Introduction


Not to be left out of the pack, LG issued a G2 mini, with the hope to bask in the rays of the G2 flagship's market recognition. Samsung started this trend, releasing the S3 and S4 mini versions, then HTC followed suit with the One mini, and now LG wants in, too.

The phone keeps the general shape of the flagship, as well as the signature keys on the back, but sports a 4.7” 540x960 pixels display, a basic Snapdragon 400 processor, and an 8 MP camera. That's a rather dramatic departure from the characteristics of the G2, so has LG managed to strike the right price-to-value balance with the G2 mini, or is it just riding on the G2's name recognition? Let's check that out...

In the box:

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable

Design

The G2 mini is comfortable to operate with one hand, but the keys on the back are unwieldy to use with this placement.

We mentioned a general resemblance of the shape and chassis design between the G2 and the G2 mini, but at closer inspection the munchkin looks less refined. It's thicker, the side bezels are wider, and the plastic feels of lower quality. The G2 mini has one thing going for it, however, compared to the flagship sibling in its international version – the rear cover is removable, so you can easily swap the battery, or add more storage via a microSD slot.

The phone is fairly comfortable to hold, aided by the coarse pattern on the back that prevents slippage. At this size, though, the power/lock key on the back, and the volume rocker there, feel somewhat oddly placed. Instead of being right under your index finger, the rear buttons are now somewhere under the first phalange, so you have to bend the digit significantly, and search for the lock key each time. Thankfully, the volume rocker is not flush with the surface, like on the G2, but rather protruding slightly at the ends, like on the G Pro 2, so it's easier to feel and press without looking. The back keys feel tight and sturdy, with a nice clicky feedback to them.

At the bottom the LG G2 mini sports two elliptic openings covered with what looks like speaker grills, but in fact only one of them is a speaker, and the other houses the single microphone. LG equipped the handset with an infrared beamer at the top, which can be used to control your TV, or other home electronics, via the accompanying application.


LG G2 mini

LG G2 mini

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches

129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm

Weight

4.27 oz (121 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

LG G2 mini

LG G2 mini

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches

129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm

Weight

4.27 oz (121 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Pixel density leaves something to be desired, but the other characteristics of the IPS-LCD panel are good.

The 4.7” panel sports 540x960 pixels of resolution, which rings in 234ppi pixel density. This is acceptable for general usage, but those of us spoiled by 720p or even 1080p displays, are likely to notice the difference in detail presentation. The interface elements look cruder, with the individual pixels still quite visible. For a device whose price places it in the upper midrange category, we would like to see an HD 720p display, which would have meant the respectable 330ppi – as much as LG had on its flagship way back in 2012.

The screen colors are somewhat off in the red and light blue departments, as shown in our color chart test, but nothing you'd notice with an untrained eye. Just like on the G2, the 8533K color temperature is far from the 6500K reference, and gravitates way towards the cold side of the spectrum, making white/grey appear blueish.

With the 334 nits we measured, the display's peak brightness is rather average, so outside the screen is not very visible. You'll also have a problem when the sun is shining on the panel, as the screen reflects quite a lot of light right back at you. The measured 4 nits of minimum brightness is a good achievement, though, so you can us the G2 mini with comfort in a very dark environment. Being an IPS-LCD screen, the G2 mini display sports very good viewing angles from all sides.





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20 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Z1 compact is the clear winner in terms of so called "mini version" of flagships Phones. Waiting for z2 compact.

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Initial rumors indicate that Z2 Compact will be a 4.5 inch device. I hope the body size remains same, else it, too, would wander off into the 'mini, but still unfriendly' territory.

9. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

There is a lot of chances that the Z2 Compact is going to rock the mini world as the Z1 Compact does.

2. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

what a pile

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

A lot of Cheap Chinese phones sport a decent 720p screen these days, why can't these big players do the same with their minis??? Isn't that hard thing to do?

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Agreed, just look at the picture #9 at first page and zoom in.

5. papss unregistered

I agree with you there. I'm sure they have a set amount of profit per phone they wanted to make and it's higher than the lower players in the segment

6. express77 unregistered

z1 compact rules.

13. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

oh yeah 620 DOLLARS ? LG G2 is better than Z1 Compact!

7. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Nothing surprised when it comes to LG with the score of 6

11. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I'd probably bet that you'd be surprised by thishttp://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Gravity-Q-Review_id3415

10. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Pointless Device TBH. LG is using the G2's name for only their own benefit. If you want to buy an LG Budget phone, I suggest looking at the LG Lucid 3 or the L90. These two are more logical.

16. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

will PA going to review the other variant?

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Harsh, but probably fair. Frankly, I hate all these "mini" phones. Fast quad core processors get "mini'd" into slower dual cores, RAM gets halved, cameras lose megapixels, software features aren't as fully fledged, etc. But they try to capitalize on the name and design as the larger flagships. Phones should be judge on their own merit, and this one has been found wanting. I just looked on Amazon and the G2 Mini is $425-430 (unlocked GSM), The G2 is $400. WTF?

18. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Hope the LG G2 Mini comes to TMobile. IF they use a 720p screen and 2 GIG RAM , combined with existing QUAD CORE TEGRA, will be a full featured Pocket Android, the only one with removable battery and expandable Memory. Sony Z1 Compact eems good but no removable battery and have read that speakerphone is very quiet. So hope LG will combine best features of LG Mini 2 into LG MINI PRO. A phone that is over 5.5 inches tall including case like S4, S5, G2 etc. will break in my pocket...lol.

19. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Also the Latin America version with Tegra Quad Core has 13 megapixel Camera, on G2 Mini. If Sony Z2 Compact has better Speaker it has all bands for TMobile etc. and I will go for that,,IF it comes out soon. Lovr.thr performance of huge phones but not practical for active people IMO.

20. wilvanwil

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

hi, I have European version D620 for my girlfriend, incl. a NFC chip, attached to the inside of the back cover. So it has 2 contacts in the phone that connect to that. We do not use NFC at this point, would prefer Qi Wireless charging... would putting in a Qi wireless charger foil connected to those 2 contacts instead of the NFC chip do the trick? Would it be something LG would have need to have built in, or would it be recognized by Android? I have a Nexus 5, and nowhere is mentioned that it is compatible with Qi charging(also not here in the reviews!! shame!!, now with the S6 having it standard it will come to life i'm sure!!), but I would not want a phone without it anymore.... Any technician who would now the answer?? thanks in advance, Wil

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G2 mini
  • Display 4.7" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2440 mAh

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