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LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

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Seasoned photography fanatics will undoubtedly be glad to see the trove of new features found with the Optimus G's camera. Without a doubt, it offers a compelling list of manual setting and shooting modes to keep anyone busy trying to adapt for the best shooting conditions. As a matter of fact, the notable listing includes continuous shot, panorama, cheese shutter, and time catch shot.

Since the smartphone lacks a physical shutter key, we can resort to using the cheese shutter feature to snap a shot by simply uttering the word “cheese” – or as an alternative, “smile”, “whisky”, “kimchi”, or “LG”. Sure, it might sound cheesy, but there are times it’s very useful. In addition, another cool feature is time catch shot, which allows us to capture the missing moment before pressing on the shutter. From the looks of it, all it does is basically snap photos silently until we press the shutter, and from there, we have the option of reviewing the shots taken prior to us snapping it.

The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The camera interface - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Even though it’s armed to the roof with an eclectic mix of useful shooting modes, we have to admit, we’re disappointed by the results put out by the LG Optimus G – both the 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel cameras of each respective versions. Sure, the Sprint variant might have the upper hand when it comes to the megapixel count, but as we’ve seen countless times, more megapixels doesn’t necessarily equate to better results. And in fact, both are nearly identical to one another.

Looking at the overall picture, it sure might look pleasant and whatnot, but its quality begins to crumble apart as we take a meticulous peek into the results. As far as details go, the 13MP camera of the Sprint Optimus G performs more or less on par with the competition (8MP phones included). Sure, there is some benefit in having a larger image, but overall, the quality itself isn't significantly higher. Plus, at times, the fine details that appear front and center in the image don't seem to have the sharpness one would expect from them. The 8MP shooter of the AT&T Optimus G doesn't have that problem, with its pictures being visibly oversharpened. We're OK with that most of the time, though it starts to make a negative impression when one's observing details in the background, which appear artificially sharp. Obviously, you cannot sharpen something that isn't there in the first place. In terms of color reproduction, we do notice a bit more saturation happening over on the AT&T version – whereas the Sprint model has a more neutral stance.

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LG Optimus G Sprint - LG Optimus G AT&TOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
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LG Optimus G Sprint

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LG Optimus G AT&TOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G AT&TOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G AT&TOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G AT&TOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Indoors under heavy artificial lighting, colors appear to become washed out and drained from any natural tones. Furthermore, it’s pretty much dreadful with low lighting conditions, as its quality is further diminished by its soft details, graininess, and inability to cast proper exposure. Adding insult to injury, the flash doesn’t come on prior to snapping the shot to adjust its focus – resulting in out-of-focus shots when in dark environment. Well, at least the flash’s potency is able to extend well beyond 7 feet.

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LG Optimus G AT&TDarkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Ouch! It certainly doesn’t help when the results fare worse with the LG Optimus G’s 1080p video recording. Not aiding its cause in the very bit, it’s almost unimaginable to know its results are considered high definition. First and foremost, details are extremely muddy looking – especially things that are far in the background. Secondly, there’s a fair amount of artifacting occurring as we’re quickly moving. Oh yeah, did we mention that you can forget about using it in low lighting situations? Aside from the very clear audio recording of the Sprint Optimus G, and smooth 30 frames per second capture rate, everything else is sub-par for a high-end smartphone.

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As we mentioned with the gallery, there’s nothing too out of character with it, aside from the screen zooming feature. Besides the usual sharing options and miniscule editing functions, it’s pretty much you’re straightforward gallery.

Gallery - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Gallery - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

You’d think that LG would’ve added some pizazz to the handset’s music player, but that’s sadly not the case here. Rather, LG resorts to employing a very boring looking music player. Still, there’s the Google Play Music app as an alternative option, which sports the more likable presentation. With its strong volume output, its quality sounds a tad bit on the sharp side – with a little bit of strain attached to it as well.

Music player - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Music player - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Music player - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Music player - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

Already, we’ve raved about the gorgeous display on the LG Optimus G, so it doesn’t surprise us to find it excelling in the video watching experience. Having support for a wide variety of codecs out of the box, the handset barely shows any strain with our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Of course, it has all the required elements to make the experience a fantastic one – like its smooth playback, natural colors, and large display.

Video player - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Video player - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

As we’re pointed out, there are some cool features found with the mirrored experience. Upon connecting it to a high-definition television, the handset automatically launches the LG media app, which provides us access to the usual suspects – like our videos, pictures, and music. Exiting from it, though, provides us with the always-useful mirrored experience.


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As much as we would’ve like to see some kind of quick and easy wireless sharing function, much like the S-Beam feature on Samsung’s devices, the LG Optimus G can still accomplish the same thing using its FileShare app. Actually, it relies on Wi-Fi Direct to share multimedia content like photos, videos, images, and documents. Without question, it’s not as streamlined as the S-Beam function, but nevertheless, it accomplishes nearly the same tasks in the end.

Using the LG Tag+ app, it allows us to modify the settings of various NFC tags. In addition to the preloaded options out of the box, we can extend its function by concocting our very own actions using the app. Specifically, there is an extensive list of options available to allow us to have complete control of what each NFC tag is programmed to do.

SmartShare app - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
FileShare app - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
The LG Tag+ app - LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

SmartShare app

FileShare app

The LG Tag+ app

 

Beyond those two specific apps, there isn’t anything else noteworthy enough to make it distinctive to the LG Optimus G.

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