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LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review

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LG Optimus G (AT&T & Sprint) Review
Starting with the Sprint version, its calling quality is a mixed bag. Even though its earpiece is strong and loud enough to make voices audible, there’s a bit of hollowness with voices. Unfortunately though, our callers mention having a hard time comprehending our voice on their end of the line, as it sounds rather muffled in tone. Switching to the speakerphone, its volume is good, but there’s a small amount of squeakiness heard at the highest volume. AT&T’s version fare better with its overall quality, since voices on both ends of the line are clear and distinct in tone – though, the same squeakiness persists with its speakerphone.

During our time using both devices, we didn’t experience any dramatic shifts in signal strength, nor any dropped calls in the greater Philadelphia area. Interestingly, the AT&T version maintains a signal strength of -73 dBm in high coverage areas – while the Sprint version is at the -95 dBm mark in medium coverage spots.


Carrying along a 2,100 mAh battery, it’s undeniable that it’s not as beefy as compared to some other offerings, but regardless of that, it’s able to provide us with an average battery life. Relying on HSPA+ connections with the AT&T version and old-school 3G EV-DO connections on the Sprint variant, we’re able to handsomely edge out a single day of normal usage on a fully charged battery. By the end of the day, we find it at the 30-percent mark. However, when it comes to 4G LTE connectivity, you can expect the results to diminish substantially. Even though we didn’t get a chance to try it out, the LG Optimus G also offers an Eco Mode that optimizes the CPU control to extend the battery life.


For the first time in a long time, it’s quite possible that LG’s fortunes might turn around for the better thanks to the LG Optimus G, especially when it’s packing that dreamy combination of a mighty quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity. To sweeten the pot even more, both AT&T and Sprint intend to sell this beauty for $199.99 with a 2-year contract – thus, presenting it as an admirable option for those looking to get a premier smartphone.

On paper, there’s a lot to like about this muscle-filled handset, as its performance is just excellent, but it’s missing out on being a balanced performer in all aspects to firmly woo us over. Sure, it’s one fast acting device and boasts one snazzy looking display, but it misses the mark in taking photos/video and call quality. And even though we appreciate LG’s efforts in enhancing its custom UI, which is easily its best offering to date, it doesn’t completely trump what its rivals have to offer. To tell you the truth, as much as we like to acknowledge the new features with the experience, we find a handful of them to not be as practical in actual every day usage.

For a moment, the LG Optimus G is going to be the strongest kid in town, with a quad-core CPU, 4G LTE connectivity, 2 GB of RAM and what not. However, as we all know, its exclusivity is going to be short lived, as there are already a handful of smartphones waiting in the bushes that’ll feature the same lovely hardware goodies – and possibly more! Gee golly Optimus G! LG surely has a viable competitor with this one, but it remains to be seen if it'll be strong enough to successfully compete with the top offerings by Samsung and HTC.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.0.4
Build Number: IMM76L
Kernel Version: 3.0.21

LG Optimus G Video Review:


  • Super fast processor
  • Solid feeling handset
  • Great outdoor visibility with its great display
  • More functionality with the Android experience


  • Poor results from its camera
  • Not excellent call quality
  • Cartoony looking UI
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