Retrospective: LG's best phones from the last 10 years, culminating with the new G3

Retrospective: LG's best phones from the last 10 years, culminating with the new G3
With the G3 - announced earlier today - LG became the first major company to have a Quad HD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) smartphone. Sure enough, Samsung, HTC and others may follow shortly, but, for now, it’s LG that’s making headlines. 

The new G3 is LG's flagship for this year, and seems to be one of those devices that history won’t forget too soon. So we thought that its announcement day would be perfect for taking a look at LG’s best handsets introduced in the last decade - from 2004 to 2014 - and see how the South Korean company evolved to become what it is now. It’s nothing short of amazing how far technology has changed in only 10 years (which isn’t that much if we think about it in the grand scheme of things). Of course, this is true not just for LG, but for most manufacturers out there.

The handsets seen below may be different from your favorite LG phones, and, if that’s the case, feel free to leave a comment and mention what LG phones from over the years you liked best.

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2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

LG Optimus is also the first to use dual cores cpu for Android phone.

27. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

But quite a crappy implemention to be honest, i had one and i couldn't even keep LG's buggy crappy software on it, had to change to CM to get a STABLE experience, not to mention the longer than one year wait to get ICS...

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

T-Mobile's G2x was an Optimus 2X with Stock Android. THAT was a really likable phone in the day.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The optimus G was awesome. I was thrilled at that time, seeing an android so fast.

6. FazlurKhan

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Good job LG!

8. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

lg g2 was the world first 13mp OIS. exluding 20mp, 40mp, 8mp

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And 4mp? ;p

10. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I still have the Optimus One (P500), and is still going strong with Gingerbread on board. The battery life is still great and btw I've never had one single complaint about that device.

37. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

yes the build was totally stable...commendable job

12. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Ooo, how far we've come.

13. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I think LG MU500 should be here. It was a flip phone with a rotating Camera (similar to the one in Oppo N1), it had 3G and was very good overall.

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah the good ol'days, flip phones and antennas still been used till to today,wow..

15. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

where is the G flex?

19. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

You clearly don't have any Idea why these pictures were posted here.

17. nomancool unregistered

i still have the lg optimus one ! Running cm11 without any problems ... used froyo , gingerbread , ICS , JB and now kitkat on this device ....

18. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Where the heck is the LG Voyager or even the LG EnV Touch? LG Voyager was amazing at the time, one of the best qwerty keyboards there was.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3616; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not a bad list. The Optimus series had a nice run. And LG could put out some nice basic and feature phones. On the flip side, the list of worst LG phones would be impressive for oh so many different reasons, but impressive none the less.

21. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

My dad had LG Renoir. It had awesome camera and nice UI, but resistive screen was awful.

22. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I had the Renoir as well, the last dumb phone it had a great camera for its time but yh touch screen was very annoying to use! But then moved to android with the Samsung Galaxy S being the first android I got!

23. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1154; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What about the popular LG Chatterbox??? One of the best selling low end QWERTY phones around, in 2009. The LG Arena was a beast, even though it wasn't a smartphone I remember it packing so e great hardware and an incredible camera.

24. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Wow, Well done LG. Proud to see My Beast G2 in the list (offcourse ;) This is my third LG in a Row.. LG-P690 => Nexus 4 => LG G2.... :)

25. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Great article. Hope you write the same for Samsung, Sony (Ericsson), Nokia, etc.

36. crazzyd77

Posts: 36; Member since: May 07, 2014

Agreed..

26. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Forgot the LG Expo/IQ. First 1ghz WM powered phone. Had a Pico projector option.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3106; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Correction. The LG Fathom was the first 1 gig WinMo phone. Awesome little phone. The Expo (LG Monaco) was an improved Fathom with a better camera and the pico projector but the Fathom had WM 6.5.3 (another first)

33. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I stand corrected. Where was that phone sold? I missed it in XDA and obviously everywhere else. Thanks for the clarity though.

34. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Verizon? No wonder I missed it.

28. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

We all can argue but LG does make really good phones. I love my G2 and would never switch back to Samsung or iPhone. It would definitely be a downgrade.

30. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

The second phone, from 2005, had stereo speakers... Most phones today dont have that. :-(

32. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Excellent evolution of their phones. Ever since the Km900 (which was the first phone i wanted), their phones have been getting better and the LG G3 is clearly H1's best phone (next to the GS5 ofc)

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