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LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

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Diving deeper into the LG Optimus G’s core organizer apps, it’s noticeably obvious that they didn’t spend too much time trying to differentiating them. To be honest, it’s merely a rehash of what we’ve seen already with recent devices from the Korean maker. Consequently, their functions and presentations are not much of a surprise to us.

Core organizer apps - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Core organizer apps - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Core organizer apps - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Core organizer apps - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Core organizer apps - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Core organizer apps - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Core organizer apps


With the QuickMemo function, it’s combined with an overlay mode that allows us to quickly jot down notes while on a phone call. Pressing on the overlay icon from within the QuickMemo app, we can quickly write down something without forcing ourselves out of the Dialer.

Dialer - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Dialer - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Dialer - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Dialer


When it comes to sending emails, there’s nothing out of the ordinary with the process on the LG Optimus G, even more when we’re greeted to the typical, yet comprehensive features found with the Gmail experience. However, if you opt to use the standard email app, it supports the Screen Zooming feature with the UI – enabling us to “zoom” into our listing of emails. Somewhat of an inconsistency, the feature isn’t supported by the Gmail app.

Gmail - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Email - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Gmail

Email


Blessed with a substantial amount of real estate, typing up stuff with its on-screen keyboards is a painless and effortless process. With Sprint’s version, we’re only given the LG keyboard – while AT&T’s version is supplemented with the usual ICS keyboard. Using the former, its layout is spacious enough and it’s responsive enough to keep up with our rate of input. Alternatively, LG’s keyboard boasts some Swype like movements as another way to input text.

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LG Optimus G Sprint - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G Sprint - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G Sprint - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

LG Optimus G Sprint


LG Optimus G AT&TOn-screen keyboards - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G AT&TOn-screen keyboards - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G AT&TOn-screen keyboards - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G AT&TOn-screen keyboards - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

LG Optimus G AT&T
On-screen keyboards



Processor and Memory:


Part of the reason why there’s a lot of talk surrounding the LG Optimus G, it’s all due to the shiny new quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor that’s ticking away inside of its svelte body, which is further supplemented by the 2GB of RAM it’s packing along as well. If fast is all that you care about, you won’t be disappointed by the performance of the LG Optimus G, since it embodies everything that means to be a speed demon. To merely state that it’s fast is an understatement, especially when it’s unrivaled by anything else at the moment. From the onset, its performance screams at a feverish rate since it’s capable of moving swiftly and eloquently between its homescreen panes – even with its nifty 3D-like transition effects in play. And to put it mildly, the benchmark scores put up by it are just jaw dropping to say the least!


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus G AT&T 7669 11245 60,1
LG Optimus G Sprint 6681 11214 60
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4

Between the two versions, the AT&T model benefits from the usefulness of a microSD card slot. In fact, it’s occupied by a 16GB card out of the box, which interestingly enough supplements the handset’s 16GB internal tally. Oppositely, the Sprint version doesn’t offer expandable memory, but instead, it’s blessed with a nice 32GB capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

Hardly a surprise, the web browsing experience is naturally an excellent one – attributed to its display’s large size, high resolution, and processor’s fluid performance. However, it’s just the culmination of everything working in essence to define the wonderful experience. Between the two browsers on board, the stock Android one or Chrome, you can expect nothing short of a majestic experience.

Web surfing - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Web surfing - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Web surfing - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Web surfing - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Web surfing


Aside from the notion that one’s CDMA based, and the other being a GSM one, with both offering speedy 4G LTE connectivity from their respective networks, the two handsets share many commonalities with their connectivity features. To be more exact, they’re packing along aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:56 17

2. ryq24 (Posts: 739; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


lg always comes out with the first of everything in mobile phone but always lose to samsung in the end. maybe they need to improve their marketing strategy instead of always trying to be the first in everything.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:05 6

4. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


The reason is they just wait and see what other OEMs offer and then come up with a better specs with a tag "Being first"... They even conducted a survey here by comparing their new device with more than half year old S III and one X. They are always late in to the party... the problem is specs isn't everything. Its the whole user experience that we get with the phone... They should play their own game here after... Anyway great review as usual...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:08 12

26. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...what?

Let's review their accomplishments (at least for the U.S. market):
FIrst dual core phone.
First quad core phone.
First phone with a 720p display
First (to market) screen-dominated-design touchscreen phone(original Prada).
First with a 3D camera and display

What are they lagging in, exactly?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:47 8

37. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


First does not mean good. The first dual-core G2x had a ton of hardware problems. The first 3D display was a gimmick that ahd no useful functions and the phone itself was big and heavy and mediocre. First 720p display was still running Gingerbread (or maybe even Froyo) and couldn't utilize it properly, and the other aspects of the phone were meh as well. These firsts are only ONE aspect of the phone, and if you fail at all the others, you might have an advantage in that one area, but the rest just drags you down to mediocrity.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:56 3

40. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


first doesn't mean anything. look at iphone, the only first it had was the apple logo, but why is it selling well?

the real story is how LG executes it.
if LG messes up on marketting, or there are numerous bugs, glitches, crashes, none of the features would matter.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:04 4

54. Jericho (unregistered)


Optimus G LG's Next Big thing.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:08

68. cornpops (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


ummm which one of LG's phones was the first to have a quad core processor?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:29

71. MANGUELPR (unregistered)


LG Optimus G, First Quad Core for all Carriers, not only that it was the first Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon thats why its rapped any phone in history till middle of 2013 and also won the CES 2013 Award the Most Advanced Phone ever made.

//plus.google.com/+LG/posts/J5c417jzJP6

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:54 2

61. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


yep and samsung will bring a tuned exynos 5250 and will f**k the s**t out of this phone with a flexible screen 1080p hd amoled plus ultra display with 4000 map new batterytechnolgy (removable) sd card up to 128 gb and of course samsungs own camerasensor with 13 mp and it kill this optimus g and lumia 920 4 sure :-) u will see and dont forget the
kevlar ceramic unibody xD

ok.. ok ok.. we will see but a dream would be come true :P

bring it on samsung!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:48

70. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Still waiting....................... LOL

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:35

72. MANGUELPR (unregistered)


LG is the actually first company in bring up the full OLED Ulta Flexible and it will be sold to other companies. keep waiting for Samsung, LG already had the product done not a concept jaja.

knowyourmobile.com/lg/20492/lg-will-produce-phone-​flexible-ultra-hd-oled-display-end-year

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:04 15

3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


LG really, and finally, put everything they have into a product.
The result?
Best phone on Earth right now

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:05 10

5. MeoCao (unregistered)


After HTC Butterfly everything else looks very boring.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:10 11

6. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


this phone got a 9? hallelujah, i can only imagine how awesome the Nexus will be if it is based on this pone :D

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:27 4

8. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Hope they used a different camera module on the Nexus cause it doesn't perform very well on the Optimus G

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:05

12. proto (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I will be very happy, when they use same camara module on nexus 4 cause camera was always weakness on nexus devices and this one isnt best but decent and that's still 3 time better than on last SG nexus.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:32

15. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


at least we got the better performer 8 mp camera. for what it seems, that's the only department where the Nexus 4 will not be on par with the competition. perfectly fine by me.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 09:58 1

53. Jericho (unregistered)


The Nexus 4. 9.5/10

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 16:21

64. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Probably a 9.5 if it's the same reviewer. I would dock the Optimus G down a full point just for the custom UI, but that's gone with the Nexus.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:24 3

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I knew LG won't be doing good even if they were working on a new camera sensor. I commented and everyone didn't agree...and here it is.
Well, at least 9 was expected but i don't know why, going through the review wasn't exciting at all. Blame it on the pre-release hype??

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:29 1

9. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I know what you mean I expected a better camera at the least, everything else is great but they should have made an equal or better camera than Samsung if they wanna edge em out, specs are great but I expect issues with this product

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:49 2

10. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I'm not quite understanding why the benchmarks are so different, if it's the same phone.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:49

38. bxbomber718 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


I noticed that too but it seems the reviewer and everyone else overlooked this...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:49 1

11. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


13MP or Expandable memory?

Kinda wish US got a working TV tuner.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:27 4

14. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


or you can get the unlocked one! NO BLOATWARE TOO

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:38 2

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm not saying it is a bad phone. Hell, who am i to say the phone is crap? The specs are a kill!
I wrote negatively on the camera because in the past, there was an article about LG working on a new camera sensor for the G here in PA. If they were working on it, the result here is not worth what i read then.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:33

19. bhagi108 (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 May 2012)


why is it so hard to get a good QUAD core phone on t-mobile?

well I am going to give the Huawei Ascend D1 XL U9510E a try.

lets see how that works out!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:36

36. bxbomber718 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


That is if the US gov't doesn't ban it first...smh

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 23:21

66. enGet (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Which they should do. Only fools trust the Chiense. I live in china, I know.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:52 1

21. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


$199.99 for a phone with spec like this sounds almost like a steal.
But sad reality is that LG products will never outsell Apple or Samsung.

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