LG G2 Review
Placing our attention on the hardware, LG made sure to stuff with it something beefy to hopefully fend off the competition. Along for the ride is a 13-megapixel monster, which unlike some other camera modules, is able to maintain a flush appearance with the surrounding surface – so there’s nothing sticking out with the lens. Adding some serious punch, it’s complemented by its optical image stabilization module, 9 multi-point auto-focus, 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second, and a sapphire glass for superior protection and anti-fingerprint coating. That’s a whole lot of stuff, right?
Well, it gets better. The LG G2 captures simply outstanding images! Even when compared with the best cameras of this class (Galaxy S4 once again comes to mind), the photos of the G2 are perfectly competitive, if not better in some areas. For example, details are simply amazing – you can zoom in and examine the actual shot at 100% scale, and still looks very good for the most part. The pictures are incredibly clear and well-exposed. That's one area where the G2 manages to outperform the Galaxy S4, the pictures of which appear a bit hazier in comparison. One thing that could have been better in the LG G2's images is the color reproduction. As a whole, colors are actually very good, but they do tend to be a bit colder than they should.
Other than that, the G2's 13MP camera is as good as it can get right now. You can easily do terrific macro shots, panoramas, and so on and so forth. It's an extremely capable camera.
Fortunately, indoor images are also great. They are very bright and relatively noise-free, though they also happen to be somewhat soft. But in such scenarios, it's always a matter of balance between softness and noise, and we think that the LG G2's camera pictures are just fine in that respect. The LED flash provides enough light when needed, though it isn't strong enough to illuminate even a small scene on its own.
But this is not all! The G2 also features 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second (current smartphone cameras of this same class shoot at 30 fps), and we've got to tell you, watching such footage is pure joy. It's way better than a traditional smartphone's 30 fps video recording. Once you see it for yourself, you'll never want to get back to shooting at 30 fps. The bad news is that the frame-rate drops substantially when recording in the dark, which kind of ruins the whole footage. For the record, such staggering frame-rate drops aren't present in premium competitors like the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, or One.
In terms of image quality, the 1080p video is absolutely great and can easily rival (and beat) the best smartphones out there with its fine details, adequate exposure and realistic colors. The Optical Image Stabilization system is always welcome, as it manages to help the camera avoid most unneeded shakes, resulting in a relatively fluid video footage.
LG G2 camera samples
LG G2 sample videos
1. Outdoor video at 60 fps
2. Outdoor video at 30 fps
3. Indoor video
4. Tracking Zoom video
5. LG G2 Nighttime Sample Video
It's a good thing that the LG G2 can play lossless audio right out of the box, saving you the need to install a third-party player. When it comes to its ability to play "studio quality" 24 bit / 192 kHz audio... well, we doubt it that most people will be able to tell the difference between this and the standard 16 bit / 44.1 kHz format. Still, the feature is there for those who might want or need it, and we're OK with that.
The QuadBeat 2 earphones that arrive with the LG G2 are capable of playing some very high-quality sound. The problem is that their form-factor, which requires you to stick them deep in your ears, makes them uncomfortable to use. We'd rather use something like Apple's EarPods, which have a much more convenient design that doesn't require you to make love with your ears in order to get some decent bass.
Do we even need to say that the LG G2 is an outstanding device to watch video on? Yep, the 5.2-inch screen is simply amazing for the purpose. No matter if it's locally-stored or streamed video, the G2 makes things come to life with that enormous screen, and your eyes will forever be thankful for this. Now, if this screen could just be paired to the HTC One's speakers...
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC One 0.68
Samsung Galaxy S4 0.38
Sony Xperia Z 0.37
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One 78
Samsung Galaxy S4 77
Sony Xperia Z 67
LG G2 66
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Agree. That is where the real information awaits. Interesting on its own, but compared to say, the Sony? Even the HTC One isn't that far behind for a ~6 month older phone.
Props to LG, though for stepping up their game.
16. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Instead of to Moto, who stepped it back...
(Yeah yeah yeah, experience over performance, okay...)
29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Moto's Droid offerings underwhelm with their 720p display and mushy camera function. Moto hasn't had a compelling camera offering after the Droid X. I was hoping Moto would have stepped up their game with the camera, but as you posted, more like stepping back. If the camera had been competitive, I would have even given Moto a pass on the 720p display.
145. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
This is why I have a Galaxy S4 over the Droid Ultra/Maxx. Motorola has had YEARS to step up thair game. However they never do. They are always a year behind! It's nice to have a phone that can ALMOST compete with this phone (LG G2). No Motorola phone out right now can come close. Even I can tell the G2 beats the GS4 camera hands down. But looking at where I came from with a Maxx HD. Yeah. I'm happy.
91. AnTuTu (Posts: 937; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Hi Ray, you missed some points in the video:
1. Does it have NFC?
2. Has it got a removable back?
3. Can you expand storage via SD?
4. Some real usage of rear volume rocker keys?
95. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)
ya, samsung s4 is just so old
who need removable battery when u have greater capacity power bank and no need to turn off ur phone when swap the battery.
for sd slot, i found myself doesn't used it where i used to be when cloud storage is so convenience nowadays. Perhaps some old folks still love sd slot as they havent adapt into new technology
97. AnTuTu (Posts: 937; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
"Perhaps some old folks still love sd slot as they haven't adapt into new technology" ?????
Does that mean Millions who have bought S4 are Old Folks who still love SD slots and haven't adapted new technology??
That's just a ridiculous comment you have made. Go do some research.
157. the.masters (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)
Having a sd slot dont make the phone better and if your looking for big storige get a hdd not a phone
105. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 306; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
@special4u - Perhaps some folks still love the SD slot because they have low data caps or don't have unlimited data plans? Maybe they don't have access to Wifi at all times of the day? Maybe they find themselves in area with poor coverage?
And does having to deal with any one of these challenges make one old?
110. JEverettnow (Posts: 210; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
I love having physical backups. Cloud storage isn't for me. I use dropbox, but I have a plethora of 32 and 16 gig sd cards. I want an SD card slot. Especially since SD storage capacity and speed is increasing every year.
Also, removeable batteries are great. I'm a phone tech and removing a battery can solve a lot of issues. The HTC one and Evo 4g LTE has a horrible problem with not turning back on once they fall asleep while being charged. Opening the HTC Evo 4g LTE and unplugging the battery works every time. For the one it isn't that simple. I love removeable batteries and the ability to swap them when I need extra juice and cant wait for a charge. You sir are a festigio
147. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
i understand wad ur saying. But i had an xperia s (non removable battery)and der was dis thingy where u hold down the power button for 10 secs or sumthin and the system will power off exactly like when one removes the battery. And like u,when ma Xperia went crazy sumtyms, i just did that nd after restart worked just fine! Maybe even G2 has that. :)
121. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
When the largest portion of the world today wants good phones but the network is poor, cloud services just dont cut it... I rather have all my music, video and pictures handy all the time, without depending on network connection...
Having options is always a plus... thats why Android is on top...
124. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Samsung just got pooped on. In every way.
131. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
Have you seen Note 3 Yet????
134. downphoenix (Posts: 2379; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
it also costs more, is too big to be comfortable to use, and has a stylus that most people wont need.
For the time being, G2 is on the top.
140. Michaelhall43 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
I take it you have never used a Note device before, for any sustained period of time, because most Note users would say they got used to the size in one week.
142. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
Note 3 is a device with which you can actualy work. However if you just play games on a phone g2 is better
158. the.masters (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)
Yes note 3 is a nice phone but plastick the only thing making it difrant is size and pen nothing more the G2 is all out difrant 1st the OIS the 1st of its kind the trim also the 1st go look at the efort that went into the phone that makes it better now look at the note3 its the note2 on crack same thing more power better look nothing more and yes i have a note3
2. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
Is there a video up? Either way, it's the G2 or the Z1, preferably both!
38. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Usually takes some time for it to upload.
Gotta say I got caught unguarded, vowed never to have another LG device after a miserable battery failure years back with no alternative presented, but this is an absolute stunning device in every way, if this is what the Nexus 5 is based on, my Nexus 4 - coming next week - will have a short visit over here.
40. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
If I can have a small criticism about the otherwise spectacular camera: the dynamic range seems more on the average size, the same Exmor RS on the S4 Octa and the PureView 808 do a better job in more challenging bright conditions. HDR is a bit off too. That's all the negativity I can say, saturation, level of details, compression, everything is on the raw side of things.
3. imkyle (Posts: 1020; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Was there even a mention of the phones specs as far as processor and GPU? Ant performance tests?
6. pooop (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
There's already a benchmark video; the specs are (might be off with the GPU):
-CPU: Quad-core Qualcomm Krait 400 @ 2.26GHz
-SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SoC
-GPU: Adreno 330
4. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
9.4!!!!LG G2 Rockx. NOW waiting for the Z1. LG has finally gone big with this phone.
12. GTR722 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Z1 and G2 are going to kill the S4...Samsung needs to hurry with the S5 xD
20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)
G2 will affect the S4 sales, but Z1 won't. If the XZ didn't, what makes you think it will be different? Samsung sold over 20 million S4's already, don't see it stopping anytime soon.
22. lee480 (Posts: 177; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
The G Pro didn't touch S4's sales. The Z did. What makes you think it will be different? Wipe your anti Sony crap here.
48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)
G Pro was aimed at the Note II hence the 5.5" screen. The Z affected the S3 and the S4? Lol I'll have whatever you're smoking because it really didn't. Get that pro Sony crap out of here.
23. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
"Z1 and G2 are going to kill the S4"...... NEVER.
With no SD support, and no swappable battery , all the Samsung rivals will just take the crumps.
25. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, because those are OBVIOUSLY the two things consumers are clamoring for...
31. pooop (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
Actually, for some people, those things are really important. Sure, if the devices have 32GB of storage, most can be fine without the microSD card slot, but being able to remove your battery or replace it if it gets damaged or something is a nice feature. Nowadays, it's a given, unfortunately. Would love to have that back, but the G2's stolen me with everything else that is great about it (especially the 32GB of storage which should tide me over for 2 years).
34. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, for "some people," but I wouldn't argue that Samsung's mainstream success has been due to its removable batteries and SD slots.
(Shout-out to me for starting two comments with "yeah"!)
159. the.masters (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)
Yes for the s4 battery is a big problm g2 no prob at all so y do i need to remove it
70. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Agree don't thinks it's something the average consumer are clamouring for but I think when they do go into a shop and say they are looking at a phone with those 2 features and a phone without it, they do take it into consideration especially if a sales person say you can add more memory for x amount or will give you a 16gb SD card for free etc, I think the average consumers might consider when it's sold to them that way. I see so many ads saying finds with free 32gb card lol my s4 cane with a free 32gb card so even though a customer might not want it, I think they might like the idea.
80. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
The G2 and some random Sony phone aren't going to be killing Samsung lol. The sales will reflect this and that's all that matters.
139. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Not really they're not. The avearge consumer couldn't care less about an sd card slot and a removable battery.
146. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
I came from the Motorola Maxx HD. So I had a MASSIVE battery (non removable) and a HORRIBLE camera. To a Galaxy S4. Now I have 2, 2600 mAh batteries and an external Samsung charger. I do have to swap them durning the day sometimes. But because 1 is charging while the other is being used then I NEVER have to charge the phone itself. Now that's a downside if the phone is doing something I don't want to power it down for. But I love it compaired to the Motorola. I can see this G2 is knocking Samsung off their block. I'm not loyal to Samsung. But seeing the design of the G2 they could have made a battery removable.
49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)
But no removable batteries, which almost everyone I know seems to care about.
58. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
The last time I remember seeing "removable batteries" being marketed in any meaningful way:
I'm not saying people don't care, but I'd bet it's not a deal-breaker for most people.
Maybe if Sammy brought that commercial back now it would be a different story. People tend to want what companies advertise.
90. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I would like (because you are big fish somehow) , to see Samsung to make next GS and Note, without SD support and non-swappable battery, and then to see how much will sell. LOL.LOL.LOL
You guys are brainwashed .
122. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I used to care about removable batteries... but trading phones in less than 2 years make that unnecessary... also ask apple users if they care? they still are a great deal of people...
I care more about microSD support than remobable battery... last time I bought a secondary battery was for my blackberry 4 years ago.
133. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
Samsung have another weapon comming Galaxy Note 3. Which outclasses every smartphone in the world
106. abrahavt (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Actually the Z1 has the same specs as this G2 and also has an SD card . The Z1 also has a camera with a bigger sensor (better low light pics) (newer and bigger sensor than the S4 and G2). If their Bravia screen is as good Sony could take over the throne of the best Android phone. We should know in a couple of days.
53. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Don't, get this or pray to the Lord Almighty for the G2 to get Nexus'd.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)
This just proves a phone doesn't have to be completely glass in order to achieve a high score. I give props to LG, this phone is a beast phone, and definitely deserves it.
9. ghassangs7 (Posts: 9; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
This phone is crazy with uninspired design!
13. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Well, I wouldn't say the back-buttons are uninspired, I'm just not sure they were inspired correctly.
I love the amount of customization LG allows with its UI, but I still hate how cartoon-y it looks. It's not 2009 any more, LG:
24. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 978; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Agree it does look cartoonish...
UI should look modern like WP,Android UI
these cartoonish UI is kinda old and bored
the main reason i switched to WP is its UI
i think its fantastic modern unique lookin good job by MS.
hope LG also alter it to something close to stock.
63. Feanor (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
I agree. This seems to be a fantastic smartphone but the design is really cheap, both the hardware and the UI. If the Xperia Z1 is 80% as good a smartphone as the G2, I will go for the Sony, because it looks so much nicer and more expensive.
152. actuallyknowathingortwo (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)
are you kidding???? have you not seen ios7 yet? if you think this looks cartoony check out the joke ios7 and apple are still playing on everyone! releasing a NEW iphone 5c with 1 year old specs and a 5s with a fingerprint scanner thats gonna "revolutionize" phone security. im happy another phone company besides samsung is actually improving there phones over the old models. and to anyone questioning whether or not the buttons on the back feel awkward or are misplaced.... they arent. they feel just right and actually make sense.
27. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Also, camera-humps are one thing... but rear-button humps...? Is it too much to ask for a flush back from a company that isn't Apple or Sony? LG got so close, their camera lacks any kind of hump, and they blow it like this?!
30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Rear-button hump is to 'protect' the camera lens....
35. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
And to accrue noticeable wear-and-tear from the pressure that's being placed on a tiny surface-area.
57. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Completely flat back scratches like super-eary, to the point of Google adding extra bump dots to the Nexus 4. There's nothing wrong with the back buttons if it actually feels easy in the hand - which is I'm eager to test - plus you can double tap to lock or unlock, so you won't really use the power button.