LG Optimus GJ Review
Introduction

LG Optimus GJ is the company's first shot at a waterproof Android handset, like the ones that fellow phone makers Sony and Samsung already outed this season. It got launched for Taiwan not long ago, but is available globally through various third party retailer.

LG simply went for sealing the Optimus G hermetically with the GJ. It is certified for up to three feet (1m) of water for up to half an hour, and that coincides with the Xperia Z and the Galaxy S4 Active diving abilities.

Those two competitors are high-end, though, whereas the Optimus GJ specs now put it squarely in the value category, or the new midrange, that comes with HD 720p displays this day and age. Has LG managed to play its cards well with the GJ, putting in decent specs, while keeping the price tag for the waterproof extra in check, as it has successfully done before? Read on to find out...

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G, and the IP57 designation means it can stay underwater as deep as three feet for 30 minutes. The handset still sports a removable back cover, though, which means a battery that is easy to swap on the go, and there is a microSD slot for storage expansion there, too. A rubberized coating plastered inside the back cover hints that this is not your regular aquaphobic handset.


LG Optimus GJ

LG Optimus GJ

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches

136.9 x 68.9 x 9.39 mm

Weight

4.98 oz (141 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches

139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

LG Optimus GJ

LG Optimus GJ

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches

136.9 x 68.9 x 9.39 mm

Weight

4.98 oz (141 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches

139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

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The power/lock key has gone at the top, and, together with the volume rocker on the left, the side buttons are a bit mushy to feel and press, with shallow tactile feedback. They are both painted in the red or black official chassis colors.



Display

The Optimus GJ sports an in-cell touch IPS-LCD panel, and we get 720x1280 pixels of resolution, clocking in at 312ppi pixel density. The colors look pretty vivid, and brightness is about 500 nits, ringing in decent outdoor visibility when coupled with the high contrast ratio. Being an IPS panel, this screen also sports very good viewing angles.


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