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Compared to the G3, the G Vista ups the screen size and downgrades the resolution

LG recently announced some impressive earnings for Q2 thanks to sales of 14.5 million smartphones. The company’s flagship G3 smartphone contributed greatly to the company’s bottom line, and LG is now looking to take some of the style of the G3 and apply it to a more affordable package.
As a result, we are today seeing the launch of the G Vista, which will operate on the Verizon Wireless network. Whereas the G3 features a 5.5” QHD (2560x1440) display, the G Vista comes packing a decidedly low-tech 960x540 resolution 5.7” display.
The budget specs extend to other areas of the smartphone including a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Other features include a microSD slot for storage expansion, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front cameras, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE connectivity, and a 3200 mAh battery.
The G Vista will cost you $400 off contract ($200 less than the G3), or $99 with a two-year contract (compared to $199 for the G3). Those that sign up for Verizon EDGE can get the G Vista for $19.99/month.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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What's the point?
By Spuke on 7/31/2014 11:38:19 AM , Rating: 3
Can anyone explain the why of this phone?

RE: What's the point?
By FITCamaro on 7/31/2014 11:56:42 AM , Rating: 3
Some people just want a big phone but don't want to pay top dollar.

RE: What's the point?
By Spuke on 7/31/2014 12:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
$400 still seems a bit much considering you can get a Nexus 5 for less with WAY better specs. Yes, I know Verizon offer the Nexus 5 (much suckage there too).

RE: What's the point?
By Spuke on 7/31/2014 12:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
RE: What's the point?
By bug77 on 7/31/2014 12:26:28 PM , Rating: 2
Or a Moto G 4G with better resolution and for half the money.
Still, for people with poor eyesight, a large screen will always be a plus.

RE: What's the point?
By bug77 on 8/1/2014 7:41:05 AM , Rating: 2
Hm, gsmarena has this listed as 1280x720 (~250ppi). It also comes with dual band WiFi (better than Moto G). It's also CDMA only. So the price looks ok. Perhaps still a tad high, but definitely not as bad as it looked at first sight.

RE: What's the point?
By Spuke on 8/1/2014 11:36:27 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure what you're talking about. The phone I linked to is a SGS4. I picked a Verizon phone because I was comparing it to the articles Verizon phone. You can get a SGS4 on any carrier though.

RE: What's the point?
By bug77 on 8/1/2014 1:04:46 PM , Rating: 2
The article says the G Vista is only 960x540 and doesn't mention WiFi is actually dual band. That's all.

RE: What's the point?
By Spuke on 7/31/2014 1:02:05 PM , Rating: 1
Oops Verizon does NOT offer...

RE: What's the point?
By Motoman on 7/31/2014 7:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
Moto G, Moto E, or Moto G 4G starting at $69. With no contract.

Yeah sure...this thing has a bigger screen than those. But for up to $330 more?

People make no sense.

RE: What's the point?
By kmmatney on 7/31/2014 2:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get it either. I have a 5.5" LG Optimus Pro G 1080p, and they are selling for around $200-200 on Ebay. I'm not sure I'd recommend an LG phone anyways - but at least after owning it for 9 months, the latest update to KitKat fixed a lot of the bugs.

Will be fine
By FITCamaro on 7/31/2014 11:38:01 AM , Rating: 3
For most people. I mean its still a quad core phone with a gig and a half of RAM. Just don't understand why they didn't stick with a true 720p screen so video doesn't have to scale. I love the 720p screen on my Note 2. Works great for video.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/31/2014 11:53:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah because if you can't afford a $900 iPhone, or don't see a point in spending that much for a smartphone, you should just eat sh*t and die!

By amanojaku on 7/31/2014 1:06:21 PM , Rating: 3
I think this phone is a questionable choice - it's not cheap enough for the specs, and the specs aren't that great for any kind of usage (especially the storage).

Still, Android and Windows phones come in a variety of configurations that give the consumers choices. The one thing trolls like the OP doesn't understand or appreciate is that when I spend my money I should be able to buy what I want. If I want a high-end Android or Windows phone I can get one. If I want a mid-range Android or Windows phone I can get one. If I want a low-end Android or Windows phone I can get one.

I'm not buying an obsolete device that starts at $450 (the 4S), a "budget" device that starts at $550 (the 5C), or a "premium" device that starts at $650 but is lacking premium hardware like >=2GB RAM, quad-core CPUs, HDMI, and a large screen with >= HD resolution.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/31/2014 1:31:12 PM , Rating: 1
True for the money at least the Galaxy Mega gets you to 720p. But as you pointed out, that's the beauty of such a diverse selection.

Great post, 100% agree.

By retrospooty on 7/31/2014 2:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it doesnt look like a good buy to me at all... There are better phones for cheaper.

By ritualm on 7/31/2014 2:42:37 PM , Rating: 2
You know the saying... "there is no such thing as a bad product, only a bad price" (lifted off a desktop GPU card review). $400 off-contract for all that is at least $50 too overpriced.

By kmmatney on 7/31/2014 2:30:25 PM , Rating: 3
$450 for a 4S is laughable. However, I recently bought my daughter a used iPhone 4S for $150 from Swappa, and my son a iPhone 4 for $100. Both were in perfect shape, just as pictured. I was worried that the iPhone 4 might be laggy, but it actually works quite well. Phones lose so much value after they leave the store, buying used is a way better deal if you are off-contract. For Android, you can get a Galaxy S4 for ~$200.

By marvdmartian on 8/1/2014 7:28:35 AM , Rating: 3
But that's the beauty of the Android market. If a phone isn't a good value for the money they're asking for it, it doesn't sell, and they discontinue it.

With Apple, you're given what they decide you needed, and say screw you.....if you want to upgrade, wait until the next $500+ model!

Unlike the Apple lemmings, Android users have a plethora of choices.

By Milliamp on 8/1/2014 1:06:24 AM , Rating: 1
The best selling Android phones are still the most expensive flagships though but there is something for everyone mostly.

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