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...

Box and contents - LG Optimus GJ Review
Box and contents - LG Optimus GJ Review

Box and contents

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.

The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G - LG Optimus GJ Review
The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G - LG Optimus GJ Review
The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus G - LG Optimus GJ Review

The LG Optimus GJ is slightly taller and thicker than the Optimus 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)

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)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



LG Optimus GJ Review
Capacitive Android keys - LG Optimus GJ Review

Capacitive Android keys

Front camera - LG Optimus GJ Review

Front camera


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.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

Volume rocker (left)

Right side - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

Right side

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Rear camera - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

Rear camera

Battery compartment - The sides of the LG Optimus GJ - LG Optimus GJ Review

Battery compartment

The sides of the LG Optimus GJ



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.



FEATURED VIDEO

7 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's for some I guess. I like where things seem to be headed though.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I was wondering when LG was finally going to jump on board with making waterproof phones. The Optimus G is a great phone, and glad they chose to make wp phone based off it.

3. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

waterproof phone can remove back cover O.O!!! first time i see nice phone

4. yudi.nemesis unregistered

The first android waterproof phone Motorola DEFY have removeable battery and back cover, It’s announced September 2010. And if i’m not wrong Xperia V is the first android waterproof phone also with removeable battery and back cover but without lock mechanism

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

S4 active is removable battery too!

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good phone with good price.

7. harry12345

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

I don't think anyone is going to buy this phone for this high price and that too without flash.. technoplot.blogspot.in/2013/07/lg-optimus-gj-speci​fications-new-phone.html
Optimus GJ
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2280 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.