Review of the LG L33L Sunset from Tracfone with 4G LTEThis post shares the latest details on the LG Sunset from Tracfone. The Sunset is the second Android smartphone from Tracfone that uses GSM service. It is the first smartphone that is 4G LTE capable. This review by TracfoneReviewer, while cover the important specs and features, and include a comparison to other devices, and where to buy the phone.
|LG Sunset with 4G LTE|
Update - It appears that Tracfone is also retailing the LG Destiny (L21G), which is exactly the same as the Sunset as far as we can tell.
For those who might be unfamiliar with Tracfone, they are a wireless prepaid service provider who also offers cell phones to use on their low cost service. Tracfone contracts with major service providers like AT&T and Verizon to use their networks for Tracfone prepaid service.
Tracfone also allows users to bring their own phones to Tracfone, recently adding GSM devices to their list of CDMA smartphones approved for use. Visit our Tracfone BYOP page for more information on that.
Over the last few years Tracfone has steadily closed the gulf that had opened between the phones they offered, and the phones available to consumers on other networks. At first we got very basic Android devices that were seriously lacking. But slowly more CDMA smartphones with better specs appeared.
And now Tracfone takes another step forward in closing the gulf (or, at least, not letting it get wider), but releasing the first 4G LTE capable device.
Tracfone had already been allowing customers to bring 4G LTE capable devices to use with Tracfone BYOP by purchasing an Activation Kit, but the LG Sunset is the first phone available directly through Tracfone.
Well, enough about the background details, let's take a look at this Android smartphone and see how it stacks up.
LG Sunset Features and SpecsBelow are the features for the LG Sunset, followed by the technical specifications
LG Sunset Features and Details
- Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
- 4G LTE Connectivity through AT&T GSM Service
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 5MP Camera (with Auto-focus and Flash) VGA Front Camera
- Hearing Aid Compatible
- Hands free Speaker
- Triple Minutes for Life
- Access to over a Million apps through Google Play store
- Micro SD Slot for up to 32GB External Memory
- Size: 5.11" x 2.55" x 0.43"
- 4.5" Touchscreen (480x854 at 218 DPI)
- 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB Internal Memory (about 3-4 GB use-able)
- Battery: 10 hrs Talk Time, 10 Days Standby, 1900 mAh battery
Let's get into some of the things we like and dislike about the LG Sunset.
LG Sunset Review - Likes and DislikesWe will begin with the features we like best.
LG Sunset Likes
|LG Sunset front, side and back|
Just like the Power, the LG Sunset comes with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal Memory and a 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor. These are all very adequate and about the best you can get from Tracfone at this time. The Internal Memory is 8 GB, but closer to half of that is actually use-able. 4 GB is enough space for a variety of apps, but you won't be able to fit your music or video library on the phone without an External Micro SD card.
Android 5.0.1 is another prominent feature of the LG Sunset. If you prefer this newer version of Android, you will be happy to see it on the Sunset.
The biggest feature on the LG Sunset is the ability to connect to 4G LTE service through AT& GSM cell towers. Tracfone has contracted with AT&T to use their existing network of service to run Tracfone devices. With 4G LTE you get faster download speeds when surfing the internet on your phone so less time waiting for a video to load.
Previously, Tracfone only had Android smartphones available on Verizon CDMA networks, limiting consumers who didn't have good Verizon coverage in their area. Now you have another option in AT&T GSM service.
We are very excited about the 4G LTE feature this phone offers, because it is another step forward for Tracfone, getting better and better devices to use on their low cost network.
For a quick comparison of all the Android devices on Tracfone, visit our Android Tracfone List.
Now we will cover a few negatives for the LG Sunset
LG Sunset Dislikes
While there is not a lot we've found about the LG Sunset we don't like, there are a couple of features we would like to see improved.
The rear camera on the Sunset is fairly good with 5MP and autofocus. However the front camera is only 0.3 MP. This is adequate for video chatting, but might be lacking if you started taking photos in challenging lighting. We would want this phone to come with a better camera.
Internal Memory on the LG Sunset is modest, with 8 GB total, but about half of that used by the Operating System. This leaves around 4 GB for storing everything you plan to load on your device. There is an external Micro SD card slot, but not everything can be transferred. Tracfone customers have been longing for a device with better internal memory, and hopefully we will get something with closer to 16 GB in the near future.
Finally, none of the Android devices from Tracfone can be used with Tracfone Promo Codes. You do get Triple Minutes for Life, and minutes are split into text/data/calling, however, promo codes often help many users get enough minutes for their needs.
That covers the main points for the LG Sunset. Remember, you can also check out our Review of the LG Power for additional details and comments, because these phones share many of the same features.
LG Sunset Compared to the LG Ultimate 2, LG Power and BYOP DevicesSo how does the Sunset compare to some of the other phones offered by Tracfone?
Well, as you should be aware of, the LG Sunset is basically the same as the LG Power and LG Destiny except for the 4G LTE on GSM networks. If GSM coverage is better in your area, then this phone is your best choice.
Compared to the LG Ultimate 2, the Sunset has slightly better specs, like a quad core processor, but abuot the same amount of internal memory. The only reason to switch from the Ultimate 2 would be if you preferred 4G LTE coverage on GSM networks.
As you can probably tell from this review, the main feature for the Sunset is GSM 4G LTE coverage. So if you would rather have GSM coverage, this phone is one of the best options currently available from Tracfone.
If you're not quite sure about what GSM means, visit our guide to the Difference between GSM and CDMA.
So how does the LG Sunset compare to phones you can bring to Tracfone BYOP's GSM service? Well, as you should expect, bringing your own device to Tracfone allows you to access many more options, and most of them are better than the LG Sunset. The Moto G (2nd Gen), LG U2, Samsung Galaxy S3 and other devices in this range can be found for around $200 and will generally come with better and/or larger screens, more internal memory, and perhaps similar or slightly better other features. But if you want to avoid the possible hassles of finding and activating a device on Tracfone BYOP, the Sunset is a great alternative.
Visit our Tracfone BYOP page which also includes a list of compatible devices, and lots of comments from uses with their experiences and questions. You can also see our recent post on where to find a GSM Activation Kit for Tracfone BYOP if you're ready to give it a try.
Conclusion and Where to Find the LG SunsetWe hope this helps you gain a better idea of how the LG L33L Sunset compares to other devices available. We would recommenced it if you are looking for a new device and prefer GSM coverage. We also expect Tracfone to continue to release new devices for GSM, however we don't know what kind of schedule this will follow, or if the devices will be any better than the Sunset.
Overall the LG Sunset is a good device, and a great option if you are looking to buy a smartphone int he near future. We haven't seen the Sunset available on the Tracfone website, but it is available through several other third party retailers.
The LG Sunset was offered for a limited time on HSN for $130 with a 400 Minute/1 Year card, but the price has increased to $150.
You can also find the LG Sunset with a 1 Year/400 Minute card on eBay for $150
We haven't seen the Sunset anywhere else yet, but will update as more buying options become available.
There are plenty of LG Sunset cases on Amazon, because the Sunset shares the same form as the Destiny, Power, Leon and several more devices.
You can take a look at the Interactive Tutorial for the LG Sunset to learn more about how the phone works.
If you're new to Android, you might find our List of the Best Android Apps a good place to start and see all the different possibilities.
Also take a look at our post on How Minutes Work for Android Tracfone Devices. This informative post shares some of the differences between Android phones and Non Android devices, and what it means for your minutes.
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