Video from LG shows the design saga of the LG G2
Now, the new video from LG says that the LG G2 design team studied hand movements of smartphone owners. LG had to consider the trade-off of size versus comfort. The goal was to make the screen bigger compared to the LG Optimus G, while keeping the size of the phone the same. Minimizing the bezel was the best solution for solving this dilemma. The design also had to be ultra-thin.
Studying smartphone user's behavior, LG found that users hold their phone with all fingers except the index finger. And when using side keys, the grip is changed completely. The design team figured that if the phone's user was putting his index finger on the back, they might as well give the finger something to do. So the volume rocker and the power button were placed on the rear of the device.
As usual with something new and proprietary, it is an interesting story that you can read about while watching the video below. Unless you speak Korean, you will need to use the English subtitles on the bottom of the screen.
source: LG via IntoMobile
1. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Awesome design G2, great display and real estate optimization
25. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
Ofcourse it's awesome. All they had to do was to search everyone's garbage for scrap plastic, Melt it into g2s shape, make holes for buttons and then put their circuitry in it........ And then they modify galaxy s3s front to make the phone lol
26. nnjerzy (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Rather had to have that any day than the same looking iPhone ever since it came out ..lol
27. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
Still better looking. Much better looking! The sexiest phones on earth are iPhone 5S, Htc One, Xperia Z ultra and Xperia Z1. (When talking about normal phones, not vertu etc)
28. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
iP5 is much better looking than its successor-that sensor makes the home button look somewhat odd. HTC One certainly deserves its place here but I personally don't like the new design of sony phones, though I still feel the xperia P was the best looking phone of 2012.
2. Kishin (Posts: 666; Member since: 30 May 2013)
LG G2 Pro should be coming soon early 2014, Though i have not seen any signs and leaks or rumors.
3. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
still cheap looking plastic design
4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Front looks good but back looks cheap. :(
5. Sauce (unregistered)
Before I post my post and comment my comment, I will say one thing; I have no interest in this phone. I can give a rats arse about this phone. That being said, here.
A phone does not have to be aluminum to have a premium look and feel to it. There are a handful of plastic bodied phones that look great and premium. I like the design of this phone, and I think it looks good. That is just my opinion though.
6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"A phone does not have to be aluminum to have a premium look and feel to it. There are a handful of plastic bodied phones that look great and premium."
Very true and I agree with that, but in my opinion LG G2 is not one of these phones. Hardware looks nice, front design looks nice, but back looks pretty cheap.
7. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
''There are a handful of plastic bodied phones that look great and premium'' . %100 agree. and g2 is not among them.
9. oister85 (Posts: 414; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
A phone does not have to be aluminum to have a premium look and feel to it. There are a handful of plastic bodied phones that look great and premium. I agree with you sauce.
10. roldefol (Posts: 3220; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Agreed. My personal standards for a good, premium-feeling plastic on a phone are an old LG (VX8300) and (!) Samsung (Alias 2). Those old flip phones nailed quality plastic. I understand that it's harder to achieve when you're fighting weight and thickness expectations and cramming in smartphone hardware. But Apple and Nokia get that plastic can still feel high-quality.
As for me, I don't care how the plastic backing on the G2 feels, because I'm likely to put a case on it. I also suspect that's why flimsy plastic hasn't deterred my peers from snatching up Galaxy S3 and S4s.
11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I remember my old Nokia N95 8GB, it was plastic phone, but plastic on the back was covered with two thin layers of soft touch rubber. It is very interesting solution, I have never seen nothing like this with other phones.
13. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I loved the feel of N95 8GB as well but I found the soft felt feel rubber wore off the edges after while and the back end looked pretty bad once it had worn.
Probably not an issue with phone nowadays which have relatively FLAT, fully removable/replaceable back cases.
14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...I found the soft felt feel rubber wore off the edges after while..."
Same was with mine Nokia N95 8GB, but only after few years of usage. Agree, maybe it is not the best solution, but interesting for sure. I have never seen nothing like this with other phones. :)
12. Taters (Posts: 3655; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Your peers are just better at disassociating weight and density with quality. Unfortunately not many people here can say the same.
18. papss (unregistered)
It could be faux leather that may rip or wear through in a year or two.. I'll take plastic.
15. RCM (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 May 2010)
I just upgraded from my SG3 and could not be happier with the G2 (actually, I "upgraded" from my SG3 to the iPhone 5S and could only stand it for 2 days, but that's another story . . . ). The G2 is amazing! I actually can SEE the IPS LCD screen in sunlight! It's super fast, and the "double tap" on/off function is a real convenience. The volume and power keys on the back are much more convenient than on the side like on many smartphones. And, the 3000 mAh battery lasted me 2 days before I had to charge it (and that's with 4G, wifi, and BT on). This is a real winner!
16. joey_sfb (Posts: 3489; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Come back 6 months from now to tell us the great software update experience you got from LG. They are generally cheaper compare to a Samsung equivalent phone for a reason.
They have cut out microSD card support like HTC... well we shall like how well LG fare in a year time.
17. papss (unregistered)
Good to hear you left SS for a less "me too" brand. I much prefer this to any android right now and the price of this phone is outrageously cheap (cheaper than a moto x) and the battery holds up for a good bit.. LG seems to be on a mission to change things for themselves. I'm still waiting until the 1520 is announced this Thursday before deciding but I'm leaning towards the G2.
19. khmer (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
LG phone is getting slower and lag after a year old.
21. papss (unregistered)
You mean like the s4 did right after purchase?
20. JC557 (Posts: 1180; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Pretty nice, but what I really want to know is the design choice in fitting a single speaker on the Verizon model and dual speakers on the GSM versions.
Right now I'm deciding between the HTC One (Best Buy Blue) and the LG G2. I love Sense but LG's UI is quite nice and smooth after using my 2nd hand Spectrum 2. The sealed batteries are no problem since I carry a slim power pack so I can use it to charge any device that needs it instead of a specific battery that may or may not be used and requires the phone to be shut off in order to swap.
Moto Maxx is lacking in a few areas of interest so that's a no go and don't really care for the S4.
23. zachattack (Posts: 598; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Got the G2 for verizon for 140$. This plastic that all of you haters seem to not like, is quality nonetheless. I think it feels amazing in the hand. This phone certainly is premium specs and onward. Every phone that isn't the HTC One is made of plastic. So really the whole plastic gripe needs to end. Oh and the iPhone 5 / 5s but really who cares about those phones past their build quality. Of course i'm going to case this phone up, wouldn't change if it was made of metal either. I like taking care of my phones period. The one gripe on this phone is the annoying dots on the screen that become ever apparent in sunlight no matter what angel it is on. Might even return it if it's something that can't be fixed
All in all i never owned one LG item before this in my entire life. LG came from behind and knocked every other company down a notch. Time to start taking lessons from LG. Nothing on this phone is anything but beautiful. I even find myself never really touching the back keys. I use knock on so much it's ridiculous. The battery is also beyond words. I stream music for 1hr/30mins every day to work using bluetooth and 4G. On my way home a 40 minute drive it went from 68% battery to 65. I have to try to kill this phone that's how crazy it is.
LG is the new standard so stop hating when you can't find anything to hate about other than plastic build.
24. nnjerzy (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
I told ya it's a great phone and luv it the battery never dies and is simply amazing