With the G3
- announced earlier today - LG became the first major company to have a Quad HD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) smartphone. Sure enough, Samsung, HTC and others may follow shortly, but, for now, it’s LG that’s making headlines.
The new G3 is LG's flagship for this year, and seems to be one of those devices that history won’t forget too soon. So we thought that its announcement day would be perfect for taking a look at LG’s best handsets introduced in the last decade - from 2004 to 2014 - and see how the South Korean company evolved to become what it is now. It’s nothing short of amazing how far technology has changed in only 10 years (which isn’t that much if we think about it in the grand scheme of things). Of course, this is true not just for LG, but for most manufacturers out there.
The handsets seen below may be different from your
favorite LG phones, and, if that’s the case, feel free to leave a comment and mention what LG phones from over the years you liked best.
LG's best phones from 2004 to 2014
LG's best phones from 2004 to 2014
1. LG VX-8000 (2004)
Flip phones were all the rage ten years ago. Naturally, LG had quite a lot of these, and the VX-8000 was seen by many as one of its best models released in 2004. Sold by Verizon Wireless, the LG VX-8000 was presented as a phone that allowed you to “never miss a thing.” It featured an internal display with 176 x 220 pixels, a smaller external display with 128 x 160 pixels, web access, and a 1.3MP camera with Flash.
2. LG VX-8100 (2005)
The LG VX-8100 added Bluetooth, stereo speakers and V CAST to the features of the VX-8000, becoming one of Verizon’s most popular clamshell phones of 2005.
3. The LG Chocolate sliders (2006)
2006 saw LG launching a new series of slider phones dubbed Chocolate. We had models like the VX8500 (available at Verizon), KG800, and KE800. They were targeted at young users, offering features like touch-sensitive keys, customizable music players, and 2-inch displays.
4. LG Prada KE850 (2007)
In January 2007, LG announced one of the world’s first phones to feature a capacitive touchscreen display: the LG Prada KE850. The handset went on sale later that year, bringing with it a 3-inch display (240 x 400 pixels), a Flash UI, and a 2MP rear camera. LG sold 1 million Prada phones in about 18 months since launch.
5. LG Renoir KC910 (2008)
The Renoir KC910 was released by LG in late 2008, becoming the world’s first full-touch handset to offer an 8MP rear camera (with Xenon flash and Schneider Kreuznach optics). That aside, the Renoir offered a 3-inch touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, microSD card support, and a 1,000 mAh battery.
6. LG Arena KM900 (2009)
The Arena KM900 was LG’s flagship phone in early 2009, being the first to come with the company’s (then new) 3D S-Class UI. While its display remained at 3-inches, the pixel resolution was increased to 480 x 800. Other features included HSDPA, Wi-Fi, a 5MP rear camera, and 8GB of expandable internal memory. Still, this was not a smartphone.
7. LG Optimus One (2010)
The Optimus One was among LG’s first Android smartphones. Released in November 2010, it was so popular that more than 2 million customers bought it by the end of the year. As some of you may know, the Optimus One isn’t (and wasn’t) a high-end handset, but its attractive price and decent features made it LG’s first mass-market smartphone. Powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU, the Optimus One ran Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, offering a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 512MB of RAM, and a 3MP rear camera.
8. LG Optimus 2X (2011)
Launched in early 2011, the LG Optimus 2X was the world’s first dual-core smartphone (featuring a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset). It’s also LG’s first Android handset to sport a 4-inch display (480 x 800 pixels). It has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and an 8MP rear camera with LED flash.
9. LG Optimus G (2012)
The 4.7-inch LG Optimus G is still fresh in our memory, and, in fact, it’s still widely available to buy around the world. Introduced towards the end of 2012, the Optimus G meant a new beginning for LG, as Google used the handset as a reference model for its Nexus 4. The smartphone received generally positive reviews, most users praising the fact that it’s fast - thanks to a quad-core Snapdragon S4 and 2GB of RAM - and has a good screen-to-size ratio.
10. LG G2 (2013)
The fact that we’re seeing the G2 as LG’s best smartphone from last year shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is LG’s first Android-based flagship handset to drop the Optimus branding, and also the first to have control buttons on the rear case. The G2 is a compact device (despite sporting a large 5.2-inch 1080p display), it’s fast, it has a very good 13MP rear camera, and an excellent battery.
11. LG G3 (2014)
Definitely LG’s most advanced smartphone thus far, the G3 packs the best technology that the company can currently commercialize, and builds on the success of its previous flagships. We already presented all there is to know about the G3 today - see here
, and our hands-on here
. The new flagship should be widely available to buy starting June. In the US, all four major carriers will sell it - though it's not clear if all will do it next month. In any case, we'll be here to let you know when we have further details about the availability of this new, impressive smartphone.