The best and worst LG smartphones we've ever reviewed
posted by Peter K. / Mar 21, 2015, 11:22 AM
Being one of the more prevalent global smartphone slingers, LG is undoubtedly a household name when it comes to smartphones. During its long years of Android smartphone production, the second-largest handset maker from South Korea has certainly produced many noteworthy devices that have carved their way in smartphone history.
Naturally, we've been enamored with many LG phones over the years, as these have stricken the perfect balance between design, functionality, and overall experience. However, you can't be in the industry for such a long time and not release a few phones that we're a bit disappointing. LG is not an exception as it has released a number of devices that were plagued by many issues and... well, not suitable for its engineering prowess.
Let's explore what are some of the best and worst LG-made phones we've reviewed over the years. Note that we've sorted them in descending order.
The best LG phones
5. LG G Flex
The first curved LG device, the G Flex, was a phone that popped up in late 2013. Apart from the distinct silhouette, it also came with a rear cover that allowed it to "heal" and not get scratched. The phone came with a 6" P-OLED display at the front, a quad-core Snapdragon 800, and 2GB of RAM.
4. LG Optimus G
The LG Optimus G was LG's flagship offering for 2012, sporting a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,100mAh. The phone had a few weaknesses, namely the under-performing camera, call quality that left a lot to be desired (luckily addressed in the AT&T version of the phone), and the not-so mature user interface, but as a whole the Optimus G was truly a notoable LG device.
3. LG G Pro 2
The blown-up version of the LG G2, the G Pro 2, is a phablet that is pretty feature-packed, even as per today's standards. With a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, 3GB of RAM, a 3,200mAh battery, and a 13MP rear camera, the phone was a respectable phablet powerhouse at the time of its announcement. It was a few drawbacks in the software department that prevented it from securing an even better rating in our review.
2. LG G3
The current LG flagship, the G3, was the first globally available device to don a Quad HD display. In particular, the handset dons a pixel density of 538ppi, which was among the highest in the industry. Some other showstopping features of the phone are its laser-assisted auto-focus and feature-rich user interface. Unfortunately, it was not devoid of a few drawbacks - the slight interface lag and the few gimmicks on-board.
1. LG G2
Despite its design was not something to lo and behold, the LG G2 was truly one of the remarkable phones of 2013. The 5.2-inch phone came with some respectable hardware inside, "handy" software features in the form of Knock Code, and a pretty good rear camera. As a whole, we had little to no gripes with the device, which secured it the top spot in our hall of fame.
The worst LG phones
Despite being an affordable phone aimed at the younger generation, this LG phone from 2011 failed to impress us. Starting from its under-performing camera and low-res display (even by 2011's standards), the LG Optimus Me P350 was a device that generally disappointed us.
Where to start, with the high price tag that it commanded, the mighty ugly TFT display at the front, or the camera that produced totally unimpressive photos? Well, you decide!
This plasticky phone impressed us with nothing, really. It had a pretty sub-par camera, even as per 2011's standards. These are just a few of the reasons due to which we awarded it with such a lowly rating.
The second generation of the Optimus L3 was even worse than the first one. Even as per 2013's standards, this LG device did not give any particular reason why you should shell out a fraction of your hard-earned money for it instead for one of its many rivals.
This is by far one of the worse phones that has ever ventured inside our headquarters. Apart from the interesting and compelling concept behind it (a QWERTY-enabled slider that had a secondary display on the sliding bit), the appalling call quality, clunky design, keyboard that was pretty hard to use made the LG DoublePlay a phone best forgotten.
If the LG G3 had that 1080p screen...sh*t wouldn't had hit the fan. Pretty underrated phone IMO tho.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 11:36 AM 3
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People that own it love it. It would have been a perfect phone in my opinion if the display was 1080 FHD. This would have prevented the lag and the battery life would have been on par with the G2 or even better.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 1:14 PM 3
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Cool, my phone is on #1 for the best.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 11:48 AM 4
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Mine would be number one on the list by PA's standards if they included LG-made Nexus devices... :,(
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 12:29 PM 1
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The g2 can still keep pace with many smartphones today despite it's age.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 11:53 AM 7
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I almost bought a G2 last week. You can get them for really cheap on eBay, and it's hard to beat the performance vs cost ratio. Far better than any new "mid-ranger" cramped with a SD400 or 410. Ended up with a OnePlus One instead, since my budget allowed, but I still recommend the G2 to people all the time.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 12:06 PM 2
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The Nexus 4/5 don't count?
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 11:54 AM 0
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I always think of the nexus phones as a google made phone even tho its really not made by them so maybe PA does 2
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 12:02 PM 0
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I guess. Their "brothers" are represented though, as the Optimus G and G2. Even so, I'm still impressed by my Nexus 4. Over 2 years old and it handles whatever I throw at it. Yeah, the camera isn't so good, and battery life sucks, but the quad core 1.5Ghz S4 Pro and 2gb RAM still holds its own when it comes to loading apps, multi-tasking, and graphically intense games. Compared to "budget" phones like the Moto G, I expect it'll be another year or even two before the Nexus 4 will be considered "obsolete".
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 12:17 PM 0
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You guys should do an Apple "Best and Worst" thread. Lowest: 8.0 Highest: 9.3
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 12:46 PM 4
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Were the initial reviews revised after the iPhone 4's antenna issues were discovered?
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 1:14 PM 1
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I had the LG Revolution a few years ago and that phone almost made me quit Android. It was so slow and laggy after a year that it was basically unusable. Luckily, I only had a one year contract and I switched over to the S3. A few months later I got the Nexus 4 and that crazy notion of getting an iPhone left my head.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 1:52 PM 1
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I really don't understand why 1440p UHD on g3 is bad and make it laggy and battery drainer but its good on S6. 1440p UHD is useless on this phones anyway you can't really see over 320 ppi or a little more. good for all those manufactures who don't go beyond 440ppi.
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 4:35 PM 0
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I'm really surprised the LG Vu didn't make it on here. It was such a crap phone that I swore to never buy another LG again. I called their customer service because I thought it was buggy, but it turns out, the phone was really just that bad. It has a 5.5 rating so it should have made it on here as one of the worst! I only bought it because it had TV, and honestly, the TV on it was awesome!
posted on Mar 21, 2015, 8:57 PM 0
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