Summary: In the Android world right now, all eyes are on LG. After years of sub-par products, the company has found relevance again with the Optimus G, garnering serious attention from US carriers and consumers alike. Available on both Sprint and AT&T in the US, the Optimus G is intriguing for another reason: it's widely rumored to be the basis for the next Nexus device from Google.
Pros: Great IPS display, Thin, elegant design, Very fast processor
Cons: Too many extra AT&T apps, Difficult to learn software, Finicky camera
Summary: There’s no doubt the Optimus G is the best smartphone LG has ever made. We even think it looks and performs better than the Nexus 4, spare the regular and timely Android updates Google gives it.
Summary: On paper, the LG Optimus G is as good as it gets for Android; it has every spec you could possibly want. In-hand, it definitely lives up to it’s potential. As long as you’re okay with a very large handset, you’ll be happy. Even with large hands, it can be tricky, but it doesn’t take long getting used to. LGs enhancements are pretty nice and the quadcore processor is more than capable of handling all of the eye-candy.
Pros: Sharp Design, Great Build Quality, Gorgeous Screen-colors/brightness/viewing angle/resolution, Micro-USB charging, Very Fast–Processing and ATT Data, Amazing Battery, LG Enhancements are useful and pretty, No Dedicated Camera Button, No Removable Battery, No Jelly bean yet
Cons: Sharp Design, Great Build Quality, Gorgeous Screen-colors/brightness/viewing angle/resolution, Micro-USB charging, Very Fast–Processing and ATT Data, Amazing Battery, LG Enhancements are useful and pretty, No Dedicated Camera Button, No Removable Battery, No Jelly bean yet
Conclusion: The Optimus G is one of the best smartphones LG has ever produced. It doesn't wow with looks, opting instead to impress with speed, performance, a beautiful display, and a good user experience. Among the big superphones out there it's not the flashiest, but stands up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. The question is then, Sprint or AT&T? If you already live in a city with Sprint's 4G LTE network, the Optimus G will serve you well.
Summary: The LG Optimus G isn't a bad smartphone: it's fast, has a lot of storage, a good screen, and a decent (albeit not extraordinary) battery life. However, the two biggest features that are intended to make it stand out of the pack -- the quad core processor and the 13 megapixel camera -- both seriously fail to impress. And without those, there isn't really much to recommend it over other more noteworthy devices.
LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint review: Double impact
16 November 2012
Conclusion: LG has made a massive leap forward in the United States with both the Optimus G for AT&T and its sibling for Sprint Wireless. In the past, the LG devices hardly topped any sale charts. This time around however, the LG Optimus G deserves a spot at the top of your shopping list for smartphones. The raw performance of the LG Optimus G is nothing short of superb - you will never feel short on processing power with the latest quad-core silicon and 2GB of RAM at your service.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with HSPA; LTE, CDMA network support (Sprint Wireless version only), 4.7" 16M-color WXGA True HD IPS Plus (768 x 1280 pixels) capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass, Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, planned upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean, LG Optimus UI 3.0, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, image stabilization, Time catch sh...
Cons: No microSD card slot on the Sprint version, No Jelly Bean at launch, Screens have mediocre sunlight legibility, Non user-replaceable battery
Summary: The LG Optimus G brings power and performance in a $199 package. The quad-core CPU handles some of the most demanding tasks with ease. The 4.7-inch display is stunning, and paired with a 13-MP camera, this phone is great for capturing and viewing photos and videos. LG's suite of Android customizations and features adds even more value, but for now this handset is held back by Sprint's limited 4G LTE network.
Pros: Bright and vivid display, Sleek interface, Great 13-megapixel camera
Cons: Plain design, No storage expansion options, Limited LTE markets
Excerpt: In the grand pyramid of Android manufacturers, imaginary though it may be, LG is not considered to be a premium manufacturer. Their Android phones are typically not billed as high end, and are usually sold by carriers as the budget phone. When the rumors started about a high end Android phone coming from LG , featuring new technology from the industrial-grade technologies owned by the mobile divisions parent company, there was cause for excitement.