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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...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:13

13. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

Good article, i wish PA's reviews are as spontanious as this because it gets boring after a while...

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:42

15. housry23 (Posts: 131; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

Thanks for the read. I like this type of in depth review from someone that has actually used the phone for some time, as long as he/she is objective and unbiased. With Chris being a Newxus 4 user and myself owning a Nexus 5 and previously a Nexus 4, it was good to see the review from you perspective.

With that being said, I just have 1 question and it's not for you or PA, but for the OEM's When are they going to learn not to clog up the notification bar and pull down with all those different color, different size icons and toggles and this and that. NO!!! Please stop! I had a Galaxy S4, and Touchwiz has become a complete mess. LG's looks about the same. The s4 was great with CM or some other stock Android like Rom on it and I bet this one would be too. I guess I'm more of a stock guy. I actually love what Motorola is doing. If I could put the G2 battery, Motorola software and iPhone camera on a Nexus 5, now that would be the perfect phone!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:42 1

35. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Motorola is on the right path. They are using vanilla Android and they are optimizing it for speed, stability and battery life. But they are missing a crucial point. Motorola Assist, Migrate, Camera etc. are all great apps. But they have to follow Vanilla Android's style and ensure that each and every part of the UI follows Vanilla Android's design language to deliver a unified experience. Even Google doesn't follow their design language in some areas of Android. That's one the main attractions of iPhone and something that each and every Android phone lacks.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:55 1

17. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

Most people seemed to enjoy this article. I found it insanely boring and couldn't get past the 3rd paragraph. To each his own I guess. As for the g2, I have the verizon model. I really love it and it is a huge upgrade from my previous iphone 4. I have never used a non verizon g2, but just by the looks, I would say the verizon version buttons are slightly inferior. It is hard to tell where your finger is without looking. Mine does have wireless charging though and that really comes in handy. All in all, I love it.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:49

20. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Particularly interesting to me is the catchy philosophical statement: No one steps into the same river twice. That made me go through the entire review. Interesting but detailed personal feeling about a very good device. I own one and love it. No headaches whatsoever. Thanks.

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:54

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

more like a weird headline

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 16:18

21. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Well, that was a good read.
One of the best on this site so far!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:43

22. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

I too went from a N4 to the G2 and love the change. I don't use QSlide or Slide Aside, but the floating call is a nice feature. The feature that cuts down on steps a lot for me is when it recognizes a headset is plugged in and quick app options appear, makes going to Google Music that much easier.

And the battery is incredible, rivaled only by the beautiful screen. LG nailed it with both of those components. Took me about a day to get used to the back buttons, they always seem to be in the right spot.

Two things I don't like, is the screen rotation and Knock On. With the headset jack on the bottom, why does the screen rotation only allow 90 degrees. I plug the phone into my car stereo via the headset, 180 degree rotation only makes sense. As for Knock On, love the feature but it doesn't turn off with custom launchers. Can't settle without Nova, so that's a feature I wish worked both ways. You can still turn the phone on, just can't double tap to turn it off.

9.5 rating from me after about a month's use.

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:55

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

More like 10/10!!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:05

24. papss (unregistered)

I sold my note 3 and picked up a white g2 and really like it so far. Ive only had it a few days but it already seems like a great fit for me personally.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:51

26. SBL_LNG (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Great writing! everyone will fall in love with G2 if they have read the whole text!
From a G2 user.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:15

29. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

This was one of the best articles Ive read from PhoneArena in a while. He was very descriptive about the phone. I didnt like the fact that the build of the phone is so flimsy that it broke in 2 and because of that.............I wont be buying the phone anytime soon. The media coverage of the phone is worth it, but I need a more rugged phone than that.

In my opinion, the G2 is worth buying for those that want a good phone for a decent price, but for tech guys like me, it doesnt "wow" me enough to buy it

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:58

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

Then you aren't a tech guy!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:27

32. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Sigh, how tired are we of hearing about people complain about LG's slow updates. Said the same nonsensical bulls*** about HTC and they were one of the first with 4.3. LG is going to be like the first company with 4.4. It's almost mind boggling to read the crap that you people think. 4.4 didn't even come out yet officially and you are complaining about LG's timing when they are going to have it in like 2-3 months. Not to mention, the G2 is still the best phone out there. It doesn't even need the update in the first place. The people in this smartphone atmosphere are real downers.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 03:30

33. adk199 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

I've had the G2 since it was out and i still enjoy it. I suppose the battery is what i appreciate most. No more charging every night. Second the knock knock. When i hit snooze in the morning i don't have to grab it to turn the screen off immediately. Also if there is a notification i don't have to find the "on" button. On a surface i can turn it on, read, turn off in just a few easy moves. Don't have to lift or press the phone. I know it isn't much but it's very pleasant to use.
In most other aspects it does what i expect from a good phone and fairly easy to add/remove features.
I dropped it a few times from my pocket to a hard floor and it hasn't broken yet. Perhaps i was just lucky :-)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:43

34. commercialPilot (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

My experience with the LG G2 (4.2.2) for 14 days on T-Mobile USA:

Good: 1. An excellent camera with sharp images and correct color—the best I've seen. 2. Excellent reception and download speeds on T-Mobile USA LTE—the best I've seen. 3. Excellent battery life—the best I've seen. 4. Excellent screen colors—similar to iPhone 5S. 5. The OS was easy to navigate (for me).

Bad: 1. Bluetooth bug (ref. XDA Developers) which caused three different headsets: Samsung HM6000, Motorola Whisper, and even the LG 730 Tone+, to constantly disconnect. 2. Keyboard bug causing random keystrokes or words (extremely annoying!); two T-Mobile store managers reported this same bug. 3. Inconvenient power and volume buttons when combined with the LG 'QuickWindow Folio Case.' 5. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi issues with the top Play Store audio players. The T-Mobile LG G2 does not include a headset! My Sony, Nokia, and iPhone headsets were not properly matched and sounded terrible (low muted tones). Only my Samsung Note II headset sounded correct.

I wanted to love this phone—and initially I did; but, alas, I returned it—as bluetooth connectivity and a reliable keyboard for texting is important for me. Waiting until Q1 2014 (possibly into March) is far too long for these issues to be fixed.

I do not recommend the LG G2 until these bugs are expunged.

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 18:01

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

Are you kidding? International version of the G2 has none of those issues..

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 17:41

40. lonewolf2873 (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

I loved this article for the extreme amount of information.
I hated this article for how long winded it was.
Can't win for losing....lol

This has got to be the best unbiased article I've read here, long winded or not. This is how all devices need to be reviewed. I don't own a G2 but rather a Note 3. Regardless of my love for the Note 3, I felt I might be missing the boat.
I must go look at a G2 now, thanks Chris :-)

PA take notice of these comments about Chris, I think you have a great asset with him.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 18:50

41. mattmattmatt92 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Great article. Two weeks ago when I got a new phone it was between the g2 and htc one. Both were $49. I didn't get the same a mount of time to play with the g2 in store because most places I went had it strapped down or a demo unit was non existent. Ultimately it was the plastic of the g2 that I got the htc one.

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 18:04

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

So your standards to buy a phone solely on build material.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 18:08

42. passion_plus (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

In the specs I see that this phone has FM Radio, but when I bought the Verizon version, I don't see the FM radio at all. I read somewhere that FM radio on Verizon phone was replaced by the LTE sim slot. Is that true?

I played around with AT&T version at a store and couldn't find the radio there either.

No mention of in PA review as well. Stragne I say !!

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 08:46

43. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

I love the G2. Easily the best phone of 2013. It just has something about it. Perhaps new ideas? Something that is lacking in todays cell phone market. Google, LG and Motorola will steam roll whats left of APPLE to the core in 2014. Have you seen the new MAC PRO black tube that costs as much as a good vacation. The billions in the bank has given them the gift of no creativity or motivation to do anything that registers even with its core customer. Get a new CEO fast.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 07:24

48. Ethos (unregistered)

G2 a giant ? u are blind when u look at xperia z1 ?? g2 is SAME size as htc one or s4 .. just half inch taller display and that is better n ? the bezel is IDENTCAL with s4 !

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 09:53

49. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

SONY still suffers from lousy screens.

No matter how good the inside you still need to be good on the outside.

The G2 screen is superior to SONY.

So is the MOTO X and so many others.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 05:46

52. Saafa (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

This review is amazing!! You're awesome Chris bro! :D

keep moving forward!

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 09:20

53. huzaif (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)

Its an awesome review , have been a while since reading such a review covering its every practical aspects .The best part was when u described about knock on feature and showed it to ur colleagues but it worked.The same things used to happen on my S3 when certain features would not work when required and so I shut all those features and was just using the raw power of the beast with very limited touchwiz crap.I was confused in selecting G2 over Z1 but now am certain will definitely go with G2 as despite its shortcomings its still far better than eye candy Z1. Thank you for this review and plz keep doing this sort of review on other flagships as well.One can only know his fn better after using it for months ...

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 23:19

55. sbdunks413 (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)

Very awesome review. I'm regretting purchasing the nexus 5 last month when I could have got the G2 for only $100 more :/

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:22

59. WallySal (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

Would it be safe to say that the G2 will be future proof? I really want to get this phone but just started to reconsider the Android platform as a whole; seeing how the experience is almost never smooth or consistent as oppose to the latest IOS.

I've been trying to make a decision for a while now. Came up with nothing solid yet.

NOTE: I'll be paying full price in the case of either purchase, and I'm not sure the iphone 5s can justify the increased price difference.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:28

60. sem65 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)

Thank you for the review. I've had the G2 for about a month, and really like it. Nothing about it has made me regret the purchase. I haven't read all the comments after the review, so excuse me if this has already been mentioned. You gave the phone app a "thumbs down" because when you open the app, it goes to the dialer rather than to the contacts. You rightfully mentioned that hardly anyone uses a dialer anymore. However, there is another app that is very commonly used, has all the dialer features, and opens up with the contacts. It's called "Contacts". Simply remove the "Phone" app if you don't like seeing the dialer upon opening the app and replace it with "Contacts". Simple! Moreover, the software allows you to edit the tabs to your liking. The phone is very configurable.

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:45

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

That's true

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