Then I handled the LG G2 and fell in love.
The G2 has a typical spec sheet at a typical price (
The problem is: The button placement is the biggest thing that differentiates it and it's also the biggest line in the sand for customers. There's no middle ground -- people either love or hate that the power/lock and volume buttons are on the back of the device, instead of the sides or bottom.
Personally, I think the buttons on the back are great. I naturally hold smartphones by placing the tip of my index finger on the back of the device, and the G2 fell perfectly into my hand. I had an easy and comfortable time adjusting the volume and locking the phone when I was done using it.
Aside from the button placement, a couple of gesture features make the phone a pleasure to use. One is called Knock On, which allows the phone to be unlocked by tapping the screen twice. I didn't think much of it at first, but I found myself using the feature more and more as I spent time with the G2. With that power/lock button on the back, it makes sense for LG to include Knock On as a feature.
Then there's Answer Me, which allows calls to be answered by simply putting the phone up to your ear. It doesn't sound like much because all it does is eliminate the need to hit the answer button when a call comes in, but I also found myself using this feature more than I expected.
The downside to smartphones is the screens and software don't always lend themselves to a solid multitasking experience. LG wanted to give users a better experience so the G2 comes with a beautiful 5.2-inch, 1080p IPS display, and a couple minor software enhancements called Slide Aside and QSlide.
Slide Aside allows you to favorite three apps that dock to the side of the screen. If you want quick access to those apps, slide three fingers across the screen and they appear. It's awkward using three fingers and honestly is no better than just holding the Home button to see what you have running in the background, but the option exists to access them a different way.
QSlide is pretty great, as it allows you to place certain apps over others so you can use several apps at once. I used this feature with the calculator and notepad apps to keep tally of my grocery spending while at the store to make sure I didn't go over budget. It worked well and I think I'd use it often if I owned a G2.
Besides the features already noted, the G2 is a typical Android device. It runs Android 4.2.2, has 2GB of RAM, a 13MP HD camera, a quad-core processor and 32GB of space.
The camera is inconsistent but will get the job done, and the battery life allowed me an impressive 18-hour run time even when using GPS and Wi-Fi. Sadly, it doesn't have an expandable memory slot for microSD cards, which is a downer.
LG has made one heck of a device. The button position, Knock On and software enhancements, snappy performance and beautiful display sold me on this phone. If I didn't already have a Samsung Galaxy S4 I bought just several months ago, I'd be the owner of a G2.
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