The LG Fortune 2 is an affordable Android smartphone, priced at just $100. While it is a decent choice for this price tag, it lacks a lot of features you can get for the same or slightly higher price.
The lightweight, 5-inch screen makes it pretty comfortable to hold while being big enough to enjoy videos etc. The 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution make the display vibrant and colorful. It also comes equipped with LG’s signature KnockON feature which turns the display on when you double tap the screen. The easy-to-access power button is on the rear, which is again unique to LG.
The LG Fortune 2 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, which is disappointing as it is a 2017 operating software. Most smartphones in the same price range come with later versions of Android operating software. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM, so the performance is decent enough, but is still inferior to other the options in its range. But it has a great battery life – it can last you a full day even with heavy social networking and media usage. The battery life can even be extended using its Battery Saver option.
It has most of the LG exclusive features like Smart Cleaning, QuickMemo+, Auto Shot, Gesture Shot and App Shortcuts, which lets you conveniently access commonly used tasks quicker by long pressing an app on the home screen.
The main issues are the meagre storage and mediocre camera. The internal storage is only 16GB, which can be expanded by a further 32GB using a MicroSD, which even that is very less because many of its competitors have storage up to 128GB. It has the Smart Cleaning feature to optimise and clean up the storage, and most of the bloatware apps like Deezer, Final Fantasy XV, TopBuzz Lite, and Yahoo! Finance to clear up the memory.
It comes with an 8 MP camera with LED flash and Full HD video, and a 5 MP front camera. Picture quality is bad enough for you to not be able to post many of the photos anywhere, especially in low light or when there is some strong overhead lighting. Even with proper lighting, photos can look grainy and blurry up close.
While LG Fortune 2 may be a decent affordable smartphone, there are many great alternatives in the same price range, like the Nokia 3.1, priced at $150, or the Moto E5 Play for $100.