You cannot find a lot of sliding phones like the LG Mach today. A few years back, the physical keyboard was a necessity for those who love sending emails, text messages, and other text-heavy activity. This is not the case anymore with better on-screen keyboards and bigger displays.
With the a physical keyboard, the LG Mach will not win any thinnest phone contests. It measures 4.6 x 2.6 x 0.48 inches and weighs 5.9 ounces. The design is more about function and not style so you cannot expect this device to win any beauty contest. The body of the phone is crafted from plastic but has a brushed-metal finish for the rear cover to disguise the material. The back of the phone is a bit angled to make it comfortable when held.
The 4-inch display goes nice with a well-sized physical keyboard. The keyboard has a dedicated row for numbers with the comma getting its own assigned key. The space bar can be wider since you can accidentally hit the period key when you type fast.
The LG Mach comes with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. We are pretty sure this will be upgraded to the Jelly Bean but we have to wait for the official announcement. LG installs its own touch of custom interface to make the experience more interesting. The LG layer is not as extensive as what Samsung or HTC did to their phones but it features some nice eye candy and a neat layout.
The Mach sports a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor and an internal storage of 8GB. With this setup, the device opens apps without any lag and responds well to finger swipes. The frame rates for videos and games are also very decent.
The rear-facing camera has a 5MP lens but its counterpart in front is a dismal VGA 0.3MP camera that is not reliable on low-light conditions.
The LG Mach banks on its comfortable design and speedy performance. The keyboard is actually just an icing on the cake for those who love physical keyboards.