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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Lynn La
- Edited by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 09/13/2013
- Released on: 09/06/2013
The good: The LG G2 has a top-of-the line processor, an expansive screen, and a powerful camera that's lightning-quick.
The bad: The handset's rear control buttons take time to get used to, its new software features are buried and unintuitive, and there's no microSD card slot.
The bottom line: If you're willing to live with some minor design compromises, you can't go wrong with LG's ultrafast G2 workhouse.
Very nice phone.
by nhocker54 on December 20, 2013
Cons: Verizon version makes the 3 buttons on the back nearly identical and hard to tell apart.
WOW WOW WOW!!! This phone is AMAZING! PERFECT!!!!!
by joshuacody73 on December 18, 2013
Pros: BATTERY- you wont need any battery save apps.easily gets a full day after heavy use then some.
Screen =-Beautiful HD screen ..
Performance-This phone has no lag at all. Never experienced a phone able to handle so many apps with no hiccups..
Cons: The only thing i can think of is make sure you buy a case asap.. this phone is slippery.. I would be SO sad if i broke the screen and could not use this INCREDIBLE device :)
Summary: I give my hat to LG... I have had over 25 phones in the past 3 years.. Everything from Samsung to htc one x to nokia and LG and the ...
Summary: I give my hat to LG... I have had over 25 phones in the past 3 years.. Everything from Samsung to htc one x to nokia and LG and the G2 have really raised the bar ..I NEVER write reviews about phones bc honestly I always find something wrong with the phone and end up rooting and installing ROMS. The STOCK FACTORY ROM on this phone is perfect for me and my needs and yes i am a heavy user. This is the first phone i havnt needed to root . THE lg g2 is so good i wrote my first review online.. BUY this phone you will not regret it
Fast and the button on the back is clutch!
by greatnate25 on December 11, 2013
Pros: The buttons on the back actually play in the designs favor because of the larger screen, you don't have to slide you hand to the top of the phone to use the buttons. The battery also last more than I expected.
Cons: The lack of an SD card slot can be a problem for some users.
Summary: I went from an iPhone to the LG G2 and I couldn't be more impressed by the vast amount of features that blow the iPhone away. Props to LG ...
Summary: I went from an iPhone to the LG G2 and I couldn't be more impressed by the vast amount of features that blow the iPhone away. Props to LG for making another unique design that works!
Right now, this is the best phone out today
by jdarrt on December 7, 2013
Pros: Great Battery
Cons: Still looking (Have yet to find any)
Summary: I am a phone nerd. I research cell phones constantly. I keep up with all the latest tech and I have handled and used about every cell phone on the ...
Summary: I am a phone nerd. I research cell phones constantly. I keep up with all the latest tech and I have handled and used about every cell phone on the US market. I came from an S3, my wife has the iphone 5, my mom the iphone 4. This is hands down one of the best phones I have had the pleasure to use much less own. Still getting used to the button placement but it makes perfect sense and I will eventually get used to it. The screen is beautiful, the software is intuitive, somewhat cluttered but not overly gawky like TW. I hated touchwiz on my s3. It was slow and clunky. The LG UI feels fast and fluid and doesn't get in the way. I have yet to fully utilize the camera but the sample pictures I have taken playing around are awesome. I have to say if you are in the market for a new phone this is the best bet. I like the HTC one too but the camera was a deal breaker. This phone has it all. RECOMMENDED!
So glad I chose this phone.
by KokoTuxedo on November 23, 2013
Pros: CAMERA loaded with so many functions
Big Bright Screen, but not too big
Easier to use button placement
Amazing user experience
Oh.... And one more thing...
GOOGLE MAPS. (Yea apple, that mattered.)
Cons: Smudges:( I keep a micro fiber cloth in my purse to keep it looking nice.
So-so imagery for customization...
That's all I can think of. While smudges suck, they don't deter me from loving this phone.
Summary: Pretty much, I agree with the other 5 star comments.
I don't write reviews typically, but I figured I would share the good news that it is safe to ...
Summary: Pretty much, I agree with the other 5 star comments.
I don't write reviews typically, but I figured I would share the good news that it is safe to switch from apple.
I used to love apple, with all electronics from the company. However, with the very uninspiring iOS7, and lack of google maps, I felt that it was time to switch.
I was apprehensive to try android system. I imagined bloatware, and cringed at the thought of it. After reviewing online, I headed to Verizon, to try out Moto X and HTC 1. I pretty much thought i would choose one of those, until I saw the G2 next to the HTC 1, and started my hands-on comparison.
Basically it came down to the camera. I rarely carry a real camera, so it's important to me to have a good one on my phone.
My fear of android has been squashed. This phone is useful, simplistic, and beautiful. I'm so glad to be done with the apple monster.
Simply the best!
by neutralzone on November 18, 2013
Pros: Screen is gorgeous
battery life is amazing and can last 2 days with heavy usage
this phone is fast and buttery smooth
Lg software is useful
The camera is amazing
Cons: Finger-print magnet
Summary: I have had this phone for 2 months and I can tell you that this phone is the best phone I have ever used since the 1st iPhone. I have ...
Summary: I have had this phone for 2 months and I can tell you that this phone is the best phone I have ever used since the 1st iPhone. I have used iPhone 4, 4s(I am used to be an Apple fan until the Galaxy nexus with Jelly bean came out and made me never want to go back to iPhone and iOS), Galaxy Nexus(for 1 year), my mom Galaxy S4 for 2 weeks before getting my LG G2 last month and non of them can compare the the G2. Let's talk about cons first since I only have 1 problem and it is the finger-print magnet of the back. The build quality is no where equal to the HTC One or the iPhone 5s but it doesn't mean this phone feel cheap though.
And now let's talk about pros. The back of the phone is curve so it makes it easy to hold in the hand. The most special thing about this phone is the rear buttons and after couple days using the phone, I found it is very useful. the rear button are also the shortcut to the camera from lock screen, and quick note taking and LG has done a really good job with that. And above the buttons, you can find its 13 mp camera with OIS that can take amazing photos in any condition even in low light, and 60 frame per second videos. My sister iPhone 5 and my mom GS4 take great pictures but this phone smokes those two when it comes to color reproduction, detail, and exposes. I simply state that the G2's camera is the best among Android and iOS phones (I know the camera on the Nokia 1020).
The battery life on this phone is amazing thanks to its 3000 mAh. I am a really heavy user with videos games(Asphalt, Fifa 14, Dead trigger), surfing web, checking emails and of course making phone calls. With a single charge, this phone can last for 2 days with 4 hours and 30 minutes on time screen and I switch back and forth between 4G LTE and wifi all the time. It is a long time I don't have to worry about my battery life. If you travel a lot and do a lot of emails, phone call, this phone is for you.
Performance: This guy is a beast and with its Snapdragon 800, the G2 handle every thing perfectly with no lag or slow down. Videos game is fantastic on this phone. i found LG software is good and they have some useful features like pops up apps, gesture and especially double tap sreen to turn it on or off. And finally, its full HD 5.2 IPS display is the best screen out there and it is good for everything from watch videos to play videos game.
After using this phone for 2 months, I think it will be my accompany for a long time until I upgrade to a new phone. I will recommend this phone to every one out there who look for a phone on this holiday season.
Ladies and Gentlemen, LG has entered the building!
by brandortx on November 15, 2013
Pros: Beautiful Display
Fits in your Hand
Cons: Slippery Back
Location of Speakers
Summary: I am nothing less than amazed by the outstanding quality of this device overall. I have been a fan of LG back when the flip phone was popular, however until ...
Summary: I am nothing less than amazed by the outstanding quality of this device overall. I have been a fan of LG back when the flip phone was popular, however until the G2 their smartphones have not quite met my expectations. With the LG G2 they have stepped tot he front of the smartphone line as far as I am concerned. Its the perfect size at 5.2" and the clarity of the display is outstanding! I would rather look at this screen than the tiny iPhone screens or the over-saturated Samsung displays. hTC is the closest to meeting the screen of the G2 but still falls slightly behind in screen department. Its lightweight and sexy, the location of the Power and Volume buttons is on the back below the camera, but i quickly got used to ti and it is well worth the relocation in order to make room for the practically edge to edge screen! Props to LG you have outdone yourselves and I cant wait to see what you come up with in the future! Keep it up guys!
Fantastic phone held a bit back by software.
by MrThomsen on October 19, 2013
Pros: Performance, Battery life, Screen, Camera, KnockOn feature. Big screen small body,
Cons: Software can feel tacky and some times childish
Summary: LG G2 is the follow up device to the Optimus G a device that was receive well by both reviewers and the people you bought the device. But the reputation ...
Summary: LG G2 is the follow up device to the Optimus G a device that was receive well by both reviewers and the people you bought the device. But the reputation LG had accumulated over the time (especially with the Optimus 2X) held the device back in the mainstream. But with the device being the basis for the Nexus 4, LG has started to get noticed for the ability to make great hardware at great prices. The software side is another matter altogether. LG still doesn't have a great reputation for software making, and it is usually seen as tacky and immature. LG is also often seen as copying the market leader Samsung. This however is not entirely true, as they both innovate different features and the other implement them in there suite of software (also I've been told that most of the features from these companies are actually features developed by Pantech, another South Korean manufacturer). There is also a cultural gap that is important to clarify here. Where we in the west don't like the idea of companies copying other companies, this is a more accepted situation in South Korea. It might be the same cultural difference that is the source for the general feeling about the software in the west.
But enough about reputation and older devices. We are here for the G2, LGs new flagship. LG has dropped the Optimus name from the series, which might be to distance it self from the first Optimus devices and start anew.
LG has always been a first mover in the hardware business, and they were the first to deliver a dual core phone (Optimus 2X) and the first quad core phone (Optimus G). This time around they are the first to deliver a phone with the Snapdragon 800 and the first with a 13 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). In this section I'll be going through some of the pointers for the hardware of the G2.
There are two striking points to the G2s design: The big edge-to-edge 5.2" display and the placement of the buttons on the back. Even though the phone has a big 5.2" screen, it's only a little bigger than the Optimus G, which only has a 4.7" display. This is thanks to a new way of manufacturing that LG calls Dual Routing.
What LG has done with Dual Routing is placing a connector in both the bottom and the top, that each connects to their half of the touch sensors. That way reducing the total width needed for routing the connectors.
The screen is placed inside a plastic shell with rounded edges. There is a little metal band, that goes around the entire device and split the front and back of the device. The back panel has a pattern that goes diagonal across the back and it gives a bit of life to the back of the device. The thickness of the device reduces as you get closer to the edge and this rounding off at the sides, makes it fit nicely inside your hand. And luckily the QuickWindow case, that LG sells as accessory to this device, follows the same design languages. Even with this case on the device, it still feels good in hand and looks pretty much the same (albeit a bit thicker). The plastic build does give a little when twisted and there is also a little creaking. But the build generally feels good and sturdy in normal use.
The 1080 x 1920 resolution on the 5.2" panel calculates into 443 pixels per inch (ppi). This is an amazing pixel density and results in a very smooth image on the display. The display delivers a bright, sharp and color-accurate experience and is pretty much everything you want in a smartphone display. The screen is an absolute joy to read on and the viewing angles is great, so the colors won't wash out when viewing the screen at an off center angle. As a "True HD-IPS+ LCD" it performs great in direct sunlight, as most displays of these types do. Texts and images are easily read, despite the attempts made to disturb your screen watching delight by the great yellow ball in the sky. This is without doubt the best smartphone screen I have had the pleasure of testing.
The feature that I use most on this device is the KnockOn feature. This feature allows you to turn on the device by tapping two times on the screen. I've been told that the feature works best by tapping in copper centre of the screen. This might be true but I haven't noticed any difference in performance. At first the feature might seem undone and broken as it does take a bit of getting use to. There is a sweet spot for the timing and the taps should be fairly close to the same place. But after some time you get the hang of it, and if your anything like me you will fall in love with this feature.
Another feature that might take some time getting use to is the placement of the power and volume buttons. These are place on the back of the device, right under the camera. At first when this was announced my first thought was "What". After the first couple of days with it I have to say it is actually a very comfortable placement indeed.
The third feature to truly sit this device apart from others are the inclusion of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) with the camera. This greatly increases the performance of the camera both in low light and normal usage. The images that this device delivers is some of the best I've seen from a smartphone and in my case it will be my go to point and shoot camera.
The device has some amazing internal that really is top of the line:
Processor: 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-processor
Display: 5.2-inch full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
Storage: 16GB (A 32GB version is also available)
RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
Camera: main shooter: 13.0 MP with OIS / frontfacing: 2.1 MP
OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm.
Color: Black (also available in white)
As mentioned earlier, LG does not have the best reputation for making software. They have, as most manufacturers of Android, seen it fit to develop their own layer of software on top of Android.
OS / Version
The version onboard the device is Android 4.2.2 with a heavily customised Optimus UI (or what they call it) on top. The general style of LGs UI is more colourful and full of effects like gradient or bevel. The tone has a hard time falling in to my liking, but it's not that I can't stand it. It just doesn't fit my taste. I generally find it a bit tacky and childish. I wish LG would give third party access to delevop themes for the G2 as they only delivered two themes with the device.
But with all that said it is still possible to do a lot to customisation and alter the look and feel of the device. If you have the time and patience for it, you can change every icon on the home screen. It is also possible to change the layout of the on screen system keys. There can also be added one of two buttons: QuickMemo and notification drawer. There is a great deal of customisation possible on this device and I love that. It gives the opportunity for everyone to customise the operating system without messing with either third party launchers or custom ROMs.
With the internals that this device rock you would expect it to just fly around without any hesitation. And that is exactly what it does. This device just eats everything you throw at it and always look like it could take a snack more.
I've tried loads of different games and have yet to find anything that caused lag or stutter. This thing is an absolute beast.
The speaker however leave something to want. It is a bit to tinny and lacks some middle tones and even more bass. The headphones, the QuadBeat 2, included with the device is miles better than the first attempt and I have been using them happily in the 3 weeks of testing the device. I would still like some more depth and bass in the sound but generally they are great for OEM headphones.
The call quality of the G2 is great especially thanks to the HD Voice technology.
The battery life of this device is amazing I usually have a good 30% left at the end of every day. It's absolutely lovely to have a device where you don't have to concern yourself about if the phone will last out the day, it will! The device has a great sleep mode that use up almost no power at all. This is then paired with a notification LED, which means you don't have to wake up the device in order to see if any notification has arrived. If this device is left in sleep mode with only minimum usage, I've managed to get 3 days on one charge out of this device.
The LG G2 is worthy successor to the Optimus G, with it top of the line specifications. Even with these powerful internals, the device still manages to have the best battery I have ever experienced on a smartphone. It's the same story with the 13 mega-pixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization. It is also the best camera I have ever experienced on a smartphone. The screen is beautiful, sharp, shows colours accurate and cramped into an unreasonable small body to fit the 5.2" screen. The most differential features of this device is: The big screen to front ratio, KnockOn, buttons on the back and OIS. All of which works really well and are all contributors to make this one of the best smartphones you can buy at the moment. The only thing holding this phone back in my opinion is the software which at times feels tacky and have small translation errors. But this can be dealt with by using a third party launcher and aps. If you have a lot of time, you can also change the icons by using the various customisation options LG has provided
All in all it a great phone with very minor flaws that are easily corrected, but still that costs points. I end up giving this phone a 9 out of 10.
WOW Awesome Phone.
by aigleias on October 10, 2013
Pros: Super quick and NO lag unlike the S4 i HAD, Bright beautiful screen, great camera, and finally a phone that really last all day, the battery in this phone is amazing. Knock Knock feature is cool also.
Cons: Back buttons took some time to get used to, but u do pretty quick
SD card would of been nice but not a deal breaker with all the cloud services.
Summary: if your thinking of getting a new phone, get this one you wont regret it.
Summary: if your thinking of getting a new phone, get this one you wont regret it.
Impressive, exceeding expectations. Class leading.
by whatreason on October 6, 2013
Pros: +Blazing Fast
+Never crashes from programs
+LG's custom overlay UI is very well done and intuitive
+Knock on feature is great and makes you forget about the power button
+Battery is class leading
Cons: -Attracts more finger prints than any phone I've used (on back)
-Speaker volume is marginal at best
-Limited selection of accessory/ add ons
Summary: A huge step up from my HTC One, which I loved. All the right Hardware, save for an aluminum build. The UI is intuitive and offers useful options to make ...
Summary: A huge step up from my HTC One, which I loved. All the right Hardware, save for an aluminum build. The UI is intuitive and offers useful options to make tasks easier and quicker. The size is perfect point for me. A small bezel with 5.2 screen fits in the pocket, has enough typing space, and makes reading text heavy websites easy.
If you don't have plans of connecting a phone with the new samsung watch, dont need uber powerful speakers on the device, or need a ton of accessories, this phone is a clear choice at the moment.
Only the more expensive and demographic specific Note 3 compares. As a phone (not phablet), the G2 is the best on the market.
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: G2
- Bottom Line: If you're willing to live with some minor design compromises, you can't go wrong with LG's ultrafast G2 workhouse.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Phone Design Candybar
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Clock Speed 2.26 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Quad Core
- Diagonal Size 5.2 in