LG Apex

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The LG Apex is an affordable QWERTY slider that came out last year and it has a rather compact size if we compare it with the Samsung Epic 4G and the T-Mobile G2. It measures 4.57 x 2.22 x 0.62 inches and it tips the scales at 5.39 ounces. It isn’t as wide as the other two so it feels considerably more comfortable when you hold it in your hand. It benefits from a solid construction and has a soft touch finish on the back.

A more trim design has its drawbacks because the Apex sports only a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen while the other two devices have 3.7-inch (G2) and 4.0-inch (Epic 4G) displays. The one that LG fitted to the Apex has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and supports up to 242k colors. It manages to be quite crisp and bright, and the smaller size shouldn’t be a major drawback. It also comes with an accelerometer and pinch-to-zoom support.

LG Apex (Source: st2.gsmarena.com)

LG Apex (Source: st2.gsmarena.com)

Below this screen you’ll notice the touch sensitive keys for menu, home, back and return, along with physical talk and end/power keys. Located on the left side is the volume rocker along with a microUSB port, while on the right side sit the camera shutter and the microSD card slot. LG installed the 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the phone, while on the back there’s a camera and a flash.

The LG Apex is running on Android 2.1 and comes with the usual Google services like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Latitude, Google Talk and YouTube. Other than that, it comes bundled with the useful ThinkFree Office Suite, Your Navigator, My Contacts Backup and Tone Room Deluxe.

As a phone, we should mention that it offers speed dialing, speakerphone, conference calling, voice commands, along with text and multimedia messaging. More advanced features are also on board, like GPS, 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It offers support for a wide variety of e-mail accounts and social networks, like POP3, Gmail, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange, MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.

LG Apex (Source: mphones.org)

LG Apex (Source: mphones.org)

The three megapixel autofocus camera comes with a wide array of settings, like ISO, scene modes, color effects, white balance, along with a self timer. It can also record videos up to a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. The quality of the photos is OK but we wished that these could have been a little bit brighter.

The LG Apex is powered by a 600 MHz processor which isn’t enough to guarantee a smooth user experience, but for such an affordable device this is somewhat understandable. As for the 1,500 mAh battery, it has a rated talk time of 7.5 hours while in standby it should last for 14 days.