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LG Optimus GJ Review

LG Optimus GJ

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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
In the box


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


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

Capacitive Android keys

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

Volume rocker (left)

Right side

microUSB port (bottom)

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

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Rear camera

Battery compartment



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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LG Optimus GJ

LG Optimus GJ

OS: Android 4.1.2
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.39 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches
(136.9 x 68.9 x 9.39 mm)
4.98 oz  (141 g)
Battery2280 mAh, 23 hours talk time

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