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LG G Pro 2: should you upgrade from the LG G2 or the LG Optimus G Pro?

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LG G Pro 2: should you upgrade from the LG G2 or the LG Optimus G Pro?

The just-unveiled LG G Pro 2 is a typical large-screen phone, a phablet, a device sporting a gigantic 5.9-inch display, and that's the feature that characterizes it best. 

It’s also got a powerful speaker, quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel optical image stabilizer, and basically is top of the line in every aspect you’d expect.

Does this mean it is time to upgrade for owners of the LG G2 or the LG Optimus G Pro?


One year down the line: should you upgrade from the G Pro?


The G Pro launched as LG’s first phablet last year, and at that time we praised it for its thin bezels, relative compactness given its large screen, and its huge battery. These days, though, a handset like the G Pro 2 no longer looks that novel or innovative in a market where large phones are way more common. Is there a valid reason to upgrade from one gigantic phone to another, you might wonder.

The LG G Pro 2

The LG G Pro 2

Let’s first take a look at the outward appearance and design to see what's changed. The G Pro 2 has the new LG look, with a slightly curvier styling that better fits in the hand, but both devices are plastic and don’t look particularly premium or awe-inspiring. The display has grown larger on the G Pro 2 - up to 5.9-inches from the 5.5” G Pro display. This, however, is not such a radical change to alone justify an upgrade. Moreover, the screen resolution has not changed, and it is the same 1080 x 1920 pixels on both devices, so you don't have much motivation as you would, if the screen was sharper.

In terms of software, both devices run the Optimus UI skin on top of Android, but while the Optimus G Pro features a dated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as base, the G Pro 2 runs on the latest 4.4 KitKat. Having the newest Android is all good, of course, but in reality most users would hardly even notice the difference (it's a point update, not a major one), so we consider the newer version of Android only a mild incentive to upgrade.

One of the bigger reasons to switch to the G Pro 2 is what’s under the hood. Both devices run on quad-core chips, but the second-generation LG phablet has the newer Snapdragon 800 system chip that runs at faster speeds, and is generally more capable in all aspects in comparison to the Snapdragon 600 on the Optimus G Pro. RAM has also gone up to 3 gigs on the G Pro 2, up from 2GB on the G Pro, which is a welcome addition for heavy multitaskers.

The second big reason for a possible upgrade to the G Pro 2 is the addition of an optical image stabilization to its 13-megapixel camera. The number of pixels has not changed, but having your footage stabilized could be important for many smartphone video enthusiasts.

And that's about it. Connectivity was well covered in the original G Pro that already supported 4G LTE and HSPA+, so the G Pro 2 cannot brag about any radical new connectivity options. Finally, the battery capacity has not increased much in the G Pro 2, growing from 3140mAh one on the G Pro to a 3200mAh one, so you cannot expect any huge battery life improvements. In reality, we can expect the new device to last the usual day, day and a half.

All in all, we see very little reason for existing LG Optimus G Pro users to upgrade to the G Pro 2. The G Pro hit all the bases for a high-end large-screen smartphone, and while the G Pro 2 is indeed an evolution, it is a very mild one.

LG G Pro 2
6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches
157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

LG G Pro 2

LG Optimus G Pro
5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches
150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG G2
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

LG G2

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Big is the new normal: should you upgrade from the LG G2?


Some of you might have gotten the LG G2 when it launched just a couple of months ago, and now, after seeing the LG G Pro 2, you might be wondering whether you have not made a mistake by not waiting a few months more for the latest and greatest device. Some who have bought the G2 recently might even consider returning it and getting the G Pro 2. Hold your horses, folks, we don’t think that’s justified.

The G Pro 2 is essentially just a larger-screen version of the G2. They are identical in almost every other aspect - the design and thin bezels are very similar, the system chip is the same, the camera should be very, very similar (and both have optical image stabilization), plus the battery on the G2 has proven to last exceptionally long times.

There is one sole reason you might consider switching - screen size. If you really want a larger screen, the difference from 5.9 inches (the display size of the G Pro 2) to 5.2 inches (on the G2) is noticeable, but it’s not huge. For all else, you probably would do best to just stick to your LG G2, it's a great phone after all.

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:58 4

1. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


G pro is already saturated with features....the g pro 2 has nothin new to offer!!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:55 1

7. isprobi (Posts: 193; Member since: 30 May 2011)


If you have a G Pro you obivously wanted a large screen. In that case the .4 inch size increase is important. It may not sound like much but if you look at the size comparison it is clearly noticable.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:13 1

20. Ashoaib (Posts: 1476; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


If I will upgrade, I will upgrade to either note 3 or vivo xplay 3s... Lg is out of question... they never bring updates for most of their phones...

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:58 3

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1333; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Well, if I had G2, I wouldn't upgrade. But from Optimus G Pro, Pro 2 would be logical and justified upgrade.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:46 1

16. lallolu (Posts: 229; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Right answer. I have been wondering why they keep on comparing a phone and a phablet.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:59 2

3. varuntis1993 (Posts: 43; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


I had the lg optimus G pro but lg didn't bother to bring an update, then I also didn't care about the phone and sold it off and got the Nexus 5.....hope Lg changes its attitude towards software developments

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:01 4

4. aranauser (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Upgrade to lumia.you will never look back

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:08 1

11. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


No way would I ever have a Windows phone. Had one and that totally cured me from Windows phone and especially a Nokia Windows phone. Hate Nokia.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:45 1

17. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I "upgraded" to a Lumia 1020 about six months ago. I can't wait to look back to Android. After the Play Store, Windows phone is like swimming in the kiddie pool. Love the Nokia design language though.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:01

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1225; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


G Pro 2 is pretty good phone to upgrade to if you have an older phone like my Nexus 4. But from G Pro or G2 would be waste of money. I'm disappointed that they didn't go with bigger battery... 3,200 mAh? Too small consider G2 has 3,000 mAh on board and 0.7" smaller screen.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 18:53 1

22. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Don't upgrade , LG sucks with updates ! G pro released a year ago still running 4.1

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:49

24. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1225; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yeah, LG isn't good with the software department. Unless you are an average user that you don't really care about the version of android you are running on, then LG's phone isn't a bad choice. For me I have to have the latest Android :P Nexus 4 muhaha... I need to upgrade my phone soon

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:23 1

6. isprobi (Posts: 193; Member since: 30 May 2011)


If they had added dual stereo front speakers this would be the "everything" phone. But the only reason I see to upgrade from the O G Pro is the camera stabilization.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 10:58

8. jdella681 (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)


the bigger battery helps, but because of the sd 800 and kitkat it should def last longer than the G Pro. and thank God they left the sd slot in!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:11 2

9. kevv2288 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Um the only difference between the g2 and g pro2 is screen size? How about 3gb of ram vs 2, 4k video recording on the g pro 2 not on g2. Android 4.4 on g pro 4.2.2 on g2 also no micro sd card on g2 and plus even tho the g pro 2 is a larger device its actually a little bit thinner than the g2. Yeah its similar to g2 but definitely more then just screen size

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:10

12. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I agree . A lot more

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:56

21. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


3GB of RAM vs 2 that's like having more than 8GB of RAM on a Laptop when most games only use that much. As of right now I don't think it's necessary when I got my G2 and it's still going strong barely lags(if ever).

Micro SD card thing is overplayed as well had an Atrix with the SD card slot and honestly never came close to using it cause I realized 16GB on a phone at that time was enough unless you're the person that tries to cram everything in it like it's a computer.

I agree I'm mad with LG on the Software side of this as 4.4 is no where in sight for G2, but not mad enough to really consider LG G Pro 2 having 4.4 as a win. Only because once G2 gets 4.4 it's going to be what is the difference?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:57

10. freebee269 (Posts: 519; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


I have the g2. My next android upgrade will be the g3.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:35 1

13. maherk (Posts: 806; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It has almost the same specs as the 5 months old note 3, so what's the big fuss about it?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:47

18. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Hopefully the price. If they don't price this aggressively to undercut the Note 3 however, they can write it off.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:35

14. SupermanayrB (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


'...should you upgrade from the LG G2 or the LG Optimus G Pro?'

Depends on what the user is looking for. The only issue would be how comfortable will it be in the hand vs the Optimus G Pro or the G2. I like that it has SD support vs the G2. The rest we'll have to see.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:41

15. imkyle (Posts: 981; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


G2 is the perfect size.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:50 2

19. scsa852k (Posts: 281; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


It's a beefed up G2 in terms of size only.
I don't think size alone can be a reason for an upgrade.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 02:22

23. mas39 (Posts: 45; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


so anyone tell me why you should upgrade to the g3 from the g2, if there's no point in upgrading from the pro to the pro 2, then I don't really understand why people on here are getting excited about upgrading from the g2 to the g3. It's going to be similar size as the g2, the only differences maybe the resolution and faster chip, which is not much of an upgrade and will only be slightly better than the g pro 2.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 19:58

25. loccoc402 (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Lg should upgrade lg g2 firmware which has lg g pro 2 features like knock code, slowmotion video,...

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