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LG G2 Review
9 May 2014
Summary: The G2 is a really good device pockmarked by a few poor design choices. From the vivid screen to the ultra-fast processor to the sharp camera and outstanding battery life, the device is a powerhouse and a spec-hunter’s dream phone. With a case and some patience, this could be one of the year’s best Android devices.
Excerpt: The smartphone market may be saturated with high-end devices, but on Android what “high-end” means changes practically every day. The growth in both software and hardware technology, combined with the openness of Android, has made way for some radical thinking in user interfaces, hardware frames, sensor use, and plenty more.
Pros: Gorgeous 1080p display. Remarkably powerful. Very smart use of hardware. Tons of software customizations.
Cons: "New" tech isn't fully thought through. Battery life not quite up to snuff. Reception could be better.
Excerpt: The LG G2 is the supercomputer of smartphones — at least for the time being. It’s the first phone in the U.S. to sport a Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip with a quad-core 2.26GHz CPU. It has two gigs of RAM. It has the 4G LTE and the NFC. It may be faster than your computer. All the phones and the processors and the miniaturization and the convergence and the cellular technology in history has been leading up to this phone.
Pros: Lightning-fast and fluid performance. Outstanding battery life. Beautiful 1080p screen with 423 pixels per inch. The 5.2-inch screen size feels right. Good video and image quality with optical stabilization system.
Cons: You’ll want to replace the keyboard immediately. Full of gimmicks and poorly implemented features. You’ll wish the buttons were in their normal places instead of on the back. No MicroSD slot. Possibly haunted. Moves around on tables by itself.
Summary: Smartphone battery life is a crucial aspect of making a device great, and more often than not, OEMs prefer producing slim devices to ones with large batteries. The G2 is, in some aspects, an exception to the trend, as LG has packed in a relatively large 11.4 Wh (3,000 mAh) battery into the handset. Comparing this to the Galaxy S4 which has a 9.88 Wh battery, for example, reveals the G2 has a 15% larger battery for a 4% larger display.
Summary: T-Mobile has seriously beefed up its smartphone roster over the past year. The LG G2 now joins the likes of the Apple iPhone 5s , Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One (all $99 down), giving T-Mobile shoppers plenty of great options. The two best reasons to snatch up the G2 are its blazing Snapdragon 800 processor and long battery life. We also like the nifty multitasking features.
Summary: Cutting-edge innovator. This smartphone wants to boost itself to the forefront of our Top 10 with awesomely swift hardware and rearranged physical buttons. The LTE phone has a good chance of accomplishing that with the Snapdragon 800 and a Full HD IPS screen. However, it must first overcome a few obstacles.
Pros: Extreme performance, IPS screen, Outstanding battery runtime, Full HD videos with 60 fps, Innovative key arrangement, LG has added useful features to Android and the innovative "wake-up gesture" seems very handy.
Cons: Non-expandable storage, Non-removable battery, A micro SD slot and a removable battery would undisputedly boost the smartphone to 1 st place of the Top 10.
Conclusion: The LG G2 is assuredly the company's best Android phone yet. We were bullish on the also very good Optimus G Pro, but the G2 is all that and more in a more mainstream size. The display is top notch, performance is fast and fluid, the camera is excellent and the rear buttons actually work nicely.
Pros: Large and lovely full HD IPS display, great camera, fast new CPU, helpful software.