LG G2 hands-on
Lots of effort was put into building up hype around the LG G2 prior to its official unveiling. Instead of keeping its latest and greatest creation tightly under wraps, the company launched teaser after teaser, giving us clues as to what we should expect from its upcoming device. And we’re not talking about vague figures and hardware specs, as the pre-launch promotion of the LG G2 took a different approach. Over and over, we were being reassured that this smartphone was different from the rest both in terms of design and functionality – inspired by you, by us, by humans as a whole.
Now that the LG G2 is finally official, does it live up to the high expectations it planted in the mind of every tech geek? Well, we just had the chance to take the smartphone for a quick spin and we can confirm that it’s something to be reckoned with.
There’s simply no way around it, guys – if you want a large screen, you’ll have to live with a large phone. Yet to tell you the truth, the LG G2 doesn’t feel any bigger than its high-end Android rivals, most of which sport displays of 5 inches or so. In fact, its maker has done quite a bit to improve its ease of use. The bezel on the left and right sides of the screen, for example, has been trimmed down to a minimum, which is why the LG G2 feels quite narrow for its size. Then there’s the back side of the device, which are tapered along the edges for a tighter grip. The more we hold it, we’re astounded by how compact it is for a smartphone donning a 5.2-inch display.
Visually, the LG G2 can’t be classified as outstanding. Although it is a member of the high-end smartphone category, its maker has chosen to stick with more traditional build materials, such as the plastic its back plate is made of. Almost all of the G2’s front side is occupied by the display and since the Android navigation keys are of the virtual kind, there are no physical buttons anywhere in sight. Near its upper edge we see the earpiece, the front-facing camera, and the light sensor.
As for the power and volume keys, they are placed at the back of the LG G2, alongside the opening for the camera module. Clearly, this is a totally different approach to what we’re normally accustomed to seeing with today’s devices. At first, it simply feels rather alien, but the more we actually hold it in the hand, we begin to realize that it’s at an appropriate location, as our index finger perfectly lands on it in a resting position. Better yet, the placement of the power and volume controls adhere to both left and right handed individuals. As for those volume controls, they also act to instantly run the LG QuickMemo and camera apps – by long pressing the up and down volume keys respectively for 3 seconds.
LG’s top-of-the-line smartphones have always been equipped with beautiful, high-resolution screens and the G2 is not an exception. Spreading 1080 by 1920 pixels of resolution across a 5.2-inch diagonal gives us a figure of 424 pixels per inch – not the highest we’ve ever come across, but great nonetheless and more than enough to ensure that everything that’s displayed on it looks nice and sharp.
True to the company’s traditions, the screen on the LG G2 is made using IPS LCD technology, giving us extremely accurate and natural colors even when viewed at an angle. This particular panel stands out with being the thinnest of its class, which has surely helped with reducing the overall thickness of the device itself. On top of that, LG brags with this being the brightest full HD LCD screen to ever grace a smartphone, with a brightness output of 450 nits. This feature should translate into good outdoor visibility even on a sunny day.
At the end of the day, it’s that near edge-to-edge aspect of the display that profoundly stands out above everything else up there – enabling the phone to maximize every inch of real estate. Naturally, it’s an impressive thing to see on a smartphone, but considering that we’ve seen other innovations in the space, such as the Galaxy S4’s ability to track our finger over its display, it might not draw in people looking to experience something, you know, different. Visually though, it’s an inviting treat!
WATCH OUR LG G2 HANDS-ON VIDEO HERE!
LG G2 hands-on
1. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
Sorry I'm not buying it, it is to small.waiting for note 3 or g2pro
13. gust3r3u (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)
sorry sammy no more money left , spend all the cash on lg BEAST
2. Katrina (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
LG seriously.... do something unique of your own..
design: looks like s4, in fact all sammy's phones
features: sammy (UI) + sony (small apps) + nokia (double tab)
makes you look cheap ya know?
oo you did one thing unique: the buttons on the back LOLA
7. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
I'd prefer to have all these features in a phone. Why settle for one of these features when you can have all of them. Every brand copies one another, they're trying to get ahead of the pact by offering multiple great features even if not all were developed by themselves.
21. ZerkMcGirt (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Get your facts right kid! LG had a smart case featuring a smart window for it's Spectrum 2 on Verizon well before the GS4 even launched. Looks like your beloved sammy copied LG on this one!
25. justsayit (Posts: 212; Member since: 09 May 2013)
small apps is a copy version of qslide
sony copy from the lg optimus g
26. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
Dude, dude, look.. All Smartphones today have a screen that dominates the front, and yes you are a sammy fan. Small apps = sony? MAN, I do those on my APEX launcher since 2012. So i copied sony?? Nokia= Double Tap? YO GOTTA BE KIDDING MEH. 3rd party launchers have double tapping as gestures. Gonna say ADW or something else copied the finnish company?? Sammy= UI? LOOOOL Biggest JOKE. That's one of the more generic Ui I've ever seen. LG did spice up the looks and the notification shade, as well as offering multiple THEMES. Did LG copy? N0. The buttons on the back? Yeah.. it's really Useful. Imagine you are listening to songs. You are lazy to fish the phone outta your pocket and adjust the volume. That's when the back volume controls kick in.
Hope i did knock some SENSE into you, buddy.
28. promise7 (Posts: 458; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
that's one of the dumbest things i've ever heard. u can enjoy one of the features on each of those phones, or u can enjoy all of those features in one phone.
10. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
It's a sponsored article, maybe he just posted what LG gave PA to, so they might not have put their hands on the G2 yet.
4. Jurdiales (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Whats the deal with the white bar from the bottom? Is that the soft-keys?
5. Jurdiales (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Nevermind... I already saw it, didn't like it, it's better white buttons on black background...
27. promise7 (Posts: 458; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
lg gives you options to change that. you can change the order of the soft keys, add more soft keys, change the background color of the soft key background, and the transparency.
8. abde_nj_88 (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)
I like LG products, but there is something stop me not to buy theme :p
14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3624; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Why do they continue using plastic? At least Motorola used a Kevlar backing on their phones.
15. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Hate to break it to you, but Plastic will be a material used until the end of time.
I don't want a heavy phone made out of metal.
Yes, Moto uses kevlar and it's sexy.. but I can promise you, as soon as ANYONE else follows suit, people will be screaming COPY!!!!
Plastic is fine, I just want the manufacturers to stop using GLOSSY plastic. Put some texture on it!
18. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Also, I hate to break it to you, but a lot of materials you might not think are plastic actually are. They'll have other fancy names etc. but its all the same.
The nexus used/uses a soft touch plastic and people love it. People don't like the S4 because they chose a showy glossy/sticky material rather than a subtle one with a unique texture.
23. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah I know that. Mxyzptlk was talking about plastic in general though, so I was addressing that point.
I know LG used the glossy kind for their phone, and to be honest I don't like it all that much either. I like a more subtle and non-reflective body, but I guess you can't have the perfect phone.
Even if I didn't know it used a glossy plastic there are pictures of the phone everywhere. I would've noticed regardless, but thanks for telling me the obvious.
16. thachlel (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
I hate on screen button!!! And have never intended to buy 1 have a lot bad experiences with it!
17. RomeoJDR (Posts: 237; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
With Moto and LG joining HTC in lack of expandable memory Samsung has an easy path to continue their dominance.
22. ZerkMcGirt (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Your comment is ignorant. If you are a true techy and you truly love Android you would know devices with only internal memory run smoother than those with SD slots. You would also know that Android provides you more than enough free cloud storage with such apps as Google Play Music and Picasa. Why worry about an SD slot if all you need is your Gmail username and password. SD cards can become corrupt which cause you to lose everything, yet Google provided cloud storage keeps your content safe. Learn something first, then you can comment.
24. Mittal (Posts: 429; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
i know we cant escape the Big Brother, but with this PRISM thing folks would be quite wary of storing stuff on the cloud!