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LG Optimus G Pro Review

LG Optimus G Pro 8.5

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LG Optimus G Pro Review
There are two microphones for active noise-cancellation on the Optimus G Pro, which worked like a charm weeding out the background noise while we were talking. Voice quality in the earpiece is not outstanding in terms of clarity, as there is some echo, but the strength is enough, and there are no over the top distortions, even at the highest volume.


LG graced the Optimus G Pro with a large 3140 mAh battery, meaning more time between charges, though official talk and standby times aren't given yet. With such a large battery unit we've no doubt you can manage a full day of heavy use with the G Pro, and even two or three if you keep the screen off most of the time. In fact, we managed to pull a full weekend with average workload after breaking in the battery.

On top of that, the 3140 mAh unit is easily swappable, so you can grab an extra one to replace the exhausted juicer if needed while on a trip, or a place without easy outlet access. A quick charging functions seems to be present as well, since we managed to top off the battery from critically low to a hundred percent in less than one and a half hours.


LG is taking a sizeable risk by putting stellar specs in a 5.5-incher – despite that the phone is surprisingly compact and light for such a screen size, thanks to the minimum bezel, it still feels a bit unwieldy for anything but a Shaq-sized hand, though less so than the Note II with the same screen size, for instance.

Other than the size which won't appeal to everybody, the phone has most everything else nailed great, save for an average call quality in the earpiece, and the sluggish auto-brightness. We loved the programmable QButton and the IR blaster, which should be a staple for every flagship out there.

A direct competitor to the LG Optimus G Pro is the Galaxy Note II, which is less compact and with HD 720p resolution at the same screen size (265ppi vs G Pro's 401ppi), but features a stylus. If you want something more manageable, you can opt for the 5” Sony Xperia Z, which is no slouch, and sports a water-tight chassis, or go even more compact and nab a 4.7” HTC One with its amplified stereo speakers and large-pixel camera.

Besides the version for Korea we reviewed, the Optimus G Pro will be arriving globally in Q2, and LG specifically notes Japan and North America. The Japanese version sports a 5” Full HD display, whereas the Korean one here is with a 5.5” one, but which one will hit the rest of the world remains to be heard. For now you can only import the G Pro north of $800 SIM-free, but when the US or EU carrier versions get specified, we'll check them out for you, too.

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LG Optimus G Pro Review:


  • Very light and compact for the screen size
  • Large 3140 mAh battery
  • Flexible design lets you add memory or swap the battery
  • Programmable QButton and an IR blaster allow more usage scenarios
  • Good camera with HDR video abilities


  • Too large for comfortable one-handed operation
  • Hollow voice quality in the earpiece
  • Finicky auto-brightness adjustments
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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:20 13

1. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

5.5 is just too large.
But for people with that size preference... Good alternative to Note

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:26 8

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Hardly a Note alternative if it doesn't come with the equipment to take a note.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:37 10

24. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

i dont understand why people think S-Pen is so important? i have owned Note (N7000), Note 2 and Note 10.1... u only use S-Pen for like the first 5 days and thats it! its just a gimmick! its only useful to 2 kind of people:
1- those who have good drawing...
2-those who have a lottttttt of free time to waste doodling on their phones to show-off even if they have horrible hand writing...

its a fact! sammy made the stylus return only to sell its Note line of products and it was successful!
Note 2 is nothing more than a blown and stretched S3 and so was Note to S2! as a matter of fact, the flagship of sammy is S series not Note series...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:04

44. Droiderr (Posts: 35; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

By saying thet 2 is a streched S3 i think you mean that they streched the RAM too and doubled it.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 18:32

63. hellt1M (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

you're kidding right... it has the same amount of ram... 2GB. same quad-core thats in the international S3. its almost completely identical with a stretched look... and a gimmicky pen that like the guy above said, is only useful for those 2 kinds of people.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:54 2

21. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

it is not important to make 5.5 screen size phone important thing is adding a features like note 2 . so this phone never be an alternative to note

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 18:17

41. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

lil brother of Note 2 :)

posted on 18 May 2013, 15:43

80. praks (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)

Device is amazing.. How do u accept Samsung with such devices.. I came across an interesting review online. LG Optimus review on gadget ride.com

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:21 7

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, and there are no mentions in the end about the performance?

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:23 2

5. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Because if you check all the videos surfing the web, you'll see it has some lagginess...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:16 3

13. lpratas (banned) (Posts: 398; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

Where you see laginess? I don't see any laginess at all. You need glasses because you see bad. I only see fluidity and speed in this phablet. With a chipset like the one that this phone use it's dificult to see any lagginess even that the LG UI was bad.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:10

22. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Check youtube.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:34 1

23. lpratas (banned) (Posts: 398; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

I already checked and watched in youtube and i don't see nothing of lagginess, Must be your eyes. You only see HTC One and Xperia Z at your forward like others because you don't see nothing at not to be those phones.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:00

25. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

So you now can read my thoughts??? Wow, you must be very good at forecasting the future! Congratulations! And I can see well, btw.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:12

68. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

i hate your arguments. give a link on youtube where you see lagginess!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:27 7

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

On the second page under processor and memory,

"You can rest assured that the interface just flies without lag or stuttering, and no matter how many apps you pile on, they all run without a hitch,"

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:22 14

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

The optimus g pro looks like a galaxy note 2 LG version

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:48 1

28. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

And the silver ring around the camera looks like it's from the One X.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:06

45. Droiderr (Posts: 35; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Spot on.. Cheap copy cat

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:22 10

4. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

More CONS:
- Rip Off / Evil Twin Sister of Samsung Galaxy Note II
- No Stylus
- Screen has an "inner" bezel
- Has some hiccups while scrolling... (check youtube)
- LG UI is exactly the same as Samsung Nature UX.

My Score: 5.5 for not being innovative with either design nor UI.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:24 4

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

More like a 9.0, IMO ..

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:24 3

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Benchmarks are slightly underwhelming for such a powerhouse. Overall it's problem is looking like the Note II but not having the same level of functionality, otherwise you can't really complain.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:11 1

30. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Check the gsmarena HTC One preview. The Optimus G Pro actually benches higher overall.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:34 13

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

Would definitely get this over Samsung, it looks similar but noticeably better than the note 2...and it also has a better processor ..so lg ftw

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:55 2

11. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

note III !


posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:33 4

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Note III will definitely be much better than this.
I wouldn't even trade my NOTE II for this.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:01 2

26. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Needless to say. LG sucks

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:59 2

12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

lg faild when butterfly scores is 9/10..
one will be number1 this year.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:21 3

14. lovefist (unregistered)

htc one is definitely the one this year.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:59 1

29. lallolu (Posts: 548; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

4mp camera is going to be the One's downfall.

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LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
Size5.91 x 3.00 x 0.37 inches
(150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery3140 mAh, 15.5 hours talk time

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