It's raining smartphones- high-end smartphones. The choices that potential buyers have this holiday season is staggering and LG wants to make sure their flagship product, the LG G2 is seen and heard loudly in this very crowded space.
I received the LG G2 at my office a few days back inside a fairly no-frills package. Along with the device, I found the essentials such as USB cable, a 1.8A charging plug for quicker charging, a headset and a quick start guide in English and Arabic. A SIM eject tool is also included.
Design & Construction
At a glance, the LG G2 looks somewhat similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 but look at it again and you realize the extremely clean design.Measuring 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, LG has got the size of the G2 just right. You would think that a phone with a 5.2" screen would be massive but the G2 is very easily usable with one hand. To keep the size manageable LG has removed all buttons from the front and sides of the device and shrunk the bezel to 2.65mm giving the G2 a beautiful minimal look. The right side has the SIM tray that ejects but even that is concealed really well.
Flip the device over and you see what LG has done. Right below the camera which is placed towards the top center, you see Up/Down keys that increase or decrease the volume levels and between them is a power/lock button with an LED around it. According to LG's research, they found that most people have their index finger resting on the back of the phone at the spot where these keys are located making them very accessible. I agree with LG as far as placement of buttons is concerned. While holding the G2, or any other phone, I mostly find my index finger placed very close to where the volume buttons are located on the G2 allowing me to easily change volume levels during calls. These keys also have secondary functions. When the screen is locked, you can hold the down key to get to the camera and take snaps while the Top key takes you to the notes application.
Although it took me a couple of days to get used to this new button layout, I found it working fairly well. Where it does becomes cumbersome is when you're listening to music with your device sitting on the table and want to change volume. You either have to pick up the LG G2 or keep it face down to have access to these buttons easily. I also found the back cover a fingerprint magnet with smudges showing up almost immediately. A less glossy finish would help with this.
Specs & Performance
LG made sure that the G2 does not skimp out on specifications. Like the Sony Xperia Z1 that we reviewed some time back as well as the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the LG G2 is based on the Snapdragon 800 quad core processor that runs at 2.23GHz and is paired with 2GB RAM. The amount of storage on the G2 is only 16GB and without a microSD slot, that feels low for a high-end device. LG has released a 32GB version but not in the
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