The G2 finally gives LG a device that can compete with the best.

- Roy Choi , TechnoBuffalo 

This is a powerful phone with a myriad of simple, but useful new features. Audiophiles and spec junkies should flock to it...

- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

8.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 49 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • Great camera
  • 1080p video at 60 frames per second
  • Plenty of power to age well

What's bad  

  • No microSD card
  • Non-removable battery
  • Materials feel cheap
  • Weak loudspeaker

Much like it's predecessor, the LG Optimus G, the G2 pushes the specs of Android devices to the max. With a 2.3-gigahertz quad-core processor, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM, the phone is ready for anything you might throw at it. Coupled this power with a sleek design and the phone is certainly near the top of the pack for next-gen smartphones. GSMArena described the phone best as a “beautiful monster.”

Packing all of these features into a light, compact smartphone required LG to break the mold when it comes to case design. To keep the phone as thin as possible, the power and volume buttons were placed on the back of the phone. While this takes a little time to get used to, it works quite well. A combination of long presses and short presses provide a variety of shortcuts to phone features. Hubert Nguyen of Ubergizmo said, “It is not as strange as it may appear. Unlike most smartphones today, it is a completely ambidextrous system so lefties will be happy.”

Another useful feature is Knockon. Tap the screen twice and the phone wakes up. Speaking of screens, the 1080p IPS LCD display is stunning and does not suffer from the outdoor visibility issues of many of its AMOLED counterparts.

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Unfortunately, there are a few concerns to keep in mind about the G2. Though the curves and case design of the phone are pretty, the phone has a cheap, plastic feel when handled. The high-gloss case and screen are prone to fingerprints and smudges as well. While the 3,000-mAh battery offers respectable battery life, it is not removable. For the power users out there, this means carrying a phone charger with you and hunting for charging ports.

Brian Klug of Anandtech summed up the G2 well when he said, “It's built on a great platform, with great battery life and includes a number of design decisions that show honest to goodness innovative thinking on LG's part.”


Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The LG G2's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.26GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.26 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 29 days standby time, 1100 minutes (2G), 1501 minutes (3G), 682 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

8.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 49 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • Great camera
  • 1080p video at 60 frames per second
  • Plenty of power to age well

What's bad  

  • No microSD card
  • Non-removable battery
  • Materials feel cheap
  • Weak loudspeaker

Much like it's predecessor, the LG Optimus G, the G2 pushes the specs of Android devices to the max. With a 2.3-gigahertz quad-core processor, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM, the phone is ready for anything you might throw at it. Coupled this power with a sleek design and the phone is certainly near the top of the pack for next-gen smartphones. GSMArena described the phone best as a “beautiful monster.”

Packing all of these features into a light, compact smartphone required LG to break the mold when it comes to case design. To keep the phone as thin as possible, the power and volume buttons were placed on the back of the phone. While this takes a little time to get used to, it works quite well. A combination of long presses and short presses provide a variety of shortcuts to phone features. Hubert Nguyen of Ubergizmo said, “It is not as strange as it may appear. Unlike most smartphones today, it is a completely ambidextrous system so lefties will be happy.”

Another useful feature is Knockon. Tap the screen twice and the phone wakes up. Speaking of screens, the 1080p IPS LCD display is stunning and does not suffer from the outdoor visibility issues of many of its AMOLED counterparts.

Show more

Unfortunately, there are a few concerns to keep in mind about the G2. Though the curves and case design of the phone are pretty, the phone has a cheap, plastic feel when handled. The high-gloss case and screen are prone to fingerprints and smudges as well. While the 3,000-mAh battery offers respectable battery life, it is not removable. For the power users out there, this means carrying a phone charger with you and hunting for charging ports.

Brian Klug of Anandtech summed up the G2 well when he said, “It's built on a great platform, with great battery life and includes a number of design decisions that show honest to goodness innovative thinking on LG's part.”

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Can't fill its big brother's shoes

from Notebookcheck (2 years ago)

LG follows the "mini model" trend with the release of their G2 Mini, a shrunken down version of their G2 flagship. As is also true of other manufacturers like HTC or Samsung, LG puts very different hardware in their mini smartphone. To date, only Sony has managed to clothe the hardware at work in th... More

LG follows the "mini model" trend with the release of their G2 Mini, a shrunken down version of their G2 flagship. As is also true of other manufacturers like HTC or Samsung, LG puts very different hardware in their mini smartphone. To date, only Sony has managed to clothe the hardware at work in their full-size Xperia Z1 with a smaller garment (Z1 Compact). In our review device's case, the term "mini" is not quite as applicable, as the G2 Mini still has a 4.7-inch display (G2: 5.2-inches). Despite its relatively large display, LG neglected to outfit their device with HD resolution. The smartphone's quad-core SoC is produced by Qualcomm and answers to the name Snapdragon 400 MSM8926.

The difference between the 5.2-inch G2 and the smaller model is big -- very big. Were it not for the hardware buttons on the backside of the device, the G2 Mini could easily be confused with the LG L90. On the plus side, the smartphone has expandable memory and a removable battery -- features that the G2 clearly lacks. The G2 Mini is currently available online for 289 Euros (~$395). The LG L90 is around 80 Euros (~$110) cheaper at the moment. Because the difference between the two models is barely noticeable, we recommend taking a closer look at the L90 or the Moto G, unless the G2 Mini's LTE module is a deciding factor. 

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8.2/10

A great all-around phone

from Good Housekeeping (2 years ago)

Though it doesn’t do anything exceedingly novel, the LG G2 is a solid phone that performed among the best on many of our lab tests. With top-notch processing power and an eye-catching 5.2” display that is great for consuming media, the G2 is a solid Android choice.

Though it doesn’t do anything exceedingly novel, the LG G2 is a solid phone that performed among the best on many of our lab tests. With top-notch processing power and an eye-catching 5.2” display that is great for consuming media, the G2 is a solid Android choice.

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All around beast

from BitBitByte (2 years ago)

You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite th... More

You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite the contender. It’s 90% of the Nexus 5 with a better battery and camera, if another view is needed. And if you’re somewhat versed in the world of rooting and custom ROMs, the G2 then jumps ahead of the Nexus 5 as it has access to all of the stock Android you could want with the notable improvements in hardware noted above.

While it’s been revealed that LG has sold far less G2s than they planned for, the fact remains that the price ($100-$200 on a two year contract) combined with class leading specs and awesome battery life make this an easy recommendation to most Android users, and easily one of my favorite Android devices ever. LG has a winner (albeit a sleeper) on their hands. 

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9.2/10

Possibly the best Android phone on the market

from BitBitByte (2 years ago)

That title will either resonate well with you or get discarded as a load of B.S. You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t su... More

That title will either resonate well with you or get discarded as a load of B.S. You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite the contender. It’s 90% of the Nexus 5 with a better battery and camera, if another view is needed. And if you’re somewhat versed in the world of rooting and custom ROMs, the G2 then jumps ahead of the Nexus 5 as it has access to all of the stock Android you could want with the notable improvements in hardware noted above.

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It is likely one of the very best packages on the market right now

from PhoneArena (2 years ago)

As I'm readying my Nexus 4 for its upcoming return to service, I couldn't help but return to this piece one last time for a proper conclusion. Whether you'll like a certain phone or not is predicated upon a confusing myriad of intertwining and sometimes downright conflicting collection of factors. A... More

As I'm readying my Nexus 4 for its upcoming return to service, I couldn't help but return to this piece one last time for a proper conclusion. Whether you'll like a certain phone or not is predicated upon a confusing myriad of intertwining and sometimes downright conflicting collection of factors. And it gets even worse when you have to choose from a wealth of options, as is the case in the upstream niche for smartphones. If my notes above weren't conclusive enough for you, then perhaps some of the most common questions I've been asked about the LG G2 will give you some further insight.

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Fast Android phone with solid build quality

from Macnn (2 years ago)

LG has made a solid flagship device, but it is questionable whether that is sufficient in a time when two companies make all of the profit and account for about half of all units shipped worldwide. This, of course, led the company to stick its volume and lock buttons on the back of the device, a nov... More

LG has made a solid flagship device, but it is questionable whether that is sufficient in a time when two companies make all of the profit and account for about half of all units shipped worldwide. This, of course, led the company to stick its volume and lock buttons on the back of the device, a novel but perplexing choice. Despite that choice, and despite the underwhelming features LG painted atop Android, we would still recommend the device.

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8/10

It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick

from UnleashThePhones (2 years ago)

No matter which way you look at it, the LG G2 is a pretty solid flagship phone. It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick thanks to the Snapdragon 800 processor, and it’s still slim and portable enough to slim into your jeans. Granted, I havent been a huge fan... More

No matter which way you look at it, the LG G2 is a pretty solid flagship phone. It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick thanks to the Snapdragon 800 processor, and it’s still slim and portable enough to slim into your jeans. Granted, I havent been a huge fan of LG’s phones in the past. I havent ‘hated’ any of their phones but I never thought they really stood out, mostly because of either the design, or the software. With the G2, LG has done a really, really great job, and it admittedly came as quite as a suprise to me.

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It is different

from The Mobile Indian (2 years ago)

The LG G2 is a smartphone that doesn't involve any gimmick like blowing air or waving the hand over the front camera to unlock the phone. After a long time we are seeing a phone that shows off decent innovations which are high on the utility front. LG has done some great work on the design by introd... More

The LG G2 is a smartphone that doesn't involve any gimmick like blowing air or waving the hand over the front camera to unlock the phone. After a long time we are seeing a phone that shows off decent innovations which are high on the utility front. LG has done some great work on the design by introducing the Lock/Volume key at the back.

Its display is quite good and even the camera will not disappoint you. A couple of issues with the device are that it is a fingerprint magnet and that the loud speaker is not really loud.

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8.5/10

As high end and high spec as you’d expect

from Coolsmartphone (2 years ago)

The LG G2 is a great phone, with a bit of fiddling it’s an amazing phone, with a bit of hacking it would be an astounding phone. It’s just the normal person buying one of these won’t probably be able to even turn off some of the unnecessary features. Which will more than likely lea... More

The LG G2 is a great phone, with a bit of fiddling it’s an amazing phone, with a bit of hacking it would be an astounding phone. It’s just the normal person buying one of these won’t probably be able to even turn off some of the unnecessary features. Which will more than likely leave them wishing they had bought a Galaxy S4, HTC One or the Nexus 5 instead.

I’m not sure what LG could have done to make the G2 a better phone, it is the ideal size, the spec is amazing, in my eyes the build quality and design is pretty cool, leaving only a few details like Micro SD, Wireless charging, less software “enhancements”, an even better camera and a wide range of colours (bright yellow) being the only options to improve the G2.

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8/10

A great choice that pushes smartphone tech forward three steps, but still takes a step back

from Gadget Review (2 years ago)

The LG G2 is a wholly impressive smartphone. It has a few setbacks; a weaker than expected cell antenna, a battery that’s decent but not as good as it should be considering the capacity, and some nifty new features that aren’t fully thought out. It’s also one of the most powerful A... More

The LG G2 is a wholly impressive smartphone. It has a few setbacks; a weaker than expected cell antenna, a battery that’s decent but not as good as it should be considering the capacity, and some nifty new features that aren’t fully thought out. It’s also one of the most powerful Android smartphones on the market, has a beautiful 5.2-inch display that’s perfect for viewing media, and its a clear step forward for the industry. Few phones can claim as much; heck, I’m having difficulty saying the same for the iPhone 5s. The G2 is, without a doubt, a phone you’ll love for at least two years.

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8.1/10

I love this phone beacause its simply the best

(about 1 year ago)
9/10

The good, the bad and the ugly

(2 years ago)

I have the LG G2 for a month now. It takes some time to like it, but I love it now. Initially I was looking for a Nexus 5, since I like the idea of having a concept phone with a clean Android OS. Basically the LG G2 is the same phone, minus the clean Android OS (bad?), but with a lot more battery li... More

I have the LG G2 for a month now. It takes some time to like it, but I love it now. Initially I was looking for a Nexus 5, since I like the idea of having a concept phone with a clean Android OS. Basically the LG G2 is the same phone, minus the clean Android OS (bad?), but with a lot more battery life (good!). All in all, it turns out to be a good compromise. Android KitKat still runs fluently, the additions LG made are not bothering, and the battery life is truly great. One thing must be said. The back of the phone... Ouch. Not beautiful (some might even say ugly). Where did that come from...? Of course looks are not everything, but this wonderful combination of great specs, hardware and screen deserves a better finishing, than this glossy plastic... Small hint: Case Mate has a Tough Case, that works well and looks good on the LG G2.

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8/10