Tracfone LG X Style (L56VL) Review – Android Smartphone
-Gorilla Glass 3 Screen Protection
-No Triple Minutes for Life (it appears Tracfone is phasing this out, and any smartphones with Android 6.0 or newer will not have Triple Minutes for Life. More information coming soon.)
Please note that there are two versions of this phone, one uses CDMA service while the other uses GSM. Currently the CDMA (LG L56VL) version is the only available device.
Tracfone LG X Style Features and Specs
|LG X Style Specs|
- Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
- 4G LTE capable
- LG L53BL uses GSM (ATT/T-Mobile) network
- LG L56VL uses CDMA (Verizon) network
- WiFi (802.11b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 5 MP Rear Camera and 5 MP Front Camera
- Headsfree speaker, Alarm Clock, MP3 Player
- Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
- Caller ID, Voicemail, Voice Dialing
Triple Minutes for Life (on regular airtime cards)
- Size: 5.70″ x 2.81″ x 0.27″
- 5,0″ Touchscreen with 1280×720 TFT HD Display and Gorilla Glass 3
- 1.3 Ghz Quad-Core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 8 GB Memory (up to 3.7 GB Usable) (Micro SD card slot for up to 32 GB extra storage)
- Battery: 2100 mAh with 9 hours talk time/ 10 days standby (battery removable)
The X Style comes with Triple Minutes for Life (as do all smartphones from Tracfone) but that only applies to regular airtime cards. We recently shared the Best Deal on Tracfone Airtime (using Auto-Refill) so take a look if you want the best deal on minutes.
Tracfone LG X Style Review
What we Like about the X Style
The processor, RAM and sleek appearance of the X Style are all selling points, and we want to share why:
|Tracfone LG X Style Front, Side and Back|
Is your smartphone slow or does it lag when you try to open apps? This is usually caused by a lack of power from the processor or RAM. The LG X Style brings 1.5 GB RAM, and a 1.3 Ghz quad core processor that are a nice combination for keeping this phone fast and smooth.
By comparison to many mid to high-end phones, this isn’t a lot (the Moto G4, for example, has an octa-core processor and 2 GB RAM). But compared to older Tracfone devices, this is a good improvement. Only a small number of Tracfone smartphones have 1.5 GB RAM, most only come with 1 GB RAM (or less).
The exterior of the X Style is likely the biggest selling point (hence, the name). Despite the plastic construction, the phone looks and feels like a much more expensive device. It is thinner than many smartphones, including the iPhone 6S, and the 5″ HD touchscreen has Gorilla Glass 3 protection for extra durability.
There are a lot of extra features on this phone that make it a viable upgrade for those in the market. It is a step in the right direction compared to some of the other recent LG phones, such as the Rebel and Treasure, which didn’t ‘wow’ in any particular way.
But let’s look at a few negative aspects about the X Style before we conclude.
What we Don’t Like
There are two main drawbacks about the LG X Style that the average consumer would want to know, and that is the lack of internal memory, and the low-res rear camera.
We’ve already mentioned the low internal storage on the X Style. It comes with 8 GB of total space, but the operating system and pre-installed apps take up around 5 GB, leaving you with only 3 GB for apps, pictures, music and anything else.
For consumers who only use a small handful of apps anyway, this likely won’t be a big deal, and the option of up to 32 GB external storage via a Micro SD Card is a nice possibility. On some Android 6.0 smartphones, the external storage can be treated like internal storage, allowing significant expansion of the on board memory. We have not tested this on the X Style yet, but this feature did not work on the Samsung Galaxy Sky, which uses Android 6.0. More details coming soon on this.
The 5 MP rear camera on the LG X Style is fairly standard on a phone in this price range. We would have liked to see something more advanced, perhaps an improved 8 or even 12 MP camera would have grabbed more attention, although storage would have been an issue.
In the end, the 5 MP rear camera is fairly good for what it is, and has a variety of features including full HD photos, HD video, panorama, voice control, and a handful of additional features for both the rear and front facing camera.
That concludes our key pro’s and con’s for the X Style. It is a sleek, and well designed phone, but doesn’t excel or surprise in any areas.
LG X Style Compared to Samsung Galaxy Sky
If you are considering a new Tracfone device, the X Style and Galaxy Sky are fairly similar smartphones released about the same time by Tracfone. They share a number of similarities, including screen size, Android 6.0, 1.5 GB RAM, and more.
But they also have a few differences. The Galaxy Sky has 16 GB internal memory, while the X Style only has 8. The Galaxy Sky also has longer battery life.
The X Style has a slightly faster processor, is thinner, and has a 5 MP front camera compared to only 2 MP in the Sky.
These phones are very similar, but for many the deciding factor will probably be the internal memory, or the price (both phones have been available for $99 with airtime bundle).
LG X Style Overview and Where to Buy
Overall the X Style is a phone that feels like a high-end device in some ways, and has some great features, but also lacks the storage space many will need.
Find the LG X Style on:
HSN with airtime bundle for $99 (on sale)
For covers or cases, we found a number of options on Amazon.
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