• Our LG G2 review: Out-Galaxying the Galaxy

    Body:

    Despite the larger screen, the G2 is almost the same size as the GS4. Both phones were built with the Ď5.xĒ screen in a 4.7/4.8Ē bodyí philosophy.



    LG is making a big deal about how they put the power and volume buttons on the back. I like how it removes the buttons from the sides of the phone. It makes handling the phone much easier plus allows for a thinner bezel. The problem with it is that LG put the buttons right underneath the camera. So when I reach for the power button, I inevitably touch the camera which gets the lens dirty.

    Since there are no buttons on the sides, the bezels are extremely narrow. Normally I like having a nice thick bezel because it makes phones easier to use but in this case LG has done a good job with the design. Despite the thin bezel, I donít find myself accidentally pressing the screen with the palm of my hand that often.

    Overall I think putting the buttons on the back is a great idea. As bezels get narrower, this is the way to go.

    It uses on-screen buttons so there are no physical buttons at all in front of the phone. Again this is another feature which makes the G2 much easier to handle - especially compared to the GS4 whose buttons are very easy to press accidentally.

    Itís a solid phone - it doesnít flex at all when you squeeze it. While the G2 has a texture on the back which you can feel as opposed to being underneath a layer of clear coat.



    I must say, the finish on the back looks fantastic - it looks just as good as the backs on itís brothers the Optimus G and Nexus 4.




    While you get up to 32GB of storage you donít get a MicroSD card slot. Still, 32GB is probably enough for most people.


    Microphone, Infrared Blaster


    Speakers, Microphone, headphone jack, MicroUSB


    Power and Volume buttons

    Screen:



    The screen is stunning. I used to think the HTC One had the best out there but the G2 raises the bar, albeit slightly. It has the same viewing angles and outdoor performance as the One but it has more vibrant colours. Whites are also clean looking. In terms of accuracy I donít have a way to measure this but I will say that compared to my calibrated computer monitor the G2ís whites are slightly cooler.

    The 5.2Ē 1920x1080 display is impossibly sharp. Just like the HTC One.



    5.2Ē is greater than the GS4ís 5.0Ē screen but itís not that simple. Most of the time, the bottom of the G2ís display is reserved for Androidís menu buttons. When you take that into consideration the GSí2 effective display area is slightly shorter but wider than the GS4ís screen.

    Camera:

    The camera focuses very quickly.

    Iím a big fan of phones with stabilized lenses. While it can really extend a cameraís photo taking capabilities, Iím more interested in how it can smooth out shaky video. I had the opportunity to take the G2 onto a racetrack in a car and even though it was handheld it did a really good job of smoothing vibrations in the video.

    Image quality is very close to the GS4ís. There are minor differences; in one picture I took I saw some purple fringing on the G2 but for the most part, theyíre very similar. The G2 is really good outdoors. Indoors itís not as good as the HTC One but I do like the G2ís colours more.

    I like how you can take pictures using the volume buttons on the back.

    You get a lot of gimmicks with the camera. Most of them are pretty fun - you might use them occasionally at some point.

    Besides the usual burst mode, panorama, night mode, time lapse mode (shoots photo constantly so when you hit the shutter it can also save photos taken before you hit the shutter), etc. It can shoot both video or photos from both front and rear-facing cameras simultaneously. It also lets you shoot video and magnify a point in a box which you can move around.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Our LG G2 review: Out-Galaxying the Galaxy started by howard View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Howard i was wondering if the HTC has more ppi how is the G2 better display wise?
    1. Extraordinary's Avatar
      Extraordinary -
      Deal-breaker is the battery which is sealed in there. I like being able to change my battery anytime for little cost.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Extraordinary View Post
      Deal-breaker is the battery which is sealed in there. I like being able to change my battery anytime for little cost.

      Seems to be going the way of the sabertootn. Almost all new phones are now with a non removable battery.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      Howard i was wondering if the HTC has more ppi how is the G2 better display wise?
      The PPI doesn't matter after a certain point... unless you're a microscope.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      The PPI doesn't matter after a certain point... unless you're a microscope.
      Lol.......
    1. David Walcott's Avatar
      David Walcott -
      One of my old coworker showed it to me yesterday at my job. It has a beautiful screen on it. It was like look in a HD TV the colors were so vivid on the wallpaper it had. The only thing I did not like with seeing it only for a couple of minutes was it was had to tap on the power button with it being in the center. I know with the phone being so thin it was designed to be more ergonomic. I found it was hard to tap when having it with one had. Other than that I did not get much time to play with it. I just was blown away with that screen and lack of bezel around the phone. I would be very angry if I scratched that screen if I owned that phone.
    1. savbers's Avatar
      savbers -
      Quote Originally Posted by David Walcott View Post
      One of my old coworker showed it to me yesterday at my job. It has a beautiful screen on it. It was like look in a HD TV the colors were so vivid on the wallpaper it had. The only thing I did not like with seeing it only for a couple of minutes was it was had to tap on the power button with it being in the center. I know with the phone being so thin it was designed to be more ergonomic. I found it was hard to tap when having it with one had. Other than that I did not get much time to play with it. I just was blown away with that screen and lack of bezel around the phone. I would be very angry if I scratched that screen if I owned that phone.
      That's why you're supposed to double tap on the screen to turn it on.
    1. Tarball's Avatar
      Tarball -
      I almost wish I had waited for this instead of getting an S4, I think I'd really prefer that nice IPS LCD screen to Samsung's AMOLED.
      Oh well, I'm sure in 6 months there will be another phone that's even better than this one .
    1. NickC's Avatar
      NickC -
      Great review! I just got my G2 today and LOVE it! Has more features too than the G Pro I exchanged for it.
    1. carsmovies's Avatar
      carsmovies -
      Just finished playing with Howard's G2. Love it. In other reviews they were slamming the rear plastic but I found it to be quite nice with a slight textured feel and not as slippery as the GS4. A couple things Howard didn't mention in his review (he'll update soon) is that you can not only turn the phone on by tapping the screen twice but also turn it back off the same way as long as you tap it on a blank part of the screen. Also you can not only change the configuration of the bottom on screen buttons but add a fourth button to do another function. Earpiece and speaker phone volumes are a little more quiet than the iphone 5s but not dramatically so imho. Not a deal breaker for me.

      I think this might just be my next phone coming from the HTC one.
    1. kintamanate's Avatar
      kintamanate -
      How does not having side buttons a PRO?

      So, if I want to raise or lower the volume of my phone on a table, I have to pick it up off the table and fiddle with volume controls versus leaving it on the table and pressing the buttons that are needed to control volume?

      Same scenario - phone is on the table, I have to pick up the phone and press the power button to see missed calls/messages, rather than giving it a tap or the side of the phone?

      What if I'm browsing the phone on the table and the screen goes off, I have to pick it up to turn the screen back on? I thought phones were supposed to eliminate steps, not make things more inconvenient.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by kintamanate View Post
      How does not having side buttons a PRO?

      So, if I want to raise or lower the volume of my phone on a table, I have to pick it up off the table and fiddle with volume controls versus leaving it on the table and pressing the buttons that are needed to control volume?

      Same scenario - phone is on the table, I have to pick up the phone and press the power button to see missed calls/messages, rather than giving it a tap or the side of the phone?

      What if I'm browsing the phone on the table and the screen goes off, I have to pick it up to turn the screen back on? I thought phones were supposed to eliminate steps, not make things more inconvenient.

      Not having side buttons makes the phone easier to handle. If you want to adjust the volume you'll have to take it off the table to adjust the volume. You can also adjust it from the notification pull-down.
    1. Eluder's Avatar
      Eluder -
      Quote Originally Posted by kintamanate View Post

      Same scenario - phone is on the table, I have to pick up the phone and press the power button to see missed calls/messages, rather than giving it a tap or the side of the phone?

      What if I'm browsing the phone on the table and the screen goes off, I have to pick it up to turn the screen back on? I thought phones were supposed to eliminate steps, not make things more inconvenient.
      No, you can double tap the screen while it's down to wake it up/unlock. When you use it, you'll see how quick and handy it is.
      I personally find this design great because you get this massive and gorgeous screen, but the footprint of the phone is that same as the HTC One.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eluder View Post
      but the footprint of the phone is that same as the HTC One.
      Hmm, really? the G2 is both wider and taller, also when put side by side the G2 looks substantially bigger in my opinion.
      And i just can't see myself buying another LG phone after all the issues with the G2X, Also the One has such a unique design and great speakers and the G2 is just another Galaxy look alike.
    1. TelecomZombie's Avatar
      TelecomZombie -
      can't see myself buying another LG phone
      Damn must be an Echo.
    1. Eluder's Avatar
      Eluder -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      Hmm, really? the G2 is both wider and taller, also when put side by side the G2 looks substantially bigger in my opinion.
      And i just can't see myself buying another LG phone after all the issues with the G2X, Also the One has such a unique design and great speakers and the G2 is just another Galaxy look alike.
      Not when I layed them side by side. The G2 was roughly the same size as the htc one since the one has the stereo speakers and all.
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Not trading my One for this. I'll wait and get the HTC Two or Note 3 (or both )

      Sent with the HoFo App
    1. NGeorge's Avatar
      NGeorge -
      I agree... I love my One... the GS4 (and G2) is just too "plastic-y". I'd been waiting for a phone with superb construction like an iPhone--without being an iPhone... and on that front, HTC delivered amazingly--and the speakers are just icing on the cake... I don't think I could go back to a plastic phone. The One just feels better, and is on par, if not even a touch nicer than the iPhone on the construction front.

      Hopefully I won't be waiting around too long for a similar phone with Sprint tri-band LTE lol

      Nat