x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

LG G2 Review

LG G2 9.4


The LG G2 is running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, but LG has, naturally, used its own custom user interface to shake things up. LG's UI is highly-customizable – probably the most customizable custom UI present, and while Android purists will most probably frown upon that, LG argues that such features are much appreciated in its home market of Asia. In terms of looks, the G2's interface is quite TouchWiz-like – bright and vivid colors are present in pretty much every screen, while not-so-subtle animations are adding a generous amount of playfulness to the whole experience.

We still don't like things such as the colorful dummies for those people in your contacts list that lack an image, or fact that LG has just crammed each and every setting it could think of in the notifications tray, but oh well, that's the way South Koreans seem to like Android. Personally, we'd prefer the more grown-up appearance of HTC's Sense 5, but LG's UI isn't bad as well, and has that perfectly fluid movement one would expect from a cutting-edge device such as the LG G2.

Processor and Memory

The LG G2 is a beast of a smartphone. With the most powerful Qualcomm processor available — Snapdragon 800 — the G2 simply blast through them benchmarks like no other phone currently on the market. The CPU is a quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 monster, while the graphics chip is the capable Adreno 330. We're absolutely certain that the G2 is more than up to the task of running each and every 3D game or app out there. System-wise, the G2 is also a great performer — noticeably better than the GS4 — as it exhibits no visible lag throughout the system.

When it comes to the system memory, the G2 will be well-equipped to handle your multitasking activities with its 2 GB of RAM, while internal storage comes in 16 GB or 32 GB flavors. Sadly, you cannot expand this using a microSD card, since such a slot is missing from the handset.

Higher is better
LG G2 20654
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078
HTC One 12481
Sony Xperia Z 8221
Higher is better
LG G2 35376
Samsung Galaxy S4 24701
HTC One 23308
Sony Xperia Z 20835
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
LG G2 50
Samsung Galaxy S4 39
HTC One 31
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
LG G2 1229
Samsung Galaxy S4 704
HTC One 781
Sony Xperia Z 626
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
LG G2 2951
Samsung Galaxy S4 1702
HTC One 2395
Sony Xperia Z 2198
View all


The G2's phonebook is absolutely full-featured, as it has separate tabs for the dialer, call log, contacts list, favorites and groups. Needless to say, LG's giving users the option to categorize and organize their contacts any way they like. On the whole, working with the phonebook is quick and easy – you can call people directly from the contacts list, thanks to the green dial buttons placed next to their names, which seems cleaner and more appealing than Samsung's 'swipe-to-call' gesture, or 'click-on-the-contact's-icon-to-display-quick-dial-buttons' option. Thankfully, LG has also added the option to search for contacts using the dialpad (in a T9 manner), which is a very convenient way of finding contacts. If you're mostly calling a bunch of people, though, the 'Call logs' tab will work perfectly for you, as it manages to fit a good number of contacts on the screen. Still, there's also the Favorites tab, which might prove to be even more convenient for you, as it automatically displays the people you've called most frequently.

But, being such a great fan of customization, LG has also included tons of other options to let you personalize your phonebook, including the ability to reorder the tabs themselves! Thankfully, since those options are hidden in the contextual menu, they don't really stand in the way of normal usage.

LG G2 Review
LG G2 Review
LG G2 Review


LG G2 Review
If we have to say which one is more customizable – the phonebook or the messaging app, we admit we'd have a very hard time, as both seem to be equipped with an impressive array of settings. Speaking of messaging, while the UI of the app is not particularly comfortable, as the text bubbles are quite big, which makes it really difficult if you want to read through a longer conversation, you do stuff like altering the looks of those bubbles, as well as changing the background of text conversations to whatever you feel like. You can also schedule a text to be sent at a particular time in the future, and you can also insert various Android smileys to add some colorful emotion to your messages. All in all, the messaging app left us with mixed feelings, as it's not really consistent in terms of UI design, but it's more than certain that it'll get the job done. Plus, it'll surely appeal to those who enjoy tweaking every single aspect of their smartphones.

Typing on the LG G2's onscreen keyboard is pretty good, as it should, considering the enormous 5.2” screen. We enjoy using the portrait keyboard as it's spacious and even has a separate row of numeric keys above the letters, but the landscape one is a mixed bag. While there's more than enough width to the keys, they are a bit stubby, which doesn't make them very easy to press accurately.


You didn't think that LG will sell you a G2 without all the organizer tools that you may ever need, right? Good, because the G2 has some very versatile apps for tasks, alarms/world clock/timer/stop watch, voice recording, weather and, of course, a calendar. While most of these apps function very well, the calendar is a great example of why having too many features may make the UI feel too crowded and complex. The main screen of the calendar tries to fit together a month view plus a day, week or an agenda view, all at the same time, and it fails miserably at this, because it's simply not easy enough to use, especially if you have many appointments set. However, if you're sticking to something like week, day or agenda views only, things get much more intuitive and pleasant.

Software features

And now that we've gotten the general software part out of the way, it's time to take a look at the mix of unique software features that LG has produced for its new flagship phone. Here are the more prominent additions:

  • Knock on: Double tap on the screen when it’s off, the phone will automatically turn on. Do the same when it’s on at any dead space of the screen, it’ll turn off the display. This one is actually very useful, especially if you can't get used to the new position of the power/lock key. It's a feature that's also found in Nokia's new smartphones, and we can definitely see ourselves using it very often. Unfortunately, turning the screen off using this gesture may be a bit tricky sometimes, depending on exactly where you tap. Sometimes, this may actually cause you to run an app or do something else, which may be quite irritating. In that line of though, the feature is very useful, it's just not implemented perfectly and takes a bit of getting used to.

  • Guest mode: Two different lock patterns for you and your guest. Essentially, it adds another user profile for the phone, which gets them to guest mode where the admin can restrict certain apps. Naturally, it’s a useful thing to find, especially if you don’t want any unwanted app purchases. We're happy to report that the feature does work as advertized – there's absolutely no problem setting guest mode up with all the accessible apps that the admin has selected.

  • Answer Me: When the LG G2 rings, you simply pick up the phone, hold it up to your ear, and it’ll automatically pick it up. No need to finagle with turning it on and actually pressing on the answer key.

  • Text Link: The LG G2 inspects various texts, and automatically suggests links to relevant apps. For example, if someone sends you a text regarding a time and date for a meeting, you can have the LG G2 automatically populate the appropriate info to the respective apps – such as putting it into your calendar.

  • Slide Aside allows you to save up to three apps that can always be recalled later. - LG G2 Review

    Slide Aside allows you to save up to three apps that can always be recalled later.

    Slide Aside: Simply swipe to the left with 3 fingers on a specific app (any app in fact), the app will be placed into a saved state. Once you select up to 3 apps for Slide Aside, you can access them at any time by swiping right with 3 fingers – essentially another way to multi-task (like multi-windows for TouchWiz). Unlike Sammy’s implementation, this one works with any and all apps. However, due to the requirement for a three-finger gesture, Slide Aside isn't particularly comfortable to use. Even if you do get used to it, though, the limitation of just three apps is somewhat counter-productive, because the phone simply won't let you slide-aside any additional apps, meaning that you'll be required to do some Slide Aside app management. On the other hand, it might be useful if you just need one or two (or three) apps always ready for you.

  • Capture Plus: Capture everything on a page, not just the cropped image on the screen – like stuff in the web browser and email. For example, you can capture an entire web page – stuff you'd normally need to install a browser add-on on the computer to work. Once again, impressive functionality, though we're not sure how many people are going to need this. Maybe there's a reason why such functionality is available as an optional add-on on the PC?

  • Quick Remote: Universal remote control with IR blaster. Now, the G2 learns the pattern from ANY IR remote controller – like garage car openers too, on top of the usual TV ones. Point the other remote to the LG G2’s IR blaster, and it’ll learn the pattern of the IR. 

Internet and Connectivity

LG G2 Review
You may think that the 5.2” screen makes browsing a breeze, but this isn't necessarily the case, especially if you stick with the LG browser that on the homescreen by default. That's so because it doesn't inflate text, which means that it's still quite small to read comfortably even on such a gigantic screen. That's why we'd recommend that you use the Chrome browser, as it will make reading that much more comfortable for you. One thing we dislike about Chrome, however, is that it doesn't snap your view once you start scrolling vertically or horizontally – this is something that the iPhone and even Windows Phone have already managed to get right, while Android's Chrome is still lacking it.

The LG G2 is choke-full of connectivity features. It has the must-haves such as LTE, HSPA+, 3G and 2G, as well as Wi-Fi a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac. Additionally, there's also A-GPS (works flawlessly), Glonass, NFC, DLNA, MHL and an infrared port.

  • Options

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 10:52 2

1. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

patiently waiting for the comparisons

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:31 8

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Agree. That is where the real information awaits. Interesting on its own, but compared to say, the Sony? Even the HTC One isn't that far behind for a ~6 month older phone.

Props to LG, though for stepping up their game.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:35 10

16. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Instead of to Moto, who stepped it back...

(Yeah yeah yeah, experience over performance, okay...)

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 12:07 1

29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Moto's Droid offerings underwhelm with their 720p display and mushy camera function. Moto hasn't had a compelling camera offering after the Droid X. I was hoping Moto would have stepped up their game with the camera, but as you posted, more like stepping back. If the camera had been competitive, I would have even given Moto a pass on the 720p display.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 18:36

145. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

This is why I have a Galaxy S4 over the Droid Ultra/Maxx. Motorola has had YEARS to step up thair game. However they never do. They are always a year behind! It's nice to have a phone that can ALMOST compete with this phone (LG G2). No Motorola phone out right now can come close. Even I can tell the G2 beats the GS4 camera hands down. But looking at where I came from with a Maxx HD. Yeah. I'm happy.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 22:14 1

91. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Hi Ray, you missed some points in the video:

1. Does it have NFC?
2. Has it got a removable back?
3. Can you expand storage via SD?
4. Some real usage of rear volume rocker keys?


posted on 01 Sep 2013, 00:08 1

95. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)

ya, samsung s4 is just so old

who need removable battery when u have greater capacity power bank and no need to turn off ur phone when swap the battery.

for sd slot, i found myself doesn't used it where i used to be when cloud storage is so convenience nowadays. Perhaps some old folks still love sd slot as they havent adapt into new technology

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 02:21 5

97. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

"Perhaps some old folks still love sd slot as they haven't adapt into new technology" ?????

Does that mean Millions who have bought S4 are Old Folks who still love SD slots and haven't adapted new technology??
That's just a ridiculous comment you have made. Go do some research.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:12

157. the.masters (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)

Having a sd slot dont make the phone better and if your looking for big storige get a hdd not a phone

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 11:19 8

105. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

@special4u - Perhaps some folks still love the SD slot because they have low data caps or don't have unlimited data plans? Maybe they don't have access to Wifi at all times of the day? Maybe they find themselves in area with poor coverage?

And does having to deal with any one of these challenges make one old?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 10:24

130. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Great reply +1

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 18:51 3

110. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

I love having physical backups. Cloud storage isn't for me. I use dropbox, but I have a plethora of 32 and 16 gig sd cards. I want an SD card slot. Especially since SD storage capacity and speed is increasing every year.

Also, removeable batteries are great. I'm a phone tech and removing a battery can solve a lot of issues. The HTC one and Evo 4g LTE has a horrible problem with not turning back on once they fall asleep while being charged. Opening the HTC Evo 4g LTE and unplugging the battery works every time. For the one it isn't that simple. I love removeable batteries and the ability to swap them when I need extra juice and cant wait for a charge. You sir are a festigio

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 04:21

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

i understand wad ur saying. But i had an xperia s (non removable battery)and der was dis thingy where u hold down the power button for 10 secs or sumthin and the system will power off exactly like when one removes the battery. And like u,when ma Xperia went crazy sumtyms, i just did that nd after restart worked just fine! Maybe even G2 has that. :)

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 09:12 1

121. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

When the largest portion of the world today wants good phones but the network is poor, cloud services just dont cut it... I rather have all my music, video and pictures handy all the time, without depending on network connection...

Having options is always a plus... thats why Android is on top...

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:44 1

124. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Samsung just got pooped on. In every way.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 10:25

131. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Have you seen Note 3 Yet????

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 19:26

134. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

it also costs more, is too big to be comfortable to use, and has a stylus that most people wont need.

For the time being, G2 is on the top.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 01:32

140. Michaelhall43 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I take it you have never used a Note device before, for any sustained period of time, because most Note users would say they got used to the size in one week.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:49

142. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Note 3 is a device with which you can actualy work. However if you just play games on a phone g2 is better

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:23

158. the.masters (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)

Yes note 3 is a nice phone but plastick the only thing making it difrant is size and pen nothing more the G2 is all out difrant 1st the OIS the 1st of its kind the trim also the 1st go look at the efort that went into the phone that makes it better now look at the note3 its the note2 on crack same thing more power better look nothing more and yes i have a note3

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 10:56

2. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

Is there a video up? Either way, it's the G2 or the Z1, preferably both!

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 12:27 1

38. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Usually takes some time for it to upload.

Gotta say I got caught unguarded, vowed never to have another LG device after a miserable battery failure years back with no alternative presented, but this is an absolute stunning device in every way, if this is what the Nexus 5 is based on, my Nexus 4 - coming next week - will have a short visit over here.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 12:37

40. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

If I can have a small criticism about the otherwise spectacular camera: the dynamic range seems more on the average size, the same Exmor RS on the S4 Octa and the PureView 808 do a better job in more challenging bright conditions. HDR is a bit off too. That's all the negativity I can say, saturation, level of details, compression, everything is on the raw side of things.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 10:25

132. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

For me it's Note 3

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:00

3. imkyle (Posts: 1085; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Was there even a mention of the phones specs as far as processor and GPU? Ant performance tests?

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:10 2

6. pooop (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

There's already a benchmark video; the specs are (might be off with the GPU):
-CPU: Quad-core Qualcomm Krait 400 @ 2.26GHz
-SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SoC
-GPU: Adreno 330

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:14

7. imkyle (Posts: 1085; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Thank you.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:02 7

4. Jericho (unregistered)

9.4!!!!LG G2 Rockx. NOW waiting for the Z1. LG has finally gone big with this phone.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:31 16

12. GTR722 (Posts: 268; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Z1 and G2 are going to kill the S4...Samsung needs to hurry with the S5 xD

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 11:42 6

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

G2 will affect the S4 sales, but Z1 won't. If the XZ didn't, what makes you think it will be different? Samsung sold over 20 million S4's already, don't see it stopping anytime soon.

Want to comment? Please login or register.



OS: Android 5.0 4.4.2 4.2.2
view full specs
Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (423 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches
(138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
5.04 oz  (143 g)
Battery3000 mAh, 34.3 hours talk time

Latest stories