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LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

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Seasoned photography fanatics will undoubtedly be glad to see the trove of new features found with the Optimus G's camera. Without a doubt, it offers a compelling list of manual setting and shooting modes to keep anyone busy trying to adapt for the best shooting conditions. As a matter of fact, the notable listing includes continuous shot, panorama, cheese shutter, and time catch shot.

Since the smartphone lacks a physical shutter key, we can resort to using the cheese shutter feature to snap a shot by simply uttering the word “cheese” – or as an alternative, “smile”, “whisky”, “kimchi”, or “LG”. Sure, it might sound cheesy, but there are times it’s very useful. In addition, another cool feature is time catch shot, which allows us to capture the missing moment before pressing on the shutter. From the looks of it, all it does is basically snap photos silently until we press the shutter, and from there, we have the option of reviewing the shots taken prior to us snapping it.

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The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
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The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

The camera interface


Even though it’s armed to the roof with an eclectic mix of useful shooting modes, we have to admit, we’re disappointed by the results put out by the LG Optimus G – both the 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel cameras of each respective versions. Sure, the Sprint variant might have the upper hand when it comes to the megapixel count, but as we’ve seen countless times, more megapixels doesn’t necessarily equate to better results. And in fact, both are nearly identical to one another.

Looking at the overall picture, it sure might look pleasant and whatnot, but its quality begins to crumble apart as we take a meticulous peek into the results. As far as details go, the 13MP camera of the Sprint Optimus G performs more or less on par with the competition (8MP phones included). Sure, there is some benefit in having a larger image, but overall, the quality itself isn't significantly higher. Plus, at times, the fine details that appear front and center in the image don't seem to have the sharpness one would expect from them. The 8MP shooter of the AT&T Optimus G doesn't have that problem, with its pictures being visibly oversharpened. We're OK with that most of the time, though it starts to make a negative impression when one's observing details in the background, which appear artificially sharp. Obviously, you cannot sharpen something that isn't there in the first place. In terms of color reproduction, we do notice a bit more saturation happening over on the AT&T version – whereas the Sprint model has a more neutral stance.

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Indoors under heavy artificial lighting, colors appear to become washed out and drained from any natural tones. Furthermore, it’s pretty much dreadful with low lighting conditions, as its quality is further diminished by its soft details, graininess, and inability to cast proper exposure. Adding insult to injury, the flash doesn’t come on prior to snapping the shot to adjust its focus – resulting in out-of-focus shots when in dark environment. Well, at least the flash’s potency is able to extend well beyond 7 feet.

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Ouch! It certainly doesn’t help when the results fare worse with the LG Optimus G’s 1080p video recording. Not aiding its cause in the very bit, it’s almost unimaginable to know its results are considered high definition. First and foremost, details are extremely muddy looking – especially things that are far in the background. Secondly, there’s a fair amount of artifacting occurring as we’re quickly moving. Oh yeah, did we mention that you can forget about using it in low lighting situations? Aside from the very clear audio recording of the Sprint Optimus G, and smooth 30 frames per second capture rate, everything else is sub-par for a high-end smartphone.

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As we mentioned with the gallery, there’s nothing too out of character with it, aside from the screen zooming feature. Besides the usual sharing options and miniscule editing functions, it’s pretty much you’re straightforward gallery.

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

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You’d think that LG would’ve added some pizazz to the handset’s music player, but that’s sadly not the case here. Rather, LG resorts to employing a very boring looking music player. Still, there’s the Google Play Music app as an alternative option, which sports the more likable presentation. With its strong volume output, its quality sounds a tad bit on the sharp side – with a little bit of strain attached to it as well.

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

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Already, we’ve raved about the gorgeous display on the LG Optimus G, so it doesn’t surprise us to find it excelling in the video watching experience. Having support for a wide variety of codecs out of the box, the handset barely shows any strain with our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Of course, it has all the required elements to make the experience a fantastic one – like its smooth playback, natural colors, and large display.

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

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As we’re pointed out, there are some cool features found with the mirrored experience. Upon connecting it to a high-definition television, the handset automatically launches the LG media app, which provides us access to the usual suspects – like our videos, pictures, and music. Exiting from it, though, provides us with the always-useful mirrored experience.


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As much as we would’ve like to see some kind of quick and easy wireless sharing function, much like the S-Beam feature on Samsung’s devices, the LG Optimus G can still accomplish the same thing using its FileShare app. Actually, it relies on Wi-Fi Direct to share multimedia content like photos, videos, images, and documents. Without question, it’s not as streamlined as the S-Beam function, but nevertheless, it accomplishes nearly the same tasks in the end.

Using the LG Tag+ app, it allows us to modify the settings of various NFC tags. In addition to the preloaded options out of the box, we can extend its function by concocting our very own actions using the app. Specifically, there is an extensive list of options available to allow us to have complete control of what each NFC tag is programmed to do.

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SmartShare app

FileShare app

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Beyond those two specific apps, there isn’t anything else noteworthy enough to make it distinctive to the LG Optimus G.

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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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