LG Electronics have started to make real inroads into the smartphone market in recent years, after having initially being sidelined by the likes of Samsung and HTC, they turned heads with the launch of their Optimus G smartphone, and now they’re back again with the critically acclaimed LG G2, packing more power, better battery life and a gorgeous display.
It’s large, it’s brimming to the top with high-end specs and comes with more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at, even coming close the S4 in terms of features to show off to your friends.
The lay G2 has garnered some criticism though, with critics suggesting it’s an “S4 clone” and it’s not hard to see where those critics are coming from, it has a similar looking design and also the same percentage of plastic as its fellow Korean sibling.
Another area where the G2 has received mixed reviews is with the odd placement of the volume keys and power button, which are awkwardly placed on the back of the device which LG has defended as saying they were listening to customer demands monitoring their usage. After spending some time with the phone, these issues become less and less of a problem as LG has some pretty neat ways to get around it.
Lets get into LG G2 review!
The first thing you notice about the phone is its sleek, minimalistic design. Yes, it’s heavy on the plastic but it still looks eye-catching, once you press that awkwardly placed power button on the back, or double tap the screen you’ll see a beautiful 5.2 inch 1920 x 1080 display awaken, LG have managed to cram an impressive 424 pixels per inch into the screen and it really shows, videos look amazing, text pops out the screen and your photos look true to life.
Round the back of the device you’ll see the aforementioned awkwardly placed volume and power buttons sitting just below the phone’s 13 megapixel snapper and LED flash.
There’s also a pretty beasty battery powering this thing, a 3,000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery to precise, and this thing can run all day long with some pretty intense use, but more on that later.
The G2 has a large 5.2 inch display, but it never feels too large in the hands I have pretty big hands so I can comfortably reach all the corners with one hand, but even so LG’s rounded edges and lack of buttons on the side and front make it a very ergonomic device.
LG’s reasoning for putting some of the main buttons on the backside of the device is that it’s naturally where your fingers go when you’re making a phone call, which is definitely true, but for watching videos, listening to music etc. this is less true and it can prove awkward to adjust the volume.
The G2 is lightning fast and switches between apps seamlessly, I noticed little to no lag when watching full HD videos, playing graphic intensive games and switching between a variety of different apps. On the AnTuTu benchmark that I ran the G2 scored an impressive 30676, and on the quadrant benchmark test it scored 19126 which is behind that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which are of course newer models.
The G2 at time of writing this is running Android 4.2 and it runs it very smoothly, almost as well as stock Android, in fact LG’s Android skin resembles stock Android in a lot of ways; it doesn’t have a great deal of LG bloatware, limited to a few essential features like the task manager, update center etc. Visually it isn’t too far away from stock Android either, with a transparent app drawer, similar notification tray etc.
The G2 really is a testament to the Snapdragon 800 which is the chipset behind the scenes running the show. Despite the fact it can download and run graphically intense games with ease, you will have to watch just how many you’re downloading as once you account for the system software the G2 only comes with 12GB on on-board storage and there is no microSD slot for expansion and that 12GB won’t go very far at all.
Despite the large 5.2 inch 1920 x 1080 display, the 3,000 MAh battery really does the business here, you will get more than one day out of a full charge with pretty heavy use, something that can’t be said for a lot of the competition.
The LG G2’s screen is one of its major selling points, it’s gorgeous and is naturally the first thing you notice when using the device. Double tap the 5.2 1080p display screen and it’ll light up, bursting with vibrant colours and true to life detail. To the average user this screen will look pretty much flawless, only if you’re a frequent user of other high-end devices will you be able to pick up discrepancies between the G2 and the likes of the S4, the Z1 etc. even after comparing this device to the rest that’s on offer, this is still an extremely impressive display and will take a lot to improve.
The camera on the G2, is another area where it really excels, it features a 13 megapixel snapper and optical image stabilization, which combines to produce some fantastic looking shots, with lots of colour and detail.
In daylight it really blows the competition out of the water, even producing great detail in direct sunlight with very little glare. It also produced some sharp-looking snaps in low light conditions with lots of detail and less noise than we’ve seen on the S4 etc.
In short it’s one of the best smartphone cameras around, it’ll be very interesting to see what LG has done to up the ante with the G3.
This phone is nothing short of a super phone, it has a mouth-watering spec list, a stunning shooter capable of taking professional looking images and has the display to beat. The impressive display and benchmark beating performance is all made by possible by the equally impressive 3,000 mAh battery keeping everything going, which gave me more than a day’s heavy use, something I’ve been waiting for a long time to experience.
The only things I felt let the overall experience down were the poorly placed volume and power buttons, they didn’t massively inconvenience me and I was able to get round the power button with the various software features LG have put into the device, but it still detracted for an overall fantastic device.
The other area was the lack of microSD slot, meaning you’re stuck with a pretty low amount of storage, which could prove to be a nuisance if you’re wanting to take advantage of the fantastic camera.
With all that considered, this one of if not the best devices on the market, if you’re looking for something different to the Samsung / HTC yearly updates then look no further than the LG G2.