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LG Optimus G Pro Review

LG Optimus G Pro 8.5

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A 13 MP camera with LED flash is hosted on the back of the Optimus G Pro, and a 2.1 MP one is at the front for video chat.

The camera interface is pretty cleaned up and functional, with an editable quick menu, which lets you house shortcuts to five of your most used camera options. There are a few shooting modes like HDR, Panorama and the new Virtual Panorama, which lets you snap photos in all directions, which then get assembled in a 360 degrees overview for the real estate agent in you.
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus G Pro Review

Camera interface



There is also the usual array of scene modes and color effects, as well as LG's Time Machine functionality, that precaptures frames before you hit the shutter button so you don't miss that special moment with your fidgeting dog.

The pictures were alright in daylight scenarios, with accurate color representation, sharp details, and pretty low amount of noise. There is not much of a difference between using the normal, Intelligent Auto, or the HDR modes, and the pics turned out pretty close, as you can see from the samples below. The Intelligent Auto overexposes the scenery a bit, and the HDR mode introduces ghosting if you don't hold the phone steady, so we'd recommend the normal auto mode most of the times.

Indoors pictures come out a bit soft, and colors get colder with each dimming of the ambient light to reach a rather cold cast even when the LED flash activates. The flash barely illuminates from a five feet distance, too.


The G Pro records Full HD 1080 video with smooth 30 fps, and LG also throws in the modern HDR video mode that debuted with the Xperia Z and Oppo Find 5, then spread to the HTC One, and now we have it in an LG flagship, but named the WDR mode, from “wide dynamic range”. There is one other new mode during video capture on the Optimus G Pro – Dual recording lets you shoot picture-in-picture with both the rear and the front camera, and you can place the second cam footage window anywhere you like, and resize it, too.

LG Optimus G Pro Sample Video:



LG Optimus G Pro HDR Sample Video:




LG Optimus G Pro Indoor Sample Video:




Videos look good, with accurate colors, no skipped frames or sizable artifacts, and the sound quality captured by the two microphones on the handset is rather strong and clean, too. LG has also provided a handy Audio Zoom feature, which lets you use the display to zoom in the area where you want the sound to be recorded from predominantly (e.g. your baby's face), and the phone's mics should set up to capture from there, ignoring noise from the rest of the sound sources around. It is rather hit or miss though, especially when it is noisy around.


Multimedia

The pictures and video gallery sports a pretty standard grid look with your media neatly arranged in tiled folders. You can choose the thumb size by zooming in/out, for that matter, and also do basic photo editing directly from the gallery, and light video editing with the dedicated VideoWiz app that comes preinstalled.
The pictures and video gallery - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The pictures and video gallery - LG Optimus G Pro Review
The pictures and video gallery - LG Optimus G Pro Review

The pictures and video gallery



The music player sports brushed metal looks, and has a handy YouTube button that takes you directly into a video playlist of the song currently played. There is Dolby Mobile surround sound in headset mode, but no direct equalizer access from the music player interface. The loudspeaker sounds clean, and quite strong, too.

Video playback is excellent, as you can expect from such a huge high-res display, and the phone plays any popular format you throw at it to boot, up to Full HD definition. The video player can be zoomed-in during playback by pinching with your finger, and has subtitle support, loop mode, and pop-up play support, so you don't even need to resort to the Play Store for 3rd party video playback apps with it.

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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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