LG has finally released the LG G2 phone in the market after much speculation and hype-building activities. LG has always been considered to be the underdog when it comes to latest generation smart phones. But it is also a known fact that LG has a tendency of trying a few too many innovations in its products. LG G2 has a competition line-up like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One; with the latter already being touted as the best ever smart phone by critics and general public alike.
Pros: Light weight (143 g) & Thin (8.9 mm), Fast processing (2.26 GHz processor, 2GB RAM), Amazingly sharp & bright display, Guest mode feature.
Cons: Missing microSD card slot, some users might not like the idea of volume buttons at back of the phone.
LG G2 Specs:
Display: 5.2″ 1080×1920 True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen (~424 ppi) with scratch resistant Corning Gorrila glass 3
Dimensions: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 143 g
Processor: 2.26 GHz Quad-core with Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Memory: 32 GB internal memroy (24GB user avaialble), no microSD card slot, 2 GB RAM
OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera: 13 MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face detection, optical image stabilization, HDR. Records video at 1080p@60fps. 2.1 MP front camera
Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS
Battery: Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Colors: Black, White
LG G2 Review:
The display is the most striking feature of the LG G2 phone. It actually sets a benchmark for other smart phones of the future. The LG G2 has a 5.2″ Full HD display that is contained in a body that is almost bezel-free making it quite interesting to hold in your hands. It looks absolutely stunning in the hands; all thanks to the ingenuity of LG. This also means that the screen of LG G2 is only slightly smaller than the Samsung S4. The display comes with 16M-color 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) power efficient capacitive touch screen IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3; making it the best possible resolution for a display of this size to be incorporated in a smart phone. The Gorilla Glass, becoming a standard feature in smart phones across the board, adds sturdiness to the device. The color rendering by the LG G2 is quite vivid and vibrant offering great contrast and viewing angles. All in all, you cannot easily beat the LG G2 on the display front.
This department is controlled completely by the display panel of the phone. You cannot ignore the intelligent use of the bezels on the phone. Just the bare minimum bezel thickness is available to hold the screen. The effect is stunning – as if you are just holding onto the screen in your hands. The back of the phone houses the camera and in front too, a secondary camera has been efficiently adjusted onto the frame. One thing that might be the cause of some inconvenience to some users is the absence of a dedicated Lock/Unlock key on the LG G2. To overcome this issue LG put in something that we have already seen in some Nokia phones in the past including the N9. This being tapping the screen twice to wake the phone up and then double tapping again on empty space on the screen to put it back to sleep. You can, however, also program the power button available on top of the phone to work for you.
Battery & Camera
The LG G2 houses a 3,000 mAh Li-Po unit (2,610mAh in some markets) that takes care of all the great hardware in the phone. The battery life is helped by the efficient use of hardware and software by LG and gives you great service. The phone has a 13 MP back camera offering optical image stabilization that takes care of the natural body and hand vibrations also making it easy to shoot at higher speeds. It also supports HDR mode, panorama and geo-tagging. Though the camera cannot be called industry-leading, let alone be compared to the ones being provided by the likes of Samsung and Apple, it gives a decent performance.
With a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor (one of the most powerful in the market today) backing the processes on the phone, the LG G2 conveniently offers all the standard connectivity solutions namely Dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB port, USB host, GPS with A-GPS, wireless screen sharing (Miracast protocol) to name a few. This results in LG G2 being a phone that provides good connectivity options that are comparable to the best phones available today.
The LG G2 comes loaded with the latest version of Android so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any feature or app that any other phone might be having. LG has also incorporated a very interesting feature called the “Guest Mode” in the G2. The phone can be unlocked with a specific pattern (that of the letter G by default) to open the phone in a guest zone that can be used by guests of the user and kids. This feature has been highly acclaimed as it makes it easier to share your device with your friends and family members and not worrying about the changes being made to your account. Also you can easily customize the interface in the guest mode such that only specific apps run. Thus you can easily control the use by kids, whom you may not want to access certain parts of your phone.
The LG G2 provides an over-all decent performance even under the most stringent of testing. Having said the above, some of you could feel a little disappointed by the performance of the phone. The phone has a lot of potential with respect to the kind of technology that it houses but falls short of doing so somewhere; maybe because we had a bit more expectations out of it due the LG Optimus G Pro’s comparable spec sheet. But, no doubt, LG has again given something very refreshing to the market and it definitely is a very good value for your money, if you decide to spend it on the LG G2. This phone is surely a phone that does what it promises.
LG G2 Video:
Here’s a video presentation of the phone by LG. Take a look!
LG G2 Price & Availability:
LG G2 was originally up for pre-orders in Germany for €600 (around $800) (16GB) & €630 (32 GB) but the prices have dropped down recently. It is now up for per-orders at €500 for 16 GB version, that’s a drop of €100. It is expected that shipping of the phone will start on September 30 in Europe. In UK, it is available for pre-orders at £468 (€550). LG G2 might also debut in Canada on 10th September with a retail price of $699. We’ll keep updating this page with more information on LG G2 price and release date as it arrives.
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