Pros + Fastest quad core snapdragon 800 2.3 ghz processor
+ Camera is takes fantastic pictures
+ Longest battery life of any phone I've used
+ LG software is really well
+ Screen is huge and tiny bezel
+ Allow 24 bit music, it really does sound fantastic
Cons - The phone is a finger print magnet
- No expandable memory
Summary Have you ever gotten a new phone and thought, "wow this phone makes my other phones seem so dated"? I can say that this is that phone, the LG G2 is AMAZING...funny thing is, my last two phones were the HTC One (AT&T) and the iPhone 5 (AT&T). I am that guy who buys the latest and greatest when I think it will make a difference in my life and I justify my phone purchases with the excuse that my phone is always on me(and I used to be an Apple fanboy and I have owned every iPhone). I use it for work, games, news, remote for my tv, sports, email, camera...Oh yeah, I use it to make phone calls too. Anyways, I haven't been in love with a phone like this since I went to the original iPhone. I hope you find my review helpful and beneficial to your purchase regardless if you buy one or not.Edit:
The Bad - Let's just get this out of the way.
The case is a glossy plastic. The phone is a finger print magnet. I am slightly self conscious when I let people see the G2- I feel like I have very dirty hands and I'm a chemist which means I am washing my hands regularly. The phone is a dirt and oil magnet.
The other downside is no expandable memory but I have a hard time using 32gb of memory anyways so Im not complaining but some of you out there might want more memory.
The GOOD - Get ready for a long list. I will do my best to put what is important first just in case I bore you and you want to move on.
Battery - The G2 has the longest battery life of any phone I've used. I regularly use my phone for a multitude of tasks. With my iPhone 5 and HTC One I usually could make it through the day without a recharge, but without a doubt I would give those phones a full charge when I slept. It has been 4 days since I have owned the G2 and have only charged it over night twice. All I can say is "WOW". Finally a smart phone with a battery that makes sense.
Software - The LG software is really well thought out and not gimmicky like the Galaxy S4. My favorite feature is the double tap of the screen when the phone is in sleep mode which turns it on, and this feature also works to turn the phone off. No more need to find some long and flat power button on the top of the phone which at times isn't easy to find on the phones because at night you don't know whether your phone is upside down or not. I know it isn't a huge deal to find the power button, but double tapping anywhere on the screen to turn it off/on is a very useful feature. And no it doesn't accidentally turn on in my pocket. The software can detect random touches from the double tap. Other features of the software are a long press of the volume button brings up the camera and it loads within seconds or the notepad for quick notes. I am finding more useful software features as I move along, for example today for my meeting reminder which popped up 15 minutes before the start, a "silent mode" option popped up along and I clicked it and my phone went silent for the scheduled time of the meeting. No more forgetting to turn my phone to silent during meetings. Also when I am in an app and I receive a text, a little box pops up with the text and it has a reply box so I can actually reply to texts without exiting the app I'm currently using. If I don't reply the box disappears within a few seconds just like a notification on the other phones and the app in use just runs like nothing happened. With the large screen the pop up box is non obtrusive. If this was an iPhone the box would take up a significant part of the screen but on the G2 it's just like a notification popping up on any other phone. Again it's a simple feature but it makes sense and I love it. Other than that the phone is running Android 4.2.2 which is really smooth and pleasant. In comparison to iOS6 this makes Apple's software seem dated and unimaginative and compared to the HTC One software it is refined and the One is also running Android 4.1.2.
Screen - Holy cow this screen is the best screen I have ever laid eyes on. The screen is huge and the bezel around the screen is tiny. Whites are white, blacks are black, colors aren't overly saturated and the resolution is on par with the best of the best. Simply put, this is the best screen of the top phones, iPhone, Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. When I show it off to my stubborn iPhone friends all they say is wow it's so clear and big. It's almost as if I'm holding a mini HD TV in my hand.
Sound - For those audiophiles out there, this phone does allow for 24 bit music and it really does sound fantastic. With headphones in this phone blows the competition out of the water and for the record I am an audiophile too. With the speaker the phone is loud, definitely louder than the iPhone 5 but not as loud and clear as the HTC One. In this comparison, the HTC One wins for the speakers but the G2 is no slouch and I find myself listening to my music on the speaker frequently.
Camera - Again, best camera of the bunch. I've read about the Nokia having a 41 megapixel sensor which Im sure rocks, but the G2 compared to the HTC One and the iPhone 5 wins hands down. I have a black dog and cat and whenever I took pictures with the iPhone 5 they came out looking like black shadows with eyes. It was disappointing to have such cute animals misrepresented. The HTC One definitely gets the colors right on pictures but the zoom lacked because it only has a 4 megapixel camera. With displays as clear as they are now, 4 megapixel pictures are easily pixelated when you zoom in. The G2 has a camera to replace all point and shoot cameras. My dog and cat are visible! The camera is fast even in low light and takes fantastic pictures.
Performance - The G2 has a quad core snapdragon 800 2.3 ghz processor which is the fastest available in all smartphones. In normal people language...it's blazing fast and buttery smooth. I hate to say this but the iPhone and HTC one seem laggy. And I hate to say that because in real world use those phones are more than adequate, but once I go back and play with the HTC One and iPhone5 I think," man these phones are slow." Using the app manager I frequently see 5-10 programs open and running but none of that affects the performance.
Build - The phone is plastic but not cheap feeling like the Galaxy S4. The G2's phone back is not removable so it doesn't feel flimsy like the Galaxy S4. It also has a rounded back which has a very nice feel in your hand similar to the HTC One but better. The HTC One has straight edges vs the G2's rounded edges and it is more comfortable to hold the G2. I loved the aluminum on the HTC One and the iPhone 5 but the edges used to scratch and dent from normal usage which got annoying quickly. I truly appreciate the G2's build quality and attention to detail even though it doesn't use aluminum it definitely has a premium feel in a comfortable package.
Verdict - I honestly thought we have reached a point with hardware where there really won't be much innovation anymore because everything has become so fast, high resolution, etc. that the next innovation wave would be in software. Boy was I wrong and pleasantly so. Moving the volume buttons to the back makes perfect sense. With phones getting larger it doesnt really make sense to have the volume buttons on the side. You need to reach for the buttons vs on the G2 the buttons are where your fingers are naturally which makes turning the volume up and down rather easy. No more accidentally bumping the volume buttons on the side too. And the screen with minimal borders is gorgeous. I have used the Galaxy Note II and the a few of the other phablets and they are just too big. LG fit a huge screen into a minimal package I can truly say it is phenomenal. And the best part of this phone...I can see my dog and cat! Yes I adore them and love them and am always taking pictures of them to send to friends and family. There has not been one person that I have showed the phone off to who wasn't amazed by it and getting an iPhone user to be amazed by a Droid phone is pretty freaking rare.
For once in a long time, I can say that this phone will last me at least a year without me getting the urge to upgrade and that's saying a lot. I was the guy who waited in line for 12 hours to get the 3g and 3gs. I can without a doubt recommend this phone to all smartphone users and if you do get it I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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Updated on Dec 4, 2013
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Pros Super fast processor
Ultra long lasting battery
Mega bright, sharp display
Rear key innovation which I wonder why no one thought of sooner...
Truckload of USEFUL software features
Cons Sound quality and volume not up to par with the rest of the specs
Fingerprint magnet plastic back
Summary I'd like to start off by saying that the LG G2 is the best smartphone on the market as I type this. There are many different types of people; the average consumer, the avid gamer,the busy businessman, the lovers of big displays and many others. LG has targeted every single type with this phone.
The specs on this phone follow the custom LG tradition of stuffing the best specs into the thinnest frame possible, but for once in its life, LG has changed something! They moved the volume rocker and power button to the back of the phone, right under the camera.
The Rear Key:
The first thing most people will think when they hear this change will be,"Cool gimmick, who cares though?", however, this is very useful and easy to adapt to. It takes less time to adjust to it than you think and it was worth the adjustment. I think it was a great change and that LG really used their brains on this change. I mean, think about it. When you make a call, where does your index finger land? Right where the buttons on the LG G2 are of course!
The LG G2 is made of more traditional build materials like the plastic the back is crafted from, but do not be put off by it as it is curved to fit nicely in the hand, and feels more solid and sturdy than Samsung plastics. It is however, a fingerprint magnet and even with freshly washed hands, the plastic back finds fingerprints smudged onto it anyway. There is a simple way around it in the form of LG's quick window cover which adds its own conveniences to the device.
The smartphone has dimensions of 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm, meaning it is a slim device only a hair larger than the Samsung galaxy S4, and packing extra slim bezels which measure only 2.65mm, this phone looks extremely sleek, especially since there are no buttons or holes on the top and sides of the device.
You will find dual speakers, a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack all at the bottom of the device, making it your hub for plugs and if you are listening to music on your earphones as you charge your phone, the wires can get tangled and feel like a mess, but its not an enormous problem.
A beautiful 5.2" 424 PPI full HD IPS display with the standard RGD matrix which sports 2 million more sub pixels than the galaxy S4's display, it can't get any sharper and as an added bonus, the display is super bright at 450 nits so you can be sure that when ourdoors the displays beauty will not fade. It has great viewing angles so you can watch a video with a buddy and the display has some galaxy-esque features like samsungs smart stay which do exactly what the galaxies do.
This display does an excellent job of balancing the colours to make them look more true to life and the contrast rivals even that of the super amoled screens.
Whats more is that the screen occupies as much of the front of the device as possible, reducing the dimensions of the device to just a little bit bigger than the HTC one which has a display 0.5 inches smaller than it.
Packing a non removable 3000mAH battery which doesent seem like much when you think that the large display and super fast processor will gobble up in an hour. But do not underestimate this phone as the snapdragon 800 processor has dynamic power sensing which maximises battery life and it really works as I managed 14 hours of heavy use and an entire night on standby and by heavy use I mean benchmarking, gaming, watching videos, more benchmarking and basically way more than the average user does.
The next day, I used it like how an average user would use it- Texting, quite some youtubing, phone calls and some light gaming and I was just blown away. I still had 53% battery left after 8 hours!
Featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.26GHz processor, the LG G2 is the fastest phone you can find and in all my usage I felt not one second of lag, not one stutter at all. I downloaded an app and as it was installing opened and closed every other app I had but to no avail. This phone just cannot be slowed down.
Not just is it a heavy lifter, its fuel efficient too, just like i said above.
I reckon, there a'int no app that can slow down this here phone!
Qslide - A small resizeable, transparency adjustable, overlaid application which runs on top of whatever you are doing to multitask. Can be used to open a web browser and calculator at the same time for example, so you can type in numbers as you see them pop up.
Slide aside - A more efficient multitasker than androids stock multitasker which is used by using three fingers to swipe to the left, storing the application in the state you left it, and up to three apps can be slid away at a time. To access them just swipe with three fingers to the right and tap on the app you want to open.
Knock knock - LG lets renders the power button useles in turning off and on the screen because now, with a double tap to the display, the screen pops to life!
Cliptray - A little tray where you can store chunks of text or images to send and share later!
Pros This phone is beautiful. It is a real world example of all those thin almost nonexistent bezel renderings of various hypothetical phone designs we've seen for years and have been waiting for until now. It's battery lasts over 35 hours per charge!
Cons Seemingly, it might be difficult to find a good case or other accessories for this phone. There just doesn't seem to be much of a secondary market for this device.
Summary This phone won't let you down. It is a superb machine and while it won't stand out like a Note III, iPhone or HTC One in terms of easy brand recognition, it probably has the fastest speeds, best battery endurance and best screen available on the market. It is like choosing between if you'd rather be famous or rich. This phone will enrich your experience while keeping a low key. It won't give you your 15 minutes if you're looking for that. So instead, I'm a fan of rising stars. I believed in Apple during its accent, Samsung during theirs and now LG. LG has built something I am going to enjoy for a very long time and additionally, I have a feeling this phone will be a cult favorite.
Pros Blazing fast processor
Amazing screen quality
Very thin and light
Buttons on the back (very intuitive and helpful)
Cons Accumulates fingerprints easily
Summary I switched to this phone from the iPhone 4s, and I have no regrets. Take the plunge, and you will definitely not regret it.
Pros Screen is amazing, the actually managed to put a 5.2" screen in a standard 5" screen body. The processor, features and battery life are absolutely great.
Cons The plastic back
Summary There are so many things that I like about this phone that I can't rap my mind around the silence about it. In every single category is better than the S4 and HTC ONE. Even the sell person from AT&T asked me is I was sure about this phone and that I should go with the S4 or the ONE instead. I don't know what the deal is, but THIS IS THE BEST KEPT SECRET AND THE BEST PHONE IN THE MARKET AT THIS MOMENT, period