Till now LG has never posed any serious competition to Apple, Sony and Samsung. But it looks like with release of LG G2, they are planning to turn the tables.
In all aspects G2 is LG’s answer to Samsung’s galaxy s4, Sony’s xperia z1 and HTC’s One. From any angle it is a beastly Smartphone. Considering its specifications we are sure that it can make even the biggest geeks drool.
Since the release of G2 LG has been claiming that they have scientifically studied the usage pattern of mobile phone users and based on the results they have modified the placement of some buttons. That explains the placement of buttons on the back panel of the phone.
However in order to truly understand the placement of power and volume keys in a different manner you must use it and then make up your mind about whether this placement is a creative innovation or an ill conceived design.
We were curious too about the features of G2, we were lucky enough to have 2 G2s delivered at our doorstep from LG itself for testing purposes. Let see what we have to say about it.
By the looks of it, it looks and feels very much similar to the Samsung galaxy s4 but we find LG G2 to be more visually appealing.
Its most evident feature is its display, a massive 5.2 inches display with a full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution. The pixel per inch density is 424 PPI. Since it is an IPS display you can be assured that the display quality is optimal.
Even though it has a large 5.2 inches display, still it is very manageable. It fits in your hand easily and it has a nice grip to it too. The frame of G2 is elegant and clean as there are no volume buttons and the power button is absent too. All these buttons are actually present on the back panel. We tested these buttons and found that LG is right; placing these buttons on the back does makes it easier to use.
It has a quad core snapdragon processor clocked at 2.26 GHz; it is the highest clock rate amongst any of the smart phones that we have tested till date. And it’s not just fast on the paper, it actually is lighting fast, even the most visually demanding games run without any lag on it. The credit for amazing performance also goes to its 2 GB DDR3 ram that complements the abilities of its processor.
It comes in two variants supporting an inbuilt memory of 16 GB and 32GB. However it has no facility for expandable storage. We personally think that the lack of expandable storage is a big drawback to a phone that has such high specifications in all other fields.
The rear end camera is a 13 megapixels camera and it comes with an LED flash to help you capture those beautiful moments in low light conditions.
- Super fast and perhaps the fastest 2.26 GHz processor.
- Creatively placed volume and power buttons.
- Long battery life.
- No slot for expandable storage cards.
- For some people these creatively placed buttons may turn out to be the deal breaker.
- Considering all other high specs, we would have preferred a 20 megapixel camera instead of a 13 megapixel one.
LG is not a big name in the smart phone market but if you don’t care about the brand value then this phone is better than any other phone on the market right now. Its specifications are just too tempting to give it a miss.
A Shaw is a professional consumer electronics product review writer. He has his own blog and a youtube channel with over a million views.