LG G2 Review Q&A: Answers

LG G2 Review Q&A: Answers
You've posted your questions about the LG G2, and now it's time for us to provide the answers. We've picked what we believe are the most interesting and meaningful questions, and we've left out some that are already answered by our review or the comparisons we've posted. Also, special thanks goes to those users who have replied to some of the questions by their... um, forum-mates?

Question by khurram87:

Answer: Thankfully, no, they don't. The buttons don't get pressed when you put the phone on a table or other surface, because there's a small protruding part that raises above the keys so that they don't have a contact with the surface.

Question by MalakiMills:

Answer: There are two types of competition that the LG G2 is going to face. If you consider the iPhone, the G2's bland design, larger size and harder-to-learn interface will be its biggest disadvantages. Against the Android competition, the G2's design is basically as good as any (except the HTC One), and probably the only thing that might cause it to sell less than smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be LG's smaller marketing budget. Other than that, the G2 doesn't have any real drawbacks.

Question by tech2:

Answer: While we haven't tried it ourselves, we have reasons to believe that the LG G2 will blend quite well. Seriously, no need to try it.

Question by mclifford81:

Answer: Outdoor visibility with the LG G2 is way better than with the Galaxy S4, and slightly worse than with the iPhone 5. Overall, it's quite good. When it comes to the camera, the G2 isn't leaps and bounds better, but there is a noticeable difference compared to the GS4. Just how much of a difference? That depends on your personal understanding. Check out our LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 comparison to take a look at the camera samples!

Question by LordDavon:

Answer: Yes, accidental touching of the camera lens happens a lot (as with any other phone). Its anti-fingerprint coating definitely helps in keeping it free from smudges, but we'd definitely recommend cleaning it each time before starting to take pictures. Other than that - yeah, you definitely feel it when your finger is over any of the volume keys, though we don't find it more intuitive than on other phones.

Question by Masterwiz:

Answer: We guess developer support will be quite good for the LG G2, seeing that it's shaping up to be quite a popular model, but really - that's the biggest factor that determines dev support for a particular device - popularity. The fact that the G2 has better internals won't make developers cook more ROMs for it than for the Galaxy S4. The more popular the device, the more ROMs and other resources you'll find for it online. In this case, we feel the G2 definitely won't be ignored by the dev community.

Question by Saamic:

Answer: Thankfully, the days when the same model looked differently on each US carrier are now gone, and the LG G2 is almost identical across carriers. We say almost, because, for some reason, Verizon has required its variant of the phone to have slightly narrower rear keys. Other than that, everything else is the same, except for the pre-loaded carrier-specific apps, of course...

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  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
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  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Great ! Now I can go ahead and order my blender XD

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The VZW edition loses the hump from the rear buttons. And, no stereo speakers compared to the One. Otherwise, the G2 is 2013s sleeper hit Android phone.

15. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah we checked out VZW's too and it was slightly different. Kind of surprised since its a flag ship phone and the other manufacturers aren't changing theirs for individual carriers. Agreed, just got my GF this phone. It is a bad ass little beast of a sleeper. I'm kind of jealous haha. Waiting for the next nexus, and htc one max to release to finally decide between the note 3, nexus, and one max.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am waiting for Otterbox to release a Commuter case for the G2. Then a G2 will replace my Note 2.

27. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I was at the Verizon store the other day checking it out and I noticed some differences in the OS. I hope someone makes a detailed video that points out these differences.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This phone is sooooooo convincing should I get this or the one max or just wait for next year see wats coming?

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

From my personal experience I can say the waiting game will never be over. There will always be a next big thing to look after ! Between this two I would go for HTC Max as it has a unique fingerprint scanner. Not to mention the better built quality. Also, none of them have good track record with updates but comparatively HTC's better than LG's. Have you considered Note 3 ?

6. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Too bad that the One Max's camera would not be as good as the G2's.

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

+1 lol.....yes that's a big point I should've mentioned. Thanks

5. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

"If you consider the iPhone, the G2's bland design, larger size and harder-to-learn interface will be its biggest disadvantages." Thanks for keeping it neutral, Ray.

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

haha. what a way to put it!

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

He could just as easily have said "If you consider the HTC One" and not changed his point one iota. I don't believe anyone will be waffling between the G2 and iPhone 5/S. Keep it to direct competitors, please.

7. papss unregistered

Okay I'm having a hard time waiting until the end of the month for the announcement of the 1520.. This phone would make a great companion to my 1020

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I love my G2. It is, quite simply, amazing. I miss premium construction materials like I had on the One, but this phone feels great in the hand, regardless of materials, and it is actually easier to use one-handed than the One.

26. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The only thing I don't like about the VZW edition G2 is the back - it is perfect fingerprint magnet. I hope Otterbox produces a case for G2 ASAP, as that is the only thing keeping me from buying a G2.

10. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

like the man above said, the waiting game never ends. You either keep waiting and waiting, or get the latest and be happy for years to come. I am still fighting over the G2 and the Blue One for verizon, i think i might go G2 just because of the rave reviews. I feel like i'd be more comfortable with the latest specs. They are just that much better than anything to date. G2 hit every inch of what it means to be premium. Minus a few things of course, but no phone can really be perfect.

18. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wish the price gap weren't so big (this week at least). The Best Buy Blue One for Verizon is $50 this week, compared to the $200 G2. For me that just reinforces the notion that buying Android phones right after release is a risky proposition. Even the flagships go on sale quickly.

33. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

I actually tipped that the moment it happened but clearly PA didn't give two s**ts. That's ok though whatever. I think that's an incredible deal since it also has android 4.3. Think i might still get a G2 though, and the G2 is 150 on amazon surprisingly enough

11. JavaTheHutt

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Im interested in the g2 but the interface looks terribly boring by lg. I like the interface on the moto x but its screen is not as good as I would want it. I would get an iphone but the screen is too damn skinny. Any advice? Should I just wait for the nexus 5?

12. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

You can get the G2 and put a launcher on it. By the way, you should wait for the Nexus 5 and see what it brings.

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

In regards to Malakimills' question: Ray left out some crucial aspects to his answer. Do you require removable battery and expandable memory SD cards? I ask this because the two most popular phones being sold are The iPhone and the Galaxy S3 or S4. The iPhone has no removable battery or SD cards while the Samsung's flagships do. Even though the Samsung phones are being purchased mostly for screen and popularity, many people I know have purchased the phone for the two necessities.I based my purchase on needing these amenities as well. I also love the specs of the LG G2, but was turned off by the "bland" back and lack of being able to do my own battery change. I also like to increase my memory at will and don't trust on board memory if the phone completely fails. With SD Cards, if the phone completely fails, you can simply remove the card and install it into the new device. If these things don't bother you, then the LG with the absolute latest specs, would be a viable choice. JB.

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

As Note 2 owner that upgraded to LG G2 I see your point. But with LG making 32gig standard and giving it a relatively large battery I can forgive it especially at the $140 price I paid on contract. I used a 64gig sd card with the note 2 and never filled it. But I do miss swapping out the battery every morning or taking a spare with me. I know the Note 3 will pack more features but after having Amoled for the last 2 years I wanted a change. And having a smaller phone with a powerful CPU is an upgrade. I actually wanted to buy a iPhone 5s but Apple just did not do enough.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"I actually wanted to buy a iPhone 5s but Apple just did not do enough." I wonder how many other consumers reach the same conclusion? There are the dedicated iToy fans who will buy at release day, and then there is everyone else.

28. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I wanted to switch it up with a smaller device that I could give my wife next year because I already own a Note 10.1 and Nexus 7 (2012). I did not want to be a one sided fanboy but Apple makes it so easy to root against them. 1. To con people into thinking that 64 bit is needed in a device that has less than 4gigs (or less than 2 gigs) of memory is just wrong. The speed difference is from the faster processor. Don’t make it out like 64bit is something magical. 2. To promote a year old plastic phone over your flagship so that you can bring in more profit is wrong. What's wrong with making money off of innovative products? 3. I don’t mind the fingerprint scanner but it’s not being fully utilized. Why not have the ability to lock down certain apps like bank apps, certain games or adult themed apps that are sensitive to children. And the sad part is that I’m not even upset that the screen size stayed at 4 inches; that was expected. It’s the fact that Apple thinks that potential buyers are stupid. Apple has lost touch with the market.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"It’s the fact that Apple thinks that potential buyers are stupid." I was wondering that same thing myself when Apple released the 5C for $50 less than the iP5. Why would anyone in their right mind drop the coin for a plastic iPhone when the 5 does everything the plastic iPhone does. The only motivation for getting the plastic iPhone would seem to be when the stock of iP5 is all gone.

19. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Unfortunately for me and others I know, replacing batteries has been common proceedure after 15-18 months into contract. With deductables reaching or exceeding 150 dollars, the justification of using an insurance claim for a battery we can't get to, is rather insulting as well as financially unnecessary. I could better use this deductable for a new device instead. Swapping batteries has bought me the time needed until upgrade. I'm particularly pointing to others like my gaming nieces and nephews that have experienced battery issues after warranty but before end of contract. Most have switched to the Samsung Galaxy S2,3 and 4 due to annoyance with embedded batteries. My one nephew always argued with me on why he loved his iPhone only to change to the Galaxy 4. He almost purchased the HTC One until he found it had no removable battery. In this current hype over design quality and looks, many are forgetting about the battery. We can pay respects to marketing for this. Some argue they never have problems with batteries or memory. I find even once or twice is too much to have an issue. I want removable batteries. John B.

31. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

you have a point - I got the SGS4 GE, because the battery, sd card, back button right by my thumb (lower rt) most phones you have to stretch to bottom left and with screens getting bigger it's an issue, although the G2 you can change where the buttons are (nice - LG). They made the G Pro with a removable back (battery) and wireless charging - what gives LG? I would be buying it if it had that...

22. Mastertwiz

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

I picked up the G2 last Friday and finally parted way with my Galaxy Nexus. The phone is fabulous, especially now that it's rooted and free of verizon bloat. I was seriously considering waiting for the Note 3 or One Max, but the G2 is just big enough to be bold and beautiful, but not too big that it's a hassle to hold or overly bulky. By the way, the battery life is fantastic. The fist day I had it, playing with it all the time, it lasted 23 hours on the factory charge. BTW - 33,598 on AnTuTu. Get this phone people; you won't be sorry.

23. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

This just showed up on amazon finally. As LG optimus G2. No discount on ATT, $50 off on the VZW version.

24. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If you’re on Verizon see if “VERIZON30” still works online. Worked for me yesterday bringing the cost down to $140. Even did in store pickup the same day. With the iPhone coming out this week I doubt that this code will still be active as we near Friday.

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