers all of these convenience!

If you think that’s all that this phone can offer, well, there’s more to that!

Both the Moto E5 Play and E5 Plus are water-repellent; you don’t have to worry about a little splash of water.

Don’t get it wrong for being waterproof, this phone can handle sprinkles, but not submersion to water.

Nonetheless, it makes it more amazing isn’t it?

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Moto E5 Plus has more in store!

If you plan on taking a lot of photos, this phone can house all of them. It is packed with a 32GB internal memory and has an expandable external memory of up to 128GB via microSD.

Last but not the least, this phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. You get to enjoy all the beautiful features the new Android system has to offer, like a split screen when you have to do too many things like play and text people at the same time.

Now that’s what you call a phone! If you want this phone, grab one through MetroPCS and enjoy the life without worries.

Let me start off by saying that you can get this phone for FREE if you are planning to port over to MetroPCS. The same model is also available through T-Mobile (different version) with a $150 price tag, a little higher than MetroPCS, but with no significant difference on the tech specs. Do note that this phone may be cheap, but it doesn’t come unlocked. There’s only one way to permanently unlock your phone and that is through the Mobile Device Unlock app already pre-installed in the unit.

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Moto E5 Play: Nothing fancy but worth it

The Motorola E5 Play does not boast any fancy features, it doesn’t have a striking look that will make you “wow” in its appearance, but for the affordable price tag, it is no wonder one of the best value budget phones for the year 2018.

Although this phone came out together with its brother the Motorola E5 Plus, they are two worlds apart, and the latter is priced a little higher but for good reasons. It has a whopping 5000mAh battery and more advanced tech specs.

It runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 and has a 2GB of RAM packed together with a 1.4GHz Quad-core processor. It also has a huge 2800mAh battery that can last you a day on a single charge and comes with a 16GB built-in storage space which is expandable through a microSD card.

What makes this model a winner for us for its price is its 3.5mm headphone jack and fingerprint reader located at the back.

With these features on board, it tells us that Motorola had been all out on the technical specs and the quality of experience you would get for a budget phone.

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Moto E5 Play Design

The Motorola E5 Play is has a straight up plastic back cover- it’s nothing shiny or glass-like on the outside, but it has a huge screen standing 5.2 in tall.

This is complemented by good front and rear cameras that both hhavea flash and autofocus features; giving you bright and crisp photos. The back camera is 8MP and the front camera is 5MP.

Despite having the tagline “Everyday. Extraordinary,” there is pretty much nothing extraordinary about the Motorola E5 Play on the outside that would make it stand out; only that it is fairly priced and has decent enough features for a smartphone in 2018.

But the unique selling point of this phone compared to the other budget smartphones is its water-repellent coating.

It is not waterproof; it is just water-repellent. This means that it cannot survive underwater submersion, but it cannot be easily penetrated by water.

It is indeed the bottom line Motorola phone but it doesn’t mean the E5 Play had compromised all the good stuff. It has a remarkably loud and clear speaker, ga ood camera with a flash, and a fingerprint sensor.

Moto E5 Play vs LG Aristo 2

It’s a bit unfair if we compare the Moto E5 Play to the Moto E5 Plus because they have a considerable price difference, so we will compare it to another phone within the same price range, which is the LG Aristo 2 when it comes to the features.

Specs Motorola E5 Play ($139) LG Aristo 2 ($139)
Processor 1.4GHz Quad-core processor 1.4GHz Quad-core processor
Phone Height 5.95in 5.7in
Front Camera 5MP with Selfie flash 5MP with Selfie light
Rear Camera 8MP with Autofocus with flash 13MP PDAF with LED Flash
Internal Memory 16GB (8.64GB usable) 16GB (9GB usable)
External Memory Up to 128GB via microSD card Up to 32GB via microSD card
Battery Size 2800mAh 2410mAh
RAM 2GB 2GB
Features Fingerprint Sensor, Water-repellent coating Face Unlock, Fingerprint scanner

It’s clear to see that both phones have almost similar features. The better phone actually depends on personal preferences, whether you like a big phone like Motorola Moto E5 Play or a smaller phone like LG Aristo 2.

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If you’re more concerned about the quality of the images and having a better camera, the LG Aristo 2 might be the best for you. But if you are more concerned about power and longer battery life, the Moto E5 Play is clearly the better option.

Moto E5 Play – Conclusion

The Motorola Moto E5 is a budget phone so if you plan to get this phone, always remember to manage your expectations.  Nothing about it has a wow factor, but it offers a remarkably clean Android experience and all the complete security necessities we would be looking for in a smartphone.

With the Moto E5 Play, Motorola has once again proven that they are truly a lord of budget phones always going beyond the price and giving a better experience every time.

The year 2017 has been a golden era for budget phones, and T-Mobile for sure did not let the opportunity go. And on the last quarter of the same year, the T-Mobile Revvl Plus was born; a huge 6-in phablet, and one of the first devices under T-Mobile’s own line of smartphones.

But, is this $175-phone even worth considering?

Well, you might want to give this phone a second look because we found out that it offers high-end features you would only often find in branded flagships.

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Technical Specs

Here’s an overview of what an almost $200-phone (after taxes) from T-Mobile gives you.

To make the decision-making process easier, we compared it with another branded phone under T-Mobile of the same price tag.

You’re welcome.

Specs T-Mobile Revvl Plus Samsung Galaxy J3 Star
Processor Qualcomm 8953 Octa-core 2.0 Ghz Exynos 7570 Quad 1.4Ghz
RAM 2GB 2GB
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 8.0
Memory 32GB (upto 128GB via SD) 16GB (upto 256GB MicroSD)
Battery Size 3380mAh 2600mAh
Screen 6” FHD IPS Display 5”in HD Display
Front Camera 8MP Wide-Angle Front Cam 5MP Front Cam
Back Camera 13MP+5MP Dual Rear Cam 8MP Rear Cam
Charging USB 2.0 charging Micro USB charging
Other Features Fingerprint Scanner 600MHz Band Support
Pros Huge Battery, Awesome Cameras, Big Screen, Fast Processor Latest Android Operating System
Cons Bad Design Quality, Not for Gaming Small Internal Memory Capacity, Not for Gaming
Final Score 3.5 3.3

 

It’s clear that the T-Mobile Revvl Plus ticks check in almost every box, but there are a lot of things some people who had it don’t like about it. Let’s go through what the major deal breakers are when you get the T-Mobile Revvl Plus.

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Design Quality

Here comes the compromise. For the high-end features and fast processor, T-Mobile compromised how the Revvl Plus looked like on the outside. After all, aren’t we all concerned about the usability of the device at the end of the day?

However, a lot of people still value looks and being flashy as much as they do about speed and quality, and yet the majority of budget phones are designed this way.

And if you are planning to get a pretty phone like the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star instead of the Revvl Plus, you might be compromising a handful of better features along the way.

Having a budget phone doesn’t ultimately mean having an ugly-looking one, because if you are willing to spend a few bucks more you might just get a better-looking phone with similar specs just like the LG Stylo 4.

The phone’s design is not that bad after all. It has a touch of fuschia, the same as the brand’s color, and it comes with a fingerprint sensor, ergonomically located at the back.

For a $200-phone that’s a plus.

Gaming, Speed, And Overall Usability

If this is not the reason why the Revvl Plus only got 2.5 Stars from T-Mobile Customer reviews, we don’t know what is. A lot of people complain about the speed of the device, but since this is a budget phone, one should always manage their expectations.

The 2GB RAM on this phone makes it possible to run a heavy gaming app, but that doesn’t guarantee there will be no lags or hiccups. Since this is one of the very first phones from T-Mobile, it is expected that certain system glitches or bugs may still be unsolved.

Also, the phone comes with a lot of heavy bloat apps already, so not all of that 2GB RAM is ultimately usable; only a part of it is, and that could affect the phone’s overall performance.

Another deal breaker is the phone’s Operating System. It still runs on Android Nougat, and that means you are losing a handful of helpful features that is only present on the latest Android System Oreo.

With Oreo, you can have multiple displays, so you can split your screen and do two things at the same time, seamlessly. Oreo also has updated auto-fill features making it easier to login without typing in so much information.

Using this phone for social media and other related tasks should go very well, and multitasking on this phone should go smoothly as long as you are not running very heavy apps in the background.

Camera, Battery Life, Other Features

You hardly ever get cameras this nice under a $200 price, but T-Mobile even got us a dual-rear camera!

This phablet also comes with a huge battery that can last you all day! The phone comes with a huge screen, but it is neither too heavy nor too light, giving it a premium feel on your hands.

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Conclusion

For the price, this budget phone is really worth considering. The phone is packed with a powerful processor, a huge battery, and a good supporting RAM for a much better performance.

It may have compromised the looks, but T-Mobile made sure to make the overall eperience on this device better than most budget phones you would find in the market.

Here at UnlockBase we like to show you a comparison between phones of the same brand, and this time, it’s LG’s turn. On the spotlight is LG K30 (X410TK), a new phone from the Seoul-based brand exclusively offered via T- Mobile.

We’ve had quite the feedback, so today, we are taking a look at how this specific LG phone compares to its brother phones which were also released this year.

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LG K30 vs LG Stylo 4 vs LG Q7+

To differentiate, the LG Stylo 4’s unique selling point is the Stylus, the LG Q7+ its performance and protection, and the LG K30’s its price point and simplicity.

It is one of the most affordable LG phone this year, yet it still has premium features we would not usually see on a phone within its price range.

Do note that the above-mentioned phones come from different families of devices under LG. This means that they were created to be an improved version of their predecessors, and for the LG K30, it is the LG K20.

For the Stylo 4, it’s the Stylo 3, and so forth. That being said, each family of devices was created to have its own unique selling points, so our considerations for this article lies solely on the premise of practicality these phones serve and the selling point to which they are offered.

In case you are torn which among these T-Mobile budget phones you should be getting, we made a table to ease the decision-making process for you.

LG K30 LG STYLO 4 LG Q7+
Price $200 $239 $329
Screen size 5.3in 6.2 in 5.5in
Battery 2880mAh 3300mAh 3000mAh
ROM/RAM 32GB/2GB 32GB/2GB 64GB/4GB
Processor 1.4GHz Quad-core 1.8 GHz octa-core 1.5GHz Octa-core
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Front Camera 5MP 5MP 5MP
Main Camera 13MP 13MP 16MP
Pros Fast Processor for the price, Fingerprint Sensor Big Battery, Good Price Point, Fast Processor, Fingerprint Sensor Big Battery, Fast Processor, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, Premium LG Audio and speakers, Fingerprint Sensor
Cons No other features to offer. Not much improvement since LG Stylo 3 Camera can be improved.

The table above shows the major features that you will actually be paying for the device you are going to get. It is clear that LG K30 is pretty much a decent device for the price it is being sold for, however, we don’t think it is worth the compromise.

If you are going to pay another $39 bucks, you can get a much bigger phone with a much bigger battery size, the LG Stylo 4. Also, the LG Stylo 4 has an additional feature, the Stylus pen, which is pretty much comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

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On the other hand, both the LG Stylo 4 and LG K30 has the same amount of ROM/RAM power, which essentially means they are comparably as fast as the other, but the LG Stylo 4 has a much more powerful 1.8 GHz octa-core processor. It means that multitasking on this phone is fast and is more power efficient compared to the LG K30, but if you’re doing just the typical type of tasks, this difference in speed will probably go unnoticed.

There’s no question as to why the LG Q7+ seem to have more value because of its higher price. But for a mid range phone with that price tag, it is no doubt worth every penny. It is one of the few mid range phones that has IP68 water and dust resistance, packed with premium LG sound features comparable to the brand’s flagship.

LG K30 vs Other Budget Phones

Although LG K30 seems like an unwise choice for a budget phone compared to other LG budget phones, you might find it a better option compared to other budget phones from other brands in the same price range.

T-Mobile also offers Samsung Galaxy J7 Star, and it currently retails at $225 when paid in full, the phone has a slightly bigger screen and slightly better camera than that of the LG K30, but it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Samsung J7 Star Moto E5 Plus
Price $250 $225
Screen size 5.5in 6.0in
Battery 3300mAh 5000mAh
ROM/RAM 32GB/2GB 32GB/3GB
Processor 1.6GHz Octa-core 1.4GHz Octa-core
Operating System Android 8.0 (Oreo) Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Front Camera 13MP 8MP
Main Camera 13MP 12MP
Pros Good Camera, Fast Processor Big battery, Fast Processor, Big Screen
Cons No Fingerprint Processor Low Resolution Display

The Un-Carrier also offer Moto E5 Plus, which retails at a higher price but comes with a fingerprint sensor and a much superior processor. It has a gigantic 5000mAh battery but it did have a few features compromised.

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The phone seemed to be very heavy and it has a low-resolution display, the cameras weren’t great, but they are not that bad either, but we are certain you’ll like the LG K30’s camera better.

Final Verdict

For the price, we think that the LG K30 is worth the penny, but if you are willing to spend a little more, you can actually get a better phone with a much faster processor and a better camera.

But if you’re a solid LG K-series fan, this phone surely is an up-game compared to the LG K20 in so many ways. We sure wished it had something more to offer especially that there are a lot of competing budget phones in the market, but it seems that LG K30 has given way for other LG phones to shine.

Do you own an LG K30 from T-Mobile? Care to share your experience with us?

The LG G7 ThinQ (LMG710TM), Thinks

That was a pun right there, but anyways, we’re not kidding when we say that this phone is really smart. The thoughtfulness of the creators and designers of this phone is even beyond genius. Here are a few reasons why.

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Explore The World With A Powerful Camera

Using Google Lens this phone gives you the ability to search the web by simply focusing your camera on whatever thing or place you want to learn about. It gives you smart suggestions based on web search results and information.

The feature makes shopping and traveling easier and more efficient. For an avid online shopper, this is ultra-convenient. For a wanderlust, it makes getting lost a learning adventure.

You can access Google Lens through the Google Assistant button on the left side of the phone. Launch the Google Assistant by pressing once, and quickly double press to skip to the Google Lens.

There are many reasons why this flagship is called a ThinQ, and the AI Camera is one of them. With this intelligence on board, you will have an extra ‘creative eye’ that provides you with real-time and easy recommendations on how to better enhance your photo.

The camera automatically detects low light shots (in dark or poorly lit areas) so it adjusts the amount of brightness needed for you to get the best pictures.

The best thing about flagships are their camera, and LG surely didn’t let us down. It has two rear cameras, one is a wide angle lens, and the other is a standard angle lens with apertures of f/1.9 (LED Flash) and f/1.6 respectively.

You can have a portrait mode that lets you have a bokeh background effect or wide-angle shots that lets you capture beautiful scenery or a group of people.

There are several camera modes to choose from, such as the Manual photo mode that lets you change ISO, shutter speed, white balance and more.

Just like in previous models, you can also choose between 17 pre-set cinematic filters.

There is a whole lot more to discover with the LG G7 ThinQ’s camera that you couldn’t possibly ask for more.

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Superb Sound

LG has held on to the 3.5mm headphone jack that everyone seems to be ditching these days. If the sound is your #1 concern when buying a phone, this LG flagship is going to make it without a doubt. Here’s what you have on deck:

Hi-Fi Streaming. Reads MQA file. High-resolution audio streaming.

32- bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC. For crisp, out-of-the-world sound experience when you are listening to your wired headphones.

 

Hi- Fi Video and HD Audio Recorder. It has 2 high AOP microphones that record audio in higher quality. You have 3 different mode options depending on the sound you like when recording audio on a different track.

In line with that, you can also minimize Wind noise when recording a video.

Your mics are also combined to the phone’s receiver to record better sound quality even in loud and noisy environments.

Super Far-Field Voice Recognition. It recognizes and amplifies your voice even when you are not near it or when it is noisy around you when you are taking a call.

Boombox speaker, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. These are two different features but they work as one. This is LG G7 ThinQ’s most unique selling point.

The Boombox speaker feature uses the phone’s internal space as a resonance chamber that results in an amplified bass and louder sound.

This is further improved by the DTS:X 3D Surround Sound which makes it more consistent and rich. It has a custom equalizer as well. The 7.1 Channel also brings cinematic effect to its sound.

The LG G7 ThinQ is going to win every audiophile’s heart.

Military-grade Durability

For a phone with all the above features, we would rarely expect more but LG just doesn’t stop there.

This flagship phone can withstand unbelievable conditions such as the Samsung S8 Active which retails for a $100 more. It is MIL-STG-810 Compliant which means it can withstand accidental drops.

It is IP68 water and dust resistant so it can withstand up to 1.5 meters of water submersion.

It also has a dedicated heat pipe that prevents the heat from being trapped and damaging the processor.

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Battery Life, Processor, and Software

This phone just like most flagships has a huge 3000mAh battery that can last you all day even under heavy usage.

The large battery is complemented by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8 GHz Processor + 1.7 GHz Octa-core, so you rest assured of fast and efficient use of power.

It is of course running in the latest Android System (Oreo). It is wireless charging capable, and has a USB Type-C charging port as well. It is Qualcomm Quick Charging 3.0 supported so you can rev up in just a few minutes.

ROM is 64GB expandable up to 2TB. RAM is 4GB ideal for heavy usage and can handle multi-tasking seamlessly.

Super Bright LCD Display.

With a peak brightness of over 1000 nits, this phone would let you still see your screen clearly even against direct sunlight.

The LCD screen also makes the screen really crisp, with images undistorted even in its peak brightness. Moreover, it is 30% more power efficient than the LG G6, the flagship predecessor.

The screen also has a Palm Rejection feature that prevents you from accidentally pressing any buttons with the highly sensitive touch screen.

Final Thoughts

We think that LG G7 ThinQ is deserving of its name, and buying one is definitely buying into an experience. For $750 it has offered way more thoughtfulness in design and feature than many flagship phones that retails for almost $1000. Surely, this one is one if the best Android flagship phones we’ve tried so far.

MetroPCS has graced us with 4 different new phones for the month of August, and among them is the LG Q7+ (Q610MA). It is a mid-range phone, with a $329 price tag but only $99 after store credits when you port over to MetroPCS. Unsurprisingly, this phone is also available on T-Mobile.

The price tag is surely very light (given that it’s being sold in MetroPCS) but the technical specifications and the features of this phone are on par even to that of the iPhone X. Let’s see why this phone maybe your next one (even if you are previously a diehard iOS user).

Let’s dig deeper, shall we?

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Water-Resistant? Yes!

Have you ever heard of a budget phone with IP68 water and dust resistance? Probably not, because this is the first MetroPCS phone with IP68 level of water and dust protection released this year. And probably the only one from MetroPCS so far.

There is another mid-range phone with a similar water and dust resistance, HTC U11 Life which was released earlier this year, but it came with T-Mobile and not MetroPCS. It had IP67 water and dust resistance which means the LG Q7+ is far more superior than it was for that specific matter.

The LG Q7+ has curved edges which they say are 2.5D arc glass, which makes it easy and premium to hold at the same time looking like the iPhone X, although smaller in size.

For just a fraction of the price of the flagship high end phones, you can get the same feature and quality without spending as much. We are sure you’d want the LG Q7+ permanently sim unlocked so you can sport this on all your travels.

The Best Features? LG Q7+ Has Them

 

If you are thinking whether this phone has sacrificed the speed and accuracy for the price, you can consider yourself wrong.

This phone doesn’t have the biggest screen, standing only at 5.5 inches despite the competitions going for 6 inches recently.

But there is a reason for that.

Not only do phones with big screens eat up too much power for screen time, they are also very difficult to use single-handedly. The convenient size of the LG Q7+ make it easier to take selfies with just one hand, type, and socialize without getting busy on both. The size is chosen for ergonomic reasons more than its effect on battery life.

Other than that, it has a Full HD + Full Vision 18:9 Display which means your screen lets you enjoy full viewing experience.

You can take photos with portrait mode with its 16MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. The front-facing camera is 8MP and has f/1.9 aperture. It can record video in 1080p quality.

It is important to note that this phone also has  DTS:X surround sound just like LG G7 ThinQ, the brand’s flagship released May this year. The price is of course twice as much since the latter is a flagship, but the sound experience is the same.

With the DTS:X surround sound feature, you will enjoy a more immersive, richer, and louder sound experience than any phones you will find for the same price.

There is also a fingerprint sensor located at the back, and it is also a quick shortcut button to take photos, to scroll through notification bar controls, and to even take screenshots.

The phone’s Q Lens also lets you use your camera for search, and provide smart suggestions. This makes online shopping an easier task. Just point your camera at something and your phone will provide you information.

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Performance

The LG Q7+ packs a huge 64GB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM which makes the fingerprint sensors work faster and the overall multi- tasking experience seamless.

It runs on the latest Android (Oreo) Operating System so you are assured that all the latest security and bug updates are all in. It also has a powerful 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor making the overall package complete.

With all of that in, you can play games, run data-heavy apps, and do much at the same time.

The only caveat on this phone is the battery size, which is only 2980mAh. So even with a fast processor and the latest Android system the phone may not last a day if you use a lot of heavy apps.

But with a fast charging feature it is as easy to recharge and get the power you need in just a few minutes to use your phone for the rest of the day.

Overall Impression

The LG Q7+ is a mid-range phone with premium features you can only find on a flagship. With a FullVision Display and DTS:X surround sound feature, you will enjoy watching movies, playing games and listening to music with a more immersive experience.

It also has one of the best processors and operating systems available, making the total experience with the phone seamless, and without lag. You will like the phone even if you play games and do a lot of things at the same time.

Design-wise the phone is one of the best looking LG phones we’ve seen so far. And with an IP68 water and dust resistance level you can bring this phone to any adventure or travels and get the most out of it.

Want to Permanently Unlock Your LG Q7+ from MetroPCS?  Click here: MetroPCS Permanent Mobile Device Unlock.

Were you looking for a phone with a huge battery, a dual-rear facing camera, a 6-inches full HD Display with the latest Android OS?

Well, look no more! Just when you thought a budget phone will always have the “budget” features, Alcatel has come up with something that will surely give your wallets and your hearts a delight! Because of all the things that you’ve been wanting and looking for are now on a phone that retails at only $179 on MetroPCS. And yes, that’s the Alcatel 7!

And did I tell you you can get it at $29 if you port over to MetroPCS?

So, What Makes It Different? 

The Alcatel 7 is the 8th phone released by the US-based company this year. It is their flagship phone for 2018.

What You’ll Get: A huge 6in FHD screen, a gigantic 4000mAh battery, a TCL custom-built screen, 12MP+ 2MP dual rear- camera, Fast Charging, IR Blaster, and the latest Android OS.

The Alcatel 7 is a sure bang for the buck.

 

Special Features

The Alcatel 7’s most underappreciated feature is the IR Blaster that lets you use it as an infrared remote control to your TV or your gaming consoles. The IR blaster is not a novelty as many other phone brands like Xiaomi and Samsung used to put this feature as well on many of their phone models.

But for the added convenience, it sure makes a budget phone stand out.

Aside from that, the Alcatel 7 also has a fingerprint sensor and a Face Key feature which obviously lets you add biometrics such as your fingerprint and face respectively to lock and unlock your phone.

Alcatel 7 also has an upgraded screen, custom-built by TCL, a US-based award-winning Television, and consumer electronics brand.

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Performance

If you are used to running heavy apps or softwares on your phone, the Alcatel 7 would come off as a ‘laggy’ phone to you.

But if your usage isn’t on the heavy side, then a 2GB RAM should be enough to keep your phone running smoothly.

The processor isn’t the best on its department but it is not that bad either. It is running on a Mediatek Helio octa core processor with speeds of up to 2.5 Ghz. It is also running on the latest Android operating system, Android 8.1.0 Oreo.

And by going with the trend, Alcatel was able to create this flagship with premium features that would otherwise be only available to high end flagships retailing 4 times its current market price.

Design

The phone screen is really big, standing 6 inches, as mentioned earlier. It’s clear that this phone is really meant for video entertainment. At the top of the screen is a front 8MP wide angle camera and the LED flash.

At the bottom there are speakers and a USB Type-C port for Fast Charging. On the right hand side are the volume and power control buttons. On the left hand side you have the sim and memory card slot. And at the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack with the IR Blaster.

The back cover of the Alcatel 7 is not removable, which means there’s no way to replace the battery in case it dies out.

The back also holds the fingerprint sensor and sitting on top of it is a dual camera for an image with more depth.

The phone packs a 32GB of ROM with only 25GB usable. Part of the phone’s memory is being taken by their featured apps such as the CloserTV and the Camera which loads a lot of Social Media features.

The CloserTV app is an Alcatel-exclusive app for online streaming. It is your all-in-one place for all things streaming and cable TV so you can watch your favorite series or movies easier. This is also the reason why they partnered with TCL.

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Overall Impression

The Alcatel 7 has enough features to stay connected and social. The phone compares to mid-range phones when it comes to features, although, we admit it doesn’t the best processors available on the market. But for the price, it really is worth it.

If you are undecided as to which phone you’re going to get, especially now that MetroPCS just released 4 phones recently, we’ve compared the specs of each phone for you to buy.

You’re absolutely welcome.

*We included the price because price determines what you’ll actually get.*

Specs Alcatel 7 LG Q7+ LG Stylo 4 iPhone SE
PRICE $179 $329 $239 $399
After Store Rebates $29 $99 $79 $0 [FREE]
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo Android Oreo iOS 9.3
RAM 2GB 4GB 3GB 2GB
ROM 32GB 64GB 32GB 16/32/64/128GB
Processor Octa-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8GHz Dual-core 1.4GHz
Battery size 4000mAh 3000mAh 3300mAh 1624mAh
Front Camera 8MP 8MP 5MP 1.2MP
Back Camera 12MP+2MP 16MP 13MP 12MP
Screen Size 6in 5.5in 6.2in 4in
Display IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD
Fast Charging Yes Yes Yes No

For the price, the Alcatel 7 is surely worth every penny.

Conclusion

Do you have an Alcatel 7? Want to share your experience? Let’s start a discussion and drop us a comment!

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