LG Optimus G Preview
The software that's going to be pre-loaded on the LG Optimus G is Android 4.0. It would have been cooler if LG had 4.1 right from the start, but we can live with this, since 4.0 is still a wonderful OS. Still, we really hope that LG will manage to surprise us with a quick update early on.
As usual, on top of the stock OS we have LG's own custom UI overlay, which alters the software's appearance and adds a number of new features.
As far as the UI look goes, you shouldn't expect any wonders from LG. They still have their cartoony icons, which don't really measure up to the level of artistry found in the stock version of the OS.
The new features we mentioned, on the other hand, are quite intriguing, though we're far from believing that all of them will end up being heavily used. Here are some of the more important ones:
- Live Zooming: This feature allows you to zoom in a video while you're watching it. It's a rather interesting concept, and one that kind of makes sense to us in the context of smartphones.
- Time Catch Shot: Now this one is really nifty and we can already see ourselves using it. It's like “Burst Shot” mode, but seems to be even better. With Time Catch Shot, the Optimus G starts taking pictures before you've even pressed the shutter key, and it continues to do so after you've released it. This way you are sure to have the exact picture you wanted even if you didn't really hit the shutter at the appropriate moment.
- Dual Screen / Dual Rendering: With this, your life is going to change forever! No, not really, we still find it cool. It lets you stream some content to a TV, while viewing other stuff on the phone. For example, you can stream a video, while typing a text.
- Quick Memo / QMemo 2.0: This feature lets you take a screen shot of the screen and then add a hand-written note to it. After that, you can easily share the result with whoever you want.
- Cheese Shutter: Basically, Cheese Shutter allows you to take a picture using a voice command rather than having to press the camera shutter, which is always a good thing to have.
As you can guess, typing on the LG Optimus G's specious virtual QWERTY keyboard is a joy, especially when using the landscape one. LG has even added a nice customization feature called Conversation Skin, which allows you to add a wallpaper of your liking to the Messaging app.
Since this is an ICS phone, Gmail users will be able to experience what is probably the most advanced and profound application for using the service.
Having in mind that the phone runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and features such a powerful processor, it's not a surprise that web-browsing is a wonderful experience. And with LTE on board, it goes without saying that those pages will load in an instant, waiting for you to do some super-smooth scrolling and zooming action on them. And, when you consider the very high pixel density of the screen, you can rest assured that everything, down to the smallest of text, will be extremely fine and easy to read.
This is probably the signature feature of the LG Optimus G – the outstanding chipset. As said in the beginning, it uses the Snapdragon S4 Pro – a very serious quad-core chip that can easily run stuff like Windows RT. It's clocked at 1.5 GHz, and as you can imagine, delivers an ultra-fast and smooth experience. We encountered no lag or other delay whatsoever while using our pre-production unit, which proves the excellence of this piece of silicon.
Accompanying it, however, is the equally impressive Adreno 320 GPU. This powerful graphics chip can be employed by various applications to provide the necessary computing horsepower, and it will simply destroy every 3D game or benchmark found in the Play Store... in the good sense of the word, that is.
Equipped with 2 gigabytes of DDR RAM, the Optimus G doesn't play around in this area as well. This much memory can easily guarantee you seamless multitasking and snappy application response even if you are a really heavy user and want to almost replace your computer with this.
As far as internal memory goes, the Optimus G seems to come only in a 32GB flavor, which we're OK with. Unfortunately, there is not microSD card slot, so those who need more space are out of luck.
The camera is an interesting aspect of the Optimus G. In most places you'll see that it'll be a 13MP one, but the phone will actually come in two choices – 8MP and 13MP, with the 8MP model having a slightly lower price. The size of the camera sensor is 1/3.2”, and overall, we wouldn't expect wonders from it, no matter how many megapixels LG has managed to stuff inside. As we said, however, the company has worked hard to introduce some very cool features like Time Catch Shot, which is similar to Burst Shot, but better, seeing that it starts capturing photos before you've pressed the shutter, and continues for a bit after you've released it, allowing you to choose the absolute best moment of all.
Since this is just a pre-production unit we're dealing with, and the camera is such an important feature of a phone, we aren't willing to draw any conclusions about it just yet. *update* we have removed the samples taken with the prototype, as they do not indicate the camera quality of the final retail units.
2. e.wvu (unregistered)
8. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Megapixels do not mean jack with a sensor that small. Did you see that nighttime photo? Looked as bad as my Razr lol.
44. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
You're right, those who have any knowledge of technology, either in a phone or real camera, already know that MP doesn't mean squat without a good lens. thank you for knowing what you're talking about.
59. Eunice.twin (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
I think the guy didn't wipe the lense before he took photos.
Check GSMArena's...The photos are amazing!!
36. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Sorry but I have to agree with him. The camera looks bad. Given the fact that they're using a 13MP camera sensor. They could have made use of a better software and algorithms to reduce noise.
G is a high-end device that deserves to be the best in every aspect. But the images captured with it shows an average quality shots. They could have made it better, besides it's one of the major aspects of a smartphone.
But nonetheless, the phone is a beast.
49. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
The 808 Pureview's sensor is nearly 7 times larger.
51. eyad_996 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)
Why are cameras so hard to make, just get a bigger sensor!!!
is that hard, it doesn't have to be like the 808's sensor. we can live with a bit bigger sensor, it doesn't have to be small to make the phone look good
62. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
I think a bigger sensor would make the overall phone thicker. To shine enough light on a larger sensor would mean greater distance between the lens and the sensor. Simple physics.
63. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
The problem isn't the sensor. The problem is the lens. The lens has to have more depth to feed the larger sensor which increases the phone's thickness.
21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Talking about what's not good...camera is good enough. What's not, is the non-removable battery and no micro SD slot. Sure non-removable battery is already a standard issue but it feels like the stuff is a disposable one. Like one of those use and throw disposable cameras we used to have.
22. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Samsung Galaxy S4 will be 2GB Ram, 128GB memory, 12mp, etc. will beat the new LG Optimus in 2013.
43. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
it's apparent you don't know what you're talking about. got any more of what it was you smoked for me? geez.
30. tmcr7 (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
From the image samples, the camera performs better in low-light situations than the iPhone 4S, which is a high performer itself.
50. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Any info about the phones specs in the US. I bet they will use the 8970T for the US.
55. koko0605 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
the camera lens should have been cleaned more....
the best shot comes from the clean condition.
56. firestarter (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
I've invited to the Optimus G's Korean launch event and had a chance to play the camera. It was fantastic actually.. equipped with IPS True HD+.. what's more? The reviewer let the camera set wrong..probs :(
64. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
What about the display?
58. Eunice.twin (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
I think the guy didn't wipe the lense before he took photos.
Check GSMArena's...The photos are amazing!!
60. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
It does say PROTOTYPE. Give it a chance, man!
65. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I would love to see LG use their 1080p 5 inch screen. But that's just me.
66. mallguvner (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2013)
Very bad camera. I bought it thinking the 13 megapixels would just be a huge improvement on my 5 mp HTC Shift. No crispness to any photo. Fuzz ball once you zoom in at all. I was absolutely shocked. I loved the phone side. Very fast, well put together, decent battery life and just a nice looking screen. But the pictures just shocked me. I went back in figuring I'd get a new phone and the gal at Sprint told me they looked fine. I took a picture with my old HTC, showed it to her zoomed in and compared it to one we took in the store. We then went to a display phone to see if it did the same. Exactly as bad. On top of that I actually do shoot kids ice hockey pictures with a Canon so I wasn't expecting a lot out of a phone but this thing is woefully inadequate. Trying to Google some opinions on the bad camera in this phone seems to be a problem so I was really thinking I had a bad phone. But I guess the search is disabled for problem searching or no one has a clue. A shame too as I ended up with the new HTC One and there's not a lot of difference other then the camera is great on the HTC.
4. buggerrer (Posts: 282; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
When LG released the LG G2X (Optimus 2X). It was touted as the most powerful phone ever. However, there are other things to consider when getting a phone. The G2X suffered from rebooting and freezing issues. Also, the carriers in the states haven't updated it to Ice Cream Sandwich. I can only hope that LG has addressed these issues with this phone, however I'll never buy a LG phone again.
38. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
well, an update has alr been released (b4 GB) tt fixed the freezing and rebooting issues (not too sure bout the States tho), and i rmb phonearena saying that the G2x wont be getting updated to ICS. i guess it sucks to be living in the USA sometimes, esp with all these annoying carriers
17. e.wvu (unregistered)
That's not really big at the moment. Nokia seems to be the first to push it.
39. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
nokia wasnt the first to push it -.- LG was. with the Revolution
6. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Wow.you guys are so picky! My first phone was the Sony Walkman w810i and a couple years later we have this and people still complain like no wireless charging. Sheesh...
18. bucky (Posts: 1288; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
That and the k800 are still my 2 favorite phones!
26. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
This is PhoneArena. PHONE.....ARENA. Go google the definition of these words. Or in your case, get out your dusty webster's dictionary from 1950.
34. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I actually have what looks to be an 80's version lol
9. evil_slayer (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
just stay away people....for your own sake
save your hard earned money and wait for another phone from any other manufacture with that killer chipset
they are just horrible with the software...go see lg phones sections in xda forums(especially Optimus 3d forum) and see how everyone is complaining and saying lg never again...they always combine great hardware with crappy software...and they take forever/don't update their phones...we are still waiting for ics for 2X,black,and 3D....
10. d_eagle (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Optimus 4X HD has a pretty well made software. You can't judge this phone until it will come put. Even if you had a bad experience with LG, this doesn't mean that LG will be crap in future too.
Sony is making good phones today, but its X10 series was a complete fail... this proves that everybody can learn from past mistakes.
11. evil_slayer (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
you may be right about this one..altough i haven't personaly tried the 4x...but you gonna see how long it gonna take them to upgrade it to jellybean...
also...when a company tries to improve and learn from their past mistakes..they must look into their past devices and at least fix their problems..im telling you man...without the custom gb roms with custom kernels from the few xda developers...the phone wouldn't be stable(i am an optimus 3D owner btw)
and belive me im not the only one with bad experince with lg...most of 2X/3D/Black owners have/had bad experince with them...how do i know?see xda forum and check their facebook page
you are right....just because they were bad in the past doesn't mean they gonna be bad in future...but considering we are not talking about bad experince with one device...we are talking about their top devices..kinda makes me skip even trying their new phones....but maybe thats just me
13. d_eagle (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Yea, but 2X, Black and 3D are gonna get ICS in these days. Update is already out in Korea, I think it's going to roll out in the international market too.
This could be a good starting point for LG's return
15. evil_slayer (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
i really hope that happens..its the only thing im still hanging to my optimus 3d right now
but i want you to check post #788 in this Page:
also,to make things even worse...they started to lock bootloaders since ICS(4x comes with a locked bootloader,the ics for the korean 3d locks the bootloader too...at least thats what i read)
im not trying to just attack here...i just wanted to show you how bad things are with them
just look 2 posts under this post(GoBears Post) and buggerrer post(7 posts up)
you can see im not alone...and you'll find stuff like these in every lg phone related article
27. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
All the phones you mention are old. Stuff can change drastically in a year, and it has.
12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
i think the camera shots were pretty damn good! and yea that night time shot was a bit bright or ......blurry? i wanna say, but maybe it was the dude taking the shot more than anything........overall we still jus need to see more reviews before making a final decision but so far the optimus G looks ready to go........ good job LG :)
14. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Sorry, just don't have much faith in LG after a short run with the spectrum. They make killer displays but their software is horrid.
16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
how about we wait on more thorough reviews before making their product sound un-enticing?
19. osanilevich (Posts: 235; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)
I think if LG went to work on their night photo taking software between now and release, they'd have the phone of the year on their hands as that is the only problem I see here. Also, is it true this phone won't have a microSD slot?
20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
yea but it does come with 32 gb installed so that should be MORE than enough.......unless you're like a professional photographer or video editer that is.........
28. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
They said 64k was enough way back when.
23. Cha7520 (Posts: 206; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
I actually have the LG Nitro HD and my phone was upgraded to 4.0.4 and I have to say I haven't had any problems with it at all. I like LG phones and they have never done me wrong in the past. I'm thinking this will be my next phone, as I'm looking to come over to Verizon from ATT.
24. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
That's the beauty of Android and all the manufacturers. There's a phone for everybody!
31. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Nope not for everyone. I have yet to find one for me. This one doesn't even register. It's a black slab with chrome rim. Like a million others. And the UI still looks like Android.
29. Cha7520 (Posts: 206; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
But I have to say the battery life SUX on my phone. Thats the only problem I have with my LG Nitro HD, is that it came with a 1,800mah battery and I found a 2,1000mah extended battery for it, but it still needs to be charged like twice a day. I'm torn between getting a phone like this with an awesome resolution, Snapdragon 4pro processor, 13 megapixel camera, etc....versus getting a phone like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD with a battery of 3,300mah which would last all day.
32. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Camera sucks for a flagship. Blurry and noisy with bad colors, even the outdoor shots. 13MP means nothing. Just like the 12MP in Sony's phones. Both Samsung and Apple have much better, sharper, and far less noisy cameras. HTC has a sharper camera as well with less noise, but awful colors. LG is in the bottom half with Sony and Motorola, still.
Deisng is awful. It looks like a G2x. The G2x was boring as hell. It looks like every other generic black slab chrome rim phone in existence from Samsung, ZTE, Huawei, Pantech, etc. All the shiny elementst make it look extra cheap. The glass in the back just looks like an extra thick coating of gloss most companies put on cheap phones for the "sex" appeal. Fingerprints and dirty glass are not sexy. The white looks better than the black since you can't see the gloss, glare, or fingerprints and dirt. Just an awful design in general though.
The big icons and terrible choice of wallpaper do not showcase the HD IPS screen. I can neither tell its HD, or has vibrant colors, since there's so few colors to begin with. They should've used a colorful photograph. The cartoony graphics need to go, like PhoneArena mentioned.
It doesn't look any faster than any other Android phone. Benchmarks mean absolutely nothing. It doesn't have JellyBean with butter yet, and even if it did, I don't have faith that they can make their UI look smooth at all. It also comes down to Android in general, since no matter what the transitions just don't look that good and the UI doesn't have that flow.
33. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
"Just like the 12MP in Sony's phones. Both Samsung and Apple have much better, sharper, and far less noisy cameras."
are you serious? the cameras in those phones you just tried to upheld are in fact made by SONY!! i didnt even read past that line for that comment alone.......it is obvious you are kind of bitter about certain things so it really isnt worth reading the rest of your post .......good day
53. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
You are missing his point, though he probably didn't know the cameras were made by Sony. The camera in the Samsung and Apple devices are better, with only 8mps to boot. It's a fact, regardless of the maker of the camera itself. You are presenting yourself the wrong way in order to make a point.........good day
35. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Quote from gsmarena 's preview of optimus g :
" We were able to snap a few of photos with the LG Optimus G 13 megapixel camera and its new 5-element lens. The lighting was far from perfect, but the LG flagship still did pretty well for a smartphone and way better than its modest 1/3.2" sensor size suggests."
They also mention that the 8 MP version will use 4 - element lens design and will have a smaller sensor.
40. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
just as this article said, this is the PRE-PRODUCTION UNIT, so e quality can change by the time it comes out
design is a matter of personal preference, you can hate it, or u can love it. i love it
the wallpaper can easily be changed, and the icons is up to LG how they want to design em
the UI IS smooth. u need to watch e hands on VIDEO of the phone. no lag at all
41. jibraihimi (Posts: 648; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
iPhonearena is so obsessed with iphone's that while testing the browser of optimus G, they are Reading the iPhone related news......
42. Kratos93 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
Beast but its android with its heavy os, i wait till nokia comes with a quadcore snapdragon s4 pro , windows 8 phone. Fastest ever
46. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
By the time that is about to happen, they may be going to bankruptcy hearings.
Unfortunate, as I was once a Nokia fan myself...
|Display||4.7 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (318 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2048 MB RAM
|Size||5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches|
(131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm)
5.11 oz (145 g)
|Battery||2100 mAh, 15 hours talk time|