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LG G2 Review



LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 Review
LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 Review
LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 Review
LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 Review

LG G2 camera UI

Not to be outdone by its competitors, LG has also fine-tuned its camera snapping experience. Something we’ve come to expect, since the LG G2 boasts a number of shooting modes and settings to appease even some hardcore shutter bugs, but in making the experience different, they also have this neat feature when recording video – tracking zoom. When activated, a small window appears in the UI and it magnifies the selected section. It’s nice, to say the least, especially when you’re a bit far away from the action, though the zoomed part is simply digital-zoomed, which means that the quality of the zoomed area if pretty poor.

Placing our attention on the hardware, LG made sure to stuff with it something beefy to hopefully fend off the competition. Along for the ride is a 13-megapixel monster, which unlike some other camera modules, is able to maintain a flush appearance with the surrounding surface – so there’s nothing sticking out with the lens. Adding some serious punch, it’s complemented by its optical image stabilization module, 9 multi-point auto-focus, 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second, and a sapphire glass for superior protection and anti-fingerprint coating. That’s a whole lot of stuff, right?

Well, it gets better. The LG G2 captures simply outstanding images! Even when compared with the best cameras of this class (Galaxy S4 once again comes to mind), the photos of the G2 are perfectly competitive, if not better in some areas. For example, details are simply amazing – you can zoom in and examine the actual shot at 100% scale, and still looks very good for the most part. The pictures are incredibly clear and well-exposed. That's one area where the G2 manages to outperform the Galaxy S4, the pictures of which appear a bit hazier in comparison. One thing that could have been better in the LG G2's images is the color reproduction. As a whole, colors are actually very good, but they do tend to be a bit colder than they should.

Other than that, the G2's 13MP camera is as good as it can get right now. You can easily do terrific macro shots, panoramas, and so on and so forth. It's an extremely capable camera.

Fortunately, indoor images are also great. They are very bright and relatively noise-free, though they also happen to be somewhat soft. But in such scenarios, it's always a matter of balance between softness and noise, and we think that the LG G2's camera pictures are just fine in that respect. The LED flash provides enough light when needed, though it isn't strong enough to illuminate even a small scene on its own.

But this is not all! The G2 also features 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second (current smartphone cameras of this same class shoot at 30 fps), and we've got to tell you, watching such footage is pure joy. It's way better than a traditional smartphone's 30 fps video recording. Once you see it for yourself, you'll never want to get back to shooting at 30 fps. The bad news is that the frame-rate drops substantially when recording in the dark, which kind of ruins the whole footage. For the record, such staggering frame-rate drops aren't present in premium competitors like the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, or One.

In terms of image quality, the 1080p video is absolutely great and can easily rival (and beat) the best smartphones out there with its fine details, adequate exposure and realistic colors. The Optical Image Stabilization system is always welcome, as it manages to help the camera avoid most unneeded shakes, resulting in a relatively fluid video footage.

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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG G2 4
HTC One 3.4
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Samsung Galaxy S4 3.4
Sony Xperia Z 3
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We're not in love with the built-in music player, as it doesn't show all the tabs at the top of the page at the same time. There are tabs letting you sort music in various ways, like albums, artists, genres and so on, using them is not very convenient. Other than that, the visual design of the music player is quite simplistic and likable.

It's a good thing that the LG G2 can play lossless audio right out of the box, saving you the need to install a third-party player. When it comes to its ability to play "studio quality" 24 bit / 192 kHz audio... well, we doubt it that most people will be able to tell the difference between this and the standard 16 bit / 44.1 kHz format. Still, the feature is there for those who might want or need it, and we're OK with that.

The QuadBeat 2 earphones that arrive with the LG G2 are capable of playing some very high-quality sound. The problem is that their form-factor, which requires you to stick them deep in your ears, makes them uncomfortable to use. We'd rather use something like Apple's EarPods, which have a much more convenient design that doesn't require you to make love with your ears in order to get some decent bass.

Do we even need to say that the LG G2 is an outstanding device to watch video on? Yep, the 5.2-inch screen is simply amazing for the purpose. No matter if it's locally-stored or streamed video, the G2 makes things come to life with that enormous screen, and your eyes will forever be thankful for this. Now, if this screen could just be paired to the HTC One's speakers...

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
LG G2 0.29
HTC One 0.68
Samsung Galaxy S4 0.38
Sony Xperia Z 0.37
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
LG G2 66
HTC One 78
Samsung Galaxy S4 77
Sony Xperia Z 67
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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: 2740; 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: 1087; 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: 1087; 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: 270; 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.

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OS: Android 5.0 4.4.2 4.2.2
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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

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