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LG Optimus Exceed 2 brings average specs, large battery to Verizon's prepaid lineup

This new prepaid phone is fairly cheap. But sometimes, less isn't more.

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The LG Optimus Exceed 2 has arrived on Verizon, available today for $250 -- $80 if you opt for a Verizon prepaid contract. That said, it's not exactly a compelling purchase.

To start, the Exceed 2 is rather humble as smartphones go. The 4.5-inch display sports a relatively paltry 800x400-pixel resolution, and its 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is paired up with a mere 1GB of RAM. You're also only getting 4GB of internal memory, though the phone will support up to 32GB microSD cards.

That generally lackluster load out doesn't inspire too much confidence in the phone's 5-megapixel shooter, but the 2,100mAh battery should last for 12 hours of use. The Exceed 2 runs Android KitKat 4.4 , which is neat, but I'd recommend not holding out hope for a steady stream of updates down the line.

We'll hold our judgment until we get a unit in for review. But you can get a Motorola Moto G for $179.99 (sans contract), with slightly better specs and twice the storage space. If you're not averse to signing up for a contract, the Moto X is free and at least offers LTE. I suppose the Exceed 2 does have a few LG-centric features in its favor -- "Knock Code" lets you tap a specific pattern out onto your phone to unlock it, in case you've ever wanted to do that. And I've admittedly always been a sucker for LG's "cheese shutter," which snaps a photo when you say "cheese." Pretty cool.

But maybe that $80 prepaid-contract price is too sweet to pass up -- duck on over to Verizon's site to judge for yourself.