LG G Pro 2 ReviewLG G Pro 2 9
Making calls with the G Pro 2 brings no nasty surprises whatsoever. Both the microphone and in-ear speaker are extremely loud, and the cost in loss of clarity will be worthwhile for most. That said, we do have to point out that there's some distortion, and we've definitely had better. Still, the phablet carries out its underlying function with a decent level of finesses, and certainly performs above average.
Equipped with a big, 3200 mAh Li-on cell, the G Pro 2 reminds us a lot of the LG G2 in terms of how long it lasts. Sure, the bigger display absolutely means more power drain, yet the slightly larger capacity of the user-replaceable unit should at least partially mitigate the impact on overall up time. As with the G2, stand-by and talk time on a 3G network are excellent, and browsing is pretty decent, as well. It's only when you have to call up on the power-hungry Adreno 330 that you can see the life of the battery get siphoned out as if from thin air. But that's how things are at this point in time – gaming is batteries' least favorite occupation.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
The LG G Pro 2 is a great device, full stop. It honestly feels needless to try and spin this into a spiral of accolades, as glamor for the sake of glamor doesn't seem to be the goal the LG engineers had in mind when building the phablet. Instead, the G Pro 2 feels like one of those devices built to last. A device which lives in the real world, the practical and pragmatic world, and it does so with stoicism and attention to the details that actually matter.
Are there weak sides to the G Pro 2? Of course. We definitely wished LG treated us to a set of stereo speakers, and we're far from completely content with the way the company goes about its proprietary software. But that's a small price to pay for what you get in return, and we can't help but recommend this device if you're browsing the phablet section.
But there's also the competition to consider. The most likely rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, comes in a package that can definitely make the G Pro 2 sweat, as it's an equally potent beast in both the performance and camera departments (but no OIS!). Its smaller, 5.7-inch screen also makes it more manageable, but not by an awful lot. The Note 3 also touts S-Pen stylus support, an omission that may cost the G Pro 2 with the productivity-oriented crowd.
Another likely competitor is the HTC One max. It's noticeably larger, however, and it's a generation behind on the performance front, not to mention that its optically-stabilized UltraPixel camera lags behind the 13-megapixel unit on the G Pro 2. Even if a fingerprint sensor is a sought-after feature for you, LG's phablet is still worth some serious thought.
- Relatively easy to handle
- Great display
- A performance powerhouse
- Great all around camera
- No stereo speakers
- Software still could use some fine-tuning
LG G Pro 2 Review - Call quality, Battery and Conclusion