- Roy Choi , TechnoBuffalo
The G2 finally gives LG a device that can compete with the best.
- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends
This is a powerful phone with a myriad of simple, but useful new features. Audiophiles and spec junkies should flock to it...
- Beautiful display
- Great camera
- 1080p video at 60 frames per second
- Plenty of power to age well
- 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.”
Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)
Can't fill its big brother's shoes
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 sma... Full review
A great all-around phone
All around beast
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... Full review
Possibly the best Android phone on the market
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 Nexu... Full review
It is likely one of the very best packages on the market right now
Fast Android phone with solid build quality
It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick
It is different
As high end and high spec as you’d expect
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 Micr... Full review
A great choice that pushes smartphone tech forward three steps, but still takes a step back
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&rsqu... Full review
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