It's a decent Mid Range phone, but with entry-level performance. The crippled OS that LG thought it'd be cool to force us to use hogs WAY to much RAM, causing this phone to run slow at best. I'd imagine just how smooth this thing could run if LG weren't such $*%#s about it and let us customize what we spent our hard earned money on. Let's go over the Pros n Cons.
-The design is nicely centered and looks nice
-Decent Specs, Runs Minecraft PE 0.9 infinite well
-Gaming performance is decent (Whatever you can add into that tiny space of course)
-Decent physical size, is thin
-Pretty good video camera
-Decent pictures, though could use more saturation
-Physical home button is nice
-Front facing cameras for selfies and etc.
-LGsystemUI sucks. There's absolutely no need for it. it's essentialy a bloated version of stock with more cons than benefits than it's worth. Just having NOTHING running except just the basics, 678MB of RAM is USED UP! leaving BARELY ANYTHING LEFT FOR THE USER. (a stock CM ROM would barely take up 256 tops) Making this thing run SLOW all the time..... It's like I'm using a $50 Net10 phone.. The system UI is THAT laggy...
-EMULATED INTERNAL STORAGE?! The thing i HATE most about this phone, the internal storage is actually bound to the Android File system, which can cause potential problems..... One being running out of space just like that because TOO many programs and games use internal storage as default, which most cases cannot be switched. This causes problems, and cripples your experience way too much, leading to the very common and infamous "Insufficient Storage Available" message.
The worst of it all...
-LOCKED BOOTLOADER. This means that it's WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. this means NO! you cannot use CM, AOKP, PARANOID, PACMAN or ANY CUSTOM FIRMWARE. You're stuck with version 4.1.x and that's all you'll ever get. While there are some people who managed to unlock it, the trouble is WAY more than it's worth, as more and more users report failures and are stuck with a semi-bricked device. If you are someone who likes to use custom ROMS and etc, and are/were contemplating on getting this, Get something else.... Do some research and make a better choice. You'll thank me in the long run.. and if you JUST bought it, you should return it and just do research on other similarily priced phones. You'll likely find something that may be faster, and also a bootloader that isn't impossible
To round it up, It's yet another phone that's great for the basic user(i.e. never change launchers, play games, or many apps.) but if you're like me, and of course want an at least somewhat snappy experience, then LOOK ELSEWHERE. My next phone will NOT have a locked bootloader.... because I'll make SURE of it.
Chavez, 28 Jun 2014What a $&@#!,he said he couldn't move apps to SD card and yet you still tell him to buy one. DuhHow do I transfer apps or data, etc to my microSD card. internal storage isn't working out. Not enough memory either. I am very disappointed. For the amount I paid for this phone (full price) when it first came out, I shouldn't have these problems and limitations. I purchased a new phone at full price, and it was quite expensive. Help! Can the microSD card be used for storage or can it be used at all??? If not, I wasted a ton of money ey buying your product. I should be compensated.
Rooted Superuser...., 19 Jun 2014LOL,,,,145mB and you expect to do what with it? You cant fit 1 song onto that space.... Dele... moreWhat a $&@#!,he said he couldn't move apps to SD card and yet you still tell him to buy one. Duh
This is a good phone but have two things I hate: 1- low memory and 2- front-facing camera sucks. 😕 And oh, it has 4.1.2 jellybean, not gingerbread.
Hello please tell why my phne lg l9 does'nt want to unlock....and it gives me de message of'NO SERVICES'
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014Correct why is sd slot even made? FeaturedA dev over at xda, kuma82, made a custom rom for unlocked bootloaders. He managed to make it so that you can install apps to sd. There is a catch....you can't unmount to correctly remove the card. So that means you risk data corruption if you remove without unmounting. Your choice. I tried it and switched back to stock after my photos got messed up.
Anonymous, 09 Apr 2014How can i increase the Internal Memory?Factory reset
MoFo, 07 Apr 2014Ugh...to make things worse, not only has LG stopped updates at 4.1.2, now the T-Mobile stock f... moreBy the way, guys. Just to let you know, not only did my authentication error go away, the audio got a significant boost. I was just watching a movie using MXPlayer and the people in the other room heard everything! Mind you...I work in a call center so there you have it!
Ugh...to make things worse, not only has LG stopped updates at 4.1.2, now the T-Mobile stock firmware is giving me authentication errors when trying to connect to my personal WiFi. That problem got fixed by me flashing a Canadian Wind Mobile kdz using the offline flash tool. That is unacceptable support on the part of LG.
moamen1111, 24 Mar 2014does this phone use 4g lte networks ?No, it's not LTE capable. The Optimus F6 is LTE capable but if you are into custom roms, you're gonna be disappointed. You'll be luck enough to root it.
Rooted Superuser...., 18 Mar 2014LOL,,,,145mB and you expect to do what with it? You cant fit 1 song onto that space.... Dele... morewhat type of songs are you downloading that are 145mb.... are you crazy?
One of the Best mobile in this price range with the Best features. using it for 6 months. simply awesome mobile. I love it !!
yes u can root it with with VRoot; very easy but root isn't needed as u will not be able to move apps to SD Card even after that because that's the most anticipated function bcoz mobile's apps installing memory itself is only 2GB which can't be extended...so dats the only draw back :( not actually a draw back though.
I love this phone, have it for a year now...however...
I have a power/lock button problem on my lg l9...power button is not working, but when i restart my phone it works for like an hour but then it stops working again. Sometimes the screen does that too...please help with this...can rooting the phone help? i have 4.1.2 android. thank you in advance﻿ :)