Conclusion: Adding it all together we are fairly impressed with the LG Mach as a mid-range device. With a $99 on contract price it is half of what Sprint wants for the Photon Q but is definitely more than half the phone. In our testing the Mach can go toe-to-toe with the Photon Q in just about any category and will usually come out ahead. In fact, thanks to the S4 plus processor the LG Mach can match the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC EVO LTE pretty closely as well.
Pros: Fast, fluid performance, Good 5 row keyboard, Quality design and construction
Conclusion: The LG Mach’s keyboard does not match the Motorola Photon Q ($200), and it’s plastic construction and low-res screen do not impress, but LG’s Android user interface is speedy. If saving $100 is important to you, the Mach may be a better choice, but aside from the keyboard, there are few compelling reasons to choose it over other Sprint phones, including LG’s own Optimus G ($200) or the HTC EVO 4G LTE (also $100).
Pros: Relatively thin and comfortable design, Speedy performance, Good battery life, 4G LTE connectivity (where available)
Cons: Keys are somewhat stiff, Low resolution screen, 5MP camera is unimpressive, Mediocre call quality