LG Optimus Regard

The Good The LG Optimus Regard brings a straightforward design, LTE support, and enjoyable call quality for a great value.

The Bad The Optimus Regard's poor photo quality diminished the appeal of its tricked-out camera. Speakerphone audio is distorted at all volume levels, 3G data speeds are slow, and there are no dedicated camera controls.

The Bottom Line Cricket's LG Optimus Regard is an excellent choice as an entry-level Android phone, but look elsewhere if you care about photo quality or don't have adequate 4G coverage.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

Don't hate it for being basic

Don't be swayed by the use of "Optimus" in its name, as the LG Optimus Regard for Cricket Wireless isn't out to impress. Its compact design is unassuming, its feature set is mostly entry-level, and it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So, in other words, it's about as far from the Optimus G Pro as you can get. Yet, those aren't reasons to avoid this affordable, easy to use, and LTE-ready handset.

The Optimus Regard costs a reasonable $249.99 for Cricket's contract-free service, which places it right in the middle of the carrier's Android lineup. You can spend quite a bit more for a fancier device like the Galaxy S3, or less for a simpler model like the Kyocera Hydro, but the Optimus Regard occupies a sweet spot in terms of value, performance, and the usual Android goodies. It's sad, though, that for such a tricked-out camera, photo quality is so poor.

Design
You could say that Optimus Regard is yet another plastic Android rectangle. Indeed, it is, but I don't mean that in a bad way. I don't expect cheap phones to offer premium or striking designs so I won't knock the Optimus Regard for being dull. It is a little smaller then I prefer (4.37 inches long by 2.29 inches wide by 0.45 inch deep), but I like that it's rather heavy (4.72 ounces). Those extra ounces give it a sturdy feel despite the plastic battery cover.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $250
  • Brand LG
  • Service Provider Cricket Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 in
  • Weight 4.72 oz
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