With all of the hoopla surrounding the Galaxy range of smartphones from Samsung, there's not much time for anything else special in the Android world. This is where reviewers like myself, and my peers on other sites, TV shows, magazines and more, have to try and wade the waters for you.
LG is definitely no stranger to the smart device world, as it is the manufacturer behind Google's Nexus 4 smartphone, which was my favorite smartphone. I hope you were paying attention there, because I did state it was my favorite smartphone.
LG reached out to me regarding the G2, asking if I would like a week with their latest smartphone, and I dived at the opportunity. It arrived on my doorstep just a couple of days later, and I dived right into it.
For those of you who don't know, this is one of the best specced smartphones on the market right now, and it is the building blocks of the $349-priced Nexus 5, which is built by LG, too. LG just cut it down and made some sacrifices here and there, but for the most part, the Nexus 5 is the G2.
Let's take a close look at the G2 now.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The LG G2 is a monster of a smartphone, with one of the most impressive list of specifications I've ever seen. The heart and soul of the device is Qualcomm's always-impressive Snapdragon 800 SoC, which is a quad-core part clocking in at an impressive 2.26GHz.
From there, we have the gorgeous 5.2-inch 1920x1080-pixel 'True HD-IPS' display, which provides us with a pixel density of 424PPI (or so). The screen has Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 technology on top, so you should be mostly safe from small scratches and drops.
There's 2GB of RAM onboard to provide some slick multi-tasking support, 4G LTE connectivity, along with the usual Wi-Fi, which comes with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and dual-band. Bluetooth 4.0 makes the usual appearance, as does Analogix Semiconductor's SlimPort technology.
Moving onto the cameras, we have a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) technology, which is backed up by a front-facing camera of the 2.1-megapixel variety. All of this is run by an impressive 3,000mAh battery, which is quite the battery for a device this thin - which is all thanks to LG Chem (a division of LG) which built a specially molded battery, which is curved, and pushes right up to the edges of the G2 itself.
This feat is impressive if you think about it, because the battery is no longer a normal square, but is curved, meaning that LG could cram some more mAh into the G2, without making it thicker. This is one of the drawbacks of the Nexus 5, the reduced 2,300mAh battery.
As for pricing, the G2 is priced at $675 on Newegg, or around $100 on a two-year plan. Availability seems to be good, so you shouldn't have an issue getting your hands on the G2.