When it comes to holiday shopping and smartphones, there’s generally two paths you go down. You have the people who want the cutting edge, and the people hungry for that first step into the brave new world of smartphones. Of course, if you have shopping to do for people in the latter group, you don’t want to be the one who gives a totally stripped down smartphone, either.
The LG Escape seems like a good compromise. It’s a smartphone with a budget price without saddling itself with the label of budget phone. The Escape works on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0. The display isn’t half bad, either – 4.3” qHD IPS multitouch. The Escape can record in full HD and has a 5 MP camera, has NFC, and has a microSD card slot that can expand storage by up to 32 GB (there’s only 4 GB of internal memory). The sounds will come from Dolby Mobile surround sound.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a front-facing camera, which could be a dealbreaker even for novices, as video calling picks up in popularity. That 5 MP rear-facing camera isn’t too shabby, though. Continuous shot takes a series of photos in rapid succession, which makes it ideal for taking panoramic shots or if you have that one friend that always blinks every time you take a picture.
Normally, software would be nothing to write home about, but Skyfire Horizon might be a useful addition for smartphone novices. It’s a browser toolbar for tools instead of bookmarks. Skyfire Horizon has hotlinks for Twitter, Facebook, and URL sharing, among other utilities.
The LG Escape will hit AT&T stores on September 16th, and will sell for about $50 with a two-year contract.