Cricket Wireless picks up lackluster $90 LG Spree with Android 5.1

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Not to be outdone by Samsung, which just brought 2010 mobile technology back with the Galaxy J1 mini, LG is only 24 hours away from releasing a similarly shoddy low-end Android effort on American prepaid network Cricket.

AT&T’s daughter carrier tries hard to sell the LG Spree as a “great phone for those who currently own an entry-level smartphone and aspire for more without sacrificing style and features”, but the fact of the matter is the 4.5-incher lacks both things.

Style? Please, this is a frail, full-plastic handheld like so many others in its price range, with chunky bezels, a huge “chin”, and tacky corners. Features? They’re not exactly reminiscent of Gingerbread-powered devices from half a decade ago, but they’re not very contemporary either.

The touchscreen barely delivers FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution, you got a quad-core 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 processor under the hood, plus 1GB RAM, 8GB storage space, and worst of all, Android 5.1 Lollipop software pre-loaded.

Could a Marshmallow update be nearby? Keep dreaming, and also, don’t trust the 13 hours claimed battery life of the LG Spree in talk time. The cell is quite tiny, at 1,940 mAh, and especially if you start fiddling around with the phone’s proprietary UI tricks and add-ons, you’ll get it depleted like that.

Granted, it’s nice to have Knock On, Knock Code, QuickMemo+, EasyHome, Gesture Shot, Burst Shot, Selfie Light and Live Shot, but at least the camera-enhancing features will go to waste when the snappers are merely equipped with 5 and 2MP sensors.

Bottom line, Cricket will need to sell the Spree way lower than $90, given the vastly superior G Stylo, for instance, costs $100.

Source: Cricket Mediaroom

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