• Our LG G2 review: Out-Galaxying the Galaxy

    Performance:

    When I tested the GS4 a few months ago I wondered how much faster phones would get this year. Turns out a lot. While the G2 did well in browser benchmark it absolutely absolutely smoked all the gaming benchmarks I threw at it. I'll have some boring benchmark charts tomorrow.

    Media Capabilities:



    The video player has good codec support plus it supports pop-up video. Sound familiar? I like how you can select a different video while something is playing. When youíre watching a video in a pop out window you can choose a different video, plus thereís a useful transparency setting.

    One new feature on the G2 is the ability to playback 24bit 192kbps audio. Besides the usual formats, the music player can also playback FLAC files. Youíd figure LG would put an awesome speaker on the G2 to take advantage of this but sadly, itís not that loud and doesnít sound anywhere nearly as good as the HTC Oneís stereo speakers.

    The headphone jack sounds fine but itís definitely not as powerful as my HTC Oneís (this isnít necessarily a bad thing)

    I already mentioned that thereís no MicroSD. Still, with 32GB (24GB available) of storage it should be enough for most people.

    As a Phone:

    Battery life is great. The 3000mAh battery should allow most users to make it through the day.

    RF performance is excellent. It manages to find LTE in places where my iPhone is stuck on HSPA mode. Plus when it does switch over to HSPA, it does a good job of hanging on to it.

    Sound quality is a bit rough until you turn voice enhancement on. Once you do that itís sounds pretty clean without sounding processed.

    I was very disappointed with both the earpiece and speakerphone maximum volume. This may be the G2ís achilles heel.

    If you're a data junkie you'll be happy to know that the G2 supports Band 7 (2600Mhz) along with AWS. Yes, that means it can get speeds of up to 100Mbps.

    Conclusion:



    Just when I thought smartphones were getting boring the LG G2 comes into the picture. Front and center is the beautiful screen. A lot of people are going to buy a G2 the moment they see the screen - itís that good.



    The stabilized lens makes the G2 awesome at taking video while it also makes it more versatile for still photos.

    The LG Overlay is a bit overdone but it does have some genuinely useful features like Quickmemo and the video playerís ability to pop out and display on top of other apps.

    I'll give it 4.5 Howies out of 5.

    Pros:
    • Insane screen
    • Very fast performance
    • No buttons on the side makes it easier to use
    • Strong battery life
    • Stabilized lens
    • Guest Mode
    • Solid
    • Nice back


    Cons:
    • Notification pulldown is cluttered
    • Low earpiece volume
    • Low speakerphone volume
    • Rear buttons are next to camera
    • Many software extras arenít useful or duplicate existing functionality
    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