The LG Vista has been making its rounds on the rumour mill, the other day we ran an article showing off the handset in its Verizon branded retail packaging and today it’s available for purchase via Verizon’s website. The LG Vista can be had for $99 down on a two year agreement or you can choose to split the cost of the handset over 20 installments of $19.99 through Verizon Edge. The LG Vista is priced at $399.99 if purchasing it outright.
What do you get for your money? Well, the Vista is a firmly mid-range phablet, sporting a 5.7-inch display with a 1280 x 720 resolution with 258ppi. A Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core Processor clocked at 1.2GHz provides the grunt, with 1.5GB of RAM on multi-tasking duty. A measly 8GB of internal storage is provided, although thankfully you can augment this via the Micro-SD card slot. A 3200 mAh removable battery provides the juice, and combined with the 720p display the Vista should have more than decent battery life. The Vista weighs in at around 168 grams.
The LG Vista stays firmly in the mid-range with its cameras, with a 1.3MP front facing camera on selfie duty, with a 8MP camera and Flash module on the rear panel. One thing of note is the laser auto-focus that is included with the rear camera. As with its higher-specced sibling, the G3, the Vista has its volume and power buttons on the rear of the phone that is somethign you either love or hate. Personally, after some time spent with the older G2, I think they are a neat idea, albeit with some drawbacks.
LG are shipping the Vista with Android version 4.4.2 (Kitkat) running out of the box, and have naturally installed their own customised overlay that includes Dual-Window the ability to view and use two apps at once, Mini-View that scales the screen down so that it can be accessed one-handed, and Knock Code that allows the user to create a sequence of taps to unlock the handset.
All-in-all, the LG Vista is a mid-ranged phablet device, nothing more, nothing less. Let us know your thoughts on the device in the comments below or at our Google Plus page.