LG AKA Review: Eye Contact: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design And Build Quality, ControlsBy cheatmaster 10:37 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments
LG AKA retail box
Just like the LG AKA itself, the bundle is rather unusual. The mandatory accessories are of course supplied, a 1.2A A/C adapter and a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable, along with a cheapish looking headset.
But half of the box is occupied by your AKA mascot, YoYo in our case. It's rather solid and heavy, with a pleasant rubbery feel to it. The mascots can be used in a dedicated selfie cam shooting mode, but more on that later.
LG AKA retail box
Finally, the box cover is a nice folding page, which introduces you to the four different AKA creatures.
LG AKA 360-degree view
LG AKA stands at 138.7 x 71.9 x 10mm and weighs 135g, which is about average for a 5" smartphone. Its mask adds an extra 1 to 3mm of thickness without putting on much weight. It also keeps the classy screen protected from scratches, so you won't need to acquire a case for that purpose.
Design and build quality
The LG AKA has the spirit and feel of the G series, scaled to its budacquire of course. The handset has clean and simple design with the tradeimprint rear-placed power and volume keys. There is even the laser-assisted autofocus for the capturing camera too. If it wasn't for the proprietary front covers, the AKA would have looked like the LG G2 mini with its matte textured battery cover.
The AKA's mask is made of glossy plastic, which is quite prone to fingerprints. LG did a remarkable job shaping it though and it feels natural on top of the AKA. It snaps on firmly, and smoothly slides up and down to reveal whatever those smiling/asking/mysterious/drowsy eyes are looking at.
LG is selling all the proprietary cases separately (rear cover + mask), so when you've had enough of your Aka's original personality, you can easily change it just by snapping a recent case on. There's a point system associated with buying recent accessories for your Aka, which is an fascinating (if a bit questionable) monetization strategy from LG.
The LG AKA is a nice phone with simple and efficient design. The mask is easy to use, and the comfortable rear control deck certainly helps the handling at this classy screen size. We've always been keen on the concept of the rear keys and this time the classy screen mask has made them even more relevant.
Handling the LG AKA
The overall handling of the AKA, despite the glossy mask, is very good. The phone is of solid build, the rear cover provides excellent grip thanks to the matte finish and texture. If you don't mind cleaning fingerprints off the mask every now and then, there is a fine chance you'll like the AKA too.
Above the 5.0" IPS display, there is the earpiece and the 2.1MP secondary camera, capable of 1080p video recording. A hidden status Light Emitting Diode (LED) and a couple of sensors are also around.
There are no hardware controls below the AKA's screen.
LG AKA front
The left and correct sides of the LG AKA are completely bereft of controls as well. There is a lanyard eyelet in the top correct corner - which will most likely be used for attaching charms.
LG AKA left and correct sides
The top of the LG G2 features the secondary mic and the 3.5mm audio jack. The bottom has the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port between two grilles: one for the primary mic and another one for the speaker.
LG AKA top and bottom sides
AKA's back is where things are quite familiar for the signature LG combo of volume controls each side of a Power/Lock key. The 8MP capturing camera lens is placed left of the buttons, the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and the focus assist are on the right.
When the classy screen is locked a long press on the Volume Up key launches the Quick Memo tool, while a long press on the Volume Down control fires up the camera. You can utilize that key as a shutter button too.
LG AKA back
Popping the battery cover open grants access to the removable 2610 mAh battery. Unfortunately, the microSD card and SIM slots aren't hot-swappable as the battery gets in the way.
The battery, microSD and SIM card slots.
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