LG Optimus G Pro hands-on
Making its rounds across the big pond over in Korea, the true phablet device from LG is finally making its way over to our side of the world. Slated to arrive in stores starting on May 10th through AT&T for the 2-year contract price of $200, where it’s available for pre-order right now, the LG Optimus G Pro is undoubtedly the beefiest spec’d phablet on the block – beating out its highly esteemed rival in the Samsung Galaxy Note II in many key hardware categories. Regardless of that, LG’s offering seems poised to make a dent in the Note II’s strong grasp in the productivity market.
Well, considering that this is newer than the Galaxy Note II, the LG Optimus G Pro benefits from a higher resolution display. Specifically, it’s outfitted with a gorgeous looking 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, which delivers an admirable pixel density of 401 ppi. There’s no arguing about its stunning detail, but better yet, its crisp looks is complemented by its rich color reproduction, strong viewing angles, and its sheer luminance. Outdoors, we’re still able to visibly see everything that’s on-screen thanks in part to its strong brightness output. Overall, the LG Optimus G Pro’s display shines to give the smartphone some much-needed attention.
Right away, the design will automatically draw comparisons to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. When they’re turned off, one would be hard pressed to definitively make out which one is which, seeing their designs are similar. Above all, the Optimus G Pro has a near identical flat home button. However, LG’s phablet is a smidgen narrower, which is nice on paper, but it’s still a wide device to hold in the hand. Taking some more design cues from the Optimus G from not too long ago, we like that there’s a cool looking pattern employed by its rear cover, which changes depending on the angle we look at it. With its glossy plastic casing, though, it tends to be a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. It’s not an original design, but we’re comforted by its decent construction.
Hardly something new, the Optimus G Pro is running the same custom UI as before on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Love it or hate it, there’s still a ton of personalization found with this latest Optimus skin – such as having an ample selection of animation options with the home screen. With its size and all, the interface adheres to the needs to productivity buffs, as “QSlide apps” offer some needed multi-tasking elements to the experience. However, its selection is rather limited and pales in comparison to what’s offered by Sammy’s multi-window feature. In the camera department, LG’s dual recording mode allows you to simultaneously record video using the front and rear cameras – something that Sammy is really making a big deal with its latest TouchWiz experience on the Galaxy S4. And finally, there’s also a nifty QuickRemote app that’s accessible in the notifications panel, which turns the phone into a universal remote thanks to is built-in IR blaster. In the greater scheme of things, the Optimus skin has made considerable ground with the experience, but it doesn’t quite have the authoritative totality seen with Sammy’s experience.
Flaunting a price point of $200 right from the onset, the LG Optimus G Pro is in a good position right from the start. Despite its beefier specs, it just feels as though the smartphone is rather late to the market – even more when it’s been available overseas for some time now. Knowing that Sammy is in the works right now to deliver its latest model in the beloved Note series, we’d be a bit hesitant to pick up the LG Optimus G Pro at the moment. Nevertheless, if you really can’t wait and want something right now, this is an option that’s right for you.
LG Optimus G Pro hands-on
5. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
and why should he do that? u so arrogant dude...
13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
You should go to the same school too.
16. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)
I don't like how PA mention the samsung Galaxy Note 2 in every paragraph, I know they are alike, but you are in an LG Optimus G Pro hands-on.. right???
18. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
u could say '' i like this optimus note pro''
2. MrKoles (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
There is already a review about this phone.
4. chocolaking (Posts: 430; Member since: 22 May 2012)
It looks like a nice phone! good job LG!
6. twens (Posts: 548; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
It's a nice phone but it will be better to wait for the note 3. But if you can't,it's a good option.
8. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
There are too many physical similarities to the Note II. the Optimus G Pro is supposed to have better specs than the Note II because its a newer device lol. I still like the Note II because of the S-Pen and the new multi-window feature
9. papss (unregistered)
I hate that it looks like the generic looking note 2. LG why? Your last design language looked so much better. I do prefer LG UI better than the bloated SS one though
10. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
For 200$ compared to the Note 2's 300$ price on a 2yr contract, i predict this phone will sell well. Sure there is no S Pen and LG is probably not as dedicated to updating their phones as Samsung, but for 2/3 of the price you get a better 1080p display, a newer and faster processor and twice the internal storage, an IR blaster and an improved design with smaller bezels and a black version (and i kinda klike this carbon fiber back!). If i was going to buy a Phablet, this is probably the one i'll get right now, but i'm happy with 4.7-5" phones...
11. freebee269 (Posts: 518; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i had an LG optimus g before i got a gs4, the optimus g is a nice device. if this device is as good as the optimus g then imo whoever gets this will be satisfied with their purchase.
12. imkyle (Posts: 979; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
LG has been stepping up their game. If this does well, and if their Optimus G sequel is hopefully reminiscent of that leaked phone days ago, they will have a shot and they may beat HTC.
15. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
LG is doing very good. I cant believe that I owned an LG phone ( nexus 4) and that im seriously considering this one. I respect the improvement they are making.
19. Altheusvital (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 May 2013)
The video here was worthless due to bias and a love for Samsung. LG seems to focus on distinction in the details...the trees over the forest. My home is lined with Samsung products but this phone is one sexy woman.
The small, flush, multicolored notification around the home button is a cool touch. The fishnet design on the back is a decent bejeweling. Also, the tapering of the brushed metallic stripe edging the phone is much more tastefully subtle than the Note's chrome.. I hate the speaker placement however.
No sPen needed when you can write with your finger or a pen anyway. The camera sports a Time Catch option, VR panorama, no lag shutter, a quick camera load time. Then there's eye tracking for reading and video. Then you can photo snatch and zoom video.
I'd get in on Sprint but I don't mind the ATT anchoring. So, it's in the mail today and I'll get the Note 3 later. The only other phone that could touch it is the S4 due to air view and sound caught during taking a photo.
Size matters for video, games, reading, photos, and video calls. Who's actually using minutes on smartphones these days?!