Summary: One of the most powerful Android phones on the market right now, the LG G2 may not have the looks of its rivals -- its button placement could annoy some users -- but it has a fantastic display, superb battery life and a lightning-fast processor.
Pros: Fantastic screen; Incredible power; Good battery life.
Cons: Might be too large for some; No microSD card slot.
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.
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.
Summary: What holds the G2 back from a higher rating is its relatively dim display and the slight learning curve that comes along with the Rear Key design. Among Android phones, we give the edge to the HTC One, which sports a brighter screen, more premium design and best-in-class audio.
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.