The LG G2 5.2-inch Smartphone Review

LG thus far has been quite an underdog in the smartphone market as far as sales figures go. Like HTC, LG have been making excellent android smartphones for the past couple of years, but probably due to poor marketing strategies or market placements, have been left in the dust by the likes of Samsung and iPhone smartphones in terms of popularity. At the time of writing, the LG G2 is the company’s latest flagship smartphone that is set to go head to head with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5s. Lets take a closer look at it to see if it fares well.

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Design

The design of the G2 resembles that of the G4 phone. The huge 5.2-inch screen is packed onto a relatively slim body, measuring in at 5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches in dimensions. On the front, the screen is surrounded by a very thin bezel. On the back, you will find a rounded plastic casing that fells very good to hold. The one design feature that you will immediately notice from looking at the phone is the positions of the power buttons and volume rocker. Instead of being located on the side of the device, these buttons are located on the back of the phone, right below the camera lens flash. While this may seem to be an awkward position for the buttons, it actually feels pretty natural to use in reality (although we can’t say that it is an improvement from having the buttons on the side).

One of the highlights of the phone would have to be the large 5.2-inch display on the LG G2. The screen has 423 pixels per inch that translates to a 1080 x 1920 resolution. This huge screen was an absolute delight to use, displaying crisp and sharp images. Viewing angles are good and it is bright enough to be used easily in broad daylight.

Features

It is worthy to note that the LG G2 has a larger screen and a more powerful processor than the Samsung Galaxy S4. If screen size and processing power are the 2 most important factors for you in buying a smartphone, than the G2 would definitely be the phone for you. The phone runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 (with LG’s own user interface) and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB or RAM and either 16GB or 32GB for storage.

LG’s proprietary user interface was in general very fun to use. There are lots of not-so-subtle animations, colorful screens and bright colors, making the interface rather approachable and less intimidating. Other than the large variety of LG custom apps that comes with the phone, the user interface does have some unique features that makes it stand out from the rest of its competitors. For instance, there it the Knock-On feature that lets you lock or wake up your phone but just double taping on the middle of the screen. There is also the Slide-Aside feature that lets you multitask and switch usage between Apps (up to 3 apps at one time). Being a flagship phone, the G2 comes with all the usual range of connectivity options including LTE support.

Another highlight on the LG G2 would have to be its photo and video recording features. This phone comes with a whopping 13MP camera that takes very clear photos with amazing details. Whether you are shooting outdoors, indoors or under less-than-optimal lighting conditions, the quality of the photos taken were superb, with very little noise. The phone also records 1080p videos. Just like the photos, the quality of videos recorded is also extremely good. Another set of features worth mentioning would be the software that is paired with the 13MP lens. The sheer number of shooting modes, options and settings on this phone is arguably the best in its class. Overall, we dare say that the photo shooting and video recording capabilities and quality on the LG G2 is easily one of the best, if not the best, in the market.

In terms of music playback, the G2 comes with a set of Quad beat 2 premium headphones. The audio quality produced on these in-ear earphones is very impressive, comparable to those found on, expensive, high-end models. Thanks to the large screen, watching movies and videos on this phone was an absolutely delightful experience. The battery life on the G2 is also pretty decent. Under heavy usage, the battery can last one full day on a single charge. On moderate usage, you should be able to get a couple of days out of it.

Overall

The LG G2 proves to be a very formidable flagship phone. Be it the display, camera features, power or performance, the G2 fares very well in almost every aspect. The only downside is probably its less-than-premium external casing. Then again, this has never stopped some phone models from selling like hot cakes. With that said, t is definitely one of the best smartphones out there that money can buy. In many ways, it is actually a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5. So if it is so good, why haven’t you heard much of it? As mentioned at the beginning of the article, although brands like LG and HTC manufacture very impressive, high quality smartphones, their marketing campaigns and strategies are light-years behind those from Apple and Samsung. Fancy advertising and branding aside, let us reiterate that the LG G2 is, indeed, one of the best phones in the market.

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