The display - The G2 has a beautiful display, and is one of the best on a mobile device today. At 5.2 inches, it's not small, but it doesn't feel like a phablet, either. The Full HD resolution really kicks in when you're looking through the photos you've taken with the great rear-facing 13-megapixel camera.
4G LTE connectivity - After coming from the Nexus 4, to the G2, the added addition of 4G connectivity is something I simply cannot go back to. The 4G results are astounding (depending on where you live).
SlimPort compatible - After connecting with Analogix and testing out its SlimPort cable, this is something I look for in all devices now. The simplicity of plugging in a tiny, tiny cable and receiving Full HD support, with sublime speed and quality, is nothing short of amazing. The G2 worked perfectly, as expected, with SlimPort. I had it plugged into my 55-inch Smart TV in seconds, flicking through my Facebook news feed, photos, and everything else on my device. Another tick in the G2's awesome box.
Powerful hardware - The G2 never slowed down, which is something I'd expect from Qualcomm's awesome Snapdragon 800 SoC. LG used some of the best components it could find to construct its G2 smartphone, so if you're after one of the best built, best specced devices on the market, look no further.
Just look at the benchmarks on page 6 for reassurance!
LG's Quick Window case - LG provided me with its Quick Window case, something I thought I wouldn't use, but boy, was I wrong. I found it to be one of the best parts of the G2, as it not only acts as a protector to the G2 (front and back), but it gives you a peep into the smartphone itself - the weather, or time, for example.
Impressive cameras - LG has given the G2 some impressive camera tech, with even the front-facing camera capable of delivering some great moments. Check out our rear- and front-facing videos for a quick look!
Customizable front touch button combinations - This is such a good idea from LG, and something I'm sure many people will actually rely on when they first boot up the G2 smartphone.
The volume button placement - LG, what were you thinking? I ended up not liking the button placement on the G2, but if were to become my daily driver, I'd get used to it, and you will too - but just remember, the button placement is a bit deal.
No expandable storage - This is an area that the Nexus devices always lose out to, and with LG manufacturing the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, is this going to be a trend going into the future for LG? I hope not.
The Nexus 5 - Keep in mind that the Nexus 5 is also made by LG, and is based from the G2. It's also under half the price, with only a few features dropped - such as the bigger battery. This doesn't make the G2 a bad phone, but it makes the G2 pill harder to swallow.
For a while, I've been writing in my news that LG would become a serious contender in the Android smartphone space, something that the market needs. Right now, we have Samsung and HTC, the former pushing out countless Galaxy devices - with huge success found in the S4 for example - but they're made of plastic.
Then we have Taiwanese firm HTC, releasing some truly magnificent devices like the One smartphone, but it can't compete with the tens of millions of devices sold from Samsung or Apple. This is where LG is stepping in - bridging a much needed gap - by releasing quality smartphones, built incredibly well.
Another thing that LG has going for it, is that Google is getting comfy with LG making its Nexus devices. LG manufactured the Nexus 4 smartphone, which I utterly loved, and still do to this day - but it has also manufactured the Nexus 5 smartphone.
The Nexus 5 is one of the best specced devices on the market, at an absolute competitor-crushing price of just $349, and this in turn creates a huge problem for LG. Which phone do you buy? The utterly ridiculously priced Nexus 5? Or the G2, which is double the price?
The Nexus 5 is pretty much the G2, but slightly smaller and has a 2,300mAh battery versus the great 3,000mAh battery found in the G2.
For LG, it means business - and business means devices and devices means we all get to have more to choose from. The G2 is an incredible smartphone, and if you're in the market for a new device and didn't want to get a Galaxy S4 - you owe it to yourself to try this out. I think the G2 overall is a much better phone than the S4, and I can't wait to see what Samsung does next with the Galaxy S5.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Look and Feel]
- Page 3 [Display and Speaker Quality]
- Page 4 [Unique Features]
- Page 5 [Performance and Camera Tests]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [What's Hot, What's Not and Final Thoughts]
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