LG G2 Review

Life hasn't been so good for LG recently, at least when it comes to the smartphone market. In the last couple of years, the company has rolled out a number of high-end, flagship phones that haven't really managed to make a dent. Do you remember the Optimus 4X HD? The Optimus G? The G Pro? OK, the manufacturer scored a sweet deal with Google for the Nexus 4, though everyone knows that the Nexus 4 is anything else but a money-maker...
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159 Comments

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Uh no. G2 got it's 9.4 score because it's a badass smartphone, not because it was paid by LG. It deserves the score it got.

52. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

With all due respect sir, I seriously doubt that. LG is name, I don't prefer, for my past experiences with it have been quite unappealing. I have used various phones by LG and they have had a very small lifespan of about 5-6 months. Either it is my heavy usage that forces me to buy a Sony or Nokia, or only they offer good quality smartphones. But its a matter of preference. PS - Pardon my English and I don't wish to overcomplicate the comments but those were my views and I don't care if anyone doesn't appreciate them.

54. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Don't worry about your English, it's better than 99% of people that comment here anyways. You're disappointment in LG is fair enough, but you can't blame PA for giving them a good review despite LG's past phones and their short lifespans. As a reviewer, Ray S. has no choice but to give LG the benefit of the doubt. I would be a fan of revised reviews over time though, for phones that either get better or worse due to software updates, etc.

56. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I appreciate it sir.

76. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

"Past experience" is where you make your mistake at. Today's LG is not the same as the one you're making a big deal out of. Truth all manufacturers have atleast one great device. But you're making it seem like LG is the worst. It's just as bad as those android "lag" comments that won't die. It's a new day and so is LG. They're not what they use to be man. Just look at their mid rangers too.

60. jskates420

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 29, 2013

You meant "sea" not see...

61. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not sold on the overall size and back buttons but I am sold on the Nexus 5 if it is based on this. If it is based on the Moto x then ill just get a nexus 4 or something else

67. DFranch

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

So the review says design boring, and creaky materials, bulky. Nice screen, though colors a bit off. Average call quality, and it gets a 9.4.

100. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably because it destroys every other phone in all the other categories you chose not mention and chose not to focus. No one really makes phone calls these days BTW, at leat not in North America and boring design is subjective. Unfortunately for LG and Samsung, seems like every reviewer is a metal whore.

107. DFranch

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'm not saying it isn't a good phone, Just saying 9.4 seems kind of high considering the cons the article mentions. Maybe a 9, but no higher. Using that logic, we should just drop the phone functionallity altogether. Think how much that would save in battery life. Sorry, but the phone is still important, you can't do everything via text & email, sometimes you have to actually talk to people.

111. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That is the thing, the cons are really just nitpicking to me and a lot of other people. Sure they might be big deals to you but apparently not to myself and the reviewer. The areas where it excels like performance, functionality, and DNA, well those are meat and potatoes to most people, hence the 9.4.

68. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Seems like a very very good phone, would have definitely considered but the ui is bad. I have the s4 which its own tw is cartoony too but the lg ui is on another scale which I can't get use to personally..I personally like the buttons on the back and I think it's something I could get use to. If the nexus 5 is based on this then I can't wait.

69. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Just wanted to add that I think the score is about right even though some ring agree. Reason being is that most of the "cons" are subjective.

71. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

wow 9.4 with no Microsd slot!!! too bad this will sell only in korea and some part in the US

72. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

All 4 major carriers in the US and will be in Europe before the end of the year.

73. Noble_One

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Due to the overall great reaction the phone is getting, I expect less people to be clamoring for the nexus version. It seems lg did a bit better with the software. I have the original g and could see why some people would like the n4 better. Despite the low price you aren't giving much up in comparison to the lgog plus you're getting stock android and excellent updates. This time around the g2 has so much "premium" built in that there's bound to be some real trade offs. Will the hi fi sound, ois, and 13mp, 1080p display, etc. make the nexus cut? I'm interested to see...

75. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

I want different phones, but w/o removable battery, never mind. My HTC One is almost perfect, except no removable batt., my gnote2 is not prefect because of small amount of internal memory, no FM radio, no ir TV remote, but still better than hTc One.

78. cristianer

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 20, 2010

Finally photos without the enormous ugly PA watermark.

79. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Rushed review, they should have put up the battery test, how the audio/call quality compares in a chart with competitors and geez, what's with the sake of smiting a phone and saying it "stands no chance against the HTC One/iPhone 5/Lumia 925" if design is what you're looking for? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't design aesthetics preferentially based on each individual user? They should have been more objective in their review. This is kind of... bad in my opinion; no reason to put a hastened review up, just for the sake of being first. Other than that, I like the phone.

81. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Although the only vibe I got from reading the review was "it's alright, I guess." I have no doubt it deserved the 9.4, just a tiny notch above the S4.

82. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That's why they probably even gave it that number to troll and 1-up the Galaxy S4, just because it uses slightly older hardware than the G2 lol.

83. lil2070

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I would say that LG has tried well ... But again what's really the point of making the proccesor faster and screens with higher ppi in every successor . It would merely perform the same as its predecesor, only a Tiny little bit of improvement that didn't even bother any of us and wasn't even needed .. Smartphones should now enter into a new era, with something different .. Not an Inovation but an Invention

102. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So you can have a really nice screen without moving backwards in performance......sounds good to me.

84. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Still no real information = /. 10$ says the sep 12th release is BS

85. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

LG fail to optizime the software for for the mightly S800 ~

86. ramoman

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

i still prefering my xperia z ultra

87. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

How can you prefer the Xperia Z Ultra and you haven't tried the G2??

88. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yay. Another spec race phone with gimmicky features, uninspired build quality, and little in real innovation getting an overly inflated score. While I'm sure it's a very solid phone, a 9.4 when it has average at best call quality, creakiness to the build and a muted screen is simply out of tune. I'm getting tired of benchmarks that never get realized with everyday use being the measuring stick of android phones when it comes to reviews here.

101. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't know, I haven't tried the phone yet but the score seems right. The creaky build is just some bs Apple and HTC fanboys made up because they are allergic to plastic. I have never even once used a plastic phone that creaked. And 95% of the phones I have used have been plastic. No one really cares about call quality. As long as you can communicate when texting back and forth takes too long and in emergencies. And the screen is apparently fantastic. Sure it might not be as calibrated as well as a calibrated TV but neither is the HTC One. In fact, display mate dissed the calibration on the HTC One and most Apple fans preferred the cooler looking iPhone 4 calbration. Just look up yellow tint, people hate the iPhone 5 supposedly perfect calibration. LG did the right thing by making it run cooler IMO. I prefer it myself. It is not just about benchmarks. The S800 makes everything better. I still see lags and stutters on the S600, I am waiting to see which S800 device to buy. Better battery life, faster, runs cooler, faster, smoother etc All tangible differences made by the S800. So it crushes in the display, camera, performance, and has all the features you will ever need....sounds like 9.4 to me. Uninspired build quality is totally subjective and not to mention superficial and call quality means jack all. If it had a super nice, modern, and hip design, and awesome call quality and was less bulky it would have gotten the extra .6 for a perfect 10 no? Yes because then it would have nailed all categories.

109. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Here's the thing though: It's less about what the phone warrants as opposed to what is contained in the review. Creaky plastic is mentioned (and I can imagine that a good segment of the population would prefer a sturdier build. Same for cheap buttons). And what do you mean no one cares about call quality? This is, in fact, a phone. One of the primary things it does is place and receive phone calls. And again, it's mentioned in the article as being sub par. The screen is apparently very good, but maybe not fantastic (according to this review, which is where I have an issue). Rated as great, but not the best. Lags and stutters seem almost entirely dependent on the skin being used more than the processor. A heavy skin like Touchwiz seems to feature them in spades, while a Nexus 4 running stock Android feels like it flies. It does well on display,has high performance, a good camera, and gimmicky features, but also has average at best call quality and a chintzy build quality. If you feel like weighing things according to your own scale of not caring about build quality or the fact that it's only average as a phone, go for it. But as a review of the unit, it sends a silly message to not actually weigh these items into the score. The thing is, my issue is with the review more than the phone itself. It's incredibly lacking in real detail. Why is this phone a 9.4? What does it do better than say the GS4 that got a 9.3 or the HTC One that got a 9.1? There is no benchmark for these scores, therefore they appear as arbitrary numbers with no real context.
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