- 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.
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.”