LG G2 is the new Android heavyweight to beat: specs review
0. phoneArena 07 Aug 2013, 13:33 posted on
Coming up with a truly outstanding high-end Android smartphone is a challenge, to say the least. Putting together the best components into a single package and slapping a shiny logo on the product just isn't enough anymore. Manufacturers have to think beyond specs and focus on creating new ways of perfecting the end-user experience as well. The freshly announced LG G2 is an Android smartphone that seemingly fits that description as it blends cutting-edge hardware with innovative features and user-friendly design traits. But at the end of the day, will the LG G2 be a win or a fail? Well, it sure has the potential to become a leader in its category, so allow us to walk you through all that makes this smartphone so awesome...
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1. nobihitoshi (banned) (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
note 3 will be the most powerful smartphone of 2013 .....
4. rf1975 (Posts: 254; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
With the help of cheated benchmark and paid troll/reviewers.
5. nobihitoshi (banned) (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
u really have guts to stop samsung from selling millions of note 3??
i dont think so
9. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
you have the fore sight to know how many it will sell without seeing the final product? i dont think so...........besides he never said the note 3 wont sell did he
besides this whole sales defense you throw out to defend samsung is the same the apple fanatics used.
why dont you not worry yourself with sales and just enjoy tech, enjoy the device you have etc. people that ring sales into it like its the winning argument to everything need to re-evaluate themselves
42. joey_sfb (Posts: 4747; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Review and tech site also needed funding. They don't get it from their fans more from paying sponsors e.g Samsung and Apple.
48. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 142; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
And lg,sony,htc and most of all nokia..so whats ur point??
11. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Its bound to have a Snapdragon 800 for it's US model so the rest is up to software optimizations. The performance won't be that much different if at all. It's all about the features which all the 'cool kids' will root and give up anyways.
LG addressed issues people had with the original camera of the Optimus G. It has the Knock Knock feature for those who would use the phone on a flat surface, screen facing up. Voice activation could potentially be a later feature due to the Snapdragon 800, but who knows. It's flip cover functionality is more extensive than Samsung's S4. The quick-access to the camera is just holding down the volume down button anytime -- more reliable than a wrist shake.
The only feature from the S4 I thought was cool and wish would be perfected is the Air View feature -- the rest are ok.
The notification shade looks way too cluttered, but I do appreciate the customization options available for the average consumer who does not root. It's much more than any other OEM skin.
16. GTR722 (Posts: 256; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Xperia Z ultra, already in stores, will kill it.
33. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 750; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Yuck 3000mah batt with a poor 8mp cam..
And a very uncomfortable size and ugly large bezels
35. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
Not to mention.. No LED Flash!!? What was Sony thinking?!
24. roobs (Posts: 92; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
Many people will prefer G2 against the Note 3 although that the latter might be better because Note 3 won't be pocketable as the G2.
34. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
Shut up troll.. Like you've seen in it already
2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
LG G2 is not the first phone to have physical button on its back. In 2012 September was released Acer Liquid Gallant with power button on the back next to the camera and as far as I remember, such idea was fail.
Even after first LG G2 "hands-on" videos in YouTube we can notice that people don't keep their index finger there. As far as I have noticed, people tend to keep Index finger in such position only when they are pushing phone to the ear, in other ways they don't keep Index finger there just because it is not comfortable.
13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Here is my drawing which represents whole idea:
I don't want to be offensive, but it looks really awkward. Also I hope that PhoneArena is never mind that I have posted it here. Peace! :)
23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Than you, PapaSmurf. :D
I don't have anything against this phone or LG as a company also LG G2 has really good technical specifications, but talking about buttons on the back design solution... (at least such is mine opinion)
26. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah except when you handle a phone 5"+ your thumb is generally too short, so you generally release your index and middle finger to the center of the back to support the phone while your thumb reaches for the home/back button. You won't have to strain your thumb as much. Unless you're like Shaq. But how many people are?
Not many people hold their phones perfectly horizontal. It's usually diagonal, so the thumb is lower, so it can press the home keys easier.
Funny drawing, but not accurate at all.
32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
LG G2 - while your four fingers are trying to keep phone firm in the palm, your index finger is pushing device out of your palm while trying to push power button on the back of the phone, isn't that contradiction that your index finger does opposite action than all other four fingers do?
Also LG G2 isn't so big (it is just a bit bigger than Samsung Galaxy S4) and you don't need such big palm as Shaq has. Also I suggest you to watch LG G2 "hands-on" videos in YouTube and you should notice that people don't keep their index finger there because it is just not comfortable.
36. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah, you don't keep your index finger there though. You move your finger there when you want to use the buttons, and it comes naturally because your hand moves into position many times as a normal part of using your phone.
37. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"You move your finger there when you want to use the buttons..."
True, but at that moment you will keep it not firm in your palm, then what is the point of all this?
6. R-vjn (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
I guess LG did it right with the LG G2. Awesome...!!
20. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
lovely. people say the design is like S4 but to me its similar but way more sexy, especially the front. never thought i would actually be praising LG.
7. twens (Posts: 863; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
the note3 is not a phone...its a phablet. a smartfon with tablet like performance and features. When it comes to phones i think Lg takes this one this yr...thats is, if the camera and software has no issues. I feel this phone is better looking and nicer than all android smartphones this yr. I dont care about plastic...i just like the huge screen and no buttons idea...very sexy. nice job Lg but i am a note fun so note 3 is where my money is...
10. shamataa (Posts: 210; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
the notification center takes up half the screen meaning u can only see 3 or 4 incoming updates and other stuff at one time. Big NO for me.
12. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I agree. As much as I like the phone in general, that notification shade is sinful.
14. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
The best news coming from today's launch is that the Nexus 5 will be amazing.
15. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Everything about this phone looks great.. but that stupid button on the back.
I'm trying to use my phone as if it had the power and volume buttons back there and all I can think is.. WTF were they thinking?
To me this is an attempt by LG to do something.. ANYTHING to be different.
This will fail. Miserably. People will pick up the phone and be like.. wtf? on the back? it's not comfortable.. NEXT.
17. TBomb (Posts: 548; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
in the conference they said that putting it on the back allowed them to thin the trimming on the edges. whether or not thats the whole reason is unknown but its definitely thin
18. gazmatic (Posts: 776; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
this has me interested in android again... does it have USB on the go?
that is the only feature i care about nowadays
19. Sonny_09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 24 May 2013)
This is kitchen sink, a knock-off of its compatriot s4. If s4 is confusing maze, I bet this would be a disturbing blackhole.
22. .AppleJack (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
I think this flagship is Original but at the same time it's very similar to the SGS4, whatever I do prefer this one, you know its not too "plastic"
25. Exhaloprez (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2008)
Anxious to hear about the clarity on telephone calls. Love what the phone offers but to me the primary goal of the device to hear and be heard with clarity.
27. mike2959 (Posts: 462; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
Once again better than half of the "rumors" don't pan out. Size of the battery, ram, etc...
29. Whateverman (Posts: 3242; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Very nice looking phone. Can't wait to see it in action, in person. And hopefully they'll go in this direction with the G Pro 2 and add a stylus.
30. .KRATOS. (Posts: 242; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
So plastic now doesn't bother anyone as i c but with the S4 they unleash a world war on its plastic body weird
40. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Its because all the haters are hipsters that won't buy a popular phone.
31. persikon (Posts: 29; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Where is the beautiful multi-colored LED home button????
38. TechBlue (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 May 2010)
Maybe I missed it but shame on u phone arena for not mentioning that this phone has a non removal battery or not ??? If it does That's fantastic If not Frack u all phone makers for not making a phone with non removal battery. i dont want a disposable phone
39. TechBlue (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 May 2010)
correction " for making a phone with non removal battery"
41. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1868; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
now we've seen the g2, and note 3 around the corner and also the honami w/4k display.
45. -box- (Posts: 3983; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Double-tap to wake up? Never heard of that before.. OH WAIt, Symbian and Nokia Amber!
In all seriousness, the LG G2 (not to be confused with the T-Mobile G2, aka HTC Desire Z) looks to be a decent device for an Android, and if I had to have an android this would be high up the list, as LG is a bit of an underdog right now. If there were a higher-spec MotoX that would make the two androids with the most appeal to me, or, in reality, for me to recommend to people who have to have Android.