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LG Optimus GJ Review

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LG Optimus GJ Review
Introduction

LG Optimus GJ is the company's first shot at a waterproof Android handset, like the ones that fellow phone makers Sony and Samsung already outed this season. It got launched for Taiwan not long ago, but is available globally through various third party retailer.

LG simply went for sealing the Optimus G hermetically with the GJ. It is certified for up to three feet (1m) of water for up to half an hour, and that coincides with the Xperia Z and the Galaxy S4 Active diving abilities.

Those two competitors are high-end, though, whereas the Optimus GJ specs now put it squarely in the value category, or the new midrange, that comes with HD 720p displays this day and age. Has LG managed to play its cards well with the GJ, putting in decent specs, while keeping the price tag for the waterproof extra in check, as it has successfully done before? Read on to find out...

Box and contents - LG Optimus GJ Review
Box and contents - LG Optimus GJ Review

Box and contents

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G, and the IP57 designation means it can stay underwater as deep as three feet for 30 minutes. The handset still sports a removable back cover, though, which means a battery that is easy to swap on the go, and there is a microSD slot for storage expansion there, too. A rubberized coating plastered inside the back cover hints that this is not your regular aquaphobic handset.

The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G - LG Optimus GJ Review
The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G - LG Optimus GJ Review
The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G - LG Optimus GJ Review

The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G


LG Optimus GJ
5.39 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches
136.9 x 68.9 x 9.39 mm
4.98 oz (141 g)

LG Optimus GJ

LG Optimus G
5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches
131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

LG Optimus G

Sony Xperia Z
5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
5.15 oz (146 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches
139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm
5.33 oz (151 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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LG Optimus GJ Review
Capacitive Android keys - LG Optimus GJ Review
Front camera - LG Optimus GJ Review
 

Capacitive Android keys

Front camera


The power/lock key has gone at the top, and, together with the volume rocker on the left, the side buttons are a bit mushy to feel and press, with shallow tactile feedback. They are both painted in the red or black official chassis colors.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review
Right side - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

Volume rocker (left)

Right side

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review
Rear camera - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review
Battery compartment - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Rear camera

Battery compartment

The sides of the LG Optimus GJ



Display

The Optimus GJ sports an in-cell touch IPS-LCD panel, and we get 720x1280 pixels of resolution, clocking in at 312ppi pixel density. The colors look pretty vivid, and brightness is about 500 nits, ringing in decent outdoor visibility when coupled with the high contrast ratio. Being an IPS panel, this screen also sports very good viewing angles.



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posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:32

1. AfterShock (Posts: 1274; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


It's for some I guess.
I like where things seem to be headed though.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:38 1

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I was wondering when LG was finally going to jump on board with making waterproof phones. The Optimus G is a great phone, and glad they chose to make wp phone based off it.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 10:08

3. justsayit (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 May 2013)


waterproof phone can remove back cover O.O!!! first time i see
nice phone

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:21 2

4. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


The first android waterproof phone Motorola DEFY have removeable battery and back cover, It’s announced September 2010.
And if i’m not wrong Xperia V is the first android waterproof phone also with removeable battery and back cover but without lock mechanism

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 17:49

5. mottykels (Posts: 362; Member since: 15 May 2013)


S4 active is removable battery too!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 03:30 1

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2099; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Good phone with good price.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 04:33

7. harry12345 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


I don't think anyone is going to buy this phone for this high price and that too without flash..
technoplot.blogspot.in/2013/07/lg-optimus-gj-speci​fications-new-phone.html

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LG Optimus GJ

LG Optimus GJ

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.39 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches
(136.9 x 68.9 x 9.39 mm)
4.98 oz  (141 g)
Battery2280 mAh, 23 hours talk time

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