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LG Optimus G Preview

LG Optimus G

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The software that's going to be pre-loaded on the LG Optimus G is Android 4.0. It would have been cooler if LG had 4.1 right from the start, but we can live with this, since 4.0 is still a wonderful OS. Still, we really hope that LG will manage to surprise us with a quick update early on.

As usual, on top of the stock OS we have LG's own custom UI overlay, which alters the software's appearance and adds a number of new features.

As far as the UI look goes, you shouldn't expect any wonders from LG. They still have their cartoony icons, which don't really measure up to the level of artistry found in the stock version of the OS.

LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview

The new features we mentioned, on the other hand, are quite intriguing, though we're far from believing that all of them will end up being heavily used. Here are some of the more important ones:

- Live Zooming: This feature allows you to zoom in a video while you're watching it. It's a rather interesting concept, and one that kind of makes sense to us in the context of smartphones.

- Time Catch Shot: Now this one is really nifty and we can already see ourselves using it. It's like “Burst Shot” mode, but seems to be even better. With Time Catch Shot, the Optimus G starts taking pictures before you've even pressed the shutter key, and it continues to do so after you've released it. This way you are sure to have the exact picture you wanted even if you didn't really hit the shutter at the appropriate moment.

- Dual Screen / Dual Rendering: With this, your life is going to change forever! No, not really, we still find it cool. It lets you stream some content to a TV, while viewing other stuff on the phone. For example, you can stream a video, while typing a text.

- Quick Memo / QMemo 2.0: This feature lets you take a screen shot of the screen and then add a hand-written note to it. After that, you can easily share the result with whoever you want.

- Cheese Shutter: Basically, Cheese Shutter allows you to take a picture using a voice command rather than having to press the camera shutter, which is always a good thing to have.


As you can guess, typing on the LG Optimus G's specious virtual QWERTY keyboard is a joy, especially when using the landscape one. LG has even added a nice customization feature called Conversation Skin, which allows you to add a wallpaper of your liking to the Messaging app.

Since this is an ICS phone, Gmail users will be able to experience what is probably the most advanced and profound application for using the service.


Having in mind that the phone runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and features such a powerful processor, it's not a surprise that web-browsing is a wonderful experience. And with LTE on board, it goes without saying that those pages will load in an instant, waiting for you to do some super-smooth scrolling and zooming action on them. And, when you consider the very high pixel density of the screen, you can rest assured that everything, down to the smallest of text, will be extremely fine and easy to read.

LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview


This is probably the signature feature of the LG Optimus G – the outstanding chipset. As said in the beginning, it uses the Snapdragon S4 Pro – a very serious quad-core chip that can easily run stuff like Windows RT. It's clocked at 1.5 GHz, and as you can imagine, delivers an ultra-fast and smooth experience. We encountered no lag or other delay whatsoever while using our pre-production unit, which proves the excellence of this piece of silicon.

Accompanying it, however, is the equally impressive Adreno 320 GPU. This powerful graphics chip can be employed by various applications to provide the necessary computing horsepower, and it will simply destroy every 3D game or benchmark found in the Play Store... in the good sense of the word, that is.


Equipped with 2 gigabytes of DDR RAM, the Optimus G doesn't play around in this area as well. This much memory can easily guarantee you seamless multitasking and snappy application response even if you are a really heavy user and want to almost replace your computer with this.

As far as internal memory goes, the Optimus G seems to come only in a 32GB flavor, which we're OK with. Unfortunately, there is not microSD card slot, so those who need more space are out of luck.


The camera is an interesting aspect of the Optimus G. In most places you'll see that it'll be a 13MP one, but the phone will actually come in two choices – 8MP and 13MP, with the 8MP model having a slightly lower price. The size of the camera sensor is 1/3.2”, and overall, we wouldn't expect wonders from it, no matter how many megapixels LG has managed to stuff inside. As we said, however, the company has worked hard to introduce some very cool features like Time Catch Shot, which is similar to Burst Shot, but better, seeing that it starts capturing photos before you've pressed the shutter, and continues for a bit after you've released it, allowing you to choose the absolute best moment of all.

LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview

Since this is just a pre-production unit we're dealing with, and the camera is such an important feature of a phone, we aren't willing to draw any conclusions about it just yet. *update* we have removed the samples taken with the prototype, as they do not indicate the camera quality of the final retail units. 

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posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:08 5

1. GoBears (Posts: 454; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Nice phone but bad camera. No thanks.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:28 5

2. e.wvu (unregistered)

Bad camera?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:30 5

3. MATOZ (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

do you see 8 or 13 megapixels, stated?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:55 10

8. GoBears (Posts: 454; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Megapixels do not mean jack with a sensor that small. Did you see that nighttime photo? Looked as bad as my Razr lol.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:26

44. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

You're right, those who have any knowledge of technology, either in a phone or real camera, already know that MP doesn't mean squat without a good lens. thank you for knowing what you're talking about.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:43 1

59. Eunice.twin (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I think the guy didn't wipe the lense before he took photos.
Check GSMArena's...The photos are amazing!!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 22:16 3

36. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Sorry but I have to agree with him. The camera looks bad. Given the fact that they're using a 13MP camera sensor. They could have made use of a better software and algorithms to reduce noise.

G is a high-end device that deserves to be the best in every aspect. But the images captured with it shows an average quality shots. They could have made it better, besides it's one of the major aspects of a smartphone.

But nonetheless, the phone is a beast.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:57

49. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

The 808 Pureview's sensor is nearly 7 times larger.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:46

51. eyad_996 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)

Why are cameras so hard to make, just get a bigger sensor!!!
is that hard, it doesn't have to be like the 808's sensor. we can live with a bit bigger sensor, it doesn't have to be small to make the phone look good

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:57

62. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I think a bigger sensor would make the overall phone thicker. To shine enough light on a larger sensor would mean greater distance between the lens and the sensor. Simple physics.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:25

63. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

The problem isn't the sensor. The problem is the lens. The lens has to have more depth to feed the larger sensor which increases the phone's thickness.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:54 1

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4295; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Talking about what's not good...camera is good enough. What's not, is the non-removable battery and no micro SD slot. Sure non-removable battery is already a standard issue but it feels like the stuff is a disposable one. Like one of those use and throw disposable cameras we used to have.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 19:53

22. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Samsung Galaxy S4 will be 2GB Ram, 128GB memory, 12mp, etc. will beat the new LG Optimus in 2013.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:41 7

25. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

What year are you living in?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:24

43. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

it's apparent you don't know what you're talking about. got any more of what it was you smoked for me? geez.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:55

61. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:56 3

30. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

From the image samples, the camera performs better in low-light situations than the iPhone 4S, which is a high performer itself.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:01

50. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Any info about the phones specs in the US. I bet they will use the 8970T for the US.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:15 1

55. koko0605 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

the camera lens should have been cleaned more....

the best shot comes from the clean condition.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:29 1

56. firestarter (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I've invited to the Optimus G's Korean launch event and had a chance to play the camera. It was fantastic actually.. equipped with IPS True HD+.. what's more? The reviewer let the camera set wrong..probs :(

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:26

64. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

What about the display?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:42

58. Eunice.twin (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I think the guy didn't wipe the lense before he took photos.
Check GSMArena's...The photos are amazing!!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:53

60. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

It does say PROTOTYPE. Give it a chance, man!

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:48

65. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

I would love to see LG use their 1080p 5 inch screen. But that's just me.

posted on 04 May 2013, 12:00

66. mallguvner (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2013)

Very bad camera. I bought it thinking the 13 megapixels would just be a huge improvement on my 5 mp HTC Shift. No crispness to any photo. Fuzz ball once you zoom in at all. I was absolutely shocked. I loved the phone side. Very fast, well put together, decent battery life and just a nice looking screen. But the pictures just shocked me. I went back in figuring I'd get a new phone and the gal at Sprint told me they looked fine. I took a picture with my old HTC, showed it to her zoomed in and compared it to one we took in the store. We then went to a display phone to see if it did the same. Exactly as bad. On top of that I actually do shoot kids ice hockey pictures with a Canon so I wasn't expecting a lot out of a phone but this thing is woefully inadequate. Trying to Google some opinions on the bad camera in this phone seems to be a problem so I was really thinking I had a bad phone. But I guess the search is disabled for problem searching or no one has a clue. A shame too as I ended up with the new HTC One and there's not a lot of difference other then the camera is great on the HTC.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:31 9

4. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

When LG released the LG G2X (Optimus 2X). It was touted as the most powerful phone ever. However, there are other things to consider when getting a phone. The G2X suffered from rebooting and freezing issues. Also, the carriers in the states haven't updated it to Ice Cream Sandwich. I can only hope that LG has addressed these issues with this phone, however I'll never buy a LG phone again.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:28 1

38. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

well, an update has alr been released (b4 GB) tt fixed the freezing and rebooting issues (not too sure bout the States tho), and i rmb phonearena saying that the G2x wont be getting updated to ICS. i guess it sucks to be living in the USA sometimes, esp with all these annoying carriers

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:34 5

5. cGmC11 (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

No Wireless Charging! Ouch!!!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:50 9

17. e.wvu (unregistered)

That's not really big at the moment. Nokia seems to be the first to push it.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:29 1

39. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

nokia wasnt the first to push it -.- LG was. with the Revolution

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LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1.2 4.0.4
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Display4.7 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (318 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches
(131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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