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Living with the LG G2: a long-term review

0. phoneArena posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:53

I've been living with the fantastic LG G2 for nearly 2 months, and I've finally sat down to compile the numerous insights my in-depth journey has brought about in one place...

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:57 19

1. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

Who is this chris P. I like your articles. Can you make this type of in depth articles and in depth reviews regular here? With most, if not all top flagship phones?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:18 12

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Chris P. is one of the very good writers at PA. I also like his articles. :)

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:05 6

12. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

The only thing missing is "Dear Diary" at the beginning. lol joke

Yeah my fave PA authors now are Chris and Michael.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:52 1

39. MAXXtreme007 (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Yes, this in-depth review was great! I was honestly hesitant at first reading about his rifle, but it got better and better! Great article Chris! Chris and Michael are both superb authors!

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:43

62. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

He's great!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:15 1

28. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)

Agreed with everyones statement. Further in-depth review should be mandated for all brand flagships. Maybe even a guess brand like "CHINESE" branded phones to see how they really stack up to everyday usage. Wonderful article and you also hit all the key points. Looking foward to more in-depth reviews.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:59 11

2. E.S.1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

I have my LG G2 for about a month now. The phone is awesome, not even a single complaint...

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:25 1

6. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

Its awesome. The only problem with LG is their updates. They are really slow to update their phones. Even though the xda community helps in solving most of the problems, i still prefer them giving new updates regularly. My S2 had 2.3.3, then was updated to 2.3.6. Then 4.0.1 then 4.1.2. My friend had bought the LG 2X at the same time and he didnt get updates for a long time. infact he was stuck in froyo for what seemed eternity.
LG makes great phones. And i hope they update their flagships atleast. And i hate that 18 month rule from Google which is plain bs. It should be atleast 36 months for flagships.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:45 3

16. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Are you for real ?? There are already LG G2 versions with 4.4 kitkat update and internationally it is going to seed at 1Q of 2014 !!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:25

31. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

4.4 is obviously a must. What about after that. Once the 18 month cycle finishes. I doubt LG will update their phones. Hence im blaming google. 24 months is a minimum time for updates to be given to phones.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:26

36. mattkl (Posts: 234; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)

Why would you blame Google? Did you clearly think you comment through?

Google cannot keep up with every single Android device out there past 18 months efficiently. But guess who can? The manufacturer of your device since they only have a certain amount devices to service. Google allows them to take the most current Android OS and modify it accordingly to their hardware. If LG decides to not support updates after 18 months then that's not Googles fault. Google does not hold back the latest update from the manufacturers after the 18 months, so be upset at LG or whoever makes and services your device.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 03:45

37. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

you do know that Galaxy nexus is not getting kitkat? I blame google and only google for that.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 13:38

38. mattkl (Posts: 234; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)

There you go getting a little closer to the point. I still don't blame Google though. They did NOT make the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Samsung did and if they wanted they could continue to support their phone and the software on it. Google will not upgrade it and Samsung decided not to support it past the 18 months either. Why would I be more upset with Google than Samsung? Do you get upset at Walmart for not upgrading the software on your GE microwave?

When I found out the GNex wasn't getting updated I made my own decisions and bought a Droid Maxx. I'll be buying a Note 3 off contract in a few. I have seen no plans as of yet from Samsung about updating the Note 3 at this point and I'm not upset with Google or Samsung about that (although not a huge Samsung fan). I read and have my expectations up front. If you get a phone that you like at the time then you'll be fine. Sounds like you buy phones you don't like hoping they'll support and upgrade until you're satisfied? Loved my GNex for the 2 years I had it, don't expect any more from it. Good luck. Maybe research a phone before you buy it so you won't be so angry. Not sure why you keep a phone you're unhappy with. Make moves, be a man, complaining like a child won't get you an update or new phone. You could always root if you're capable.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:24

51. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

I m not sure of this. but isnt the reason why Galaxy nexus is not getting the update is coz its chip manufacturer closed down or something ?
I sure wont blame Google even if the reason wasnt this. For what its worth, they brought out 4.4 so that devices with lower h/w can run the latest Android.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:08

61. pp3k3jamail (Posts: 23; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)

The galaxy nexus is old and shouldn't get a updated especially while the nexus 4 and nexus 5 is out

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:21

50. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

He was just speaking from his past experience with LG. You cant argue that LG sucked when it came to timely updates. But I feel ,since it has start collabrating with Google, the updates has been more frequent.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:07

27. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)

irrelevent statement...4.4 is scheduled to seed...need i say fanboyism

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:25

4. denmcdon (Posts: 90; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)

My g2 doesn't creak?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:45 1

19. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Hey denmcdon,

That's likely because there are several versions of the LG G2. We have 2 Korean models at the office, and both creak pretty seriously.

Are you on a Verizon/AT&T/etc version?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:59

23. papss (unregistered)

I have the att version and unless i twist it it doesnt mske a plsound.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:23

25. denmcdon (Posts: 90; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)

Chris I'm on verizon

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:25 3

5. R-vjn (Posts: 271; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

This article is really great. A real in-depth review i must say.
From my point of view, the best phone of 2013 is the G2.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:45 2

7. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)

This article is so catchy and all the articles on this site need to be like this

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:25 5

8. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

The first of Chris P's articles that I read. And it was nicely refreshing-being so different from other PA articles. :-)
P.S.-Chris, we don't mind these kind of introductions. Keep it up!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:09

9. 0scar1Ox (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

Do LG G2 after 2 months lag sometimes, like in UI or gaming? I mean, have it's performance droped a bit?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:04

14. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

i have an lg g2 and galaxy s4 only that i gave my mom the s4 but anyways when playing games on both i noticed the s4 has lagged more when playing gta 3 or gta vice city the lg never lagged it plays both games smoothly

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:52

30. Tito73 (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Actually my note 10.1"had note 2" doesn't lag with fifa 14, real racing 3, gta 3,...cpu 32 nm exynos cortex a9 quadcore 2gb ram, jb 4.1.2! S4 lags because of lack of optimization! But I have some ui lags sometimes!
Next phone will be lg or htc 5,2 inches at the most!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:44

18. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Hey 0scar1Ox,

I haven't noticed any kind of slowdown.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:32 1

10. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

My review regarding the G2 is also same as yours.
Before the G2, I was using the Galaxy S4. Before it, I switched from the Note 2 to Xperia Z. When I sold my S4 and went to buy new one. I had multiple options: Nexus 5, Note 3, Xperia Z1, Htc One/ One Max and of course the G2. I quickly opted the G2.
I had already read a dozen of reviews of G2 including PhoneArena's, GSMArena's, Android authority's, Android central's etc.
Now its 3 weeks since I am using the LG G2. The white colour is more attracting in my eyes. I must say that this phone is amazing. Its a new experience after using every Samsung's Note and S Series.
For getting used to the back keys on it, It took me little time to adjust. Weather in landscape or potriat, the back keys are a joy to use. May be it is because that I read several reviews and had a high desire to own a G2, the back keys were no trouble for me.
The U.I, Display, Design, Utility Features are new for me. Moreover, the Camera is amazing. Shooting FHD video at 60 fps is really really smooth.
Not only this, I have rooted my phone and used XDA's Auto Hide Keys to hide the navigation keys occasionally. I am currently playing Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2. I hide the nav keys and play games on full screen. This exprience is also amazing.

To conclude, I say that instead of going for Note III opting for G2 is a wise decision.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:52 1

11. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

very nice review. the only problem i've had with my at&t g2 is the low light performance of the camera. it's pretty bad. if it wasnt for some devs on xda that have modded the camera app and libraries to improve the camera's performance, i would not use this camera at night at all. i also have the battery issue of mysteriously draining from time to time. most nights when i put the phone on the charger it's at around 50% life left. but some nights it's at around 20% life and i know i havent used it any more than i did when it was at 50% the night prior. so there's definitely something that's randomly killing the battery. i've gotten used to the rear buttons and i can say i actually like them. i use a diztronic tpu case that's pretty thin and adds very little bulk. i too noticed the little stutter in the homescreen ui the first couple days i had my g2. but then someone on xda came out with how to turn off thermal throttling in the phones hidden menu and that solved that issue for me. it also solved the lag in the camera app. the only thing that worries me about the future for this phone is lg's speed of bringing out updates. they are pretty bad about that. i remember when i had an optimus g and it took forever for that phone to get an update and the update wasnt even the latest android that was out. i fear lg will give the g2 android 4.3 when other oem's are giving their phones 4.4. 1 last thing that kind of surprised me was the OIS on my g2. when recording video's with my g2 and having to walk or record kids that force you to move alot because they move alot, the ois isnt that great. i have a lumia 920 that has ois and i can tell you that my g2's ois is just not as good as my lumia 920's ois. but all in all, the g2 camera is good for what android has to offer.

i recommend this phone to people all the time and have actually caused 2 people to get it.

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