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LG Optimus G (International) hands-on

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LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
Back for seconds, we’re able to get yet another look at the international version of the LG Optimus G – the company’s biggest undertaking so far! Without a doubt, this smartphone is teeming with drool worthy specs from head-to-toe, thus, making it a serious contender in the always-competitive top-shelf Android smartphone market. Interestingly, LG was kind enough to confirm that the quad-core and LTE packing device will indeed be making its way to the US sometime in Q4, but it’s still anyone’s guess as to who will be getting the device – and at what price point.

Just like the first time around, we’re not too convinced by its predictable design, since it doesn’t stray too much from the typical design style we’ve seen LG employing with its devices. In addition, it’s pretty wide in the hand and boxy looking, which seemingly makes it a bit cumbersome to hold in the hand. Employing an all-plastic body, the only thing to catch our eye is the illusion-like patterned design of its rear casing, as it switches its pattern according to our viewing angle. Of course, it’s a slick touch, but it tends to exhibit a lot of smudging and fingerprints.

LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on


As for the 4.7” True HD IPS LCD display it’s bringing along for the ride, it’s naturally attractive with its natural color reproduction and wide viewing angles – though, it has a bit more saturation. Not surprisingly, details are crisp and clear to make even the tiniest of text extremely visible to the eye. Still, as much as it stands out, it’s nothing that’s particularly groundbreaking.

LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on

LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on
LG Optimus G (International) hands-on


Well, the main standout of the handset is its combination 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 4G LTE connectivity – something we haven’t seen before on a handset to date. While navigating through the interface, which is none other than LG’s latest Optimus skin running on top of Ice Cream Sandwich, it exudes plenty of finesse with its actions to soundly make it a processing powerhouse. When it comes down to it, the LG Optimus G is one of the snappiest Android smartphones we've come across to date – as everything is accompanied with slick movements and executions. However, we’re still not too impressed with the customized interface, since it still appear somewhat antiquated.



Obviously, there are plenty of other things that propel the LG Optimus G in being a premier smartphone – like its 13-megapixel camera and specific software enhancements. For LG, this is clearly shaping out to be their most refined device to date, but let’s hope the final product can win us over in the software department. Needless to say, high spec’d hardware can only do so much for a handset, but the software experience is the second part of the equation needed to solidify its status.

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posted on 20 Sep 2012, 00:35 10

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


it honestly looks good.....

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 00:51 5

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


and after watching that quick review........opening aps and scrolling looked blistering fast!! now just imagine jelly bean on a phone like this....

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 00:57 4

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


There wouldn't really be any difference in speed with Jelly Bean... It's already instantaneous lol

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 01:01

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i mean seriously tho..... did you see how fast everything was? i get the feeling this phone would be amazing to own!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 01:12 4

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I watched the video, it was blazing fast. I just don't enjoy LG's Optimus UI, and I don't like the design as much as I thought I would. Waiting for specs like these to hit the next Nexus, or maybe a Motorola...

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 01:40 2

9. sid07desai (Posts: 242; Member since: 03 May 2012)


There's always CM10 dude! Imagine the goodness of CM10 on this thing

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 02:35 1

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yes, that's all well and dandy, but I don't enjoy rooting too much. I know by not rooting you can't unlock the complete magic of Android, but I would rather have a Nexus with stock Android than root all of my phones to get it.

Plus, there's still that thing about the design... I just don't like it like I though I would, it seems great on pictures, but when I saw it in video it looks awfully different and unappealing.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:50

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You know what? I agree, but if you root you won't have to deal with that at all. Imagine running STOCK Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on that device.

I happen to think it looks very good & the overall performance of the Qualcomm quad-core S4 Pro is VERY, VERY evident. To me this device is extremely compelling & something totally unexpected from LG. To have the brawn & the looks in one package ESPECIALLY from LG is REALLY nice.

I have to say this phone can be a sleeper hit & something that can put LG in the limelight. It is a very sexy device!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 16:43

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yes, I know, but I never like compromising my warranty.

To each his own I guess, in the press pictures it looked better than on actual video in my opinion; not that it's a bad looking device, just not my cup of tea so to speak. Yes, it is VERY fast, but there's still that problem I have with LG's UI, and my lack of will to root...

For an LG, this is a VERY VERY nice device, like, mind blowing. But when compared to everything else, it's just really nice (notice lack of caps and double "very"s). And it's a huge step in the right direction for the company. But, for me, it's just not quite there yet. I have yet to find the perfect device that I don't need to root or jailbreak, get an extended battery for, or walk outside to be able to get a signal again.

I needed an extended battery for my Sensation, but I liked Sense and it held a signal relatively well; my GS2 does great on battery, but Touchwiz is terrible and the signal drops whenever I put it in my pocket; my iPhone 4 (yes, I'm a former iPhone user) was boring so I jailbroke it, battery was ok, but I had that antenna-gate problem. Never really had the "perfect" smartphone experience just yet. Hopefully the next Nexus will fix my problems.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 00:57 7

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1649; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Yea it does,,, ,, and PA is always trying , too find something wrong, with android phones... if this hits at$t, im buying

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:27 1

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


All is well and fine...just one thing don't like>>> The Camera!
I don't like that square-boxy look of it.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 01:02 1

6. prakesh (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


+1 for you

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 03:45 3

13. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


LG just did its best to make this phone. I believe this phone will change the image of this company in the smartphone market.

Best of luck LG it is really a superb device....!!!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 01:31 9

8. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


"In addition, it’s pretty wide in the hand and boxy looking, which seemingly makes it a bit cumbersome to hold in the hand" says John V. here
&
"Even though it sports a very large 4.7” display, it sits relatively comfortably in the hand, thanks to LG trying to shrink the bezel as much as possible. And the company's designers have really done a good job, seeing that they've managed to make it slightly shorter, narrower and even thinner than the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III" said Pressian K. in the preview coupl'a days bak

Presuming the two variants(Korian & International) has same dimensions, the conclusion is that - The hand size of these two writers are quite unsimilar!!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 03:44 2

12. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


haha! even gsmarena says the phone is quite comfortable to hold. so i guess John V has tiny lady hands LOL

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:30 1

15. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


lolz.. ya i guess the XPERIA Activ would be his personal device...

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:30

16. Lenny86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


OooooooMyyyyyGooooooshhhh....must have.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 08:05

18. d_eagle (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


How is the bootloader? Locked or unlocked?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 08:35

19. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


This is perhaps my next smartpone. The design is really premium and looks great. It seems fast, I love the black front and whit back. Just goes against the normal. I am proud of you LG, are you ready to take my MONEY?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 08:58

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Very nice LG if you add STOCK ICS add SD CARD then i will buy it

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:21

21. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


why would u need a SD Card? it has like 32gb internal storage

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:59 1

22. Cha7520 (Posts: 206; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


3:18 "typical with any high end android phone" REALLY? What other phone can you zoom into a video? This guy sucks at reviews, 1/2 the time he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:35 1

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Don't you insult John like that! Insult Ray... Jk. But yeah, I'm not aware of any phone that can zoom in and out of video either. John should look up on his facts! Or maybe I'm mistaken

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:16

25. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


only LG flagships can :/

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 19:09

23. regkilla (Posts: 82; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


The king will arrive

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 13:24

27. CTYankee (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


I DON'T KNOW WHY!

I was unaware of this device until mid October. That's because I'v not been tempted by all the previous smart phone offerings. The Optimus G has been released in two variants by AT&T(E970) and Sprint(E973). Sprint has the version with the camera I want, but... WTF, it's Sprint -- based on my nightmares with Nextel, I cannot *EVER* do business with Sprint ("togther with Nextel" or not).

The AT&T device has a downgraded camera and the AT&T stores either don't have it in stock, or only have the low-storage version, and none have even been commissioned for in-store demo. I don't know why.

My current carrier is Verizon and I'm long past the comtract nightmare, I am also an AT&T U-verse subscriber. I would have thought that either company would help an existing customer, but they can't won't. I don't know why.

I'm ready to switch to T-Mobile and bring my own device, that's why I'm searching for the unlocked international flagship version of the Optimus G. I was given the link to this page by LG-USA support so it's possible they might actually monitor the messages here. I hope so... because:

Heads up LG! HTC has announced the DNA, which is based in the identical Snapdragon S4, and while it's only on Verizon right now I'll be able to get it in just a few days.

Either LG has been out manoevered by HTC or their comprehension of the market is really as bad as many of its detractors have indicated. I don't know which. I've been using my LG VX8300 for 5+ years and it has performed superbly! I wanted to extend LG's winning streak; but they are making it difficult... I don't know why.

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