The LG G2 is probably everything you could possibly want an Android smartphone to be, at least purely in terms of hardware.
It has a large, high-definition display. Its internals, camera and battery life promise to be pretty amazing compared to its competition. Yet, it doesn’t leap out at us or cause any stir or excitement.
The LG G2 comes with an almost bezel-less 5.2″ FullHD display in a body not much bigger than the one on the Galaxy S4. It gets even more interesting when we get to the camera. It’s a 13 MP unit and it offers optical image stabilization in order to minimize blur and allow higher shooting speeds under unfavourable light.
The LG G2 comes to tackle the competition, especially devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z and HTC One with a larger screen, more potent chipset, superior camera (on paper), bigger battery, etc.
Take a look at what the LG G2 has to offer.
LG G2 at a glance:
- General: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band UMTS/HSPA, penta-band LTE support, LTE-Advanced
- Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
- Dimensions: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm, 143 g
- Display: 5.2″ 16M-color 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) power efficient capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and ~424 ppi and 450 nit brightness, extremely narrow bezels (2.65 mm)
- CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
- GPU: Adreno 330
- Chipset: Snapdragon 800 chipset
- RAM: 2GB
- OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Memory: 16/32GB storage, microSD card slot (region-specific availability of the slot)
- Cameras: Primary 13 MP auto-focus optically-stabilized camera, 8X digital zoom, face detection, HDR mode, panorama, geo-tagging; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps, Secondary 2.1 MP front-facing camera with FullHD video capture
- Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, standard microUSB port with MHL and USB host, GPS receiver with A-GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, wireless screen sharing (Miracast protocol)
- Misc: Camera has sapphire glass cover, customizable system key (can assign different functions to back, home, menu buttons); tap twice on the screen to turn it on and off
- Battery capacity: 3,000mAh Li-Po unit (2,610mAh in some markets
It’s clear that LG will be going for the crown with the LG G2. It waited enough so it can release it as an unmatched contender in regards to its size to power ratio and seems to have put a lot of effort into differentiating it. There are a lot of software tweaks to explore and we’re very eager to check the camera on board the G2.
The LG G2 design language is pretty much the same as what we already saw in the company’s phablet flagship, the LG Optimus G Pro. There are a few notable improvements though – the G2 has an incredibly thin screen bezel and lacks any hardware buttons below the screen. This way LG G2 is probably the smartphone with one of the highest screen to body ratios, its IPS display occupying almost the entire front.
Since there is no Lock/Unlock key, LG came up with something we’ve already seen on some Nokia Asha phones and N9. A double tap on the screen will wake the phone up and another double tap on an empty space will put it back to sleep. In case you don’t like operating this way, you can configure the QuickMemo key to act as a Lock/Unlock hardware key.
It’s also worth mentioning that the middle key at the back also doubles as Power on/off key when you hold it down for a few seconds.
Finally, LG incorporated the so-called Guest Mode. When you unlock the screen with a specific pattern (G letter by default), you’ll unlock the G2 into another account which you can configure to be used by guests, friends or kids. It’s a very clever idea, indeed.
LG’s decision to place the volume and power buttons just underneath the camera has us questioning its direction. LG told us over and over again during its presentation that the company is listening to its customers and observing their behavior, hence the odd design.
It turns out that it’s a little awkward to interface with the phone that way. While many of us do keep our index fingers right around where the camera is when we’re on a call, it’s not the only time we’re having to adjust volume.
When we’re watching videos or listening to music, it could be awkward reaching behind the phone and feeling around for the volume keys.
LG G2 features a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization. The volume rocker is oddly placed below the camera and you’d expect the camera glass to be always smudged with fingerprints. LG’s put some thoughts on that as well and has protected the lens glass with fingerprint coating. We’ll have to see though how good this will turn out.
The G2 camera is capable of taking 1080p videos at 60 fps, which is a first for a smartphone. Sadly, there is no 60fps option for the 720p capturing. Dual video recording is available too, but we didn’t find an option for HDR videos.
The still camera allows dual shots and HDR stills, you can choose between wide and 4:3 pictures, “cheese shutter” option is also present.
We’re hoping that the LG G2 is a small step in a new direction for some kind of vision for the Korean manufacturer. While we like its phones, like the Optimus G and the Optimus G Pro, we find no real reason to pick up an LG phone over Samsung or HTC.
Stay tuned for our full and thorough review of the device. Our early predictions tell us it’s going to perform well, and that the G2 is going to be a winner by any standard we can give to smartphones.