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LG Optimus G Pro Review

LG Optimus G Pro 8.5

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Interface and functionality

LG has introduced a few new features in its homebrew Optimus UI, and, as usual, lets you choose whether the launcher will switch along with the screen orientation to landscape mode, and is the only name brand Android overlay that has a dedicated landscape mode.

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro Review

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro


Some new features are tied up with an added hardware component, like the QRemote app and notification bar toggle, which makes us of the IR blaster, or the physical QButton, which has a separate setting option for mapping apps to it. Not only that, but when you set it to launch the camera app, the QButton also serves as a shutter key afterwards, for instance.

We also like very much that LG has expanded on the connectivity toggles slider idea it pioneered with the Optimus UI. In the pull-down notification bar you now have a second QSlide apps row, which this time is dedicated to launching the LG version of Sony's Small Apps, or Samsung's Mini Apps – resizable pop-up windows that can pin your calculator, video player, browser, etc., on the home screen, while you are doing something else underneath. You can have two QSlide apps at once, and there are seven apps in total that have pop-up window modes.

The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
QSlide apps - The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG - LG Optimus G Pro Review

QSlide apps

   

The connectivity toggles slider idea of LG


There is a one-handed mode, too, as every self-respecting big-screen Android phone should have, which lets you shrink the dialer or keyboard left or right, depending on the hand used. This way you can key in a phone number or a message reply quickly with your thumb only, without having to resort to both hands.

You can shrink the dialer or keyboard left or right - LG Optimus G Pro Review
You can shrink the dialer or keyboard left or right - LG Optimus G Pro Review
You can shrink the dialer or keyboard left or right - LG Optimus G Pro Review
You can shrink the dialer or keyboard left or right - LG Optimus G Pro Review

You can shrink the dialer or keyboard left or right


The default keyboard can be used with different skins, and has a handwriting recognition mode, as well as the Path mode, which intros Swype-like functionality in different languages. Besides the one-handed mode, there is also a split-screen regime you can check, that divides the keyboard in two in landscape orientation, so it is easier to type across the huge display.

The default keyboard can be used with different modes - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The default keyboard can be used with different modes - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The default keyboard can be used with different modes - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The default keyboard can be used with different modes - LG Optimus G Pro Review

The default keyboard can be used with different modes



Processor and memory

There is no need to sell Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 – it is currently the most powerful chipset you can find in an Android handset, and LG has clocked it at the respectable 1.7 GHz to boot. You can rest assured that the interface just flies without lag or stuttering, and no matter how many apps you pile on, they all run without a hitch, aided also by the 2 GB of DDR3 RAM amount on the Optimus G Pro. You can see the benchmarks for yourself below – the G Pro is record-setter despite the large Full HD display.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus G Pro 12239 18798 59,2
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 13515 58
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6

LG has also generously put 32 GB of internal storage in the G Pro, of which 23 GB are user-available, along with a microSD card slot for further storage expansion on the cheap.


Internet and connectivity

With this screen size, processor and pixel density, we don't expect anything else but excellent browser performance, and the G Pro delivers. The browser just flies while zooming, scrolling or panning, and even the fully zoomed-out text is discernible. LG provides a handy transparent toolbar at the bottom for a back, forward and home keys, which can be hidden if you want the full screen canvas. There is, naturally, no Flash Player support from the box, so you'd have to install it from Adobe's archives if you need it..

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro Review

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance


The Optimus G Pro is loaded with radios – 4G LTE and 42 Mbps HSPA+ baseband modems made the cut with the Snapdragon chipset, but we also have Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with GLONASS support, Miracast, DLNA and NFC. You can also use LG's own SmartShare Beam that will send pics, videos, music and Polaris Office files wirelessly to another LG handset with the option.

Wired connectivity is produced by the MHL port at the bottom, which lets you mirror your phone's display on a big-screen TV with the respective adapter.

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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:20 13

1. VJo003 (Posts: 359; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


5.5 is just too large.
But for people with that size preference... Good alternative to Note

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:26 8

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Hardly a Note alternative if it doesn't come with the equipment to take a note.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:37 10

24. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


i dont understand why people think S-Pen is so important? i have owned Note (N7000), Note 2 and Note 10.1... u only use S-Pen for like the first 5 days and thats it! its just a gimmick! its only useful to 2 kind of people:
1- those who have good drawing...
2-those who have a lottttttt of free time to waste doodling on their phones to show-off even if they have horrible hand writing...

its a fact! sammy made the stylus return only to sell its Note line of products and it was successful!
Note 2 is nothing more than a blown and stretched S3 and so was Note to S2! as a matter of fact, the flagship of sammy is S series not Note series...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:04

44. Droiderr (Posts: 35; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


By saying thet 2 is a streched S3 i think you mean that they streched the RAM too and doubled it.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 18:32

63. hellt1M (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


you're kidding right... it has the same amount of ram... 2GB. same quad-core thats in the international S3. its almost completely identical with a stretched look... and a gimmicky pen that like the guy above said, is only useful for those 2 kinds of people.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:54 2

21. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


it is not important to make 5.5 screen size phone important thing is adding a features like note 2 . so this phone never be an alternative to note

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 18:17

41. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


lil brother of Note 2 :)

posted on 18 May 2013, 15:43

80. praks (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


Device is amazing.. How do u accept Samsung with such devices.. I came across an interesting review online. LG Optimus review on gadget ride.com

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:21 7

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, and there are no mentions in the end about the performance?

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:23 2

5. Diego! (Posts: 643; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Because if you check all the videos surfing the web, you'll see it has some lagginess...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:16 3

13. lpratas (Posts: 353; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Where you see laginess? I don't see any laginess at all. You need glasses because you see bad. I only see fluidity and speed in this phablet. With a chipset like the one that this phone use it's dificult to see any lagginess even that the LG UI was bad.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:10

22. Diego! (Posts: 643; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Check youtube.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:34 1

23. lpratas (Posts: 353; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I already checked and watched in youtube and i don't see nothing of lagginess, Must be your eyes. You only see HTC One and Xperia Z at your forward like others because you don't see nothing at not to be those phones.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:00

25. Diego! (Posts: 643; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


So you now can read my thoughts??? Wow, you must be very good at forecasting the future! Congratulations! And I can see well, btw.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:12

68. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i hate your arguments. give a link on youtube where you see lagginess!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:27 7

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


On the second page under processor and memory,

"You can rest assured that the interface just flies without lag or stuttering, and no matter how many apps you pile on, they all run without a hitch,"

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:22 14

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


The optimus g pro looks like a galaxy note 2 LG version

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:48 1

28. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


And the silver ring around the camera looks like it's from the One X.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:06

45. Droiderr (Posts: 35; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Spot on.. Cheap copy cat

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:22 10

4. Diego! (Posts: 643; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


More CONS:
- Rip Off / Evil Twin Sister of Samsung Galaxy Note II
- No Stylus
- Screen has an "inner" bezel
- Has some hiccups while scrolling... (check youtube)
- LG UI is exactly the same as Samsung Nature UX.

My Score: 5.5 for not being innovative with either design nor UI.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:24 4

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


More like a 9.0, IMO ..

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:24 3

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Benchmarks are slightly underwhelming for such a powerhouse. Overall it's problem is looking like the Note II but not having the same level of functionality, otherwise you can't really complain.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:11 1

30. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Check the gsmarena HTC One preview. The Optimus G Pro actually benches higher overall.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:34 13

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Would definitely get this over Samsung, it looks similar but noticeably better than the note 2...and it also has a better processor ..so lg ftw

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:55 2

11. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


note III !

lol

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:33 4

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Note III will definitely be much better than this.
I wouldn't even trade my NOTE II for this.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:01 2

26. Diego! (Posts: 643; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Needless to say. LG sucks

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:59 2

12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


lg faild when butterfly scores is 9/10..
one will be number1 this year.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:21 3

14. lovefist (unregistered)


htc one is definitely the one this year.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:59 1

29. lallolu (Posts: 492; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


4mp camera is going to be the One's downfall.

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LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.91 x 3.00 x 0.37 inches
(150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery3140 mAh, 15.5 hours talk time

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