Excerpt: The LG G2 is an impressive Android phone and one that has a cool, almost novel hardware feature: its power and volume buttons are on the back of the phone. Most phones have them on the sides, but the G2 bucks the trend by moving all buttons to the back and in terms of aesthetics, it works. But as for functionality, it’s a loss. Imagine how difficult it is to adjust the volume. You need to hold the phone with two hands to do it comfortably.
Summary: LG used to be cool. The Chocolate, En-V, and other phones were household names back when messaging phones and QWERTY keyboards ruled the world, and LG’s hit devices spawned multiple generations of imitators. But LG has struggled to replicate that success with its smartphones, despite quietly releasing solid devices year after year.
Pros: Beautiful display, Blistering performance, Great battery life
Excerpt: Finally – an LG phone we want. That’s not to say LG makes bad phones, we’ve just never fancied ourselves as mid-range phone chasers. Neither the LG Optimus 4X HD nor the Optimus G reached our shores in time to matter in the flagship wars, but the winds have changed. Introducing the LG G2 – quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 internals coupled with 2GB RAM and an impressive 3000mAh battery is just the beginning.
Pros: Class leading screen, Great battery, Strong camera experience
Cons: Heavy UI, Plastic build, No expandable storage
Conclusion: From the spec sheet to the final product, it’s clear that the G2 is LG’s best effort yet. The company has gone all-out to pack the handset with brutally fast, top-end hardware alongside a strong suite of software features that rivals the Samsung Galaxy S4 . LG’s True-HD IPS+ LCD display is one of the nicest I’ve seen, fitting edge-to-edge thanks to the relocation of the power and volume buttons to the back of the device.
Summary: LG has trumped the competition with the G2. The phone offers a combination of value for money with high-end features which we haven't seen from rival flagship devices. A great specification combined with impressive design and handy software features mean there's very little to dislike about this handset - only really the lack of a microSD card slot.
Conclusion: The LG G2 has just launched at a $600 retail price for the 16 GB model – you can also get it for $200 with a 2 year contract, both of which are acceptable prices and comparable to the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. For what it offers, the G2 is a great choice for an all-in-one smartphone with a large display that can still fit in most pockets.