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LG G Pro 2 Review
Introduction


You needn't be particularly involved with the smartphone world to notice the considerable – and more importantly, constant – growth in devices' dimensions. This observation has been cemented time and time again, and it appears that LG is next in turn. Still hot off the conveyor belt, the high-end G Pro 2 is one big phone at 5.9 inches. That's a considerable jump from its 5.5-inch predecessor – the original G pro.

But while the phablet form factor may have been something pushed down our throats by manufacturers initially, there's no denying that the wider public response has been overwhelmingly positive. Demand for phablets is now large enough that every handset maker is scraping to get a phablet of their own out on the market. Packing a potent, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM, the G Pro 2 handles everything and anything you throw at it with finesse, and the same type of results are achieved by the optically-stabilized, 13-megapixel unit on the rear of the phone.

Before we get into this, however, do keep in mind that our review unit is the Korean version, which may differ in some aspects from the international model that we expect to reach the shores of Europe and the States in the coming months. We're still expecting LG to shed some more light on specifics, such as carrier availability and release date.

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB to USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Secondary, 3300mAh battery (International availability unclear)
  • Dock with a battery charging slot (International availability unclear)

Design


A lot can and should be said about the G Pro 2's exterior. For starters, this is one sweet-looking device, even though it's unlikely to win consumers' hearts on looks alone. LG hasn't used truly premium materials with the build of the device, but there's simply no way that one would confuse this for anything less than a top-of-the-line phablet.

Starting with the front, we have very narrow bezels all around, so this is a relatively conservative device in terms of its dimensions (6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches). In comparison, the 5.9-inch HTC One Max commands dimensions of 6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches, so it's considerably larger and thicker. We also simply have to point out how light and well-balanced the G Pro 2 is. At 6.07 oz (172 grams), this is possibly the lightest phablet in its class, and it isn't top- nor bottom-heavy like some devices we've come across. In other words, while this will never be seen as a one-handed device, it's still more comfortable to use than quite a few other phablets in this size class.

Anyways, those aforementioned bezels all tout a fancy texture which shimmers under light, much alike the rear of the Nexus 4. In comparison, the rear is less intriguing. The plasticky shell  has something of a mesh texture, which doesn't exactly scream premium, but it does feel practical. Moreover, the G Pro 2 borrows the rear-placed volume and power buttons from the G2, and these are worth a moment to discuss, because they have seen some noteworthy improvements. For starters, they're now far less flush with the surface, and you can make them out by touch alone, which definitely helps. What's more, they have a roughly doubled travel time upon impact and you don't have to push too hard to get feedback from them. We never quite warmed up to the rear combo, as outlined in our long-term LG G2 review, but the G Pro 2 definitely begs a rematch.


LG G Pro 2
6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches
157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

LG G Pro 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

HTC One max
6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm
7.65 oz (217 g)

HTC One max

Nokia Lumia 1520
6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
7.37 oz (209 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


The Quad HD displays madness surely appears unavoidable at this point, but the G Pro 2 won't be the device that pushes that frontier for LG. This means that you're getting a 1080x1920 pixel resolution with that 5.9-inch glass, or some 373 pixels per inch. This isn't just a 'good' display – it's downright beautiful.

But an attractive display often comes at the expense of a proper color calibration, and the IPS panel on the G Pro 2 is no exception. Brightness, at 420 nits, and gamma, at 2.17, are both satisfactory, but color reproduction is, strictly speaking, incorrect. With a color temperature of almost 8000K, this is not the most accurate of panels, though color deviations from the target are not that extreme. But whites are perceptibly blueish and this does extend to grays, as well, which is a tad unfortunate.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG G Pro 2 420
(Good)
7
(Good)
1:1257
(Excellent)
7949
(Average)
2.17
3.96
(Good)
5.2
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 360
(Average)
4.6
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7972
(Average)
2.25
5.5
(Average)
6.93
(Average)
HTC One max 469
(Good)
8
(Good)
1:1827
(Excellent)
6793
(Excellent)
2.23
6.47
(Average)
6.42
(Average)
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posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:14 15

1. jellmoo (Posts: 1700; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Um... How on earth does this device warrant the same score as the Note 3? It benchmarks worse despite being 4 or 5 months newer, and lacks the productivity benefits of the S Pen. What am I missing here that puts this device in the same league as the Note 3?

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:24 3

4. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


Yes,it's surely weaker than note 3 and z ultra,those two are real phablets.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 18:52

45. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


BEZELS!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:24 1

5. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Good point. Will be interesting to see if the author actually replies to your comment.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:28 3

6. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I think you have to put it in the same category at least. Similar camera, battery, screen size, RAM. Not that it would out perform the Note, but still a decent phone.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:31

8. jellmoo (Posts: 1700; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yup, very similar, only it benchmarks worse despite the fact that it came out months later. And then there's the S Pen...

I'm not saying it's bad or that it deserves a low score. I'm just saying that I can't see a viable reason for it to have the same score as a superior device that's been on the market for a good long while.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:34

9. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


True dat. I agree about the scoring.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:54 18

11. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


The margin of error in the scoring in all these benchmarks can be quite considerable, especially if you look at something like AnTuTu. The G Pro 2 actually scored higher than the Note 3 in one instance (32.5K), and somewhat lower in another (28.5K). That's before you even take into account the fact that the G Pro 2 does not cheat, while the Note 3 does. Benchmarks are a slippery slope to begin with, and even if both were cheating, I'd still say the strictly theoretical differences are so miniscule at that level of performance that nobody would be able to reliably and objectively point out any differences in real life, day-to-day usage.

As for your other point, I agree. S Pen is great. I like the idea of it, and it's definitely a well executed one. But is it enough of a selling point over the G Pro 2? Perhaps for you, but you'd be surprised to see how many people never actually take it out, especially if they're not the smartphone nerds that you and I are. But that's beside the point, because what you trade for an S Pen is not to be underestimated. Battery results haven't been posted yet (hang on a little longer), but you're likely to look at the G Pro 2 a tad differently when you do. What's more, I'd say that the perfectly-implemented OIS+ in the G Pro 2 isn't at all a bad trade for a stylus.

Lastly, and I know this is awfully subjective, but I can't deny that I personally think the G Pro 2 is the more attractive device of the two. That didn't necessarily make it into the final scoring, but that is my opinion.

Hopefully that answers your concerns! Let me know. ;)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:59 1

12. wargreymon (Posts: 741; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Why not use antutu x where no phone can cheat?

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:07 4

17. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Easier said than done, since all our scores until this point are based on the original AnTuTu app. Switching to AnTuTu X would suddenly make it look like newer (non-cheating) devices are less potent than their predecessors, unless we somehow get our hands on all the devices we've benchmarked in the near past and update the entire database.

:(

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:14

19. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Just ran AnTuTu X, scored 32774:http://imgur.com/YNUH9pU

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:00 1

13. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LG does cheat as reported by PA:http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-numbers-always-lie-HTC-LG-and-Asus-all-found-to-boost-benchmark-scores_id47914

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:02 3

14. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Not the G Pro 2. Re-read the performance section. ;)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:06 1

16. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Duh ! That's because G Pro 2 wasn't released when this was reported. I find hard to believe that its little sibling is cheating and the Pro wouldn't.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:44

22. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


How can you be sure g pro2 isn't in the same category,since it's s New phone

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:35 2

20. jellmoo (Posts: 1700; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Don't get me wrong, I agree that benchmarks are mostly meaningless and don't reflect real world usage regardless of minor discrepancies in score.

That being said, I am still struggling to see how these two devices can have the same score. It's looking like it will be about 6 months (if not more) between the release of the two devices, and I am struggling to find any real improvements on the G Pro over the Note 3.

I'm also not sure how an improved camera measures up against a feature that is completely missing, and actually adds a great deal of value to a device of this size category. Maybe once the battery results are in (though I have to wonder why the review would be posted without them) it will make more sense, but considering how strong the Note 3 battery is itself, I struggle to see it being a tipping point.

While advances in technology take time to progress, advances in innovation are not constricted in such a way. With the 6 months between devices, I can't see how LG couldn't take the opportunity to go out and do something better than what the Note 3 offers. The Note 3 offers added productivity over it's smaller sibling. The G Pro offers little more than a larger screen...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 11:27 1

24. cripton805 (Posts: 1456; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I think you have a good point, but you are basically saying that the Spen gives zero affect to the scoring system. Which I consider a bit unfair. A lot of features come with the Spen and some users probably use it a lot more than others. Some jobs might actually really benefit from the Spen / Note 3. It also makes it a bit easier to multitask and use those settings. I have big hands and the Spen would make my experience a whole lot better. The fact is, that it's there for the people that need it obviously.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:15 1

34. Furbal (Posts: 1018; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I agree on the camera, the note 3 camera was horrible. I don't think I ever took a non-blurry one with mine if lighting wasnt perfect.

Much easier to get a good shot with the nexus 5 or g2

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 17:23

48. cdwjustin (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


agreed ive used my stylis i think 3 times on my note 3 and i got it day one on us release. id gladly trade someone my note 3 or this phone wheni have to buy it ill wait 2 more years

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 12:10

26. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I agree with that. The G Pro 2 doesnt have the benchmarks that the Note 3. I think that the Note 3 is the standard right now

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 19:36

33. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Exactly ,,, the LG G pro and pro 2 , blow the whole note series, out of tha water... Biased review :(

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 01:13 1

35. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Different reviewer maybe. And them being realistic. Frankly, if every phone was rated fairly, Samsung would clear the table. If I was a fan of AMOLED displays I would no questions ask buy a Samsung over any other device. Since you can't really give Samsung phones 10's and every other companies phones 8's which would create a storm and alienate all the Samsung haters, they have to use two different scales.

There is a Samsung 9 which is a true 9. And then there is a everyone else's "9"
Double standards exist everywhere. Just live with them. The Note 3 definitely lost marks it probably shouldn't lose. Like a no longer in the honeymoon period human nature deduction for the Note 3. Simply the Note being the 3rd iteration and the GPRO 2 being the second iteration does cloud your perception a bit. The GPRO 2 is newer and we all like new.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:34

40. barondebxl (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Youre one of those clowns that judge a phone by a number.... Phuck outta here.

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 04:23

51. sthaga (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)


How on earth note 3 scores are equal to this....lg g pro 2 is far far better than note 3...i have used both and kept lg g pro 2 and returned note 3 for obvious reasons...

the display and brightness is stunning...even though htc one max is 469 nits ..lg g pro 2 display brighter and crisper than it even at 420 nits.

note 3 screen is dull and one finds no reason to upgrade from note 2....except that note 3 is a tad bit faster and larger.

note 3 is largely over-hyped and being the proud owner of note 2 since 2 years...i can say note 3 couldn't beat it on upgrade scale.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:15

2. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


I like the design, just wish it was on the smaller side of 5 inches. I am personally not ready for phablets, I don't think I ever will be. The 5 inch form factor of the GS4 and Nexus 5 is just about perfect for me. I would not be happy having to operate a device with 2 hands most of the time. But that is just me.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:30

7. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I used to think the same thing until I bought the Note 2 and 3. Doubt I'll ever go back.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:22

3. Carlitos (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


How is this device in the same league as the Note 3? The note 3 at least offers the best productivity to be found on any smartphone in the planet.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:36

10. loccoc402 (Posts: 33; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Benchmark says nothing, just because 4.4 make benchmark lower.in my opinion, It has a better camera, better screen and more good features than note 3. So it't the best phablet now. :)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 11:45 1

25. iTechies (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


no its not. note 3 contains too many features than any smartphones because of its S pen that makes the user experience the note 3 more than just a phone. and like no other.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 10:04 2

15. Mike604 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Note 3 still reigns supreme..

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LG G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2

OS: Android 5.0 4.4
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Display5.9 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (373 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3 GB RAM
Size6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches
(157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm)
6.07 oz  (172 g)

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